Alison Key elected MJLST Editor-in-Chief
(3.4.14) Alison Key, a JD/MD candidate at the University of Minnesota, has been elected Editor-in-Chief for Volume 16 of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology (MJLST) for the 2014-15 academic year. Alison is pursuing degrees in law and medicine through the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology. She has worked as a Research Assistant for Prof. Susan Wolf at the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences since August of 2013, focusing on issues raised by gene sequencing and incidental findings. MJLST is a multidisciplinary journal addressing problems at the intersection of law, health, the sciences, and bioethics. For more information, visit Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology. Congratulations, Alison!
Video of Wolf debate at Smithsonian now available
(2.27.14) Prof. Susan Wolf debated "Is Genetic Information Different?" at the Smithsonian Institution on Thurs., Feb. 6. She faced Prof. Robert Green (Harvard Medical School) in the debate. Both Green and Wolf are investigators funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study issues in genetics and genomics. Dr. Eric Green, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at NIH, moderated. The event was sponsored by the Smithsonian and NIH, in connection with the current exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History on "Genome: Unlocking Life's Code." View the video.
IonE Director Jonathan Foley Receives Heinz Award in the Environment
(2.27.14) Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment was named recipient of the Heinz Award in the Environment, given to honor the memory of the late U.S. Senator John Heinz. Foley was cited for his role as an important voice on the study of complex environmental systems, and as a pioneer in understanding global ecosystems, land use, and the environmental implications of modern agriculture. Learn more about the award.
Wolf discusses incidental findings on MPR
(2/18/14) Consortium Founding Chair 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 the Consortium’s work funded by NIH and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on returning research findings in genetic/genomic and imaging research, including her 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.
Stem Cell Institute recognizes Rare Disease Day
(2/11/14) Along with the College of Pharmacy, Consortium member Stem Cell Institute is co-sponsoring a program in honor or Rare Disease Day 2014, "Improving the Care of Those Living with a Rare Disease: Opportunities in Education, Collaboration, and Public Policy." Friday, February 28, 2014; 12-2:30 pm, 1-110 McGuire Translational Research Facility, 2001 6th St. SE, Minneapolis. Learn more about the program; watch a live broadcast.
Wolf at the National Academy of Sciences
(2/10/14) Consortium chair Susan Wolf spoke at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, on Feb. 10 as part of a workshop on returning individual results from genome research using population-based banked specimens. The academy convened this workshop at the request of the National Center for Health Statistics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to guide the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. Invited participants included researchers from across the country, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and CDC.
Genomics Center director on $1,000 genome sequencing
(2/4/14) Sequencing an entire genome used to cost $1 billion and take many months. Now a new machine can do it for $1,000 in less than a day. Consortium member Genomics Center director Kenneth Beckman discussed what this new development means for health care with The Daily Circuit host, Kerri Miller. Listen to the broadcast.
Shen awarded McKnight Land-Grant professorship
(1/31/14) The University of Minnesota recognizes and rewards some of its most promising junior scholars with a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship. This two-year, funded position is meant to help advance the careers of new faculty at a crucial point in their professional lives. Consortium affilliate faculty member and Law School associate professor Francis Shen is among just eight University of Minnesota faculty members to be chosen for 2014-2016. Shen is noted for his research into the use of neuroscience in the courts. Congratulations, Prof. Shen! Learn more about the award.
Science features Consortium project on genomic incidental findings
(1/24/14) A recent Science magazine article delved into the debate over returning DNA information to relatives when a research participant has died. The article featured the Consortium’s NIH-funded project on this cutting-edge issue, led by Consortium founding chair Susan Wolf, Mayo Clinic's Gloria Petersen, and UCSF's Barbara Koenig. Learn more about the NIH-funded study, Disclosing Genomic Incidental Findings in a Cancer Biobank: An ELSI Experiment.
IonE tackles supply chain carbon
(1/22/14) Consortium member Institute on the Environment's (IonE) NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise is helping six large companies—Bank of America, L’Oreal, PepsiCo, Philips, Vodafone and Walmart—and over 100 of their suppliers, responsible for 80 percent of a company's emissions, reduce their carbon footprint in a pilot program. Learn more about the project.