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University of Minnesota Renames Centers in Honor of Earl Bakken

Friday, July 21, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The University of Minnesota announced that it is renaming two health-focused interdisciplinary centers in honor of Earl E. Bakken in recognition of his support of the University and his field-shaping legacy. The centers will now be called the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center and the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.

“Renaming these centers is our way of honoring the spirit of discovery and innovation that Earl Bakken has instilled in everyone he has encountered through his work at the University,” said Eric Kaler, president of the University of Minnesota. “He has been an inspiration to our faculty, staff and students and his efforts have helped us become leaders in finding new ways to promote health and healing in the communities we serve.”

Both interdisciplinary centers break the mold in exploring new ideas and fostering innovation. The Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center is an interdisciplinary program under the Institute for Engineering in Medicine that combines research, education and training focused on medical devices. The center has successfully supported researchers through the process of moving devices from concept to market. It also works to train and support the next generation of innovators who will go on to change health care with further discoveries, following the model initiated by Bakken.

Bakken was an early mentor for TRUST member Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, founder and director of the University’s Center for Spirituality & Healing, and he continues to be a strong advocate for integrative approaches to health and healing.

“Mr. Bakken is one of our most illustrious and accomplished alumni, and his work has a continuing impact on millions of people daily around the world,” Kreitzer said. “He has inspired us to think bigger, to try to fulfill the immense potential we have to improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities around the world.”

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