Ethical issues over experimental Ebola drug

CCTV America, August 13, 2014
Asieh Namdar, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen appeared on CCTV America to discuss ethical questions about…

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Academic Fellow Jeffrey Skopek to Join Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge

Petrie-Flom Center, August 11, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow Jeffrey Skopek will be joining the law faculty of the University of Cambridge in the fall.  At Cambridge, Jeff will continue his scholarship…

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Big Data: The Conversation Continues (Part 1)

Health Affairs Conversations, August 8, 2014
David Bates and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

In a Health Affairs podcast, David Bates and I. Glenn Cohen discuss big data and the Health Affairs July issue on the topic. 

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UCLA, Harvard Law Schools launch joint annual conference on food law and policy

Harvard Law Today, August 8, 2014

From the article: UCLA School of Law and Harvard Law School have announced the inauguration of the UCLA-Harvard Food Law and Policy Conference, a joint annual conference that will focus on issues in the food system from a legal perspective. [...]

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US big-data health network launches aspirin study

Nature, August 6, 2014
Sara Reardon, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: One of the largest big-data experiments in health care has set its first research target. The leaders of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in Washington DC voted on 29 July to focus the institute’s first clinical…

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US big-data health network launches aspirin study

Nature, August 6, 2014
Sara Reardon, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: One of the largest big-data experiments in health care has set its first research target. The leaders of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in Washington DC voted on 29 July to focus the institute's first clinical trial…

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Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future

MIT Press, August 2014
I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), eds.

Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future (MIT Press 2014), co-edited by Petrie-Flom Center Faculty Director, I.…

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Models of Consent to Return of Incidental Findings in Genomic Research

The Hastings Center Report, Vol. 44, issue 3 (July-August 2014)
W. Nicholson Price II (Affiliated Faculty) et al.

From the article: [...] Federal regulations governing most human subjects research in the United States require the disclosure of “the procedures to be followed” in the research as part of the informed consent process. It seems reasonable to assume-and…

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Why Psychologists’ Food Fight Matters

Slate, July 31, 3014
Michelle N. Meyer (Academic Fellow alumna) and Christopher Chabris

From the article: Psychologists are up in arms over, of all things, the editorial process that led to the recent publication of a special issue of the journal Social Psychology. This may seem like a classic case of ivory tower navel gazing, but…

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How patent reform’s fraught politics have left USPTO still without a boss

The Washington Post, July 30, 2014
Nancy Scola, quoting W. Nicholson Price II (Affiliated Faculty)

From the article: [...] The controversy began in late June when rumors started to trickle out that the White House would nominate Philip S. Johnson to lead the USPTO [...] And so when Johnson's supposed nomination was…

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Appeals court upholds Obamacare tax as constitutional

Washington Times, July 29, 2014
Stephen Dinan and Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Legal scholars say origination clause challenges, historically, have been a tough sell in the courts. Indeed, it is “very rarely litigated,” said I. Glenn Cohen, a health expert at Harvard…

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Appeals court upholds Obamacare tax as constitutional

Washington Times, July 29, 2014
Stephen Dinan and Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen

[...] Legal scholars say origination clause challenges, historically, have been a tough sell in the courts. Indeed, it is “very rarely litigated,” said I. Glenn Cohen, a health expert at Harvard…

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Experts urge lifting ban on blood donations by gay men

CBS News, July 25, 2014
Dennis Thompson , quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The United States should repeal a 30-year policy that bans blood donations from gay and bisexual men, according to a team of medical and legal experts writing this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association .[...] [...] "We think it's time for the FDA to take a serious…

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D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies: But second court backs administration on key part of law

Washington Times, July 22, 2014
Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] To redress the potentially fatal blow to its signature law, the administration will likely seek an “en banc” hearing on the case by all the judges in the D.C. Circuit. That may be more likely to go their way, as Republicans have accused Democrats of packing the court. …

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JAMA opinion piece calls for ending lifetime ban on blood donation by gay men: Hemophilia groups say policy must be based on science, not politics

Washington Times, July 19, 2014
Cheryl Wetzstein, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Gay marriage laws and court rulings against sexual-orientation discrimination are all signs that it’s time for the federal government to change its blood-donor policy for gay and bisexual men, authors said in a commentary released Saturday. The lifetime ban for blood donation by men who…

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Hated the Facebook experiment? You’ll hate what’s next for health care.

Vox, July 16, 2014
Adriana McIntyre interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Facebook isn't the only company that wants to capitalize on information collected from millions of people do do research. Health care systems want to use the immense sea of data in patients' medical records to try and improve health…

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Misjudgements will drive social trials underground: A Facebook study that manipulated news feeds was not definitively unethical and offered valuable insight into social behaviour, says Michelle N. Meyer.

Nature, July 16, 2014
Michelle Meyer (Academic Fellow Alumna) et al.

Former Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow Michelle N. Meyer has joined with a group of other scholars to defend the recently publicized social contagion experiment conducted by Facebook, arguing that the experiment…

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After Hobby Lobby, ACA exceptions may become the rule

Reuters, July 15, 2014
Interview with Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

Holly Fernandez Lynch analyzes the impact of the Supreme Court's recent decision, saying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), passed by Congress, will shape the impact as much as the court…

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Hobby Lobby stunner: Supreme Court issues long-awaited ruling in birth-control dispute

Washington Times, June 30, 2014
Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

[...] Holly Lynch, a health and ethics expert at Harvard Law School, said she was “not surprised in the least that contraceptives in particular were not covered directly in the ACA.” “It was a political nightmare to begin with [and] adding that into the mix at the time could…

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Senior Associate Robin Pierce Appointed to Editorial Board of Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

Petrie-Flom, June 25, 2014

Robin Pierce, J.D., Ph.D., Senior Law and Ethics Associate with Petrie-Flom, has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry.…

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