Goodbye and Congratulations to Faculty Co-Director Benjamin N. Roin

Petrie-Flom Center, June 1, 2014

The Petrie-Flom Center congratulates our co-director, Benjamin N. Roin, who effective June 30, 2014 will be taking up an offer to join the faculty of MIT Sloan School of Management. As part of this transition…

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Video Now Available: What is Life?: The Science and Ethics of Making New Life in the Laboratory

Radcliffe Institute, May 30, 2014
Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

How has knowledge of the human genome transformed the biological sciences? How should we assess the promises, perils, and ethics of creating new organisms in the laboratory? Eric S. Lander (moderator), president and founding director, Broad Institute…

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What is Life?: The Science and Ethics of Making New Life in the Laboratory

Radcliffe Institute, May 30, 2014, 4:00-5:15pm
Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Registration is required in order to attend this event. Please register here. How has knowledge of the human genome transformed the biological sciences? How should we assess the promises, perils, and ethics…

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Harvard Law Professor: Suing the VA Is Full of Challenges

Newsmax, May 27, 2014
Courtney Coren, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Those affected by the scandal at Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country could file a class action lawsuit, but such a move also presents "some challenges," says I. Glenn Cohen, Harvard University Law School professor and medical ethics expert.  "The main vehicle for bringing…

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California Counties Sue 5 Narcotics Makers

Here & Now, NPR, May 22, 2014
Robin Young interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Two counties in California — Orange and Santa Clara — are suing five major drug companies, accusing them of causing the growing prescription drug epidemic across the country. The complaint, filed on behalf of the state of California, accuses the companies, which make painkilling…

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Delaying Pregnancy and Parenthood: Risks and Rewards

The Forum at the Harvard School of Public Health, May 21, 2014
Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

In a new report, the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC has confirmed that the average age at which American women deliver their first babies has increased in the last 40 years. The Center reports that there were more than nine times as many first births to women 35 years old or…

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Harvard Law Prof: Administration Chose Not to Act on VA Scandal

Newsmax, May 21, 2014
Courtney Coren, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The Veterans Affairs scandal is the most disturbing scandal this year because the Obama administration seemed to know about it but didn't do anything, says I. Glenn Cohen, leading expert in bioethics and law at Harvard University Law School. "This year, it is the most disturbing scandal,…

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Doctors assist in executions despite ethics rules

LA Times, May 21, 2014
Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Seth Klamann, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] A group of legal experts called the Death Penalty Committee of the Constitution Project recently recommended that doctors or other medical personnel supervise all medical aspects of executions, even when barred by their governing bodies. On Monday, several Harvard Medical School doctors…

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Delaying Pregnancy and Parenthood: The Risks and Rewards

Harvard School of Public Health, PRI's The World and WGBH, May 21, 2014
Featuring I. Glenn Cohen

In a new report, the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC has confirmed that the average age at which American women deliver their first babies has increased in the last 40 years. The Center reports that there were more than nine times as many first births to women 35 years old or…

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Physicians, Medical Ethics, and Execution by Lethal Injection

JAMA, May 19, 2014
Robert D. Truog, MD; I. Glenn Cohen, JD (Faculty Director); Mark A. Rockoff, MD

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has coauthored a new opinion piece now available through JAMA. From the article: …

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Globalization and Healthcare Ethics

@BioethxChat, May 19, 2014
I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Join Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director I. Glenn Cohen on May 19 as he leads a discussion on "Globalization and Healthcare Ethics" hosted by BioethxChat on Twitter.

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Public Workshop: Strategies for Responsible Sharing of Clinical Trial Data

Institute of Medicine, National Academies, May 5, 2014
Featuring a presentation by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Petrie-Flom Center Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen will participate in a session on "Operational Principles for the Governance for Sharing Clinical Trial Data" on Monday, May 5, at 1:30pm. From…

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Michelle N. Meyer Named to Board of Directors of PersonalGenomes.org

Petrie-Flom, May 1, 2014

Academic Fellow alumna Michelle Meyer, J.D., Ph.D., currently Assistant Professor and Director of Bioethics Policy in the Union Graduate College-Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Siniar Bioethics Program,…

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ANALYSIS: VA Department Responsible for Veteran Deaths

RIA Novosti, April 25, 2014
Lyudmila Chernova, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Glenn Cohen, a health policy and bioethics expert at Harvard Law School, stressed the Veterans Administration has had a serious history of delays in many areas and one of the key promises of the new secretary…

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Clashing Rights: Free Speech and Reproductive Autonomy

Northeastern University Program on Health Policy and Law, April 25, 2014
featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

In recent years, the First Amendment’s free speech clause has played an increasingly critical role in the battle over reproductive rights. For example, states seeking to limit access to abortion have passed laws requiring abortion providers to inform women about the alleged mental health risks…

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Accountability in the ACO Structure: Medical professional liability will change at the institutional level as reforms take hold.

Risk & Insurance, April 2014
Katie Siegel

[...] As physician employers, ACOs “will need professional liability coverage for the errors of its professional care providers,” said Derek Jones, a principal and consulting actuary at Milliman. In fact, said I.…

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Obamacare class-action suit opens a new legal front: Nevada plaintiffs: They paid, but weren’t covered

Washington Times, April 23, 2014
Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Analysts said this appears to be the first case of its kind since Obamacare launched in earnest last fall, and that its form — a class action — could be useful if it meets certain legal criteria. “In many cases where individuals would not sue on their own behalf individually…

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Mark Udall ad says Cory Gardner ‘championed’ Colorado fight to ban birth control

PolitiFact.com, April 21, 2014
Citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] As we’ve noted in past articles about the debate over personhood, some legal scholars and the…

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Welcome 2014-2016 Academic Fellow Rachel Sachs!

Petrie-Flom Center, April 17, 2014

The Petrie-Flom Center is pleased to announce the new 2014-2016 Academic Fellow, Rachel Sachs. Rachel earned her J.D. in 2013 magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was the Articles Chair of the Harvard Law Review and a student fellow with…

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FDA Advises Against Morcellator Use in Hysterectomies: Citing Cancer Risks, Overseer Discourages Use of Morcellators to Remove Uterine Growths

Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2014
Jon Kamp and Jennifer Levitz, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] "The fact that the FDA released this warning makes it more likely that a doctor who went against it will be held to have practiced in a way below the standard of care," said I. Glenn Cohen, a Harvard…

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