Power, Suffering, and the Struggle for Dignity: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter

University of Pennsylvania Press, December 2015
Alicia Ely Yamin (Global Health and Human Rights Initiative Fellow Alumna)

“A brilliant, highly readable, and moving book.” -Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty “This book deftly illustrates the core purpose…

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Incorporating ethical principles into clinical research protocols: a tool for protocol writers and ethics committees

Journal of Medical Ethics, January 25, 2016 (online first)
Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) et al.

Abstract: A novel Protocol Ethics Tool Kit (‘Ethics Tool Kit’) has been developed by a multi-stakeholder group of the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard. The purpose of the Ethics Tool Kit is to facilitate…

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Confronting Biospecimen Exceptionalism in Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule

Hastings Center Report, January/February 2016, Vol. 46, Issue 1
By Holly F. Lynch (Executive Director), Barbara E. Bierer and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract: On September 8, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making to revise the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, widely known as the “Common Rule.” The NPRM proposes several changes to the current…

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Predicting The FDA’s Future

Health Affairs , January 2016, Vol. 35 No. 1
Jessica Bylander, reviewing book edited by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Holly F. Lynch (Executive Director)

From the review: What will regulation of drugs and medical devices by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) look like in the coming decades? The answer to this question should interest not only drug and device companies, which are deeply affected by the agency’s…

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HKS Library Virtual Book Tour with Professor Frances Kamm: "The Trolley Problem Mysteries"

Harvard Kennedy School Library, January 20, 2016
Interview/Virtual Book Tour with Frances Kamm (Senior Fellow Alumna)

Frances Kamm, Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School Professor of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Harvard University Book Description: A rigorous treatment of a thought experiment that has become notorious within and outside of philosophy…

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Academic Fellow Rachel Sachs featured in Politico’s “Prescription Pulse”: Weekly round-up of pharma news includes Sachs on 'march-in' rights

Politico, January 19, 2016
Sarah Karlin and Brett Norman, featuring Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow)

REALITY CHECK ON 'MARCH-IN'-RIGHTS — 50 House Democrats wrote HHS and NIH last week that the government should exercise its march-in rights — handing over the patents on some high-priced drugs so that competitors can make cheaper versions. The government can invalidate intellectual…

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“FDA in the 21st Century: A Panel Discussion”: Plenary Session at MAGI Clinical Research Conference Features Petrie-Flom Directors on Volume Based on 2013 Annual Conference

MAGI, May 2, 2016, 8:30 - 10:00 AM
Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

On Monday, May 2, 2016, from 8:30 to 10:00am, Petrie-Flom Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch and Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen will participate…

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Learning the wrong lesson on privacy from Henrietta Lacks

Washington Post, January 8, 2016
Christopher Robertson (Student Fellow Alumnus) and Jonathan D. Loe

From the article: In her acclaimed 2010 book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” Rebecca Skloot tells the story of a poor black woman with cervical cancer who checked into Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951. While performing surgery to remove the cancer,…

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Symposium on “Ethical Risk Assessment in Biomedical Big Data”

Organised by the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, in association with the Brocher Foundation., March 14-15, 2016
Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Please register via the event website. Description In biomedical research, the analysis of large datasets (Big Data) has become a major driver…

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Health Care Organizations and the Power of Procedure

The American Journal of Bioethics , Vol. 16, Issue 1, January 2016
Emily A. Largent (Student Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Rationing refers to “any explicit or implicit measures that allow people to go without beneficial health care services” (Ubel and Goold 1998). In our health care system, some rationing is both ethically defensible and necessary.…

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Brief of Amici Curiae: Whole Woman's Health et al. v. Kirk Cole, Commissioner, Texas Dept of State Health Services, et al.

Melissa Murray, I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), B. Jessie Hill

From the brief:  SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT In Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992), this Court affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to terminate her pregnancy. That conclusion…

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Why Preventing Cancer Is Not the Priority in Drug Development

The Upshot, New York Times, December 28, 2015
Austin Frakt, citing Ben Roin (former Academic Fellow and Faculty Co-Director)

From the article:  Most people would agree that it would be better to prevent cancer, if we could, than to treat it once it developed. Yet economic incentives encourage researchers to focus on treatment rather than prevention.

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Clinical Decision Making Regarding Suicide Risk: Effect of Patient and Clinician Age

Death Studies, December 17, 2015 (ePub ahead of print)
I. Glenn Cohen (Facutly Director), et al.

Abstract: To ascertain how patient age influences suicide risk assessment, clinicians (N = 262) read an ambiguous vignette about Bill (aged either 39- or 79-years-old), and subsequently rated Bill's suicide risk and hospitalization…

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The Trolley Problem Mysteries

Oxford University Press, December 2015 (forthcoming)
Frances M. Kamm (Senior Fellow Alumna), Edited by Eric Rakowski

Provides a rigorous introductory treatment of a problem that has become well known both within and beyond the field of philosophy - the Trolley Problem Suggests a solution to the problem and then expands the scope of the solution in new and unexpected ways Offers general proposals…

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The Legal Column: Balancing religious freedom and health care access

Lahey Health Journal of Medical Ethics , Fall 2015
Holly F. Lynch (Executive Director) & I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the column:  Whether employers providing health insurance to their employees should be required to cover free contraceptives in the face of a religious objection to doing so is a divisive question, potentially pitting religious and reproductive freedom against…

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Frames, Choice-Reversal, and Consent

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, November 2015, Vol. 18, Issue 5
Luke Gelinas (Clinical Research Ethics Fellow)

Abstract: Recently Jason Hanna has argued that a particular type of susceptibility to framing effects—namely, the tendency to reverse one’s choice between certain logically equivalent frames—invalidates actual tokens of consent. Here I argue that this claim…

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Regulating Secrecy

Washington Law Review, 2015 (Forthcoming)
W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Abstract:       Regulation interacts with intellectual-property exclusivity in socially problematic ways by encouraging secrecy at the expense of innovation, efficiency, and competition. In the extensive scholarship on intellectual property and innovation,…

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The Non-Spaces of Medical Tourism

Harvard Design Magazine, S/S 2015, No. 40
I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: I spent the last six years as a strange kind of tourist. I traveled the globe visiting hospitals. Not just any hospitals, but those participating in the “medical tourism” industry—a booming multi-billion-dollar business based on…

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How Patent Law Can Block Even Lifesaving Drugs

New York Times, September 28, 2015
Austin Frakt, quoting Benjamin Roin (Former Faculty Co-Director & Academic Fellow; Current Affiliated Faculty)

From the article: To see evidence of this, just look at the behavior of pharmaceutical firms. When Benjamin Roin, assistant professor of technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategic management at M.I.T., did so, he discovered that drug…

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Big Data, Patents, and the Future of Medicine

Cardozo Law Review, Forthcoming , September 13, 2015
W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Abstract:  Big data has tremendous potential to improve health care. Unfortunately, intellectual property law isn’t ready to support that leap. In the next wave of data-driven medicine, black-box medicine, researchers use sophisticated algorithms to examine huge…

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