Wolf to present at Institute for Advanced Study on April 21
(4/7/14) Susan Wolf will present on “Should research participants get back their own results and incidental findings? Debates at the intersection of law, ethics, science & medicine” in the Best Buy Theater, Northrup Auditorium on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 4:00pm. Learn more about the event.
Jonathan Foley to present on sustainability at the Institute for Advanced Study
(4/14/14) Jonathon Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment, will present “Looking for Planet Levers: Developing a Strategic Framework to Move the World Toward Sustainability,” on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 4 pm as part of the revitalization of Northrop Auditorium. He will discuss strategies for effecting global change in how we live on our planet. Learn more about this event.
Consortium research impacts U.S. & U.K. policy on genomics
(4/11/14) The Consortium has seen significant recent impacts from our grant projects on return of results and incidental findings. On March 31, the Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council-- the major funders of biomedical research in the U.K.-- published a new “Framework on the Feedback of Health-Related Findings in Research.” Its first cite is to NIH-supported work on these issues led by Prof. Wolf at the University’s Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. The Framework goes on to discuss the 3-tier approach generated by that work. This new Framework will impact all research supported by the Wellcome Trust and MRC.
On March 27, Prof. Wolf (Principal Investigator on these Consortium projects) participated in a plenary panel on these issues at the annual meeting of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) in Nashville, where ACMG announced a major improvement in policy. The panel reexamined the controversial policy on incidental findings that ACMG had published a year ago. A Science piece by Wolf and two coauthors had criticized the ACMG approach for requiring analysis of 56 extra genes whenever clinical sequencing is performed, with no opt-out for patients. After the panel in Nashville, ACMG announced that its Board had decided to change ACMG policy to provide an opt-out to allow patient choice.
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Georgopoulos to present on the brain at the Institute for Advanced Study
(4/7/14) Consortium member Dr. Apostolos Georgopoulos, Director of the Center for Cognitive Sciences, will present at the Institute for Advanced Study Thursdays at Four on Thursday, May 1 at 4:00pm. He will discuss how the brain deals with problems and challenges in space and time, and how various brain disorders affect this capacity. He also considers the effective adaptation of these mechanisms during the lifespan, so that the brain remains an effective problem solver in old age. Learn more about this event.
Mini-Bioethics Academy Tuesdays in April and May
(4/2/14) The Center for Bioethics is hosting a 3-session Mini-Bioethics Academy on “Hot Topics in Bioethics” beginning April 22. All lectures will be at the Mill City Innovation and Collaboration Center on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm. Learn more.
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.