Desperate Quest For Herpes Cure Launched ‘Rogue’ Trial

Kaiser Health News, October 19, 2017
by Marisa Taylor, quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director, Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: As 20 Americans and Brits flew to a Caribbean island for a controversial herpes vaccine trial, many of them knew there were risks. The lead U.S. researcher, William Halford, openly acknowledged… Read More

Contraceptive Coverage and the Balance Between Conscience and Access

JAMA, October 19, 2017
by Ronit Y. Stahl and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director, Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: When the Obama administration included contraception in the essential benefits package to be covered by employer-sponsored health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, it sought… Read More

Why Only The NFL Doesn’t Guarantee Contracts

Deadspin, August 1, 2017
by Dom Cosentino, quoting Christopher Deubert (former Senior Law & Ethics Associate) and citing the PFC's FPHS Comparative League Analysis Report

From the article:  [...] How does this all work? Chris Deubert, one of the Harvard study’s authors, told me that “the contract on its face is guaranteed.” But what the… Read More

The FDA May Move to Shorten That Grim List of Side Effects in Every Drug Ad

STAT News, June 28, 2017
by Megan Thielking, quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article: Warning: Watching TV drug ads may put you to sleep. That’s no surprise to many of us who’ve heard about the countless ways prescription drugs can harm us. But now, the Food… Read More

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 "Weighing the Risks of Randomized Controlled Trials and Alternatives," which was part of the conference… Read More

Pre-order now and get 30% off! Specimen Science

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

Pre-order through MIT Press and receive 30% off using discount code MSPECIMEN30: Order now! This edited volume stems from a conference in 2015 that brought together leading experts to address key… Read More

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 a Harvard group did on player safety in the NFL, how the game can be made more safe, and the future of… Read More

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)

From the article: Cohen, faculty director of the Petrie-Flom Center; Lynch, the center’s executive director; and Robertson, a professor at University of Arizona’s College of Law, edit essays… Read More

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 exploring the National Football League’s health policies and practices, noting that the professional… Read More

New Report from the Law & Ethics Initiative of the Football Players Health Study

Petrie-Flom Center and Football Players Health Study at Harvard University, May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017 – While the NFL’s player health policies and practices are robust in some areas, there are opportunities for improvement in others, according to the findings of a newly released… Read More

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

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

From the Boston Globe:  The National Football League should consider providing treatment to any player caught using performance-enhancing drugs, according to a new Harvard University study. The recommendation… Read More

ORDER NOW & GET 20% OFF! 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: While the law can create conflict between religion and health, it can also facilitate religious accommodation and protection of conscience. Finding this balance is critical to addressing… Read More

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: Research with human participants funded by most federal agencies is governed by a set of rules and procedures designed to protect study participants while enabling the advancement of… Read More

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)

From the article: [...] Holly Fernandez Lynch, executive director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, emphasized that the benefits to… Read More

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 Research Recruitment Tool: Ethical Issues and Recommendations” (Gelinas et al. 2017),… Read More

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 promote the science. From the op-ed: Many aspects of Ms. Lacks’s story reflect genuine injustice: the… Read More

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)

Introduction Ensuring that clinical trials, once launched, successfully complete and generate useful knowledge is an important and indeed ethically imperative goal, given the risks and burdens borne by… Read More

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: That’s why ethics review of human subject research matters. This NIH panel is an especially good model in both its composition — expertise in law, medicine, medical science,… Read More

NFL doctors are on the wrong team

Washington Post, March 11, 2017
by Editorial Board, citing Football Players Health Study

From the article: So why did only 47 of 100 players who were surveyed by the Associated Press say they thought the league’s clubs, coaches and team doctors have the athletes’ best… Read More

NFL’s medical structure puts profits before players’ health. That must change.

Washington Post, March 9, 2017
by Sally Jenkins, citing Football Players Health Study

From the article: Just last month, a Harvard study concluded that “the intersection of club doctors’ dual obligations creates significant legal and ethical quandaries that can threaten player… Read More

UPCOMING! Annual Health Law Conference: Between Complacency & Panic

Northeastern University School of Law, April 14, 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the event:  Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) such as Ebola and the Zika virus pose potentially grave threats to human health. They can also incite overreations that lead to the scapegoating… Read More

Ethical Considerations for Zika Virus Human Challenge Trials

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), February 2017
by Seema K. Shah, Jonathan Kimmelman, Anne Drapkin Lyerly, Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), et al.

From the report: Zika virus is an emerging infectious disease that was first identified in 1947, and that has more recently become a major public health threat around the world. Zika virus has recently… Read More

Using Social Media as a Research Recruitment Tool: Ethical Issues and Recommendations

The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 17, 2017 - Issue 3
by Luke Gelinas, Robin Pierce, Sabune Winkler, I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, and Barbara Bierer

Part of the Petrie-Flom Center's collaboration with the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program of Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science… Read More

Common Rule Revisions: Impact of Public Comment, and What’s Next?

The Hastings Center Blog, February 8, 2017
by By Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Barbara E. Bierer

From the blog post: On January 19, the day the final revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects were published in the Federal Register, our essay “Public Engagement,… Read More

A New Day For Oversight Of Human Subjects Research

HealthAffairs, February 6, 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

Editor’s note: This post is part of a series stemming from the Fifth Annual Health Law Year in P/Review event held at Harvard Law School on Monday, January 23rd, 2017. The… Read More

What Experts in Law and Medicine Have to Say About the Cost of Drugs

The Health Care Blog, February 2, 2017
by Andy Oram, on PFC's 5th Annual Health Law Year in P/Review Conference

From the article; Pharmaceutical drug costs impinge heavily on consumers’ consciousness, often on a monthly basis, and have become such a stress on the public that they came up repeatedly among both… Read More

When clinical trials compete: prioritising study recruitment

Journal of Medical Ethics, January 20, 2017 (online)
by Luke Gelinas (Clinical Research Ethics Fellow), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Barbara E. Bierer, and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract It is not uncommon for multiple clinical trials at the same institution to recruit concurrently from the same patient population. When the relevant pool of patients is limited, as it often is,… Read More

Public Engagement, Notice-and-Comment Rulemaking, and the Common Rule

IRB: Ethics & Human Research, January-February 2017, Vol. 39, Issue 1
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and Barbara E. Bierer

Abstract: At the federal level in the United States, development of regulations is governed by the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), the statute by which Congress authorized various federal agencies… Read More

Behavioral science suggests that Obamacare may not change as much as Republicans claim

STAT, January 3, 2017
by Christopher R. Robertson (Academic Fellow Alumnus), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), & Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article: In the waning days of his administration, President Obama encouraged Americans to take advantage of the opportunity to get health insurance in what may be the last open enrollment period… Read More

The Legality of Biometric Screening of Professional Athletes

The American Journal of Bioethics , 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 1
by Jessica L. Roberts, I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Christopher R. Deubert (Senior Law & Ethics Associate) & Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Direc

From the article: In their thoughtful article, “Tracking U.S. Professional Athletes: The Ethics of Biometric Technologies,” Katrina Karkazis and Jennifer Fishman do an excellent job of outlining… Read More

Review of Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future

American Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 16, Issue 12 (2016)
by Erin Phinney Johnson

From the review: Overall, the editors present an intriguing look at the concerns currently facing human subjects research regulation and provide a number of suggestions for how to go about solving some… Read More

Conflict of interest for NFL doctors to report to teams: Harvard study

Reuters, November 17, 2016
by Scott Malone, quoting new report by Petrie-Flom affiliates Christopher R. Deubert, I. Glenn Cohen, and Holly Fernandez Lynch

From the article: The doctors who patrol the sidelines of NFL games to assess whether injured players can safely return to the field should report to the league and players' union rather than individual… Read More

Harvard study: NFL should end doctor-team relationships

Sports Illustrated, November 17, 2016
by Scooby Axson, quoting new report by Petrie-Flom affiliates Christopher R. Deubert, I. Glenn Cohen, and Holly Fernandez Lynch

From the article: A study conducted by Harvard Law School recommended that any medical personnel treating NFL players should stop reporting to team management or coaches. The two-year study by… Read More

Harvard study on NFL player safety calls for outside doctors

Seattle Times, November 17, 2016
by Jimmy Golen, quoting new report by Petrie-Flom affiliates Christopher R. Deubert, I. Glenn Cohen, and Holly Fernandez Lynch

From the article: Doctors who decide whether an NFL player is healthy enough to go into the game shouldn’t be paid by the teams that have a stake in winning and losing — an “undeniable… Read More

Harvard Study on NFL Player Safety Calls for Outside Doctors

ABC News, November 17, 2016
by Jimmy Golen, quoting new report by Petrie-Flom affiliates Christopher R. Deubert, I. Glenn Cohen, and Holly Fernandez Lynch

From the article: Doctors who decide whether an NFL player is healthy enough to go into the game shouldn't be paid by the teams that have a stake in winning and losing — an "undeniable conflict… Read More

Harvard Releases Player Health Recommendations That The NFL Will Likely Ignore

Deadspin, November 17, 2016
by Lindsey Adler, quoting report by Petrie-Flom affiliates Christopher R. Deubert, I. Glenn Cohen, and Holly Fernandez Lynch

From the article: Harvard University wants the NFL, the NFLPA, and everyone complicit in the NFL industrial complex—all the way down to media and fans—to take steps toward policies that will… Read More

Study: NFL should break ties between doctors, teams

ESPN, November 17, 2016
by Quoting report by Petrie-Flom affiliates Christopher R. Deubert, I. Glenn Cohen, and Holly Fernandez Lynch

From the article: Medical personnel caring for NFL players should no longer report to team management or coaches, according to a Harvard Law School report published Thursday. The recommendation comes in… Read More

NFL doctors should not report to teams, Harvard study recommends

Washington Post, November 17, 2016
by Rick Maese, quoting new report by Petrie-Flom affiliates Christopher R. Deubert, I. Glenn Cohen, and Holly Fernandez Lynch

From the article: A new report from Harvard Law School proposes drastic changes in the way health care is administered in the NFL, urging the nation’s most popular sports league to upend its system… Read More

When NFL Calls the Doctor

Boston Globe, November 17, 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), and Christopher R. Deubert (Senior Law & Ethics Associate)

The Boston Globe limits non-subscribers to five free articles per month. Harvard affiliates may view the full text via Hollis+. From the article: FROM MAJOR media outlets to federal research funding… Read More

NFL doctors’ conflicts of interest could endanger players, report says

STAT, November 17, 2016
by Ike Swetlitz, quoting report by Petrie-Flom affiliates Christopher R. Deubert, I. Glenn Cohen, and Holly Fernandez Lynch

From the article: Doctors that work for professional football teams have conflicts of interest that could jeopardize players’ health, according to a report by Harvard researchers. The report… Read More

Protecting and Promoting the Health of NFL Players

The Football Players Health Study at Harvard University, November 17, 2016
by Christopher R. Deubert (Research Associate), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE NFL PLAYER HEALTH: New Harvard report addresses legal and ethical factors affecting players’ health At a glance: First-of-a-kind analysis examines structural factors in… Read More

Cluster Randomized Trials: Ethics, Regulations, Statistics & Design

Harvard Catalyst, November 3, 2016, 1:00 - 4:00pm
by featuring Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

Description Please join Harvard Catalyst for a free half-day symposium on the topic of Cluster Randomized Trials: Ethics, Regulations, Statistics & Design. We will provide a general overview of Cluster… Read More

ORDER NOW & RECEIVE 30% OFF: Nudging Health

Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), and Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow alumnus), eds.

Abstract of the Introduction:  This introductory chapter to the edited volume Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics (I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, Christopher T. Robertson,… Read More

Bosses in the Bedroom: Religious Employers and the Future of Employer-Sponsored Health Care

Law, Religion, and Health in the United States (Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, Elizabeth Sepper, eds.), forthcoming 2017, Cambridge University Press, 2017 (forthcoming)
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Gregory Curfman

Abstract:       This chapter uses the controversy over mandated contraceptive coverage in employer health plans as a jumping-off point to do two things: (1) evaluate the proper… Read More

Bosses in the Bedroom

In Law, Religion, and Health in the United States (Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, Elizabeth Sepper, eds.), forthcoming 2017, Cambridge University Press, Published online July 5, 2016
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Gregory Curfman

Abstract: This chapter uses the controversy over mandated contraceptive coverage in employer health plans as a jumping-off point to do two things: (1) evaluate the proper scope of religion in the workplace—not… Read More

Evaluating Offers of Payment to Research Participants

Dana Farber Cancer Institute Ethics Grand Rounds, June 15, 2016
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) & Emily Largent (Student Fellow alumna)

DFCI Ethics Grand Rounds Evaluating Offers of Payment to Research Participants Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBioethics Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics,… Read More

150 experts say Olympics must be moved or postponed because of Zika

Washington Post, May 27, 2016
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

More than 100 prominent physicians, bioethicists and scientists from around the world posted a letter Friday urging WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to exert pressure on Olympic authorities to move… Read More

Petrie-Flom, 10 years on:

Harvard Law Today, April 14, 2016

On March 29, current and former affiliates of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics were joined by Harvard Law School's Dean Martha Minow and several prominent… Read More

Book Review: FDA in the Twenty-First Century:The Challenges of Regulating Drugs and New Technologies

Journal of Law and the Biosciences, Vol. 3, Issue 1 (April 1, 2016)
by Ryan Abbot, reviewing book edited by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the review:  FDA in the 21st Century is an excellent edited volume based on the Petrie–Flom Center's 2013 Annual Conference. The conference sought to gather thought… Read More

Faith charities eye Justice Kennedy in Obamacare birth control fight

The Washington Times, March 21, 2016
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

Excerpt from article: [...] The Justice Department argues that a victory for the nonprofits would create a slippery slope. “The precedent that this could set, if the court was to determine that… Read More

Feeling Better: What is the FDA doing, and how is it doing it?

The Weekly Standard, March 21, 2016
by Devorah Goldman, reviewing FDA in the 21st Century by Holly F. Lynch (Executive Director) and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Excerpt from the article: [...] In his last State of the Union address, Barack Obama asked, “How do we make technology work for us and not against us?" This was one of Obama's four "big… Read More

Are You Ready? The New Frontier in Clinical Research and the Evolving Common Rule

Boston Bar Association, March 7, 2016
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Speaker

CLE - Are You Ready? The New Frontier in Clinical Research and the Evolving Common Rule Monday, March 7, 2016 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA Description:… Read More

A Tool to Help Address Key Ethical Issues in Research

Journal of Medical Ethics Blog, February 22, 2016
by Rebecca H. Li & Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article:  One of the most important responsibilities of a clinical project lead at a biotech company or an academic research team is to generate clinical trial protocols. The protocol dictates… Read More

Scalia’s death shakes contraception mandate, other high-profile court cases

Washington Times, February 15, 2016
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

[...] Legal analysts it’s not unusual to have different legal treatment from one area to the next. “States do things differently all the time,” said Holly Lynch, a bioethics analyst at… Read More

Incorporating ethical principles into clinical research protocols

Journal of Medical Ethics, January 25, 2016 (online first)
by 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… Read More

Confronting Biospecimen Exceptionalism in Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule

Hastings Center Report, January/February 2016, Vol. 46, Issue 1
by 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… Read More

Predicting The FDA’s Future

Health Affairs , January 2016, Vol. 35 No. 1
by 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… Read More

“FDA in the 21st Century: A Panel Discussion”

MAGI, May 2, 2016, 8:30 - 10:00 AM
by 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 in a plenary session at the 2016 MAGI Clinical Research… Read More

Health Law, Policy, and Bioethics: Cross-Registration Opportunity for Harvard Students
Harvard Medical School

Deadline: January 15, 2016

Cross-registration is available for "Health Law, Policy, and Bioethics," a new course being offered as part of the HMS Master’s program in bioethics. A course description is provided below. Interested… Read More

NPRM on the Common Rule

The Week in Health Law Podcast, November 7, 2015
by Nicolas Terry, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Holly F. Lynch (Executive Director)

Excerpt from podcast summary: [...] This week we are joined by Glenn Cohen, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Faculty Director of Harvard’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law… Read More

FDA in the 21st Century

Columbia University Press, September 2015
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), eds.

Just out from Columbia University Press, FDA in the Twenty-First Century: The Challenges of Regulating Drugs and New Technologies! This volume, co-edited by Petrie-Flom Center Executive… Read More

Senate GOP bill protects opponents of Obama birth-control rules

Washington Times, August 4, 2015
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly F. Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article:  Holly Lynch, a bioethics expert at Harvard Law School who closely tracks the debate, said the new bill didn’t balance its focus on rights of conscience with a women’s… Read More

Research, Regulation, and Ethics: Discussion of Human Subjects Research Regulation Book

Science for the People Podcast, July 2015, No. 327
by Desiree Schell

About the podcast: This week we're learning about the regulatory frameworks that try to balance scientific progress with the safety of research subjects. We'll speak to Holly Fernandez Lynch and… Read More

Review of Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future

IRB: Ethics & Human Research, July-August 2015, Vol. 37, No. 4
by Christine Grady

Christine Grady, MSN, PhD, the chief of the Department of Bioethics in the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health, recently published a review of Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen &… Read More

Religious nonprofits not losing faith after latest failed Obamacare birth control mandate appeal

The Washington Times, July 2, 2015
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly F. Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article:  [...] Wednesday’s opinion against Wheaton came nine days after the Fifth Circuit turned back Baptist universities in Texas who objected to the mandate. “Four circuits… Read More

HHS rewrites Obamacare rules

The Washington Times, May 11, 2015
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article: The Obama administration on Monday ordered all insurers to provide IUDs, the contraceptive patch and other birth control free of out-of-pocket charge to all women, thereby rewriting… Read More

What Does Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law Mean For Health Care?

Health Affairs Blog, April 21, 2015
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch spoke on the impact of the Hobby Lobby decision at the Petrie-Flom Center's Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review in January 2015. In this new… Read More

Review of Human subjects research regulation: perspectives on the future

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Vol. 36, Issue 2, April 2015
by Lydia Stewart Ferreira (Visiting Scholar)

Petrie-Flom Visiting Scholar Lydia Stewart Ferreira, currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School, recently published a review… Read More

Johns Hopkins Faces Lawsuit Over Global STD Research

The Kojo Nnamdi Show, April 7, 2015
by Kojo Nnamdi, interviewing Holly F. Lynch (Executive Director)

Between 1945 and 1956, American researchers knowingly exposed hundreds of Guatemalan villagers to sexually transmitted diseases without their knowledge. President Obama has formally apologized for the… Read More

Religious colleges seek contraception mandate exception like for-profit companies

Washington Times, April 6, 2015
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly F. Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article: Corporations with religious objections have already been granted relief from Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate, but religious colleges and charities are still fighting the administration… Read More

Johns Hopkins Sued for Guatemala Experiments

The Scientist, April 2, 2015
by Tracy Vence, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Holly F. Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article: Johns Hopkins University and other institutions are facing an up-to-$1 billion lawsuit brought by nearly 800 research participants and their families regarding experiments conducted… Read More

Hopkins faces $1B lawsuit over role in government study that gave subjects STDs

The Baltimore Sun, April 1, 2015
by Scott Dance, quoting Holly F. Lynch (Executive Director) and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  Nearly 800 former research subjects and their families filed a billion-dollar lawsuit Wednesday against the Johns Hopkins University, blaming the institution for its role in… Read More

Petrie-Flom Event Review:

Harvard Crimson, February 26, 2015
by Gabrielle M. Williams

There is a delicate balance between preserving individual rights and protecting public health when it comes to vaccines, experts argued at a panel discussion at Harvard Law School on Wednesday. [...] Panel… Read More

Jeanne Shaheen says Scott Brown backed bill to let employers use religious opt-out on mammograms

PolitiFact, October 10, 2014
by Louis Jacobson, quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article:  [...] Holly Fernandez Lynch, a Harvard bioethicist and author of Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care: An Institutional Compromise, called the claim "technically true" but "a… Read More

Introduction to Translational Medicine

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

Introduction to Translational Medicine September 29 – October 1, 2014 Sheraton Commander Hotel, Cambridge, MA Course themes: Preclinical Discovery Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology Conflicts… Read More

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 to regulate this… Read More

Petrie-Flom Center Executive Director Appointed to SACHRP

Petrie-Flom Center, September 11, 2014
by Holly Fernandez Lynch

Holly Fernandez Lynch, J.D., M.Bioethics, Executive Director of the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School, has been appointed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell to a… Read More

Human Subjects Research Regulation

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

Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future (MIT Press 2014), co-edited by Petrie-Flom Center Faculty Director, I. Glenn Cohen, and Executive Director, Holly Fernandez Lynch, stems from… Read More

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 court… Read More

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 opinion… Read More

Hobby Lobby stunner

Washington Times, June 30, 2014
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

[...] Holly Lynch, a health and ethics expert at Harvard Law School, said she was “not surprised in the least that contraceptives in particular were not covered directly in the ACA.” “It… Read More

What Ethicists Should Know about the Law

Harvard Medical School, June 19, 2014
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

On Thursday, June 19, Petrie-Flom Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch will speak on "What Ethicists Should Know about the Law" as part of Harvard Clinical Bioethics, a course led by Robert Truog,… Read More

Streamlining Review by Accepting Equivalence

American Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 14, Issue 5, 2014
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

In their target article, Barchi, Singleton, and Merz (2014) identify several challenges to the review of international research, including regulatory frameworks and review criteria that may overlap or… Read More

Everything You Need to Know about the Healthcare Contraception Mandate

Shape, March 17, 2014
by Cristina Goyanes, interview with Holly Lynch (Petrie-Flom Executive Director)

[...] Starting March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing religious disputes over the contraception mandate, which requires employer health insurance coverage of contraceptive methods (without… Read More

Religious groups to back Obamacare contraceptive mandate

Washington Post, February 4, 2014
by Tom Howell, Jr. quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Petrie-Flom Executive Director)

[...] In its filing, the AJC said the case presents a rare instance in which they see a clash between religious liberty and the equal rights of women. They said the government’s mandate… Read More

Petrie-Flom Center to collaborate with Harvard Catalyst

Official Press Release:  Harvard Law School's Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics will launch a novel Ethics and Law initiative as part of the Regulatory… Read More

Supreme Court to decide Obamacare birth control mandate

Washington Times, November 26, 2013
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch

[...] Ms. Lynch said the outcome is a particularly hard one to predict. But she thinks the court will dispense with the constitutional claims and focus more heavily on religious-freedom protection… Read More

White House won’t rule out delay of Obamacare; buyers wait for website fix

The Washington Times, October 22, 2013
by Ben Wolfgang and Tom Howell, Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch

[...] Others said it’s too early to sound the alarm. “For people who must rely on the federal exchange, there are still 160 days before the end of open enrollment, which seems to be more than… Read More

The Future of Human Subjects Research Regulation

This conference brought together a variety of experts on human subjects research to discuss the 2011 Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and offer suggestions for how to best regulate human subjects… Read More

Evaluating Offers of Payment to Research Participants

Dana Farber Cancer Institute Grand Rounds, June 15, 2016
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Emily Largent (Student Fellow alumna)

DFCI Ethics Grand Rounds Evaluating Offers of Payment to Research Participants Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBioethics Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics,… Read More

Smokers cloud states’ rollout of ‘Obamacare’

The Washington Times, April 22, 2013
by Tom Howell Jr.

But none of those jurisdictions is pondering higher rates for motorcyclists, skydivers or folks who engage in other risky behaviors, said Holly Fernandez Lynch, executive director of the Petrie-Flom… Read More