Desiree Abu-Odeh, a 2012 Master of Arts in Bioethics graduate
The Center for Bioethics is pleased to announce that Desiree Abu-Odeh, a 2012 Master of Arts in Bioethics graduate, has been admitted to the Sociomedical Sciences PhD program at Columbia University. In addition, Desiree has been selected for an NIH Predoctoral Fellowship in Gender, Sexuality, and Health. Congratulations, Desiree!
Prof. Wolf appointed to public health panel
Prof. Susan Wolf has been appointed to an expert panel on the role of population health in all professions, as part of an effort by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) to re-envision public health education. ASPPH has convened a task force on “Framing the Future: The Second Hundred Years of Education for Public Health.” The Health in All Professions Expert Panel will produce a report to be included in the work of the Framing the Future initiative. For more on that initiative.
Prof. Wolf discusses incidental findings on MPR
Professor Susan Wolf appeared on MPR’s The Daily Circuit on Feb. 18 along with Dr. Danielle Ofri, Bellevue Hospital, discussing the current debate about returning extra information, or incidental findings, identified during research or clinical testing. Prof. Wolf described her work funded by NIH and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on returning research findings in genetic/genomic and imaging research, including a current project with the Mayo Clinic on returning results to the families of deceased probands in a pancreatic cancer registry. Read more and listen to the broadcast.
Dr. Steven Miles recent guest on the LA based Michael Slate Radio Show
Center for Bioethics faculty member Dr. Steven Miles was a recent guest on the LA based Michael Slate Radio Show. Miles discussed the film “Doctors of the Dark Side,” a documentary which addresses the critical role of physicians and psychologists in the torture of prisoners. The film features the stories of four detainees and the doctors involved in their abuse. Dr. Miles is the author of several books, including Oath Betrayed: America's Torture Doctors. Listen/download.
Prof. Gollust recently named as a McKnight Land-Grant Professor
The Center for Bioethics extends congratulations to our affiliate faculty member Sarah Gollust, PhD, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health. Prof. Gollust was recently named as a McKnight Land-Grant Professor, an award given to advance the careers of new assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives. For more information about the award and prior winners, visit.
Bioethics Masters student Terri Traudt featured on KARE 11-TV segment
KARE 11-TV recently featured a segment on Advance Care Planning which included the story of one of our Masters of Bioethics students, Terri Traudt. Terri is also an Ambassador for Honoring Choices MN. View the story.
Prof. Wolf’s research featured in Science
NIH-funded research led by Prof. Susan Wolf with Profs. Gloria Peterson (Mayo Clinic) and Barbara Koenig (UCSF) is featured in the latest issue of Science. An article on “Divulging DNA Secrets of Dead Stirs Debate” explores the cutting-edge issues raised when a participant in genetic research dies, leaving data of potential health importance to family members. Wolf, Peterson, and Koenig are leading a 5-year project using empirical, analytic, and normative methods to study these issues and generate recommendations. University of Minnesota work is based in the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. For more on this project, funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at NIH, visit http://consortium.umn.edu/grants_research/home.html#findings. To read the Science article.
Prof. Wolf elected to the American Law Institute
Professor Susan Wolf has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law. The ALI drafts, discusses, revises and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education. The institute’s elected membership of lawyers, judges and law professors is limited to 3,000. The total membership of more than 4,300 includes ex officio members, honorary members and life members (those elected members who have attained more than 25 years of service). For more on the ALI visit www.ali.org.
BIOETHICS IN THE MEDIA
Steven Miles is quoted in the Pittsburgh Trib about the risk of bed rails in nursing facilities.
Steven Miles is In the News: U of M bioethicist discusses South Africa's 'Dr. Death.'
Carl Elliott is mentioned in Nature regarding the University’s investigation into the Markingson case.