The University of Minnesota successfully competed for more than $ 1 billion in external research funding in fiscal 2021, a first in the University’s 170-year history. This achievement was motivated, in part, by widespread interest, participation and investment in health science research. At its meeting next Friday, the University of Minnesota Board of Trustees will discuss what University of Minnesota health science researchers accomplished over the past year and what the future holds. to this work at one of the leading research universities in the United States.
Dr. Jakub Tolar, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts and Vice President of Clinical Affairs, will introduce the Regents to the breadth of health science research at the university, a broad scope that almost involves all disciplines of the university and takes advantage of the greatest strengths to achieve superior results. Tolar will also outline his vision for the future to advance healthcare in partnership with state, nation, and the global community to solve health challenges. As Tolar will note in his presentation, this vision aligns with several of the University’s commitments in its system-wide strategic plan, MPact 2025.
The University engages in almost all forms of research in the health sciences, from basic research to translational research, clinical to community. Under this broad umbrella, Tolar’s presentation will note that national trends in health science research have increasingly aligned with the more specific areas of expertise and interests of the University, including: health disparities; underserved and rural populations; diversity, equity and inclusion; involve communities in their health priorities; the implementation and dissemination of basic science, and; digital health and big data, among others.
The unique intersections of these topics with academic expertise have attracted increased funding for health science research at U of M, as well as increased discoveries and high impact scholarships.
The University’s health sciences research has a long and celebrated history of heralded advancements, dating back to innovative medical devices such as the pacemaker and procedures such as open heart surgery and living organ transplants. . Discoveries and innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic, supported by strong research funding and awards, have built on this story. Funding from U of M researchers has made it possible to improve personal protective equipment, explore approaches to better predict COVID-19 outbreaks, understand the biological systems of the virus and the responses of the virus. organization, to deepen knowledge on health disparities and the impacts of the pandemic on various communities, and to conduct in-depth trials of new therapeutic and vaccine candidates.
U of M experts have also led topics relating to aging, quality of life, substance abuse, rural health, health equity, and disease prevention and treatment, ranging from new and rare diseases to cancer and heart health.
As part of its October meetings, the Council is also expected to:
- Discuss the new cybersecurity certification requirements under the direction of the office of the vice-president, research.
- Receive an update on the System’s Strategic Enrollment Plan.
- Discuss key lessons learned from delivering courses during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as best practices for distance or hybrid education.
- Visit and visit of the University Health Sciences Education Center, which officially opened in fall 2020.
- Act on the six-year capital plan recommended by the President and 2022 demand for state capital.
- Discuss the University’s budget model in an overview provided by Vice President and Chief Budget Officer Julie Tonneson.
- Review the master plan of the Twin Cities campus.
- Receive an update on the Twin Cities Campus Restoration Program, including the next steps in awarding a contract for restoration operations in the coming years.
- Act on appointments to the Board of Trustees of the University of Minnesota Foundation.
- Receive an overview of the Positioned for Excellence, Alignment and Knowledge implementation plan (PEAK) Initiative, a system-wide effort to identify opportunities in non-academic functions to increase efficiency or gain capacity to advance the University’s teaching, research and outreach mission.
- Begin a series of discussions about diversity, equity and inclusion work on each of the University’s five campuses, starting with a focus on the Twin Cities.
For more information, including times of upcoming meetings, visit regents.umn.edu.