Petrie-Flom Seeks Research Assistant

Petrie-Flom Seeks Research Assistant
Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law and Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, seeks a part-time research assistant for project collaboration with Harvard Catalyst (Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center) on challenges and innovation in human…

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Global Reproduction:
Health, Law, and Human Rights in Surrogacy and Egg Donation

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
TBD
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

More information coming soon!

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Emerging Issues and New Frontiers for FDA Regulation

Monday, October 20, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Washington, DC

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Food and Drug Law Institute are pleased to…

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AGENDA NOW AVAILABLE: Post-Trial Responsibilities:
Ethics and Implementation

Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East AB
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Registration for the conference is open now! Register online. Conference Description Who: Clinical research sponsors, investigators, funders, regulators, trial participants, and…

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Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication

NPR, July 28, 2014
by Jason Beaubien

Last January Salma Jaffar was shot while she was going door to door in Karachi, giving children drops of the polio vaccine. "Even when they took out the pistol, I…

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A Surrogacy Agency That Delivered Heartache

New York Times, July 27, 2014
by Tamar Lewin

[...] The emerging Planet Hospital story, which Mr. Rupak characterized as one of mismanagement rather than fraud, stands as a cautionary tale about the proliferation of unregulated surrogacy agencies, their lack…

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Arizona Takes Nearly 2 Hours to Execute Inmate

New York Times, July 23, 2014
by Erik Eckhom

In another unexpectedly prolonged execution using disputed lethal injection drugs, a condemned Arizona prisoner on Wednesday repeatedly gasped for one hour and 40 minutes, according to witnesses, before dying at…

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Three person IVF plans ‘progress’ in UK:

BBC News, July 22, 2014

A public review into the three person IVF technique has been broadly supportive, says the Department of Health. But a number of technical and scientific details need to be finalised…

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Reconsideration of the Lifetime Ban on Blood Donation by Men Who Have Sex With Men

JAMA, July 23, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen, JD (Faculty Director); Jeremy Feigenbaum, JD; Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored a new Viewpoint piece in the July 23/30, 2014 issue of JAMA, arguing for the end of the FDA's lifetime ban on blood…

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Research Program Coordinator

Research Program Coordinator
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, John Hopkins University

Deadline: Open until filled.

This position (61443) involves both research and outreach work and provides an opportunity to work with a range of Berman Institute faculty. The Research Program Coordinator will assist in the management of outreach activities including…

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Big Data Peeps At Your Medical Records To Find Drug Problems

NPR, July 21, 2014
by Nell GreenfieldBoyce

No one likes it when a new drug in people's medicine cabinets turns out to have problems — just remember the Vioxx debacle a decade ago, when the painkiller was…

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JAMA opinion piece calls for ending lifetime ban on blood donation by gay men:

Washington Times, July 19, 2014
by 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…

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Genetically Engineering Almost Anything

"NovaNext," PBS, July 17, 2014
by Tim DeChant and Eleanor Nelsen

[...] A new technology just announced today has the potential to wipe out diseases, turn back evolutionary clocks, and reengineer entire ecosystems, for better or worse. Because of how deeply this…

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

Vox, July 16, 2014
by 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…

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Petrie-Flom Center Launches New Book on Human Subjects Research Regulation

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

The Petrie-Flom Center is pleased to announce publication of Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future (MIT Press 2014), co-edited by Petrie-Flom Center Faculty Director, I. Glenn Cohen, and Executive…

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Scientists create first-ever ‘biological pacemaker’ in pig hearts:

Al Jazeera America, July 16, 2014
by Marisa Taylor

Cardiologists have transplanted genes into the hearts of pigs with heart arrhythmias and genetically reprogrammed their defective heart cells into beating again, creating what they’re calling a “biological pacemaker,” according…

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Misjudgements will drive social trials underground:

Nature, July 16, 2014
by 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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Call for Papers: AALS Joint Program

Call for Papers: AALS Joint Program
The Association of American Law Schools

Deadline: August 31, 2014

AALS Joint Program Section on Aging and the Law  ●  Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care 2015 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. January 3, 2015…

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Call for Submissions: Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Call for Submissions: Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Deadline: Rolling admission.

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) is actively soliciting original manuscripts, responses, essays, and book reviews devoted to the examination of issues related to the intersection of law and biosciences, including bioethics, neuroethics, genetics,…

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Two Clinical Ethicist Positions

Two Clinical Ethicist Positions
Boston Children's Hospital

Deadline: Open until filled.

Temporary Clinical Ethicist The Clinical Ethicist (33200BR) provides formal and informal ethics consultations and collaborates with clinical teams, patients and families, managers, and consultants to address ethical issues in pediatric health care and research. Documents ethics activities.…

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After Hobby Lobby, ACA exceptions may become the rule

Reuters, July 15, 2014
by 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…

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Abortion Clinic Protections Proposed in Massachusetts

New York Times, July 14, 2014
by Jess Bidgood

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers expressed support for a bill filed on Monday that they say would address safety concerns that arose when theUnited States Supreme Court last month struck down 35-foot buffer zones…

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Dozens Of Religious Groups Refuse To Sign Contraceptive Opt-Out

Kaiser Health News, July 14, 2014

The two-page form, designed to accommodate religious beliefs, is regarded as an untenable compromise by some religious employers, reports The New York Times. Meanwhile, GOP governors see little fallout from…

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Introduction to Translational Medicine

Harvard Catalyst, September 29 – October 1, 2014
by Featuring Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

Introduction to Translational MedicineSeptember 29 – October 1, 2014 Sheraton Commander Hotel, Cambridge, MA Course themes: Preclinical Discovery Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology Conflicts of Interest Leadership and Team Dynamics in…

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Women forced to travel as Deep South closes doors on abortion clinics:

Al Jazeera America, July 12, 2014
by Ashley Cleek

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – When Kew found out she was pregnant, she knew immediately that she wanted to have an abortion. So she did a web search for “abortion clinic in…

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Mississippi Child Thought Cured Of HIV Shows Signs Of Infection

NPR, July 10, 2014
by Richard Harris

A baby who generated great excitement last year because it appeared she had been cured of HIV is infected with the virus after all, health officials say. This discovery is…

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ACLU wants to challenge law on drug-addicted mothers

The Tennesseean, July 10, 2014
by Shelly DuBois

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has issued a call for plaintiffs to help challenge a new state law that allows prosecutors to criminalize women who give birth to drug-dependent babies.…

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VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE: Using Big Data To Transform Care

HealthAffairs, July 9, 2014
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The application of big data to transform health care delivery, health research, and health policy is underway, and its potential is limitless.  The July 2014 issue of Health Affairs, "Using Big…

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Some Insurance Companies Ask Their Customers to Cross the Border for Care:

New Republic, July 7, 2014
by Adam Teicholz and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored a new piece in New Republic on the practice adopted by some insurance companies of sending clients across the border for less expensive care. From…

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Coming to U.S. for Baby, and Womb to Carry It:

New York Times, July 5, 2014
by Tamar Lewin

[...] In an era of globalization, the market for children crosses national borders; witness the longtime flow of Americans who have gone overseas to adopt babies from South Korea, China,…

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Embryo adoption creates babies – and controversy:

Al Jazeera America, July 4, 2014
by Marla Cichowski

[...] So-called embryo adoptions have resulted in more than 900 babies born in the U.S. since 1997. The Embryo Adoption Awareness Center estimates there are roughly 600,000 frozen embryos currently…

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When Religious Freedom Clashes with Access to Care:

NEJM, July 2, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Gregory Curfman

At the tail end of this year's Supreme Court term, religious freedom came into sharp conflict with the government's interest in providing affordable access to health care. In a consolidated…

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Court strikes down abortion clinic buffer zones

Washington Post, June 26, 2014
by Robert Barnes

The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down protest-free buffer zones around abortion clinics in Massachusetts as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. But Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s…

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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. She will take on the role…

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US doesn’t mandate paid maternity leave. Obama says it’s time to change.

Christian Science Monitor, June 23, 2014
by Mark Trumbull

WASHINGTON — A White House Summit on Working Families Monday focused attention on a workplace policy where the US stands in a league of its own: America is the only advanced economy without a legal…

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Using Big Data To Transform Care:

Health Affairs, July 9, 2014, 9:00am - 12:30pm
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The application of big data to transform health care delivery, health research, and health policy is underway, and its potential is limitless.  The July 2014 issue of Health Affairs, "Using…

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Who’s your daddy? Study on genetic testing says parents don’t need to know:

Al Jazeera America, June 23, 2014
by Joseph Brownstein

As more research is done on the human genome and more people seek genetic testing, researchers, physicians, genetic counselors and ethicists are struggling with the issues of how to present…

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Judge Upholds Policy Barring Unvaccinated Students During Illnesses

New York Times, June 22, 2014
by Benjamin Mueller

In a case weighing the government’s ability to require vaccination against the individual right to refuse it, a federal judge has upheld a New York City policy that bars unimmunized…

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Senior Researcher (Associate Professor) in Medical Ethics

Senior Researcher (Associate Professor) in Medical Ethics
Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford

Deadline: Open until filled.

Job Title: Senior Researcher (Associate Professor) in Medical Ethics Division: Medical Sciences Department: Nuffield Department of Population Health Group/Unit: The Ethox Centre Location: Old Road Campus, Headington, Oxford Grade and Salary: Grade 10: £50, 688 - £58,739 p.a. with…

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‘Choosing not to choose’:

Harvard Law Today, June 18, 2014

Harvard Law Today featured Cass Sunstein's keynote address at the 2014 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference, "Behavioral Economics, Law, and Health Policy." Sunstein, who is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard…

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Doctors pushed to reject role in executions

"The Rachel Maddow Show," MSNBC, June 17, 2014
by Rachel Maddow, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss his recent opinion piece in JAMA, coauthored with Robert D. Truog and Mark A. Rockoff (both of Harvard Medical School), on “Physicians,…

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Direct-to-Patient Laboratory Test Reporting:

JAMA, June 16, 2014
by Michael J. Young, MPhil (Petrie-Flom Student Fellow); Ethan Scheinberg, BTL; Harold Bursztajn, MD

In February 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a landmark ruling allowing patients direct access to completed medical laboratory reports. The ruling took effect April 7, 2014,…

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Contraceptive Coverage Case Decison Still Pending

Kaiser Health News, June 16, 2014

The decision on the legal challenge to the health law's birth control mandate will be issued by the end of this month. Also yet to be released is the Supreme Court's opinion on abortion opponents' free-speech challenge to a Massachusetts…

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Once again, U.S. has most expensive, least effective health care system in survey

Washington Post, June 16, 2014
by Lenny Bernstein

A report released Monday by a respected think tank ranks the United States dead last in the quality of its health-care system when compared with 10 other western, industrialized nations, the same…

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EU’s top court may define obesity as a disability:

BBC, June 12, 2014

Denmark has asked the European Court of Justice to rule on the case of a male childminder who says he was sacked for being too fat. Karsten Kaltoft weighs about…

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Louisiana governor signs into law new abortion restrictions

Reuters, June 12, 2014
by Jonathan Kamisky

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed new restrictions on abortion clinics into law on Thursday, a move his critics have said will force three of the state's five clinics to close.…

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Video Now Available: What is Life?

Radcliffe Institute, May 30, 2014
by 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),…

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Tulsa Law Review special issue honoring Founding Faculty Director Einer Elhauge

Tulsa Law Review Vol. 49, Issue 3, 2013
by Einer Elhauge (Founding Faculty Director), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and others

A symposium honoring the work of Petrie-Flom Founding Faculty Director Einer Elhauge has been published by the Tulsa Law Review. The issue includes Elhauge’s article, “I'm Not Quite Dead Yet -- and Other…

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Biomedical Ethics Research

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Biomedical Ethics Research
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

Deadline: Open until filled.

Position Start Date: As negotiated with the successful applicant. Qualifications: Ph.D. or other terminal degree (J.D., M.D.) with experience in bioethics. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience with normative bioethics analyses, survey…

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