The 2021 Climate Adaptation Conference will be held via Zoom on January 20 from 9:00am - 12:15pm. Cost is $30 or $15 for students. The conference will feature a keynote speech by Sam Grant, executive director of MN 350, the annual Climate Adaptation Awards ceremony, and a panel discussion featuring perspectives on climate adaptation from several sectors. Registration information and an agenda are available on the Water Resources Center website. The Water Resources Center is a Consortium member center.
The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute will present two webinars on Native American nutrition. “Indigenous Food-ways: Adapting to Change” will take place Tuesday, December 15 from 11:30am - 1:00pm. It will feature Chef Nephi Craig discussing how an expanded food vocabulary can be applied to self care as well as a cooking demonstration. “Food as Medicine: Indigenous Knowledge” will be held Thursday, December 17 from 11:30am - 1:00pm, and will feature an expert panel discussing Indigenous perspectives on using food as medicine. Find more information and register on the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute website. The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute is a Consortium member center.
Experts from the legal field, academia, and industry assembled Dec. 2 for “LawSeq: Facing the Legal Barriers to Genomic Research & Precision Medicine,” a webinar presented by the Consortium in collaboration with with Ropes & Gray, LLP, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, PC, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Gail P. Jarvik, MD, PhD, of University of Washington Medical Center and Mark Barnes, JD, LLM, of Ropes & Gray offered keynote presentations. Panel discussions focused on the most pressing legal and policy issues confronting genomic research and clinical care, issues in FDA regulation of genomic devices, software, and interpretive algorithms, and genomic data governance. Video of the event will be posted here soon. Visit the LawSeqSM Database to search the law of genomics in the U.S. – both federal and state law.
The Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) is implementing a new program focused on containing outbreaks of African Swine Flu in Vietnam. ProgRESSVet-Vietnam will provide online educational opportunities that will increase veterinary service capacity for those fighting African Swine Flu. ProgRESSVet has previously supported the veterinary workforce in Latin America and East Africa. CAHFS is a Consortium member center. Read more about their efforts in Vietnam here.
The US Department of Defense has announced an $87.5 million award to create the Bioindustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem (BioMADE). BioMADE, a Department of Defense Manufacturing Innovation Institute, will increase nonmedical bioindustrial manufacturing capacity using microorganisms like bacteria, yeast and algae. BioMADE will share space in the new Microbial Cell Production Facility with the University’s Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC), which is part of the BioTechnology Institute (BTI). As a member of the BioMADE Consortium, BTI’s long history of support for biotech innovation and partnership with industry was instrumental in securing the award. BTI is a Consortium member center. Read more here.
President-elect Joe Biden has named a thirteen-member advisory board to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. The Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board will include Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Osterholm founded CIDRAP in 2001 and is an international authority on emerging infectious diseases. CIDRAP has been a longtime member center of the Consortium on Law and Values. Read the Biden-Harris transition announcement of the Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board here.
The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Planning Grant Program helps support the creation of interdisciplinary faculty research teams or research partnerships between the community and the University. Funding is meant to support the preparation and submission of grant proposals for the 2021 HFHL funding cycle or equivalent University, government or private sources. Proposals must be relevant to at least one of three categories: food protection (safety); prevention of obesity and diet-related disease; or food security. Proposals are due Wednesday, November 18th and awards will be announced Friday, December 18. The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute is a Consortium member. Download the planning RFP here.
A new study finds that the US public is ready to accept human-animal chimera research. Although the National Institutes of Health placed a moratorium on funding this research in 2015, Japan lifted its ban last year. This new article reports on a survey of US public attitudes on chimera research, led by Drs. Andrew Crane, Francis Shen, and senior author Walter Low at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Shen is Professor of Law and an Affiliate Faculty member in the Consortium. Prof. Low is Associate Head for Research in the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Crane is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Dr. Low’s lab. According to the study, 59% of respondents would accept a process for creating human tissue in a pig’s body, then transplanting that tissue to a human. Supporters include respondents who self-describe as religious or conservative. The study was published in the October 2020 issue of Stem Cell Reports.
The University of Minnesota is conducting clinical trials for an innovative treatment that utilizes CRISPR technology to combat metastatic gastrointestinal epithelial cancer. The treatment is based on research conducted by Branden Moriarity, PhD, Beau Webber, PhD, and R. Scott McIvor, PhD, of the University of Minnesota Medical School and the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. Researchers will use a small piece of a patient’s tumor to create gene-edited white blood cells that may be effective in combating the patient’s cancer. The Masonic Cancer Center is a Consortium member center. Read more on the Masonic Cancer Center website.
Professor Damien Fair, Redleaf Endowed Director at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain, has been selected for a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. Prof. Fair also has faculty appointments with the Institute of Child Development and Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. His research has advanced understanding of brain connectivity during development, and his work with atypical brain connectivity may eventually lead to more personalized treatment for common brain disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Prof. Fair is a member of the working group for “Highly Portable and Cloud-Enabled Neuroimaging Research: Confronting Ethics Challenges in Field Research with New Populations,” a Consortium-based project that is supported by a $1.5 million NIH grant. Read more about Prof. Fair and his work on the MacArthur Foundation website.