REGISTER NOW: Families Matter:
Ethically, Legally, and Clinically

Friday, March 20, 2015
Conferences
2014-2015
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Registration is now available online! Please note: JDs can register at the discounted Allied Health Professional rate; HLS and HMS affiliated…

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TODAY: Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, January 30, 2015 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East AB
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Couldn't make it in person? Join the discussion on Twitter! #2015HealthLawPReview Please join us for the Third Annual Health Law…

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Obama to Unveil Research Initiative to Develop Tailored Medical Treatments

New York Times, January 30, 2015
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday will announce a major biomedical research initiative, including plans to collect genetic data on one million Americans so that scientists can develop drugs and…

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Scientists Work to Contain Modified Organisms to Labs

New York Times, January 21, 2015
by Andrew Pollack

Could genetically modified bacteria escape from a laboratory or fermentation tank and cause disease or ecological destruction? This is not known to have occurred. But two groups of scientists reported…

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Outbreak: Developing New Medical Products for Epidemics,
A lecture by Peter Hutt

Thursday, January 15, 2015 12:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Hauser Hall 102
1575 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

The recent outbreak of Ebola has called attention to the substantial difficulties associated with developing and testing new products for…

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Johnson & Johnson Will Make Clinical Data Available to Outside Researchers

New York Times, January 14, 2015
by Katie Thomas

The health care giant Johnson & Johnson has agreed to make detailed clinical trial data on its medical devices and diagnostic tests available to outside researchers through a collaboration with Yale University, making…

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F.D.A. Approves Surgical Implant to Treat Obesity

New York Times, January 14, 2015
by Catherine Saint Louis

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a surgically implanted device to treat obesity in some adults. Called the Maestro system, the implant is the first to generate an intermittent electrical pulse that…

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U.S. Funding of Health Research Stalls As Other Nations Rev Up

NPR, January 13, 2015
by Richard Harris

Though the United States is still leading the world in research related to diseases, it is rapidly losing its edge, according to an analysis in the American Medical Association's flagship journal JAMA. If…

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First biosimilar drug set to enter US market:

Nature, January 13, 2015
by Heidi Ledford, quoting W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

[...] The FDA is expected to make a final decision by May. But even as Sandoz prepares to sell its drug in the United States, it is embroiled in a…

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Rules for babies ‘from three people’

BBC News, December 17, 2014
by James Gallagher

The rules for creating babies from three people - which state only two would be classed as parents - have been announced by the UK government. The fertility technique uses…

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Bioethics Funding Opportunity: Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas

Bioethics Funding Opportunity: Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas
The Greenwall Foundation

Deadline: January 12, 2015

New Bioethics Program, Spring 2015 Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas The Greenwall Foundation will fund a bioethics grants program, Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas to support research…

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The Changing Regulation of Laboratory-Developed Tests:

Genomic Medicine Case Conference (GMCC) at Massachusetts General Hospital, November 14, 2014
by Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow)

On November 14, 2014, Academic Fellow Rachel Sachs delivered a talk on the topic of the FDA’s intent to regulate LDTs following the draft guidelines that will be published in the coming…

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2015 - 2017 Animal Law Academic Fellowship

2015 - 2017 Animal Law Academic Fellowship
Animal Advocacy Program, Harvard Law School

Deadline: January 19, 2015

The Animal Law Academic Fellowship is a two-year full-time residential program designed to identify, cultivate, and promote promising animal law scholars early in their careers. We are specifically looking for recent graduates, junior academics, and…

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Law and Ethics of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing

Thursday, November 06, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Room 3018
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

The Petrie-Flom Center hosted a discussion of the issues surrounding noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT), a screening method for detecting certain…

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Regulating the Organ Market: Normative Foundations for Market Regulation

Social Science Research Network, November 03, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract:       Should organs for transplant be bought and sold? There is a developed literature providing various arguments against organ markets and/or refuting those arguments. There is also a developing literature…

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Ebola Vaccine, Ready for Test, Sat on the Shelf

New York Times , October 23, 2014
by Denise Grady

Almost a decade ago, scientists from Canada and the United States reported that they had created a vaccine that was 100 percent effective in protecting monkeys against the Ebola virus. The results…

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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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Freezing Eggs to Put off Pregnancy - Clever Business Move but Not Magic Bullet: Experts

Ria Novosti, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), October 20, 2014

From the article: [...] Although companies consider their offer to freeze eggs to be a benefit for female employees, Glenn Cohen, a Professor of Law at Harvard University, believes there…

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First Two Chapters of “Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics” Available for Free

Social Science Research Network, October 19, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2014) is the first comprehensive legal and ethical analysis of medical tourism. Examining both the legal and ethical issues raised by medical…

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Organs Without Borders? Allocating Transplant Organs, Foreigners, and the Importance of the Natio…

Social Science Research Network, October 19, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract:       Most of the discussion of market or non-market forms of allocating and procuring organs takes as its unit of analysis the nation state, or, less commonly a particular state…

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​Nudging the FDA

The American Interest, October 17, 2014
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow alumnus) and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] The FDA’s regulation of drugs is frequently the subject of policy debate, with arguments falling into two camps. On the one hand, a libertarian view of patients…

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Egg freezing message: Lean in, and save the kids for later

The Boston Globe, October 16, 2014
by Joanna Weiss, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School, worries that an egg-freezing perk could function as a sorting mechanism, too. Soon, he fears, we’ll be able…

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Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare Start-Ups
(followed by Petrie-Flom's 2014 Open House)

Monday, October 06, 2014 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West AB
1585 Massachusetts Ave., 2nd floor, Cambridge, MA

New healthcare start-ups face a range of legal and ethical challenges as they develop new products and services and solicit…

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Online Info Session: Duke Master of Arts in Bioethics and Science Policy

Online Info Session: Duke Master of Arts in Bioethics and Science Policy
Duke University

Deadline: October 07, 2014

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, noon-1 p.m. (EST) Advances in the sciences and technology shape our world and our place in it, raising a myriad of questions: Is it ever ethical to clone part of a human…

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Health Law Workshop: Benjamin Roin

Monday, September 29, 2014 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Download the Presentation Topic Paper: "Solving the Problem of New Uses by Creating Incentives for Private Industry to Repurpose Off-Patent Drugs"…

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I. Glenn Cohen and Holly F. Lynch (eds.): Human subjects research regulation: perspectives on the…

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, September 26, 2014
by Lydia Stewart Ferreira (Visiting Scholar)

Human Subjects Research (HSR) is an annual $10 billion dollar global activity. While there is consensus that HSR is necessary, a number of egregious historical examples point to the need…

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Research Institutions Will Have To Identify ‘Dual-Use’ Pathogens

NPR, September 24, 2014
by Nell Greenfield-Boyce

Any research institution that receives federal funding will soon have to screen certain kinds of scientific experiments to see if the work could potentially be misused to endanger the public.…

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FDA Cracks Down on Unproven Ebola Cures

On Sept. 23, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to Rima Laibow and Ralph Fucetola of Natural Solutions Foundationinforming them that the company’s products, including Silver Sol Nano Silver…

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2015 Health Law Student Scholarship

2015 Health Law Student Scholarship
The Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy, Seton Hall University School of Law

Deadline: February 06, 2015

The Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy Healthcare Compliance Certification Program 2014 Health Law Student Scholarship: The Healthcare Compliance Certification Program and the Life Sciences Compliance Program are both multi-day educational…

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A Fuller Picture of Organ Markets

The American Journal of Bioethics, September 17, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  [...] A different problem with the reliance on the Iranian data is that Iran is, to put it mildly, quite different from many other countries. It is not…

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An Interview with I. Glenn Cohen on Controversial Health Issues

PBS.org, September 9, 2014
by Tavis Smiley, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

In an interview with PBS.org, Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen, sat down with Tavis Smiley to discuss important health issues, such as experimental Ebola drugs and prescription opiate use in the U.S.…

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A Drug Naming Dispute, with Billions on the Line

Washington Post, August 21, 2014
by Jason Millman

[...] With a new wave of cheaper versions of biologic drugs expected to soon become available in the United States, the health-care industry is still fighting over key ground rules…

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Experimental Vaccine for Chikungunya Passes First Test

NPR, August 18, 2014
by Michaeleen Doucleff

Scientists have taken the first steps to developing a vaccine for chikungunya — an emerging mosquito-borne virus that has infected more than a half million people in the Western Hemisphere…

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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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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…

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Johnson & Johnson Praised for Taking Uterine Surgery Tools Off Market

New York Times, July 31, 2014
by Katie Thomas

Johnson & Johnson, which has come under withering criticism for its response to problems with some of its medical devices, won cautious praise from critics on Thursday for its decision…

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FDA Regulation of Mobile Health Technologies

NEJM, July 24, 2014
by Nathan G. Cortez, J.D., I. Glenn Cohen, J.D., and Aaron S. Kesselheim, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has published a new co-authored article in the New England Journal of Medicine on FDA regulation of new mobile health technologies. From the article: Medicine…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Inquisitive Nashville teen finds her egg donor mom

USA Today, June 5, 2014
by Heidi Hall, featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Originally published as "Nashville teen finds her egg donor mom," The Tennesseean (June 5, 2014). [...] The identity of U.S. sperm and egg donors is protected by default. In the United Kingdom,…

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In a First, Test of DNA Finds Root of Illness

New York Times, June 4, 2014
by Carl Zimmer

Joshua Osborn, 14, lay in a coma at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wis. For weeks his brain had been swelling with fluid, and a battery of tests had…

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When Doctors Need Advice, It Might Not Come From A Fellow Human

Kaiser Health News, June 2, 2014
by Daniela Hernandez

Long Island dermatologist Kavita Mariwalla knows well how to treat acne, burns and rashes. But when a patient came in with a potentially disfiguring case of bullous pemphigoid—a rare skin…

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Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder

NPR, May 31, 2014
by Joe Palca

There are smartphone apps for monitoring your diet, your drugs, even your heart. And now a Michigan psychiatrist is developing an app he hopes doctors will someday use to predict…

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Three Positions in Ethics of Technology

Three Positions in Ethics of Technology
3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology in the Netherlands

Deadline: June 10, 2014

We are looking for three talented PhD students for projects in the areas of: Technology & Ethics (various areas) (Delft University of Technology) Ethics of Technology (various areas) (Eindhoven University of…

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Defeating the ‘Superbugs’:

Al Jazeera America, May 22, 2014
by Kat McGowan

In the battle against disease-causing microbes, the bugs now seem to be winning. Antibiotic drugs, which were once so good at eliminating bacterial infections of all kinds, are rapidly losing…

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