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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Consortium Open House

CONSORTIUM Higgs Boson1-2 pm, 316 Johnston Hall
Experience our first-ever Crash Course: Where Science and Society Collide. Bruce Blazar (Clinical and Translational Science Institute) and Connie Delaney (School of Nursing) will present "The Inside Scoop on Clinical Data and Informatics at the U."

  • Mingle with Consortium colleagues and our new neighbors in Johnston Hall
  • Enjoy light refreshments
  • Staff, researchers and friends of the Consortium are welcome!

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Annual Conference: "Should We Offer Genomic Results to a Research Participant's Family, Including After Death?"

CONSORTIUM 2014 Conference Banner Graphic 400 pix

8:30am-5:00pm, Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey Center
More information including registration here

Friday, November 14, 2014
Henrietta Lacks’s Legacy: A Conversation with the Lacks Family & Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, Director, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

CONSORTIUM The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks9:45am-11:30am, Carlson Family Stage, Northrup Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics
Moderator: Susan M. Wolf, JD, McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy     

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Deinard Memorial Lecture: "New Directions in Medical Malpractice Reform"

CONSORTIUM Michelle Mello11:30am-1:00pm, Coffman Memorial Union Theater
Prof. Michelle Mello, JD, PhD (Stanford Law School and Medical School)
Commentator: Prof. Jon B. Christianson, PhD 
(School of Public Health, University of Minnesota)
Co-sponsored by the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology and the Center for Bioethics 
Click here for more information.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Spring Lecture Series on Genomics: "Genomic Variant Interpretation: The Good, the Bad, and the Uncertain"

CONSORTIUM Heidi Rehm11:30am-1pm, Best Buy Theater, Northrup Auditorium
Prof. Heidi Rehm, PhD, FACMG (Harvard Medical School)
Click here for more information.


Thursday, March 12, 2015
Spring Lecture Series on Genomics: "Progress Toward Personalized Medicine & the Challenges of Integrating Genomics into Electronic Health Records"

CONSORTIUM Rex Chisholm11:30am-1pm
Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union
Prof. Rex Chisholm, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Click here for more information.

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Spring Lecture Series on Genomics: "When Should We All Have Our Genome Sequenced? Assessing the Public Health Implications"

CONSORTIUM Muin Khoury11:30am-1pm
Best Buy Theater, Northrup Auditorium
Dr. Muin Khoury, MD, PhD (Director, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control)
Click here for more information.


Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute names new director

CONSORTIUM Jeffrey Gralnick(9.12.14) Dr. Jeff Gralnick has been named the new director of the MPGI. He began his three-year term this month.



Michael Osterholm publishes editorial in the New York Times

CONSORTIUM Michael Osterholm (9.11.14) CIDRAP Director Michael Osterholm published an editorial in the New York Times regarding the Ebola epidemic. He discusses two possible scenarios along with what needs to be done now.



Michael Georgieff honored with award from the American Academy of Pediatrics

CONSORTIUM Michael Georgieff Sept 2014(9.9.14) Michael Georgieff, Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development, was awarded the Samuel J. Fomon Nutrition Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The award is given to individuals for outstanding research achievement relating to the nutrition of infants and children.


BioTechnology Institute professor Dan Knights awarded $1M Partnership Grant

CONSORTIUM Dan Knights(8.15.14) BTI Assistant Professor Dan Knights and his collaborator at Mayo Clinic, Purna Kashyap, have been awarded a two-year grant from the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics for $976,896. The goals of their project are to understand the role of gut microbes in irritable bowel syndrome, and to develop approaches for shifting the gut microbiomes of patients toward a healthier state.


Consortium Research Associate Awarded Borman Fellowship from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Rebecca Boxhorn avatar(8.12.14) Rebecca Branum, JD, who has served for the past two years as the Consortium’s Postdoctoral Research Associate, has been awarded the inaugural Marvin Borman Public Service and Community Engagement Fellowship to help support her studies at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The Borman Fellowship honors Marvin Borman, a Minneapolis civic leader, by funding and recognizing students demonstrating commitment to service and community in the Twin Cities and beyond. Ms. Branum graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2012. Beginning in Fall ’14, she will pursue a public policy graduate degree at the Humphrey School, focusing on regulation and governmental relations in health, privacy, and information technology. As a Research Associate, Ms. Branum has collaborated with Consortium Chair Susan Wolf, JD, on a number of projects, including an NIH/NCI/NHGRI-funded research project on “Disclosing Genomic Incidental Findings in a Cancer Biobank: An ELSI Experiment.”

Stem Cell Institute Sponsors Cardiovascular Engineering Meeting

CONSORTIUM medical tubes lab(7.25.14) On October 12, the Stem Cell Institute, along with Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the Department of Biomedical Engineering, will host and sponsor a Cardiovascular Engineering Symposium entitled “The Heart of the Matter: Where Stem Cells and Engineering Meet.” For more information and to register, click here.

Consortium to Lead Analysis on Law and Ethics of DNA Nanotechnology

CONSORTIUM DNA nanotechnology(7.10.14) Prof. Susan Wolf has received funding to analyze the ethical, legal, and social implications of DNA nanotechnology as part of a newly funded Mn-DRIVE project on “DNA Nanotechnology: Developing and Analyzing a New Tool for Sensing and Targeting Disease.” This project, led by Prof. Efie Kokkoli and joined by Co-PIs Karen Ashe, Scott McIvor, Walter Low, Ted Labuza, and Susan Wolf will explore the implications of technology that combines DNA with nanostructures to treat disease and detect allergens. Read more about the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences’ nanotechnology research here.

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Recent Consortium Publications

Addressing the ethical challenges in genetic testing and sequencing of children.
Am J Bioethics 2014
Ellen Wright Clayton et al.

Return of individual research results and incidental findings
Ann Rev Genom Hum
Genet 2013
Susan M. Wolf

From Our Members

♦ Publications

Epigenetic and Genetic Influences on DNA Methylation Variation in Maize Populations
Plant Cell
Nathan Springer, et al.
Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute

Association between celiac disease and iron deficiency in caucasians, but not non-caucasians
Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Kenneth Beckman, et al.
University of Minnesota Genomics Center

Agriculture in the Global Economy
J. Economic Perspectives 2014
J. Alston & P. Pardey



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