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

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

Artificial wombs are coming. They could completely change the debate over abortion.

Vox, August 23, 2017
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: There’s a scientific development on the horizon that could upend the abortion debate: artificial wombs. The research remains preliminary, but in April a group of scientists at the… Read More

How Gene Cloning In Pigs Could Help Humans Fight Disease

Greater Boston (WGBH, Boston), August 15, 2017
by Jim Braude, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

For the next great medical advancement, look not to the test tube, but to the farm. Experiments that were done here in Boston could make it possible to one-day transplant organs from pics into people.… 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

How New Technology Could Threaten a Woman’s Right to Abortion

Gizmodo, July 28, 2017
by Kristen V. Brown, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] It could also complicate—and even jeopardize—the right to an abortion in an America in which that right is predicated on whether a fetus is “viable.” “The… Read More

Artificial Wombs and Abortion Rights

The Hastings Center Report, July 27, 2017
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract: In a study published in late April in Nature Communications, the authors were able to sustain 105- to 115-day-old premature lamb fetuses—whose level of development was comparable to that… Read More

Locked Out Of Asia, Americans Are Turning To Eastern Europe To Hire Gestational Surrogates

HuffPost, July 25, 2017
by Sarah Elizabeth Richards, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] While it’s impossible to know “what’s presented to you versus what’s really occurring,” Harvard Law School Professor I. Glenn Cohen said, fertility… Read More

Judge Offers Inmates Reduced Sentences in Exchange for Vasectomy

NBC News, July 21, 2017
by Kalhan Rosenblatt, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [... I.] Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School, said the program was a "bad policy," and pointed to prior court rulings, which set a precedent that could make Benningfield's… Read More

‘Sperminator’ Ari Nagel spreads more seed on recent Israel visit

Times of Israel, July 6, 2017
by Renee Ghert-Zand, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  [...] According to Harvard law professor and bioethics expert I. Glenn Cohen, there is no law that prohibits Nagel’s sperm donations. At the same time, there are not… Read More

PFC Spotlight: Academic Fellow Alumnus Jeffrey Skopek

Petrie-Flom Center, June 15, 2017
by Petrie-Flom Center

Jeffrey Skopek was an Academic Fellow for the 2011-2014 academic years, during which he wrote extensively on anonymity, differentiating it from privacy in articles that reveal its importance… 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

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 from. But before seeking out the secrets of your family tree, make sure you read the fine print. Watch… 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

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: Women producing sperm. Or, for that matter, men producing eggs. Those could, in theory, be some of the results of a new reproductive technology that's looming on the horizon,… Read More

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: We live in the age of globalization. In medicine, that globalization has brought many benefits such as the diffusion of technology and the spread of health care training, but it has also… Read More

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: Three prominent academics in medicine and law sounded an alarm about the possible consequences in a paper published this year. “I.V.G. may raise the specter of ‘embryo farming’… 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’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

From MMQB:  Today’s 255-page report comes from Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for health law policy, biotechnology and bioethics, and it compares the NFL’s policies… Read More

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:  The physical demands are different. The types and severity of injuries are different. And the economics can vary wildly. But there are several common threads shared… 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

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: [...] Some critics view calls to re-evaluate the 14-day rule as a pernicious moving of the goalposts. How meaningful can they be, the line of reasoning goes, if scientists want to change… 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

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

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: One Harvard University law professor says that the NHL should overhaul its medical structure to free team doctors and trainers from any real or perceived conflicts of interest. Glenn… Read More

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: Many children conceived using donor sperm or eggs want to know their biological parents. In the US, some clinics make the identity of the sperm donor available to… 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

The NFL Combine: Pro football’s intrusive, and mandatory, job interview

Washington Post, February 26, 2017
by Rick Maese, quoting Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: While there could be a gray area between tests that measure performance and those that examine health, Glenn Cohen, a Harvard law professor who co-authored the study, says the list of… 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

NFL Team Doctors: In Whose Interest?

Radio Health Journal, February 5, 2017
by Nancy Benson, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the interview: Injured NFL players are treated by doctors employed by teams, but a Harvard study claims there is an inherent conflict of interest in that arrangement, which might mean putting players… Read More

Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy: Unmade in the USA

The JAMA Forum, February 14, 2017
by Eli Y. Adashi and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Mitochondrial replacement therapy, an experimental approach that takes aim at maternally inherited mitochondrial diseases, is on the verge of being implemented in the United Kingdom,… 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

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

Traveling for Assisted Suicide

In Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Global Views on Choosing to End Life (Michael J. Cholbi, ed.), Praeger, 2017 (forthcoming)
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

This book addresses key historical, scientific, legal, and philosophical issues surrounding euthanasia and assisted suicide in the United States as well as in other countries and cultures. Euthanasia was… Read More

The Trump-era Supreme Court could erode abortion access with a ‘death by 1,000 cuts’

Business Insider, February 1, 2017
by Rebecca Harrington, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Glenn Cohen, a health-law expert and professor at Harvard Law School, said two kinds of laws provide the most likely paths for SCOTUS to overturn or undermine Roe. The first are known… 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

A New Fertility Technique Could Make ‘Designer Babies’ a Reality

Gizmodo, January 13, 2017
by Kristen V. Brown, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: In vitro gametogenesis, or IVG, is a technique that could allow any kind of cell to be programmed into a sperm or an egg cell. This means, theoretically, that you could go on a terrible… Read More

The Promise and Peril of Emerging Reproductive Technologies

Science Translational Medicine, January 11, 2017, Vol. 9, Issue 372
by By I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), George Q. Daley, and Eli Y. Adashi

Harvard scientists call for proactively addressing legal, ethical challenges before an experimental technique reaches the clinic At a glance: In-vitro gametogenesis is an experimental technique that allows… 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

The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Healthcare Law

The Oxford Handbooks, July 2016 (online), January 2017 (print)
by Edited by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna), and William M. Sage

Abstract: The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Health Law covers the breadth and depth of health law through the words and insights of the best scholars in the field. The content is valuable to readers with… Read More

What Health Reform Reveals about Health Law

In The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Healthcare Law, I. Glenn Cohen, Allison K. Hoffman, and William M. Sage, eds., July 2016 (online), January 2017 (print)
by Allison K. Hoffmann (Academic Fellow Alumna)

Chapter Abstract: This chapter describes the arc of health reform in the U.S. over the Twentieth Century and explores how the most-recent major reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,… Read More

How Is It Even Possible For Sofía Vergara’s Embryos To Sue Her? A Harvard Law Prof Weighs In

Refinery29, December 8, 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen

From the article: The already-unusual legal battleover Modern Family actress Sofía Vergara’s frozen embryos reached a surprising new chapter on Tuesday — when the embryos… Read More

Travel Abroad for Low-Cost Care

Kiplinger's Personal Finance, December 6, 2016
by Miriam Cross, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Why the extra effort to court foreign patients? A couple of reasons, according to Patients With Passports (Oxford University Press), by I. Glenn Cohen: to make money (from the… 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

Should We Ban Anonymous Sperm Donation?

Vocativ, November 30, 2016
by Tracy Clark-Flory, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: There’s a push underway to change the way that most sperm is donated in the United States — which is to say, anonymously. That’s largely because anonymity can… Read More

“Sperm Donor Anonymity and Compensation: An Experiment with American Sperm Donors”

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB), November 23, 2016
by Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Travis Coan, Michelle Ottey, and Christina Boyd

Prohibiting Sperm Donor Anonymity Could Reduce the Number of Donors: A new study published in the Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) suggests that prohibiting anonymous sperm donation would result… 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

Israeli couple wins right to produce and raise grandchild from fallen soldier son’s sperm

Times of Israel, November 16, 2016
by Renee Ghert-Zand, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] According to Harvard University law professor I. Glenn Cohen, a leading expert on the intersection of bioethics and law, there are many issues to be considered in… Read More

First-generation college students are coming in last

Tulsa World, November 9, 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Dan Pedrotty, Jason Schmitt and Mario Nguyen

[...] what can we do to help reverse this cycle? A starting point is the array of impactful programs promoting the success of first-gens [....] Read the full article online! Read More

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The Mitchell Hamline School of Law Health Law Institute is pleased to offer two online health law courses in January 2017!                        … Read More

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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

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen Elected a Hastings Center Fellow

Hastings Center, October 27, 2016

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen is one of eight newly elected Fellows at the Hastings Center, the leading bioethics think tank in the United States. From the Hastings Center website: The Hastings… Read More

Harvard Scholars Come to the Defense of Alabama Death Row Inmate

Alabama Political Reporter, October 19, 2016
by Chip Brownlee

From the article: Harvard College medical ethicists filed a brief this month with the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit outlining an argument in support of Thomas Arthur, a 74-year-old death… Read More

Harvard Medical Ethicists Challenge Court Ruling on Lethal Injection in Alabama Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Ekaterina Pesheva Director, Science Communications and Media Relations 617.432.0441 ekaterina_pesheva@hms.harvard.edu   HARVARD MEDICAL ETHICISTS CHALLENGE COURT… Read More

Medical ethicists challenge court ruling on lethal injection in Alabama case

ScienceDaily, October 18, 2016
by Harvard Medical School

From the article: Court orders demanding death row inmates to provide "specific, detailed and concrete alternatives" to a state's lethal injection protocol compel those inmates to produce evidence… Read More

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen Joins National Academy of Sciences Committee

Petrie-Flom Center, September 26, 2016

I. Glenn Cohen, Faculty Director of Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics and Robert Truog, Director of the Harvard Medical School Center for… Read More

Professor offers basics of bioethics and the law in 90 minutes

Harvard Gazette, September 20, 2016
by Deborah Blackwell, reviewing lecture by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

On September 13, 2016, Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen delivered a lecture at the Harvard Ed Portal as part of his online EdX course "Bioethics: The Law, Medicine, and Ethics of Reproductive… Read More

Is Medical Tourism Ethical?

The Greenwall Foundation, September 2016

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen served as a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar, Class of 2015. The Greenwall Foundation recently published a profile of Cohen's project,… Read More

Bioethics: The Law, Medicine, and Ethics of Reproductive Technologies and Genetics

Petrie-Flom Center, Course begins September 6, 2016. Register now!

Bioethics: The Law, Medicine, and Ethics of Reproductive Technologies and Genetics An introduction to the study of bioethics and the application of legal and ethical reasoning. Course begins on September… Read More

Is This the Way to Get Rid of the Ridiculous Health Conspiracy Theories?

Politico, August 27, 2016
by Dan Diamond, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Ethicists point out that a mandatory medical review might not be feasible. While some important jobs—think airline pilot—do require medical approval, it would be harder to make the… Read More

Radio Sputnik Interview: Medical Tourism

Radio Sputnik, August 19, 2016
by Interview with I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

As health care costs continue to rise in the United States, more and more Americans are now opting for alternatives abroad. Patients Beyond Borders has recently estimated that more than a million of Americans… Read More

Organ Transplant Troubles

WGBH News, August 18, 2016
by Jim Braude interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Adel Bozorgzadeh, & Natasha Dolgin

Thousands of patients are denied potentially lifesaving transplants while donated organs are being thrown away. Why? Harvard law Professor Glenn Cohen (@CohenProf), UMass Transplant Surgeon Dr.… Read More

The FDA is prohibited from going germline

Science, August 5, 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Eli Y. Adashi

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored a new article in Science magazine addressing recent legislation preventing the FDA from approving any research "in which a human embryo… Read More

Scientists Argue the US Ban on Human Gene Editing Will Leave It Behind

Motherboard (Vice Media), August 4, 2016
by Alex Pearlman, citing Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen's Science Paper

As the biotech revolution accelerates globally, the US could be getting left behind on key technological advances: namely, human genetic modification. A Congressional ban on human germline modification… Read More

Medical Assistance in Dying and ‘Suicide Tourism’ to Canada

Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, July 31, 2016
by Konstanin Tretyakov and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Bill C-14 was introduced by the government of Canada in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision which legalized physician-assisted dying in Canada. This article compares the Bill with the decision… Read More

5 ways to avoid fighting over frozen embryos

Futurity, July 18, 2016
by David Orenstein-Brown, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] In a new paper, two experts review this history and propose five specific guidelines. The results could offer clarity for disputes over any of the estimated million or so frozen embryos in the US.… Read More

Embryo Disposition Disputes: Controversies and Case Law

Hastings Center Report, July/August 2016, Vol. 46, Issue 5
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) & Eli Y. Adashi

Abstract: When prospective parents use in vitro fertilization, many of them hope to generate more embryos than they intend to implant immediately. The technology often requires multiple attempts to reach… Read More

New EdX Course: Bioethics: The Law, Medicine, and Ethics of Reproductive Technologies and Genetics
Taught by Petrie-Flom Faculty Director Glenn Cohen

Deadline: September 06, 2016

About this course Bioethics provides an overview of the legal, medical, and ethical questions around reproduction and human genetics and how to apply legal reasoning to these questions. This law course… Read More

Religion and Reproductive Technology

In 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 I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract: This chapter will examines places where law, religion, and reproductive technology conflict. It examines four particular intersections: The first involves religiously motivated denials of service,… Read More

Strong statement on abortion access

Harvard Gazette, June 28, 2016
by Colleen Walsh, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: The Supreme Court issued a historic decision Monday, weighing in again in the nation’s fractious abortion debate. In a 5-3 ruling, the court overturned a Texas law requiring… Read More

Need For Blood In Orlando Raises Questions About Wisdom Of Banning Donors Due To Sexual Orientation

Forbes, June 14, 2016
by Rita Rubin, reviewing article by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Jeremy Feigenbaum, and Eli Y. Adashi

Excerpt from the article: [...] In a 2014 “viewpoint” article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, two Harvard Law School professors and a Brown University physician said… Read More

FDA Regulations Limit Blood Donations From Gay Men

CBS San Francisco, June 14, 2016
by Holly Quan, featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Excerpt from the article: On World Blood Donation Day and in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting, a leading bioethicist Tuesday called for a change in the FDA’s policy regulating blood donations… Read More

After The Orlando Massacre, Many In The LGBTQ Community Are Turned Away From Giving Blood

Greater Boston (WGBH), June 14, 2016
by Nikki Blank, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Excerpt from interview: Early in the 1980's, there was a lifetime ban or deferral for any man who had ever had sex with another man. Even once. But in May, the FDA released new recommendations… Read More

Preventing Mitochondrial DNA Diseases: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Journal of the American Medical Association, June 9, 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Eli Y. Adashi

From the article: On February 3, 2016, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its Ethical and Social Policy Considerations of Novel Techniques for Prevention of Maternal Transmission of Mitochondrial… Read More

Review: I Glenn Cohen, Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics, Oxford University

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, May 2016
by Reviewed by Douglas MacKay

From the review:  Glenn Cohen’s Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics offers a thorough examination of the growing practice of medical tourism, the legal regulations… 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

The Relationship Between Bioethics and U.S. Health Law

In The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Healthcare Law, I. Glenn Cohen, Allison K. Hoffman, and William M. Sage, eds., July 2016 (online), January 2017 (print)
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract: This chapter explores the way bioethics is taught as part of U.S. health law. It begins with an overview of changes in several major textbooks in the field that cover bioethics and the law,… Read More

From Medical Experimentation to Non-Medical Experimentation

Charles Fried, Medical Experimentation: Personal Integrity and Social Policy, New Edition (Oxford University Press), May 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and D. James Greiner

First published in 1974, Charles Fried's Medical Experimentation is a classic statement of the moral relationship between doctor and patient, as expressed within the concept of personal care.… Read More

Dead man’s sperm

Mosaic: The Science of Life, April 26, 2016
by Jenny Morber, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Excerpt from article: [...] Where a man has made his wishes clear, the rights of the dead almost always supplant the rights of the living. Why? Law professor Glenn Cohen says this question is almost as… 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

Chinese Market Offers New Life to Many Drugs

Dow Jones Business News, March 29, 2016
by Fanfan Wang, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Excerpt from Article: [...] But the new trend also raises the question of whether China has become a dumping ground for inferior drugs. I. Glenn Cohen, a Harvard Law School professor who studies medical… 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

Consensus Statement on Electronic Health Predictive Analytics: A Guiding Framework

eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes), 2016, Vol. 4, Issue 1
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) et al.

Abstract Context: The recent explosion in available electronic health record (EHR) data is motivating a rapid expansion of electronic health care predictive analytic (e-HPA) applications, defined… Read More

Fertility Tourism: Options and Ethics

Creating A Family Radio, February 24, 2016
by Dawn Davenport, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Description: What should you consider when going abroad (or coming to the United States) for fertility treatment? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility… Read More

Going Germline: Mitochondrial Replacement as a Guide to Genome Editing

Cell, February 25, 2016, Vol. 164, Issue 5
by By Eli Y. Adashi & I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Mitochondrial replacement (MR) serves as a crucial test case and learning guide for the scientific, ethical, and regulatory challenges of future reproductive breakthroughs. The lessons learned from the… Read More

Expert Committee: FDA Should Allow Mitochondrial Replacement Trials Under Certain Conditions

Regulatory Affairs, February 3, 2016
by Zachary Brennan, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Glenn Cohen, faculty director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, wrote on the center’s blog Wednesday:… Read More

NAM Releases Report on Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy

Bill of Health Blog, February 3, 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the Part II post:    My last post was a summary of the NAM’s Recommendations on Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy (MRT). Now here is my take on the report. But keep in mind… 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

The Ethical Conundrum of The Martian, According to a Harvard Bioethicist

Boston Magazine, January 14, 2016
by Chris Sweeney, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Glenn Cohen liked The Martian, which this morning earned itself seven nominations in the Academy Awards, including a slot in the coveted Best Picture category. The Martian,… 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

Symposium on “Ethical Risk Assessment in Biomedical Big Data”

Organised by the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, in association with the Brocher Foundation., March 14-15, 2016
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Please register via the event website. Description In biomedical research, the analysis of large datasets (Big Data) has become a major driver of innovation and success. ‘Biomedical Big Data’… Read More

FDA Says Gay Men Can Give Blood — But Only If They Don’t Have Sex for a Year

VICE News, December 22, 2015
by VICE News Staff, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] Harvard Law School bioethics and the law professor I. Glenn Cohen told VICE News last year that while he thought the FDA's policy change is a good first step, it does not… Read More

FDA eases blood donation ban on gay men

CBS News, December 21, 2015
by Interview with I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The FDA is easing its restrictions on gay and bisexual men who want to make a blood donation. But there's a catch -- the lifetime ban is being replaced with a new policy that requires gay and bisexual… Read More

Clinical Decision Making Regarding Suicide Risk: Effect of Patient and Clinician Age

Death Studies, December 17, 2015 (ePub ahead of print)
by I. Glenn Cohen (Facutly Director), et al.

Abstract: To ascertain how patient age influences suicide risk assessment, clinicians (N = 262) read an ambiguous vignette about Bill (aged either 39- or 79-years-old),… Read More

Le tourisme médical, entre risques et espoirs

ICI Radio-Canada (in French), December 6, 2015
by Anne-Diandra Louarn, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  « Les Canadiens sont en général fiers de leur système de santé. Le problème, ici, ce sont plutôt les délais. Aux États-Unis,… 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

U.S. Supreme Court could decide today whether to take Texas abortion case

Houston Chronicle, November 6, 2015
by Brian M. Rosenthal, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Excerpt from Article: [...] Glenn Cohen, a former U.S. Department of Justice lawyer and current law professor at Harvard University, said the cases satisfy the two most important criteria: they are important,… Read More

Law Report - California: Euthanasia

by Damien Carrick, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Excerpt from Transcript: [...] Well, it's quite likely that California has again irreversibly tipped the national balance on another contentious political issue, this time euthanasia. On 6 October,… Read More

Blood Illuminated: Panel Discussion of FDA Blood Ban From Gay and Bisexual Men

YouTube Video of Event at Katzen Arts Center, American University, October 6, 2015
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From a description of the event on Out Magazine: Dating back to a policy enacted during the height of the AIDS crisis, for three decades men who have sex with men (MSM) have been banned from giving blood… Read More

The Non-Spaces of Medical Tourism

Harvard Design Magazine, S/S 2015, No. 40
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: I spent the last six years as a strange kind of tourist. I traveled the globe visiting hospitals. Not just any hospitals, but those participating in the “medical tourism”… 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

Complexifying Commodification, Consumption, ART, and Abortion

Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics , July 2015, Vol. 43, Issue 2
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract:  This commentary on Madeira's paper complicates the relationships between commodification, consumption, abortion, and assisted reproductive technologies she draws in two ways. First,… Read More

Florida rejects mother’s complaint about baby’s death after heart surgery

CNN Health, July 31, 2015
by Elizabeth Cohen, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  I. Glenn Cohen, a bioethicist at Harvard Law School, said inspections like these are not meant to directly assess whether patients received the appropriate care, or try to find… Read More

Inbound medical tourism to Barbados

BMC Health Services Research, July 2015, Vol. 15
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) et al.

Abstract:  Background Enabled by globalizing processes such as trade liberalization, medical tourism is a practice that involves patients’ intentional travel to privately obtain medical care… 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

How Champion-Pony Clones Have Transformed the Game of Polo

Vanity Fair, August 2015
by Haley Cohen, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  [...] In horses, as in other species, certain experiences and conditions can cause changes to the way the DNA works in their cells. Though it has never been proved scientifically,… 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

California’s Obamacare exchange to collect insurance data on patients

LA Times, June 21, 2015
by Chad Terhune, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: With 1.4 million people enrolled, the state-run marketplace is embarking on an ambitious effort to collect insurance company data on prescriptions, doctor visits and hospital stays for… Read More

A New Chapter by Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen,

Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015
by Edited by Neil Hunt, Daniel Horsfall and Johanna Hanefeld

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has authored a new chapter on medical tourism in the Handbook of Medical Tourism and Patient Mobility. Abstract: While much of the medical tourism literature… Read More

Insurer Uses Personal Data To Predict Who Will Get Sick

National Public Radio (NPR), June 8, 2015
by Todd Bookman, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] Carol, who is sitting next to her husband, explains that John's stroke came in the middle of a bad run of health. First, he [Crockett] developed an ulcer, she says.… Read More

This is Your Brain on Human Rights: Moral Enhancement and Human Rights

Law and Ethics of Human Rights, Vol 9, Issue 1, pp. 1-41 (2015) Symposium, Human Rights and Human Minds, 2015
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has authored a new paper on the use of moral enhacement to increase the respect for human rights. Abstract: It seems fair to say that human rights law takes the… Read More

Regulating Bodies Across Borders

Bodies Across Borders: The Global Circulation of Body Parts, Medical Tourists and Professionals (Bronwyn Parry, Beth Greenhough, Tim Brown and Isabel Dyck, eds. Ashgate 2015)
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has authored a new chapter on medical tourism. Abstract: ‘Medical tourism’ (to use the most common term, though ‘cross-border health care’ or… Read More

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen: New Blood-Donor Policy, Same Gay Stigma

New York Times, May 21, 2015
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Eli Y. Adashi

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored an op-ed for the New York Times on the FDA's new blood donor policy. From the piece: LAST week, the Food and Drug Administration released highly… Read More

Identified Versus Statistical Lives - Book talk and discussion

Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Building 1, room 1208, Thursday, May 7, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
by Featuring co-editors I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Nir Eyal, and Norman Daniels

The essays in Identified versus Statistical Lives: An Interdisciplinary Approach address the identified lives effect, namely, the greater human proclivity to assist persons and groups identified as at… Read More

Are All Abortions Equal?

Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 43, No. 1, 2015
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has a new article on the criminalization of abortions. Abstract:   There was a moment in the 2012 campaign, when Mitt Romney attempted to “pivot”… 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

Predicting the sick through personal trails of health data

News Works, April 14, 2015
by Todd Bookman, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] "I think there is a lot of interest in the area right now, and it is a great coming together of the healthcare world and the computer science world, as well as the patient experience world," says… Read More

NOW ONLINE: I. Glenn Cohen Discusses Modern Fertility Technologies and Benefits

Chronicle (WCVB/ABC Boston), April 13, 2015
by Shayna Seymour, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Show Abstract: The birds and the bees are still important – but today's couples eager to start a family can also rely on Big Data to get them to parenthood. Tonight Shayna Seymour discovers… Read More

Transatlantic Lessons in Regulation of Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy

Science, April 10, 2015
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), with Eli Adashi and Julian Savulescu

Cambridge, Mass., April 9, 2015 – A paper forthcoming on Friday in Science discusses the regulation of a new technology that gives hope to women who carry genetic disease. Mutant mitochondrial DNA… Read More

Trio contrast approaches taken by Britain versus the US concerning mitochondrial replacement therapy

MedicalXpress, April 10, 2015
by Bob Yirka, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) et al.

Glenn Cohen, with Harvard University, Julian Savulescu, with the University of Oxford and Eli Adashi with Brown University have together written and published a Perspectives piece in the journal Science,… Read More

Is UK evaluation of reproductive tech a model for US?

MedicalXpress, April 10, 2015
by David Orenstein, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) et al.

When the United Kingdom resoundingly approved mitochondrial replacement therapy in February, it became the first country to give people this new medical option. In parallel it gave the United… 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

Johns Hopkins Sued For $1 Billion Over Unethical STD Study

BuzzFeed News, April 2, 2015
by Azeen Ghorayshi, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

More than 780 people filed a $1 billion lawsuit Wednesday against Johns Hopkins University over experiments conducted in the 1940s that deliberately infected over a thousand Guatemalans with syphilis and… 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

An Interview with I. Glenn Cohen on Selling Human Organs

Talks on Law, March 2015
by Joel Cohen interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen joins Joel Cohen from Talks on Law to discuss selling human organs. With millions of Americans waiting for life saving organ transplants, why are human organ sales… Read More

“My Body, My Bank”

Texas Law Review, Vol. 93, No. 4, 2015
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract:       This essay reviews Kara Swanson’s "Banking on the Body: The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in Modern America" (Harvard University Press, 2014) and… Read More

What Working Parents Really Want

Fast Company, March 3, 2015
by Stephanie Vozza, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Last year, Apple and Facebook both announced that they would cover egg freezing as a benefit for female employees. If you’re a woman who is considering postponing… Read More

Identified Versus Statistical Lives: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Social Science Research Network, February 27, 2015
by Edited by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Norman Daniels, Nir Eyal

Identified Versus Statistical Lives: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2015) is an edited volume that addresses the identified lives effect, which describes the fact that… Read More

Hospital-Based Active Shooter Incidents

JAMA, February 26, 2015
by Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS; Hans Gao, BA; I. Glenn Cohen, JD (Faculty Director)

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has published a new co-authored article in the The Journal of the American Medical Association on active shooter incidents in hospital settings.… Read More

Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, February 24, 2015
by Robert Klitzman, leading discussion with I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Live Webstream Watch the event live online! Description Medical tourism is a growing, multi-billion dollar industry involving millions of patients who travel abroad each year to get health care. Some seek… Read More

Effect of Patient and Therapist Factors on Suicide Risk Assessment

Death Stud, February 12, 2015
by Noah C. Berman PhD, Abigail Stark BA, Allison Cooperman BA, Sabine Wilhelm PhD, and I. Glenn Cohen JD (Faculty Director

Abstract: The present study examined how patient risk factors and clinician demographics predict the assessment of suicide risk. Clinicians (N = 333) read two vignettes, one of which manipulated… Read More

Hatch op-ed being used to defend Obamacare in Supreme Court case

Washington Times, January 29, 2015
by Tom Howell Jr.

[...] In cases like these, it is fairly common for interested parties to “use whatever they can to flavor their arguments in the briefs,” said I. Glenn Cohen, a health law expert at Harvard… Read More

Courts wrestle with wave of new state abortion laws

Politico, January 8, 2015
by Paige Winfield Cunningham, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] As courts weigh the legal challenges to these laws, they’re being asked to spell out exactly how far states can go in regulating abortion and what requirements go too far. And states, particularly… Read More

Online Launch of Medical Travel Show

International Medical Travel Journal, January 7, 2015
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The Medical Travel Show is a serial podcast of interviews with international medical and wellness tourism experts including Josef Woodman, Keith Pollard, Susie Ellis, Glenn Cohen, and Pramod Goel. … Read More

Interview with Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen about “Patients with Passports”

Jefferson Public Radio (Oregon), January 5, 2015
by Geoffrey Riley and Charlotte Duren

If your doctor won't recommend a medical procedure you want, you can go to another doctor.  But would you travel to another country for the procedure?  And how about if your insurance required… Read More

I. Glenn Cohen discusses the Ebola crisis

America's Forum, NewsMax TV, December 23, 2014

Harvard Law professor and medical ethics expert talks about how the Ebola crisis is just one example of how Americans and other travelers are at risk for deadly disease when they visit other countries. Read More

FDA plans to end prohibition on blood donation by gay men, with conditions

PBS News Hour, December 23, 2014
by Gwen Ifill, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

"[...] the ban that we had in place was really outdated. It dates back to 1983, the early days of the HIV crisis, and a few things have changed since then. First of all our ability to test and test quickly… Read More

F.D.A. Easing Ban on Gays, to Let Some Give Blood

New York Times, December 23, 2014
by Sabrina Tavernise, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] “This is a major victory for gay civil rights,” said I. Glenn Cohen, a law professor at Harvard who specializes in bioethics and health. “We’re leaving behind the old view… Read More

FDA Announces Plans to End Lifetime Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

Vice News, December 23, 2014
by Colleen Curry, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Harvard Law School bioethics and the law professor I. Glenn Cohen told VICE News that while he thought the FDA's proposed policy change is a good first step, it does not go far enough. According… Read More

US lifts ban on gay men donating blood — as long as they don’t have sex with other men

Vox, December 23, 2014
by Sarah Kliff and Julia Belluz, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Glenn Cohen, a Harvard Law professor who wrote about the blood donor rule in JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association, sees a one-year deferral as an interim step, but thinks it's… Read More

Traveling patients, traveling disease

OUPblog, December 14, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Many in the media and academia (myself included) have been discussing the Ebola crisis, and more specifically, the issues that arise as Ebola has traveled with infected patients and health care workers… Read More

Houston doctor sued for trading prescriptions for sex

Houston Chronicle, December 12, 2014
by St. John Barned-Smith, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Legal experts who specialize in medical ethics said the allegations and actions captured on film were "egregious." Medical standards prohibit doctors from engaging in sexual relationships with patients.… Read More

The Routledge Companion to Bioethics

Routledge, December 11, 2014
by Edited by John D. Arras, Elizabeth Fenton, Rebecca Kukla, featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The Routledge Companion to Bioethics is a comprehensive reference guide to a wide range of contemporary concerns in bioethics. The volume orients the reader in a changing landscape shaped by… Read More

Traveling Overseas for Medical Care

WOSU (NPR), December 10, 2014
by All Sides with Ann Fisher, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the WOSU: All-inclusive vacations might feature a stay in a luxury hotel, gourmet meals, and in some cases, a hip replacement. Companies that specialize in medical tourism help patients in the… Read More

FDA Advisors Not Sold on Lifting Ban on Gay Men Giving Blood

Philly.com, December 3, 2014
by Dennis Thomson, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] The FDA first adopted the policy at the dawn of the AIDS crisis. However, changing times and technological advances have rendered the decades-old ban obsolete, according to Glenn Cohen, who directs… Read More

Decades-old ban on blood donations from gay men to be revisited

MSNBC, December 1, 2014
by Andrea Mitchell interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen, who co-wrote the argument against the ban on gay male blood donation in the Journal of the American Medical Association, joins NBC's Andrea Mitchell… Read More

Will FDA Lift Gay Blood Donor Ban?

NewsMax Health, December 1, 2014
by Quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] "They really are out of step with the rest of the world," Glenn Cohen, a Harvard Law School professor, told the Post. In a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association,… Read More

US FDA to Consider Lifting Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

International Business Times, November 30, 2014
by Hannah Osborne, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Speaking of the forthcoming discussion, Glenn Cohen, a medical ethics professor at Harvard Law School, said: "It's a little crazy that you can shed blood for your country, but you can't… Read More

Government could ease 31-year-old ban on blood donations from gay men

Washington Post, November 29, 2014
by Brady Dennis, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] “They really are out of step with the rest of the world,” said Glenn Cohen, a Harvard Law School professor who with two colleagues recently argued in the Journal of the American Medical… Read More

FDA weighs lifting ban on blood donations from gay men

The Hill, November 28, 2014
by Sarah Ferris, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] “The public health rationale for this ban has kind of been packed away,” said Glenn Cohen, a medical ethics professor at Harvard Law School who criticized the ban in an article recently… Read More

No faith in health reform

Crain's: New York Business, November 23, 2014
by Caroline Lewis, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Under the health-care-sharing ministry model, before coverage kicks in, a household pays a monthly fee that "is matched with another's eligible medical bills," according to Christian Care Ministry's… Read More

Law Professor Discusses Medical Tourism

Harvard Crimson, November 20, 2014
by Katherine H. Scott, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

When most people hear the word “tourism,” they immediately think of flocking to the sandy beaches of the Caribbean or exploring museums in a European city. For Harvard Law School graduate I.… Read More

Medical Records: Top Secret

The New York Times, November 08, 2014
by Elisabeth Rosenthal, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: […] In a digital age when we can transfer money to purchase a house online or view a college transcript by logging on to a secure website, why is it so often difficult for patients… Read More

Juvenile Death With Dignity? U.K. Case May Hurt Aid in Dying Push

NBC News, November 07, 2014
by Bill Briggs, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  […] “Many groups pushing for more end of life options find these kinds of cases to be political kryptonite and want to be able to say ‘that's totally different,… Read More

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.… Read More

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 of research on human subjects,… Read More

An Interview with I. Glenn Cohen on Ebola Quarantines

America's Forum, Newsmax TV, October 31, 2014
by Nick Tate, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen joins Newsmax's Deputy health editor to discuss the Ebola quarantines. Why are some medical professionals breaking quarantine, such as the doctor being treated… Read More

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 is a different… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

Beyond Brittany: Assisted Suicides Happen in Every State, Insiders Say

NBC News, October 18, 2014
by Bill Briggs, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  [...] Indeed, one of the three choices for terminally ill Americans seeking a physician’s aid to end their lives is to “get illegal assistance in your home states,”… Read More