Petrie-Flom Welcomes New Executive Director!

Petrie-Flom Center, May 10, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Carmel Shachar, JD, MPH (HLS ’10, HSPH ’10), will join...

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2017-2018 Petrie-Flom Center Student Fellowship
Harvard Law School

Deadline: August 4, 2017

The Center and Student Fellowship

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The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and...

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2017 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Open House

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
2017-2018
HLS Pub, Wasserstein Hall, 1st floor
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Join faculty, colleagues, and students with shared interests in health law policy, biotechnology, an...

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Post-Doctoral Research Position
Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (SCBE)

Deadline: August 01, 2017

This position is available as part of the Stanford Training Program in Ethical, Legal, and Social Im...
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Panel: Weighing the Risks of Randomized Controlled Trials and Alternatives

The New York Academy of Sciences, June 21, 2017
by Panel featuring Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Amrit Ray, Matthew Rotelli, Steve Usdin, and Robert Walker

On June 21, 2017, Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch participated in a panel discussion on "We...

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Turning to the States to Solve the National Problem of Drug Pricing

STAT News, June 20, 2017
by Meghana Keshavan, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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Drug pricing is a national problem. So a nonprofit wants to help hand off some of...

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Charlie Gard: European Court orders life support to continue

BBC News, June 19, 2017

Terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard must continue to receive life support until judges make a ruling on...

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Book Review: I Contain Multitudes - The Microbes Within us and a Grander View of Life

Journal of Law and the Biosciences, June 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the review by Rachel E. Sachs

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Ed Yong's ;I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within us...

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Is Competition the Solution to High Drug Prices?

Marketplace, June 14, 2017
by Dan Gorenstein, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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“Biosimilars free up funding in the health care system to pay for other inn...

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Gilead’s HIV prevention pill will be going generic. How far will Teva drop the price?

STAT, June 9, 2017
by Rebecca Robbins

It’s been lauded as an essential public health tool and maligned as “a party drug.&...

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Medical Responses To Opioid Addiction Vary By State, Analysis Finds

Kaiser Health News, June 12, 2017
by Julie Appleby

Location, location, location. That mantra may apply even when it comes to how opioid addiction is tr...

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Label Or Liability: GSK Faces $3M Verdict Over Product It Didn’t Make

Forbes, June 12, 2017
by Stephanie Grimoldby

This spring, a Chicago federal jury awarded $3 million to the widow of a lawyer who committed suicid...

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Aid-In-Dying Requires More Than Just A Law, Californians Find

NPR, June 8, 2017
by Stephanie O'Neill

[...] In the year since California's End of Life Option Act took effect on June 9...

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Legal Roundtable: Discussing abortion restrictions, health care, Supreme Court developments and more

St. Louis Public Radio, May 30, 2017
by Kelly Moffitt, featuring Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the radio episode

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On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Legal Roundtable panel return...

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Postdoctoral Position in Biomedical Ethics Research
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Deadline: Open until filled.

Mayo Clinic is seeking candidates for a post-doctoral position in biomedical ethics. The specific jo...

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Quality Improvement/Assurance Manager
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Deadline: Open until filled

General Description

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting to fill the posi...

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Director, Research Integrity
University of Rhode Island

Deadline: Open until filled.

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TITLE:          Director, Researc...

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Call for Papers: Data-driven Health Care Conference
Ewha Institute for Biomedical Law & Ethics, South Korea

Deadline: June 15, 2017

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The Ewha Institute for Biomedical Law & Ethics (EIBLE) is...

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Health officials set to release a list of drugs everyone on Earth should be able to access

STAT, June 5, 2017
by Helen Branswell

Once every two years, the World Health Organization releases a list of medications it thin...

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In Texas, Abstinence-Only Programs May Contribute To Teen Pregnancies

NPR, June 5, 2017
by Lauren Silverman

[...] Traditionally, the two variables most commonly associated with high teen birth rates are educa...

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Millions of dollars’ worth of research in limbo at NIH

Washington Post, June 4, 2017
by Lenny Bernstein

[...] The leadership at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, where...

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A taxpayer gamble on medical tourism

STAT, June 2, 2017
by Max Blau

Taxpayers in Louisiana are helping to subsidize construction of two health care centers offering a d...

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Specimen Science

MIT Press, October 2017
by Edited by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Barbara E. Bierer, I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and Suzanne M. Rivera

This edited volume stems from a ;conference in 2015 that brought together leading experts t...

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How Restricting Abortion Access Affects Rural America

1A, WAMU (NPR), June 1, 2017

The Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 by no means settled the controversy over a woman’s right to a...

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New Issue of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB), Vol. 4, No. 1, April 2017

The Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the open-access journal launched in 2014 by the Pe...

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The Sean Pendergast Show with Dr. Glenn Cohen, Harvard Law Professor

The TJ Show, AMP Radio 103.3 FM, May 28, 2017
by Interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Harvard Law Professor [I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)] joins Sean to discuss a study he and...

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In Arizona, Doctors Criticize Tightening Of Late Abortion Rules

NPR, May 26, 2017
by Will Stone

>Many states have laws about what to do if there are signs of life after an abortion. But Arizona leg... Read More

Regulating Research with Biospecimens under the Revised Common Rule

The Hastings Center Report, May/June 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Michelle N. Meyer (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the paper

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Since 2011, the research community had waited with bated breath as regulators conte...

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Call for Proposals
Harvard Divinity School

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Ways of Knowing 2017, the 6th annual graduate conference on religion at Harvard Divinity School, wil...

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Reading the Fine Print in DNA Kits

NBC Boston, May 23, 2017
by Interview featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

DNA kits are very popular these days with people wanting to know what countries their ancestors came...

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Roster exemptions for players with concussions could draw vote from NFL owners

USA Today, May 22, 2017
by Tom Pelissero, citing Petrie-Flom's report

From the article

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A short-term injured reserve for players diagnosed with a concussion was among 76...

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Why Successful Post-Season Runs Make People Lose Their Minds About Concussions

Forbes, May 16, 2017
by Lee Igel, citing Petrie-Flom's report

From the article

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Were either or both Crosby and Harden suffering the effects of a head injury, yet...

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How does the NFL stack up with health care?

ESPN, May 22, 2017
by Michael McCann, citing Petrie-Flom's report

Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann joins OTL to discuss the NFL's health care for i...

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The Trump administration could bring down drug prices. But it would take guts

STAT News, May 15, 2017
by Ed Silverman, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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“If Price and [President] Trump are interested in lower-priced drugs, they...

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New FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb: Medication Reformer or Big Pharma Shill?

The Fix, May 18, 2017
by Paul Gaita, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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Gottlieb's position has earned cautious approval from medical industry observ...

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New York state wants its prescription drug money back—or else

USA Today, May 18, 2017
by Julie Appleby, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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New York’s Medicaid program, for example, has seen its drug spending rise o...

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Faculty Books in Brief—Spring 2017

Harvard Law Bulletin, May 18, 2017
by Featuring book by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), & Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

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Cohen, faculty director of the Petrie-Flom Center; Lynch, the center’s exec...

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Babies from skin cells? New fertility technology raises ethical questions

The Current, May 19, 2017
by Lara O'Brien and Karin Marley, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article

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Women producing sperm. Or, for that matter, men producing eggs. Those could,...

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Medical Tourism, Medical Migration, and Global Justice: Implications for Biosecurity in a Globalized

Medical Law Review, April 11, 2017
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the paper

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We live in the age of globalization. In medicine, that globalization has brought ma...

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Call for Papers
Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Deadline: June 16, 2017

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The Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago Sc...

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Call for Abstracts
Postgraduate Bioethics Conference

Deadline: July 01, 2017

On this page, you can register for the 2017 Postgraduate Bioethics Conference (PGBC), to be held 4-5...

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Harvard Graduate Student and Postdoc Bloggers
Bill of Health, Petrie-Flom Center

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Petrie-Flom Center’s Bill of Health is currently seeking Harvard graduate student and post...

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Some Social Scientists Are Tired of Asking for Permission

New York Times, May 22, 2017
by Kate Murphy

If you took Psychology 101 in college, you probably had to enroll in an experiment to fulfill a cour...

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Texas Lawmakers Pass Strict Abortion Bill

Kaiser Health News, May 22, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organization

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The le...

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Babies From Skin Cells? Prospect Is Unsettling to Some Experts

New York Times, May 16, 2017
by Tamar Lewin, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article

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Three prominent academics in medicine and law sounded an alarm about the possible...

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Harvard Study Looks At Ways NFL Can Bolster Player Health

Law360, May 16, 2017
by Fola Akinnibi, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and citing Petrie-Flom's report

Law360, New York (May 16, 2017, 6:03 PM EDT) -- Harvard Law School published a report Monday explori...

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Call for Papers
Rutgers Journal of Bioethics

Deadline: November 11, 2017

MISSION AND PURPOSE OF THE RUTGERS JOURNAL OF BIOETHIC

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As members of the Bioethics Society of Rutg...

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Harvard’s Advice for NFL Player Health and Safety

MMQB, Sports Illustrated, May 15, 2017
by Jenny Vrentas, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and citing Petrie-Flom's report

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Today’s 255-page report comes from Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Fl...

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Harvard study suggests some NFL health and safety changes

Washington Post, May 15, 2017
by Rick Maese, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and citing Petrie-Flom's report

From the ;Washington Post: 

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The physical demands are different. The types and severity of...

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Harvard study: NFL should offer treatment for performance-enhancing drug users

Boston Globe, May 15, 2017
by Travis Anderson, citing Petrie-Flom's report

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The National Football League should consider providing treatment to an...

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Sessions Suspends DOJ Forensic Science Commission (Audio)

Bloomberg Radio, April 11, 2017
by David Sucherman, featuring Christopher Robertson (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Christopher Robertson, professor of Law at the University of Arizona, and Brandon Garrett, professor...

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There’s a federal law to lower drug prices—and Louisiana may just use it

Ars Technica, May 4, 2017
by Beth Mole, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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Rachel Sachs, a law professor at Washington University in St Louis, told the ...

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Louisiana proposes tapping a century-old patent law to cut hepatitis C drug prices

Kaiser Health News, May 2, 2017
by Sarah Jane Tribble, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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Rachel Sachs, an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis...

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Promoting demand-side innovation: prizes for payers

Journal of Law and the Biosciences, May 5, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the paper

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Promoting Healthcare Innovation on the Demand Side,1 the recent article by Pro...

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Innovative Contracting for Pharmaceuticals and Medicaid’s Best-Price Rule

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Forthcoming
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna), Nicholas Bagley, and Darius N. Lakdawalla

From the abstract

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In recent years, drug manufacturers and private payers have expressed interest i...

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Law, Religion, and Health in the United States

Cambridge University Press, July 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and Elizabeth Sepper

About the Book

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While the law can create conflict between religion and health, it can also facilita...

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Post-Baccalaureate Bioethics Research Position
Mayo Clinic Biomedical Ethics Program

Deadline: March 18, 2016

The Mayo Clinic Biomedical Ethics Program seeks applicants for a one-year postbaccalaureate res...

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Fellowship Programs
Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Deadline: December 01, 2014

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University announces the 2016-17 Call for Applicati...

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In Rare Unity, Hospitals, Doctors and Insurers Criticize Health Bill

New York Times, May 4, 2017
by Reed Abelson and Katie Thomas

It is a rare unifying moment. Hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups, with few...

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Revised ‘Common Rule’ Shapes Protections For Research Participants

Health Affairs, May 2017, Vol. 36, No. 5
by By Barbara E. Bierer, Mark Barnes, and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article

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Research with human participants funded by most federal agencies is governed by a...

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Second Chance Kids

Frontline, PBS, May 2, 2017
by Featuring Robert Kinscherff (Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience)

On May 2, 2017, PBS's ;Frontline ;aired "Second Chance Kids," an exploration of the...

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Value-Based Pricing For Pharmaceuticals In The Trump Administration

Health Affairs Blog, April 27, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna), Nicholas Bagley, and Darius Lakdawalla

From the article

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Everyone seems to agree: Drug prices are too damn high. Scandalous prices&nb...

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Should We Study Human Embryos Beyond 14 Days?

NOVA Next, April 26, 2017
by Jenny Morber, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article

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[...] Some critics view calls to re-evaluate the 14-day rule as a pernicious movi...

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The new Oprah movie about Henrietta Lacks reopens a big scientific debate

Vox, April 24, 2017
by Julia Belluz, quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

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[...;Holly Fernandez Lynch, executive director of the Petrie-Flom Center fo...

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As a competitor encroached, Mylan took one state to court to push EpiPen sales, documents

STAT News, April 24, 2017
by Ike Swetlitz, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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Three lawyers who reviewed the case at the request of STAT said they could...

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Nonexceptionalism, Research Risks, and Social Media

American Journal of Bioethics, 17(5):W1-W3, 2017 (Published online April 21, 2017)
by Luke Gelinas (Research Ethics Fellow), Robin Pierce, Sabune Winkler, Glenn Cohen (Faculty Dir), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Dir) & Barbara Bierer

We are grateful for the thoughtful commentaries on our target article “Using Social Media as a...

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Science Needs Your Cells

New York Times, April 21, 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Steven Joffe

>Biospecimens are essential to medical progress, but just medical waste to patients. Let's promot... Read More

PFC Spotlight: Student Fellow Alumnus Matthew Baum

Petrie-Flom Center, April 13, 2017

>Matthew Baum was a Student Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year, as a second year MD-PhD...

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Institutions as an Ethical Locus of Research Prioritisation

Journal of Medical Ethics, April 11, 2017 (Online)
by Luke Gelinas (Fellow in Clinical Research Ethics), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Barbara Bierer, I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

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Ensuring that clinical trials, once launched, successfully complete and generate usefu...

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Release of New FDA Guidance Declines Sharply Following Trump’s Inauguration

Regulatory Affairs , April 11, 2017
by Zachary Brennan, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] Rachel Sachs, an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, told Focus:...

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Panthers doctor: ‘Turf war’ keeping neurologists off NHL study group

TSN Canada, April 7, 2017
by Rick Westhead, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article

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One Harvard University law professor says that the NHL should overhaul its medica...

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Clinical Ethics Fellow in Pediatric and Adult Medicine
Children’s of Minnesota

Deadline: Open until filled.

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Children’s of Minnesota is excited to announce our new Bioethics Fellows...

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Prohibiting sperm donor anonymity in the US and possible effects on recruitment and compensation

BioNews, April 3, 2017
by Andrew Hellman and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article

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Many children conceived using donor sperm or eggs want to kno...

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Health Law Workshop: Kathryn Zeiler

Monday, March 27, 2017 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2016-2017
Hauser Hall, Room 104
Harvard Law School, 1575 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

>Presentation: "Communication-And-Resolution Programs: The Numbers Don’t Add Up

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This paper is...

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Senior Research Program Coordinator
Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics

Deadline: Open until filled

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The Berman Institute of Bioethics is seeking a Sr. Research Program Coordinator...

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Caroline Miles Visiting Scholarship
The Ethox Centre at the University of Oxford

Deadline: April 24, 2017

The Caroline Miles Visiting Scholarship is funded by the Ethox Foundation and is awarded annually to...

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In Pausing Human Research On Zika, Medical Ethicists Acknowledge A Dark Past

WBUR, March 21, 2017
by Paul C. McLean, quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article

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That’s why ethics review of human subject research matters. This NIH panel...

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The Purpose of My Death: Death, Dying, and Meaning

Ethics, Vol. 127, no. 3, April 2017
by Frances Kamm (Senior Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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My purpose in this essay is to consider some views about death and dying presente...

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Addressing the ethical issues raised by synthetic human entities with embryo-like features

eLife, March 21, 2017
by John Aach, Jeantine Lunshof, Eswar Iyer, and George M. Church

On November 7, 2016, the Petrie-Flom Center hosted the conference "The Ethics of Early Embryo Resear...

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