Health Law Workshop: Amy Kapczynski

Monday, February 23, 2015 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Amy Kapczynski is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. She…

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Ebola outbreak response reaches endgame, WHO says:

Al Jazeera America, January 29, 2015

The number of new confirmed Ebola cases totaled 99 in the week to Jan. 25, the lowest tally since June 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, signaling…

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Program Manager

Program Manager
Harvard Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center

Deadline: Open until filled.

The mission of the MRCT Center at Harvard is to improve the design, conduct, and oversight of multi-regional clinical trials, especially trials sited in or involving the developing world; to simplify research through the use…

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Cigarette package law to be voted on by MPs before election:

BBC News, January 22, 2015

It follows a series of public consultations on the issue. Public Health Minister Jane Ellison told MPs the move was likely to have a positive impact on public health, particularly…

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Teva Over Patent for Multiple Sclerosis Drug

New York Times, January 20, 2015
by Reuters

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Teva Pharmaceutical Industries could still benefit from patent protection for a multiple sclerosis drug, dealing a blow to makers of generic…

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Rocketing vaccine cost warning:

BBC News, January 20, 2015
by James Gallagher

A report by the charity says there has been a 68-fold increase in prices between 2001 and 2014. It accused the pharmaceutical industry of overcharging and highlighted cases where rich…

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What’s Most Likely To Kill You? Hint:

NPR, January 19, 2015
by Jason Beaubien

Noncommunicable diseases have become the leading killers around the globe. In 2012, two-thirds of all deaths worldwide were the result of conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory…

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Joining Forces: A Story of Science and Religion in Rural Ghana

Humanist Community at Harvard, February 1, 2015

How do science and religion interact in the delivery of mental health care in one region of Ghana? Lauren Taylor will guide a discussion about the value and limits of…

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Gilead’s India Patent Snag May Spur More Low-Cost Sovaldi Copies

Bloomberg, January 15, 2015
by Ketaki Gokhale

The Indian patent office’s rejection of a key patent for Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD)’s Hepatitis C treatment Sovaldi may pave the way for more low-cost copies in the country, potentially aiding…

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

NPR, January 13, 2015
by Richard Harris

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

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Bill Gates Raises A Glass To (And Of) Water Made From Poop

NPR, January 10, 2015
by Linda Poon

In places where fresh water is hard to come by, how do you come up with clean drinking water? Easy — get the water from poop. It's a scientifically sound…

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In Africa, a Decline in New Ebola Cases Complicates Vaccine Development

New York Times, January 9, 2015
by Andrew Pollack

As authorities and drug companies hurriedly prepare to begin testing Ebola vaccines in West Africa, they are starting to contemplate a new challenge: whether an ebbing of the outbreak could make it…

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India’s deadly medicine:

Al Jazeera America, January 6, 2015

India has seen a dangerous surge in the abuse of prescription drugs. Pharmacies are selling cocktails of medical-grade drugs to addicts for up to a tenth of the cost of…

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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…

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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…

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Research Assistant: International Health and Drug Law

Research Assistant: International Health and Drug Law
Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center at Harvard

Deadline: Open until filled

Mark Barnes is seeking one or two research assistants for the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center at Harvard (Harvard MRCT), of which he is faculty co-chair. Harvard MRCT is part of the Harvard Global Health Institute. …

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Obesity ‘could be a disability’ - EU courts rule

BBC News, December 18, 2014

Obesity can constitute a disability in certain circumstances, the EU's highest court has ruled. The European Court of Justice was asked to consider the case of a male childminder in…

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Rules for babies ‘from three people’

BBC News, December 17, 2014
by James Gallagher

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

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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…

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China’s E-Cigarette Boom Lacks Oversight for Safety

New York Times, December 13, 2014
by David Barboza

SHENZHEN, China — In a grimy workshop, among boiling vats of chemicals, factory workers are busy turning stainless steel rods into slender tube casings, a crucial component of electronic cigarettes.…

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Food allergy laws enforced in restaurants and takeaways

BBC News, December 11, 2014
by Smitha Mundasad

Restaurants and takeaways across Europe will be required by law to tell customers if their food contains ingredients known to trigger allergies. Staff must provide information on 14 everyday allergens…

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Ebola outbreak:

BBC News, December 10, 2014
by Tulip Mazumdar

The Ebola virus that has killed thousands in West Africa is still "running ahead" of efforts to contain it, the head of the World Health Organization has said. Director general…

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Science, Ethics, and Democracy

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Science, Ethics, and Democracy
The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Deadline: February 15, 2015

Grant Amount: $28,000 The Edmond J. Safra Center at Tel Aviv University is accepting applications for its 2015-16 post-doctorate fellowship program.  The Center offers grants to outstanding researchers who study the…

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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…

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‘Superbugs’ Kill India’s Babies and Pose an Overseas Threat

New York Times, December 3, 2014
by Gardiner Harris

AMRAVATI, India — A deadly epidemic that could have global implications is quietly sweeping India, and among its many victims are tens of thousands of newborns dying because once-miraculous cures no…

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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…

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Book Launch: Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Harvard Law School Library, Langdell Hall, Caspersen Room
1557 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

I. Glenn Cohen's new book Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics  (Oxford University Press, 2014) is the first comprehensive…

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Web of Incentives in Fatal Indian Sterilizations

New York Times, November 12, 2014
by Ellen Barry and Suhasini Raj

[...] When Ms. Nirmalkar arrived at the “sterilization camp” on Saturday, she found a clinic streaked with cobwebs, its hallways covered by a film of dust, so long abandoned that…

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Global Reproduction:
Health, Law, and Human Rights in Surrogacy and Egg Donation

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Room 1010
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

A screening of the documentary Can We See the Baby Bump, Please?, which was followed by a panel discussion of the legal…

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Transparency in the Global Food System:
How Much Information and to What Ends?

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Conferences
2014-2015
UCLA Faculty Center
480 Charles Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA

he Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law and The Food Law Lab at Harvard…

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Ebola Vaccine, Ready for Test, Sat on the Shelf

New York Times , October 23, 2014
by Denise Grady

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

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ASIL Midyear Meeting and Research Forum

ASIL Midyear Meeting and Research Forum
American Society of International Law

Date: November 6 - 8, 2014 Location: Chicago, IL  Featuring An international law career development event on Thursday, November 6, held at John Marshall Law School…

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Emerging Issues and New Frontiers for FDA Regulation

Monday, October 20, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Washington, DC

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Food and Drug Law Institute are pleased to…

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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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What About Ebola’s Impact on Insurers?

CBS, October 14, 2014
by Bruce Kennedy

Along with all the concerns regarding the ongoing Ebola epidemic, here's one many people probably haven't considered: What about health care and life insurance costs if the disease were to…

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Death of Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas Fuels Alarm Over Ebola

New York Times, October 8, 2014
by Manny Fernandez and Dave Philipps

[...] The death Wednesday morning of Mr. Duncan, 42, the Liberian man at the center of a widening public health scare and the first person with a case of Ebola…

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

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

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

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Newsmax Panel: Experimental Ebola Drugs Have Run Out

Newsmax TV, October 6, 2014
by America's Forum, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] The Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas is not receiving an experimental drug because there is a dearth of supply, according to Harvard law professor…

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2015 Summer Ethics Fellowship for Law Students

2015 Summer Ethics Fellowship for Law Students
The Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE)

Deadline: January 06, 2015

The Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) seeks applications for its 2015 law fellowships. FASPE Law, one component of a larger program that works with students in several professional fields, uses the conduct…

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U.S. Will Increase Production of the Ebola Drug ZMapp, but May Not Meet Demand

New York Times, October 1, 2014
by Andrew Pollock

Federal officials are planning to sharply increase production of ZMapp, which is viewed by many experts as the most promising experimental drug for treating people infected with Ebola in West…

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Faculty Postion: Bioethics

Faculty Postion: Bioethics
New York University Abu Dhabi

Deadline: Open until filled.

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is currently inviting applications for a tenured or tenure-track position at any level (assistant, associate, or full professor) in bioethics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or…

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2015 Summer Ethics Fellowship for Medical Students

2015 Summer Ethics Fellowship for Medical Students
The Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE)

Deadline: December 23, 2014

The Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) seeks applications for its 2015 medical fellowships. FASPE Medical, a component of a larger program that works with students in various…

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Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million Within 4 Months, CDC Estimates

New York Times, September 23, 2014
by Denise Grady

Yet another set of ominous projections about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was released Tuesday, in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gave worst-…

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