Quie and Peterson Global Health Lecture

The World at Large

VP Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

Our world. We know how things that happen in the rest of the world affect us. How often do we think about how what we do here in Minnesota impacts the rest of the world?
We have seen this connection throughout the pandemic from rates of infection to uneven vaccine distribution. We have also seen incredible resilience and innovation displaying the best of humanity, reminding us that when we act out of care for one another, we are able to accomplish great things.

Our health sciences education and training opportunities abroad have been greatly impacted due to the inability to travel and the state of COVID in the U.S. and in partner countries. Many of our colleges turned to Zoom to stay connected with global partners. The School of Dentistry launched a new virtual exchange program with a partner university in Heidelberg, Germany with plans to add additional partners from Ljubljana, Slovenia and Cape Town, South Africa, in 2022.

These efforts demonstrate our ability to find creative solutions to stay connected to one another despite the challenges that come our way. Whether we are speaking of the pandemic, climate health or humanitarian efforts, our fates—that of the world and all its living inhabitants—are intertwined.

We have a remarkable opportunity to learn more through the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility’s annual Quie and Peterson Global Health Lecture on Nov. 15, “While Our Attention Was on COVID: Spillover Effects from a Pandemic.” Please join us to hear from Senjuti Saha, PhD, who works on the front lines of public health in Bangladesh, and Magaly Blas, MD, PhD, MPH, director of a social innovation program that aims to improve maternal and newborn health in rural and remote areas of the Amazon.

On this November 11, we are grateful for the service and sacrifice of our veterans, including Dr. Paul Quie, who served in the U.S. Navy.

Driving Innovation & Discovery


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Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain Now Open

After more than a year of renovation, the new MIDB facility opened its doors to the public on Nov. 1. Located on East River Road near the University’s Twin Cities campus, MIDB provides a one-stop setting for children and families by housing researchers, health care providers, educators and advocates together in one location where they can enhance each other’s knowledge with the goal of improving our children's future.

Partnering With Communities


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Students Make an Impact at Mobile Health Initiative Events
Throughout the year, the University’s Mobile Health Initiative recruits and trains health sciences student volunteers to work with under-resourced communities in the Twin Cities and around the state. Several students recently volunteered at an end of season health fair for migrant workers in Owatonna.

Advancing Interprofessional Education & Training


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From Education to Professional Practice

This past summer, Mariah Witt, a medical laboratory sciences student, participated in the creation of a student-driven experiential interprofessional education pilot program as part of her internship with OACA. After supporting the IPE pilot launch, Witt was able to benefit as a participant.



Global Health Case Competition – Applications Now Open
Looking for an opportunity to create solutions to real-life health challenges? Check out the Global Health Case Competition from the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility. Interdisciplinary teams collaborate on a case, developing pieces from health interventions to budgets and marketing. Graduate, professional, and upper-level undergraduate students are welcome to apply—as an individual, or as a team. Applications are now open through Nov. 29.

U-Wide Events and Opportunities


Mini Medical School

Watch Now: Mini Medical School

The recordings of the second and third sessions of Mini Medical School: Health and Wellness During a Pandemic, “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Other Diseases” and “Mental Health and Wellness During a Pandemic” are now available for you to view at your convenience. Thank you for joining us for the virtual fall series!


Ethics Grand Rounds

Rapid Transition to Telehealth and the Digital Divide: Implications for Primary Care Access and Equity in a Post‐COVID Era

Join the Center for Bioethics on Nov. 12 for an upcoming Ethics Grand Rounds.The COVID-19 pandemic has catalyzed profound transformations in health care delivery systems, including an abrupt shift toward telemedicine.


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Walleye Tank Applications Due Nov. 21

The Walleye Tank is Minnesota’s life science pitch competition providing an educational and promotional opportunity for emerging and established medical and life science companies. The competition focuses on removing barriers for entrepreneurs at the junior, mid-level and professional levels. With cash prizes of $10,000 for the professional division and $1,000 for students, the competition is overseen by a panel of judges assembled from local entrepreneurs and investors.

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