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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Book Launch: Identified versus Statistical Lives:
An Interdisciplinary Approach

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Harvard Law School Library, Langdell Hall
1557 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

The "Identified versus Statistical Lives: An Interdisciplinary Approach" book talk and discussion will feature: I. Glenn Cohen, co-editor, Petrie-Flom Faculty…

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REGISTER NOW: Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, January 30, 2015 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East AB
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Please join us for the Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review symposium, with leading experts discussing major developments during…

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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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Petrie-Flom Reception at 2014 PRIM&R Annual Conference

Friday, December 05, 2014 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Hilton Baltimore, Calloway Room
401 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School will host a welcome reception at PRIM&R's 2014 Advancing Ethical…

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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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New Rules for Human-Subject Research Are Delayed and Debated

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 3, 2014
by Christopher Shea, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  When I. Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School and director of a bioethics center there, helped to organize a conference in 2012 about the future…

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Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Harvard Law School Library, Langdell Hall, Caspersen Room
1557 Massachusetts Ave., 4th floor, Cambridge, MA

MIT Press recently published Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future (2014), co-edited by Petrie-Flom Center Faculty Director, I. Glenn Cohen, and Executive…

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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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Student Contractor

Student Contractor
Program in Human Research Ethics and Oversight (PHREO), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Deadline: October 31, 2014

The Program in Human Research Ethics and Oversight (PHREO) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) oversees the ethics of all research involving human participants that is conducted by EPA scientists or funded…

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U.S. Troops and Patients Were Used as Malaria Guinea Pigs: Book

NBC News, October 7, 2014
by Bill Briggs, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] “There are no easy answers,” agreed I. Glenn Cohen, a Harvard Law School professor specializing in medical ethics. "But in trying to reach an answer on…

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A Conversation with the HHS Office of the Inspector General

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Room 3018
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

A conversation with the Boston office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Office…

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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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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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Patients Vulnerable When Cash-Strapped Scientists Cut Corners

NPR, September 15, 2014
by Richard Harris

[...] Most of the experimental ALS drugs, it turns out, undergo very perfunctory testing in animals before moving into human tests — based on flimsy evidence. Story Landis, director of…

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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 four-year term as…

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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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Where Are All the Female Test Subjects?

The Atlantic, September 4, 2014
by Cari Romm

In 1987, the National Institutes of Health made a bold update to its grant guidelines, encouraging scientists seeking funding to include women and minorities in their clinical research. Six years…

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Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics

Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics
The University Center for Human Values, Princeton University

Deadline: November 10, 2014

The University Center for Human Values of Princeton University invites applications for the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics (#1400502). Applicants must have completed all the requirements for the Ph.D.,…

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QA/QI Specialist

QA/QI Specialist
Human Research Quality Improvement Program, Partners Healthcare

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Partners Human Research Quality Improvement Program (QI Program) is recruiting a QA/QI Specialist to join their team. The specialist will be responsible for providing regulatory support and education to investigators and…

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Frozen embryos: Who do they belong to?

Chicago Lawyer Magazine, September 3, 2014
by Roy Strom, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  [...] Glenn Cohen, a Harvard Law School professor who has written academic papers on embryo disputes, does not believe constitutional cases answer whether a person has a…

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The Danger in Losing Sight of Ebola Victims’ Humanity

The Atlantic, August 22, 2014
by Raphael Frankfurter

[...] Responding to Ebola requires putting patients and families into inescapably horrific situations. Being diagnosed with the disease means confronting and accepting the absolute terror of a likely-terminal condition—I am…

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West Africa’s Ebola Epidemic Spreads

On Point , August 18, 2014
by Jane Clayson

More than one thousand people dead, more than two thousand infected. Ebola continues to spread across West Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. The worst outbreak in history.  And still not…

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Gay Teen’s Eyes Rejected for Donation Due to FDA Policy

Newsmax TV, August 15, 2014
by Wanda Carruthers, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] The FDA rule goes back to when HIV and AIDS epidemic started in the United States. The FDA maintained the policy was necessary due to "documented increased…

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After suicide, gay teen’s eye donation rejected

Washington Post, August 14, 2014
by Ryan Weber, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: In the Journal of the American Medical Association, Glenn Cohen, a bioethics law professor at the Harvard Law School, wrote that the United States should repeal the rules…

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Ethical issues over experimental Ebola drug

CCTV America, August 13, 2014
by Asieh Namdar, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen appeared on CCTV America to discuss ethical questions about who is receiving an experimental drug to treat Ebola. From the interview: [...] Usually when we think about what's ethical,…

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Ethical to use untested Ebola drugs, says WHO:

BBC News, August 12, 2014

The WHO said it was ethical in light of the scale of the outbreak and high number of deaths - more than 1,000 people have died in West Africa. The…

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Medical ethicists to meet on use of experimental Ebola drugs:

Al Jazeera America, August 8, 2014
by Courtney Brooks

Medical ethicists will meet next week to discuss the use of experimental medicines in the West Africa Ebola outbreak. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the talks in the wake…

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US big-data health network launches aspirin study

Nature, August 6, 2014
by Sara Reardon, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: One of the largest big-data experiments in health care has set its first research target. The leaders of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in Washington DC…

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US big-data health network launches aspirin study

Nature, August 6, 2014
by Sara Reardon, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: One of the largest big-data experiments in health care has set its first research target. The leaders of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in Washington DC…

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The Recovering Americans and the ‘Top Secret’ Ebola Treatment:

Atlantic, August 4, 2014
by James Hamblin

Because Kent Brantly is a physician who has watched people die of Ebola, there was an especially chilling prescience to his assessmentlast week, between labored breaths: "I am going to die."…

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Why Psychologists’ Food Fight Matters

Slate, July 31, 3014
by Michelle N. Meyer (Academic Fellow alumna) and Christopher Chabris

From the article: Psychologists are up in arms over, of all things, the editorial process that led to the recent publication of a special issue of the journal Social Psychology. This may seem like…

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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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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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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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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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A Cholera Vaccine Halts New Cases In A Guinea Epidemic

NPR, May 28, 2014
by Richard Knox

There's new evidence that an oral cholera vaccine might help stop an epidemic in its tracks. That's the encouraging message from a study that tested a two-dose vaccine during a…

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Health Science Administrator (Deputy Director, OHRP)

Health Science Administrator (Deputy Director, OHRP)
Office of the Secretary, Office of the Asst. Secretary for Health (OASH), Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)

Deadline: June 13, 2014

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) is pleased to announce the following job vacancy within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH). OHRP is actively seeking to fill a vacancy for its…

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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 compete across…

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Once in limbo, promising Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug back on track toward approval

Washington Post, April 21, 2014
by Brady Dennis

For much of last fall and winter and into this spring, scientists at the Food and Drug Administration wavered over what to do about a potential new drug to slow the progression…

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Idea of New Attention Disorder Spurs Research, and Debate

New York Times, April 11, 2014
by Alan Schwarz

With more than six million American children having received a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, concern has been rising that the condition is being significantly misdiagnosed and overtreated with…

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Hot Topics at the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues:
Plus Q&A on Careers in Law and Bioethics!

Friday, April 11, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2013-2014
Pound Hall 100
1563 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

This event featured an update from the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues delivered by Michelle Groman (HLS '05), Associate Director at the…

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Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, January 31, 2014 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2013-2014
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B & C
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Watch Event Recordings

Video of this conference is now available at online! (See below for links to specific panels.) At our second Annual Health…

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Harvard Scientists Say Research Subjects Should See Data

Bloomberg Technology, January 23, 2014
by John Lauerman

People who give blood or other tissues for research should be able to track their use through the scientific process to see the data their activities or samples generate, Harvard…

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Clots Tied to Heart Pump Open Debate on Risks Patients Face in Trials

New York Times, December 9, 2013
by Barry Meier

A new report showing an increase in blood clots associated with a popular heart device is dividing experts over whether a clinical trial of the implant is potentially too risky…

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Alzheimer’s risk before symptoms:

CNN, November 9, 2013
by Elizabeth Landau

[...] to set up human experiments aimed at prevention, researchers need to identify a whole new category of patient: Those in the "preclinical" stage of Alzheimer's. By performing brain scans…

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Harvard Reception at the PRIM&R Annual Conference

Wednesday, November 06, 2013 6:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2013-2014
Hynes Convention Center, Room 200
900 Boylston St., Boston, MA

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Division of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical…

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Massive DNA volunteer hunt begins

BBC News, November 6, 2013
by James Gallagher

The UK Personal Genome Project could provide a massive free tool for scientists to further understanding of disease and human genetics. Participants will get an analysis of their DNA, but so will…

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