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Thursday, April 16, 2015
When Should We All Have Our Genome Sequenced? Assessing the Public Health Implications

CONSORTIUM Muin Khoury11:30am-1pm
Best Buy Theater, Northrop Auditorium
Free and open to the public.
Dr. Muin Khoury, MD, PhD (Director, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control)
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Francis Shen on political resistance to using neuroscience in law

CONSORTIUM red state blue state graphic(2.24.15) A new study co-authored by Consortium affiliated faculty member Prof. Francis Shen has found Republicans and Independents are more likely to disapprove of neuroscience-based legal reforms if the reforms are perceived as being too lenient on criminal defendants. The study is the first of its kind in the new field of "neurolaw," and was also researched and written by Dr. Dena Gromet of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Prof. Wolf on Harvard’s Bill of Health

CONSORTIUM Harvard Law Petrie Flom Center Logo(2.19.15) Consortium chair Susan M. Wolf, JD, has posted on Harvard Law School’s Bill of Health about dying in America. Her post, co-authored wit Nancy Berlinger, PhD, and Bruce Jennings, MA, argues that decades of work to fix end-of-life care have failed to make the progress needed. The Canadian Supreme Court’s Feb. 6 decision in Carter v. Canada finds patients still experiencing intolerable suffering and finally throws in the towel, legalizing “physician aid in dying” in Canada. For more from Prof. Wolf and co-authors on this topic, visit the Feb. 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute Spring 2015 funding opportunities

CONSORTIUM boy with fresh veggies image(2.17.15) The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute’s University Research Grant Program seeks proposals from interdisciplinary faculty teams working to produce high impact research in the areas of food protection/safety or prevention of obesity and diet-related disease. HFHL also invites letters of interest for the Community-University Planning Grant Program and proposals for the Graduate and Professional Student Research Grant Program. Proposals and letters of interest are due April 17. Learn more.

Susan M. Wolf on End-of-Life care in the New England Journal of Medicine

CONSORTIUM Logo for New England Journal of MedicineSusan M. Wolf, chair of the Consortium, is lead author of an article in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine that gives an overview of four decades of progress -- and outlines what remains to be done -- to improve care at the end of life. Wolf and co-authors Nancy Berlinger and Bruce Jennings also wrote The Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life (Oxford University Press, 2013) a revised and expanded edition of The Hastings Center’s groundbreaking 1987 guidelines.

Legal Project Assistant Elected Law Review Editor-in-Chief

CONSORTIUM Emily Scholtes(2.6.15) Emily Scholtes has been elected editor-in-chief of volume 100 of the Minnesota Law Review, which is among the most prestigious honors bestowed upon law students. Ms. Scholtes has collaborated with Consortium chair Susan Wolf, JD, on a number of projects, including the NIH-funded grant "Disclosing Genomic Incidental Findings in a Cancer Biobank: An ELSI Experiment" (Award # 1-R01-CA154517), and the related national conference held during Fall 2014 on the University of Minnesota campus. Ms. Scholtes is a second year student in the U of MN Law School.

Innovative Research uses Social Media to Demonstrate the Economic Value of Clean Water

CONSORTIUM canoeing image(2.4.15) New research led by Bonnie Keeler of the Institute on the Environment uses geotagged photos shared via social media to model a cost-efficient research method. Keeler and her team found that improved water clarity is associated with increased numbers of visits to lakes and that lake users were willing to incur greater costs to visit clearer lakes. Lake users were willing to travel 56 minutes farther (equivalent to US$22 in travel costs) for every one-meter increase in water clarity in Minnesota and Iowa lakes, when controlling for other lake attributes. 

Challenges to the Legal Status of Brain Death Examined

CONSORTIUM Thaddeus Pope(2.2.15) Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD, Director of Hamline University's Health Law Institute, will present a Center for Bioethics Seminar on February 13th from 12:15-1:30 in Room 2-530 Moos Tower. His talk is entitled "Brain Death: Clinician Duties to Accommodate Objections and 'Treat' the Dead." Prof. Pope will consider the implications for clinicians and policymakers of new laws requiring hospitals to accommodate family objections to the concept of brain death. The event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences.

Susan M. Wolf to deliver the annual McDonald Merrill Ketcham Award Lecture

CONSORTIUM Indiana University Logo(1.27.15) Consortium chair Susan M. Wolf will deliver the annual McDonald Merrill Ketcham Award Lecture on Feb. 20, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The lecture and award are co-sponsored by the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, also part of Indiana University. This recognition brings leading scholars and policy makers in the fields of law and medicine to the Indianapolis campus for the benefit of students, faculty, the bar and the medical community. Prof. Wolf's lecture is titled "The Challenge of Creating Rules for Translational Science: Return of Results & Incidental Findings in Genomics."

Institute on the Environment Fellows Address Grand Global Challenges

CONSORTIUM basket of food(1.21.15) The Institute on the Environment (IonE) has launched a new interview series featuring its nearly 70 resident fellows. Fellows are faculty with appointments throughout the U of M who exemplify IonE's signature interdisciplinary approach to discovering solutions to Earth's most pressing environmental problems. See the most recent featured fellows.

ASME 4th Annual Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology to be held in Minneapolis

CONSORTIUM NEMB2015 conference graphicFrom April 19-22, more than 300 nanotechnology users and developers will attend the 2015 NEMB Congress. This year's meeting will focus on nanotechnology for addressing fundamental challenges in biology and medicine with particular focus on detection, imaging, modeling and treatment of disease. Consortium chair Susan M. Wolf will deliver a plenary talk at the conference.

Researchers discover surprising versatility in bacteria that derive energy from metals

(1.5.15) A new discovery by researchers at the University of Minnesota's BioTechology Institute shows how a friendly microbe known as Geobacter is able to thrive in a wide range of environments and emerging biotech applications.The research results were published this month in mBio, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, and suggest new ways of using bacteria to remotely detect specific metals, monitor underground chemical cleanup, and power devices using electricity-producing microbes.

Food Policy Research Center releases latest Issue Brief

(12.15.14) The Food Policy Research Center (FPRC) released a new issue brief, "The Likelihood of Disease Spread from Humans to Livestock through Animal Feed Manufacturing" on their new website. The FPRC is a grant-funded effort coordinated by the Center for Animal Health & Food Safety, one of the Consortium's member centers.

Steven Miles responds to the U.S. Senate Torture Report

S_Miles_photo_Oct_2013(12.10.14) Dr. Steven H. Miles of the Center for Bioethics responded today to the long-awaited "Senate Select Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program." In an opinion article published in MinnPost, Miles identifies gaps in the report and lays out the necessary steps to begin restoring the rule of law.  

Mary Jo Kreitzer appointed Co-editor in Chief of International Journal

AHCCSH2 - Image - 180x222 - People - Mary Jo Kreitzer(11.20.14) Global Advances in Health and Medicine today announced the appointment of Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN and Robert Saper, MD, MPH, as the journal's new co-editors-in-chief, forming the first interdisciplinary leadership team for the journal. Dr. Kreitzer is founder and director of the U of M's Center for Spirituality & Healing, one the Consortium's member centers.

Stem Cell Institute Director honored by Pearl Jam lead singer

CONSORTIUM Vedder Tolar epidermolysis bullosa(10.20.14) Dr. Jakub Tolar was honored by Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam, during a concert at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Sunday, Oct. 19. Dr. Tolar leads research at the University of Minnesota related to rare genetic disorders, including epidermolysis bullosa (EB). Vedder co-founded the non-profit EB Research Partnership, which raises funds to help find a cure. While in the Twin Cities Vedder and Stone Gossard, another band member, were given a tour of the university's facilities and met University president Eric Kaler.

Michael Osterholm Awarded McKnight Presidential Chair in Public Health

CONSORTIUM Michael Osterholm

(10.7.2014) University President Eric Kaler has given one of the University’s highest faculty honors to Michael Osterholm. In addition to being a professor in the School of Public Health and a go-to media analyst on Ebola, MERS and other public health threats, Osterholm is director of one of the Consortium's member centers, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute Grant Program

(9.30.14) The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute has released its fall RFP for the Community-University Partnership Grant Program to fund innovative, community-University partnerships that utilize community-engaged research strategies. HFHL is also calling for Letters of Interest for the Faculty Planning Grant Program, designed to fund the development of food, nutrition, and health-related interdisciplinary faculty research teams. Applications are due Friday, November 14. Learn more and apply.

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 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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Consortium Updates

Rex Chisholm on Using EHRs in Genomic Research

On March 12, 2015, Prof. Rex Chisholm of Northwestern University and the eMERGE Network shared results of more than a decade of research using data collected in Electronic Health Records (EHRs). He explained some representative discoveries made through analyzing the data and how that information has been translated into the clinical setting to help improve patient care. Prof. Pamala Jacobson of the Institute of Personalized Medicine at the U of M provided commentary, describing the way mobile and wearable devices will both improve data collection and present privacy challenges.

Prof. Heidi Rehm discusses Genomic Variant Interpretation

A standing-room only crowd attended a lecture at the Best Buy Theater in Northrop Auditorium on Feb. 12, 2015. Prof. Heidi Rehm of Harvard Medical School described efforts to build the infrastructure necessary to translate vast amounts of data about the human genome and its variants into the clinical setting. A video of the lecture, the first in a series of three Spring 2015 Lectures on Genomics, is available here.

Malpractice Reform Lecture

This year's Deinard Memorial Lecture on Law & Medicine was held on Dec. 4, 2014. Attorneys, health care providers, policymakers and community members gathered to hear Prof. Michelle Mello, JD, PhD (Stanford University) share the results of her ongoing research into how to build a better medical liability system. Prof. Jon B. Christianson, PhD (University of Minnesota) provided a commentary.





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