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Complex Problems Require Innovative Solutions

We are a one-stop resource, coming together as an extended team of scientists and experts from across the University to work towards transformative health outcomes. As a land-grant University, it is our responsibility to leverage this breadth of discipline and knowledge for the benefit of our state.

BOLD Ideas

Through the BOLD Ideas Grant Program, we are encouraging bold collaborations, genuine community engagement, and sustainability in order to tackle “wicked problems” which include:

• Health disparities and influencing social determinants of health
• Lack of access to needed health care and health promotion resources in rural Minnesota (closed hospitals/lack of providers/missing programs and needed expertise) and some urban settings (i.e., dentistry, dietitians)
• Health care provider burnout at all levels of training and career
• Technology that facilitates, rather than hinders, health and health care
• Achieving new advances in health and care through broader collaboration
• Opioid and addiction crises
• Addressing the societal and social issues of aging well
• Bioethical challenges resulting from the above

Advancing health in our communities requires thinking outside of the box. We are ready to answer the call.

Rural Health: Evaluation and Selection of Technology (RHEST) Framework

The RHEST Framework (PDF) provides researchers a set of tools and resources to guide technology analysis and selection for rural health research, including information provided by researchers and service providers on rural health challenges, trends, and emerging technologies.


Center for Bioethics

The Center for Bioethics helps students, professionals, policy makers, and the public confront and understand ethical issues in health, health care, new biomedical technologies, the environment, and the life sciences.

Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility

The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility facilitates transdisciplinary partnerships and collaborations across the University of Minnesota and worldwide to create a global portfolio of research, education, and engagement.

Clinical and Translational Science Institute

CTSI is one of approximately 60 medical research institutions working together to improve the way clinical and translational research is conducted nationwide, enhancing its efficiency and quality.

Institute for Cell, Gene, and Immunotherapy

The Institute for Cell, Gene, and Immunotherapy is accelerating the development and testing of novel cell, gene and immune-based therapeutics that hold promise in the treatment of life-threatening diseases.

Institute for Health Informatics

The Institute for Health Informatics leads the interprofessional discovery, application, and teaching of health information sciences to improve the health of individuals and communities.

Institute for Molecular Virology

The Institute for Molecular Virology seeks to improve the health of the citizens of Minnesota through education, outreach, and research (basic, clinical, and translational).

Institute for Engineering in Medicine

IEM is an interdisciplinary research organization that strengthens collaborative efforts between the disciplines of engineering and biomedicine at the University of Minnesota, and fosters collaborations with medical device industry.

Masonic Cancer Center

The Masonic Cancer Center creates a collaborative research environment focused on the causes, prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer.

Minnesota Partnership

The Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics is a unique collaborative venture among the Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota, and the State of Minnesota that seeks to position Minnesota as a world leader in biotechnology and medical genomics applications.

Opioid Advisory Task Force

The Opioid Advisory Task Force is comprised of an array of faculty, staff, and leadership from across the University working to address the opioid epidemic. The Opioid Advisory Task Force carries out research to advance our knowledge of addiction and pain management; trains students and future health professionals in preventing addiction and overdose; enacts community outreach and public policy.

Regenerative Medicine Minnesota

Regenerative Medicine Minnesota aims to improve the health of Minnesotans by advancing regenerative medicine research, education, industry and care delivery to patients.