Global Advances in Health and Medicine today announced the appointment of Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN and Robert Saper, MD, MPH, as the journal's new co-editors-in-chief, forming the first interdisciplinary leadership team for the journal. Dr. Kreitzer is founder and director of the U of M's Center for Spirituality & Healing, one the Consortium's member centers.
Dr. Steven H. Miles of the Center for Bioethics responded today to the long-awaited "Senate Select Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program." In an opinion article published in MinnPost, Miles identifies gaps in the report and lays out the necessary steps to begin restoring the rule of law.
Several hundred people came to Northrop Auditorium on Nov. 14 for a lively conversation with members of the Lacks family and Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.
An article in today's Minneapolis Star Tribune describes the Consortium's annual conference, held on Nov. 6, 2014. The article, "Experts wrangle with the ethics of genome research," includes comments by Susan M. Wolf, JD, and others, and illustrates the kinds of research being conducted by conference presenters. This year's conference grew out of a multi-year National Institutes of Health grant, Disclosing Genomic Incidental Findings in a Cancer Biobank: An ELSI Experiment; results will be published in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics in fall, 2015.
Consortium Chair Susan M. Wolf made two presentations at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) meeting of the Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research (CSER) consortium in Bethesda, MD, on Oct. 8-9. She first presented on the law governing access to an individual’s genomic results as part of a panel she organized with Prof. Ellen Clayton, MD, JD (Vanderbilt University). Prof. Wolf later presented on family access to an individual’s genomic results after their death. This is the focus of a current NIH-funded project that Prof. Wolf is leading with Profs. Gloria Petersen (Mayo Clinic) and Barbara Koenig (UCSF).
University President Eric Kaler has given one of the University’s highest faculty honors to Michael Osterholm.
Director Amy Kircher of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense was interviewed about the work the U of M-based lab does to keep our food supply safe.
Dr. Jeff Gralnick has been named the new director of the Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute (MPGI). He began his three-year term this month. Dr. Gralnick's research is related to engineering compounds that could generate power in microbial fuel cells or react against certain toxic metals in the environment Working in collaboration with Prof. Daniel Bond, Gralnick made a key discovery about how bacteria can convert organic compounds into electricity.