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Professor Susan M. Wolf Elected to Institute of Medicine

OCTOBER 12, 2009—University of Minnesota Professor Susan M. Wolf, J.D., has been elected to the National Academy's Institute of Medicine (IOM). Prof. Wolf is McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre & Benson Professor of Law; Professor of Medicine; and a Faculty Member in the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota. She chairs the University's Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences.

Election to the IOM is among the highest honors in the health and medicine fields and is a highly selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. The IOM charter requires that at least one-fourth of the membership is selected from fields outside the health professions, such as law, engineering, the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.

At its 39th annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 12, 2009, the IOM announced the names of 65 new members and five foreign associates, bringing the total of active members to 1,160 and foreign associates to 93. An additional 75 members hold emeritus status.

Three professors at the University of Minnesota Medical School also were among the newly elected IOM members: Karen Hsiao Ashe, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Neurology and Neuroscience; Michelle Biros, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine; and Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., Department of Surgery.

Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the IOM is a resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. Members volunteer their service on IOM committees, boards, and other activities. Some recent initiatives include evaluation of the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury among military personnel, work on a strategy for preventing medical conflicts of interest, and creation of a blueprint for American leadership in advancing global health.

For more information on the University's Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences, visit www.lifesci.consortium.umn.edu.

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