Recent Member Commentary & Scholarship
Physical Order Produces Healthy Choices, Generosity, and Conventionality, Whereas Disorder Produces Creativity
Journal of Psychological Science
K.D Vohs, et al.
Center for Cognitive Sciences
ABSTRACT....Whereas prior research on physical settings has shown that orderly settings encourage better behavior than disorderly ones, the current research tells a nuanced story of how different environments suit different outcomes. Read entire paper.
From community to commodity: The ethics of pharma-funded social networking sites for physicians
Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
A.S. Snow, C. Elliott
Center for Bioethics
Effective Use of Social Media and Coordinated, Multi-Platform Outreach in Public Health
Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy
Refined carbon accounting for palm oil agriculture…
K.M. Carlson, L.M. Curran
Institute on the Environment
Characterizing and Predicting Drug Effects on Cognition
Susan E. Marino
Sponsor: NIH NINDS Nat. Inst. of Neurology
Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuropharmacology
Pubertal Stress Recalibration Hypothesis
Sponsor: NIH Nat'l Inst. of Child Development
Center for Neurobehavioral Development
Skin-targeted Cell Therapy for Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa
Jakub Tolar et al.
Sponsor: NIH, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Stem Cell Institute
The BioTechnology Institute research position open in microbial therapeutics. Learn more.
Institute on the Environment (IonE) resident fellowships. December 15 deadline. Learn more.
Consortium award funds study of coping mechanisms for Somali youth
Young adult Somalis experience moderate to high rates of anxiety, depression, truancy, chemical use, and trauma. PhD Nursing Sciences student Eunice Areba, left, is using a 2013 Consortium Intramural Research Award to fund her study exploring Somali college students' use of Islam as a path to stability and well-being. She hopes her research will benefit Somalil youth who live in Minneapolis; Somali youth in general; and the educators, healthcare providers, and policy makers who serve them. Read more.
Increase harvest frequency, boost food supply
A study from Consortium member Institute on the Environment (IonE) introduced a new concept: harvest gap—the difference between actual per-year harvest frequency and the maximum potential frequency. Closing the gap could theoretically boost worldwide food production more than 44 percent. More frequent cropping, the authors write, represents a potentially powerful "third way" of increasing food production, in addition to expanding cropland and increasing harvest yields. Read the study in Environmental Research Letters.
Developing sound policy and practices for the global genomics community
Leading researchers and scholars from around the world are gathered in Geneva to explore the return of individual research results and incidental findings to research participants. In the photo above, Consortium Founding Chair Susan Wolf presents on the first day of the workshop, co-organized by the Consortium and a project related to Wolf's current NIH-funded grant. Learn more.
Report finds military health professionals directed to collaborate in torture and abuse
A ground-breaking report out this month finds that military and intelligence health professionals are often made to participate in torture, withhold medical care, and refrain from reporting abuse. Ethics Abandoned: Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse in the War on Terror was written by a 19-member task force that included Center for Bioethics professor Steven Miles. Read the New York Times on the report's findings. Learn about Miles and the work of the Center for Bioethics, a Consortium member.
Consortium funds study of manganese in drinking water and infant neurodevelopment
Minnesota groundwater contains some of the highest naturally occurring manganese levels in North America and that metal makes its way into the state’s drinking water. Its risk to adults and young children has been determined, but no one knows its exact effect on infants. A 2013 Consortium Intramural Research Award will help fund a collaborative NIH pilot study to explore the connection between manganese and an infant's neurodevelopment. Read more about the study.
Returning Genetic Results in Biobanks: Opening an International Dialogue
Nov. 19–21, 2013
This invitational workshop will explore returning incidental findings and results to research participants. It will enhance the work of the NIH Return of Results Consortium/CSER ELSI Working Group and ELSI 2.0 for Genomics and Society. The Consortium on Law and Values is a co-organizer of the workshop, a project related to Prof. Susan Wolf's current NIH-funded grant # 1-R01-CA154517.
Wolf quoted in New York Times on posthumous reproduction
Consortium Founding Chair Susan Wolf was quoted on Aug. 31 in the New York Times and the Star Tribune on the problems raised by using the sperm, eggs, and embryos of deceased individuals to conceive. Read the New York Times article, “Fertility Treatments Produce Heirs Their Parents Never Knew.”