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Special Initiatives

MMF supports many special programs that address urgent and emerging health issues and that offer opportunities to capitalize on the University of Minnesota’s unique resources, capabilities, and expertise.

With generous donor support, University scientists and physicians are accelerating life-enhancing innovations in such wide-ranging fields as bioethics, bioengineering, ophthalmology, human sexuality, stem cell science, global health, and high-field imaging. For example, they are:

  • expanding the boundaries of stem cell science at the world’s first interdisciplinary institute dedicated to this field

  • setting global standards in public health preparedness and emerging infectious disease response through the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

  • influencing the field of sexual health through the world’s most comprehensive center of its kind

  • obtaining images of the human body’s intricate structures and functions using the most powerful imaging magnets available anywhere

  • shaping public opinion about far-reaching, current, and controversial health and medical issues through the Center for Bioethics

  • significantly improving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a number of pediatric and adult eye disorders

  • taking a lead role in pharmacogenomics—understanding and predicting which drugs are most effective for individual patients based on their genetic makeup

  • developing the University of Minnesota Biomedical Discovery District, a state-of-the-art research park that will attract an estimated $100 million in new research investment annually

  • conducting pioneering research in biomedical engineering that has made Minnesota a world leader in biomedical innovation and home to some of the industry’s most influential corporations

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The Minnesota Medical Foundation has merged with the University of Minnesota Foundation.

The combination of two great foundations, operating as the University of Minnesota Foundation, will enhance support of excellence at the University of Minnesota, provide even greater efficiencies, and better serve University donors.

For more information, contact the University of Minnesota Foundation at 612-624-3333.

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To speak with someone in person about supporting one of our special initiatives, please contact:

Chuck Semrow, Director of Development, Special Initiatives
612-624-6313 |