CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2017 Annual Conference
Transparency in Health and Health Care: Legal and Ethical Possibilities and Limits

Friday, April 28, 2017
Conferences
2016-2017
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East ABC (2036)
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is...

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Concurrent Surgeries:
Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues

Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2016-2017
Pound Hall 101, Ballantine Classroom
Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Concurrent, or overlapping, surgeries involve the simultaneous scheduling of substantial portions o...

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Health Care after the Election

Monday, October 24, 2016 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2016-2017
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West AB (2019)
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Description:

As we approach the 2016 presidential election and change of administration, there are...

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Battling Blood in the Streets:
How Can Neuroscience Promote Public Health and Support Public Policy to Prevent Community Violence?

Wednesday, September 07, 2016 4:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2016-2017
Wasserstein Hall, Room 1010
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Description

Far too many people across the country are left dead, injured, or traumatized by commu...

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Mylan Tries Again to Quell Pricing Outrage by Offering Generic EpiPen

New York Times, August 29, 2016
by Andrew Pollack

In its latest move to quell outrage over its price increases, the maker of the EpiPen has reso...

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Audits Of Some Medicare Advantage Plans Reveal Pervasive Overcharging

NPR, August 29, 2016
by Fred Shulte

More than three dozen just-released audits reveal how some private Medicare plans overcharged the g...

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Behind the stealth ad campaigns for the EpiPen and other drugs

STAT News, August 29, 2016
by Rebecca Robbins

Mylan Pharmaceuticals has spent millions this year on television ads and celebrity t...

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The GMO Labeling Fight Is Not Industry Versus Consumers

Forbes, August 26, 2016
by Steve Ansolabahere and Jacob E. Gersen (Director, Food Law Lab)

From the article:

In late July, President Obama signed a bill requiring some form of labeling of f...

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FDA Calls for Zika Testing of All Blood Donations

Wall Street Journal, August 26, 2016
by Thomas M. Burton

The Food and Drug Administration is calling for Zika testing of all donated blood and blood product...

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The Single Bad Reason We Waste Billions of Pounds of Food

TIME, August 24, 2014
by Jacob Gersen

From Food Law Lab Director and Petrie-Flom Faculty Affiliate Jacob Gersen:

Why exactly are we...

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A Small Town Struggles With A Boom In Sober Living Homes

NPR, August 22, 2016
by Will Stone

[...] Group homes are generally easy to start, cheap to run and, in states like Arizona, large...

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Whose Lives Should Be Saved? To Help Shape Policy, Researchers in Maryland Ask the Public

New York Times, August 21, 2016
by Sheri Fink

[...] The effort is among the first times, Dr. Daugherty Biddison said, that a state has gathered i...

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How Japan Is Dealing With Impacts Of Supporting The Oldest Population In The World

NPR, August 21, 2016
by Ina Jaffe, in conversation with Rachel Martin

Nearly 27 percent of the people in the country are 65 or older. NPR's Ina Jaffe visited Japan a...

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Where Insurers’ Exits Are Hurting Obamacare Exchanges — And Where They Aren’t

NPR, August 18, 2016
by Phil Galewitz

Some of the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces are in turmoil as the fourth open enro...

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The 13 Percent: A Look At Who Is Still Uninsured 6 Years Into Health Law

Kaiser Health News, August 18, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Mille...

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The Battle to Regulate Cosmetics

"On Point," WBUR (NPR Boston), August 17, 2016
by Tom Ashbrook, Interviewing

What’s in your cosmetics and can it be harmful to your health? We’ll look at the new ca...

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Genetic Tests for a Heart Disorder Mistakenly Find Blacks at Risk

New York Times, August 17, 2016
by Denise Grady

Genetic tests for an inherited heart disorder are more likely to have incorrect results in black Am...

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California Court Helps Kids By Healing Parents’ Addictions

NPR, August 16, 2016
by Jenny Gold

[...] There has been a surge recently, across the U.S., in the number of children entering the...

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The FDA Wants To Make It Harder To Buy And Sell Poop

BuzzFeed, August 13, 2016
by by Nidhi Subbaraman, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow alumna)

[...] Depending on how the approval is handed down, Rebiotix could very well put outfits like OpenB...

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Opinion: Please, Boston Nonprofit Hospitals, Can’t You Join Forces Instead Of Competing?

WBUR, August 11, 2016
by Michael Anne Kyle and Lauren Taylor (Student Fellow alumni)

Here in Boston, cooperation between health care providers is a fraught issue.

Competition is fierc...

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​One Of The Biggest Lessons Lawmakers Learned From Zika? Don’t Rely On Lawmakers

Kaiser Health News, August 15, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

While...

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​U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency In Puerto Rico Over Zika

Kaiser Health News, August 15, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

There...

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More Small, Midsized Firms Choose To Pay Workers’ Medical Costs Directly

Kaiser Health News, August 12, 2016
by Michelle Andrews

Instead of buying a health insurance policy to cover their workers, a growing number of small and m...

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With Congress Deadlocked, White House Diverts Funds to Fight Zika

New York Times, August 11, 2016
by Julie Hirschfield Davis

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday said it was shifting $81 million away from...

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Obamacare Appears to Be Making People Healthier

New York Times, August 11, 2016
by Margot Sanger-Katz

[...] A few recent studies suggest that people have become less likely to have medical de...

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In Setback To Insurers, Judge Sets Aetna-Humana Trial For December

Kaiser Health News, August 11, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

The l...

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Obama Administration Set to Remove Barrier to Marijuana Research

New York Times, August 10, 2016
by Catherine Saint Louis and Matt Apuzzo

The Obama administration is planning to remove a major roadblock to marijuana research, officials s...

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Finding Good Pain Treatment Is Hard. If You’re Not White, It’s Even Harder.

New York Times, August 9, 2016
by Abby Goodnough

[...] While an epidemic of prescription opioid abuse has swept across the United States, Afric...

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When Pregnant Women Need Medicine, They Encounter A Void

NPR, August 8, 2016
by Rae Ellen Bichell

[...] But the CDC acknowledges that as pregnant women aren't usually included in drug safety st...

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Zika-Fighting GMO Mosquito Gets FDA Approval For Testing

NPR, August 6, 2016
by Greg Allen

The FDA has approved field trials of a genetically engineered mosquito designed to combat Zika and...

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Insurance Rules Can Hamper Recovery From Opioid Addiction

NPR, August 5, 2016
by Jake Harper

[...] The prior authorization process adds work for doctors and their staff, says Dr. And...

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Bristol Myers: Opdivo Failed to Meet Endpoint in Key Lung-Cancer Study

Wall Street Journal, August 5, 2016
by Peter Loftus, Jonathan D. Rockoff, and Anne Steele

A cancer drug’s surprise failure in a clinical trial wiped $20 billion off Bristol-Myers...

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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&...

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Vexing Question on Patient Surveys: Did We Ease Your Pain?

New York Times, August 4, 2016
by Jan Hoffman and Sabrina Tavernise

The questionnaire arrives in the mail a few days after a patient’s discharge from the hospita..

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Medical Studies Involving Children Often Go Unpublished

NPR, August 4, 2016
by Richard Harris

Many medical studies involving children never end up being put to use because scientists frequently...

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Making Sure Ecstasy Is Ecstasy:

NPR, August 3, 2016
by Lauren Frayer

[...] Brown breaks off a fragment of one of his Ecstasy pills and hands it to Chris Brady, who work...

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Obamacare Expansion A Bumpy Ride For Rural Health Clinics

Kaiser Health News, August 3, 2016
by Pauline Bartolone

A network of clinics that serves low-income patients in rural Northern California is finally findin...

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Aetna Backs Off Plans to Expand Its ACA Business:

Wall Street Journal, August 2, 2016
by Anna Wilde Matthews

Aetna Inc. became the last of the five major national health insurers to project a loss o...

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Medical benefits of dental floss unproven

AP, August 2, 2016
by Jeff Donan

HOLMDEL, N.J. (AP) — It's one of the most universal recommendations in all of public heal...

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Zika Surge in Miami Neighborhood Prompts Travel Warning

New York Times, August 1, 2016
by Pam Belluck

Federal health officials on Monday urged pregnant women to stay away from a Miami neighborhood wher...

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Opioid Dependence Leads To ‘Tsunami’ Of Medical Services, Study Finds

Kaiser Health News, August 1, 2016
by Julie Appleby

In one of the first looks at privately insured patients with opioid problems, researchers paint a g...

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Long-Term Care Is An Immediate Problem — For The Government

Kaiser Health News, August 1, 2016
by Anna Gorman and Barbara Feder Ostrov

[...] Experts estimate that about half of all people turning 65 today will need daily help as they...

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Zika Cases in Puerto Rico Are Skyrocketing

New York Times, July 30, 2016
by Donald G. McNeil, Jr.

SAN JUAN, P.R. — The Zika epidemic that has spread from Brazil to the rest of Latin America i...

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6 More State Workers Charged in Flint Water Crisis

New York Times, July 29, 2016
by Amy Haimerl and Abby Goodnough

FLINT, Mich. — State prosecutors filed criminal charges against six more government workers h...

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F.D.A. Says 2 Florida Counties With Zika Cases Should Suspend Blood Donations

New York Times, July 28, 2016
by Associated Press

MIAMI — Federal officials want to suspend blood donations in two Florida counties where offic...

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As Opioid Epidemic Surges, Medical Schools Try To Keep Pace

NPR, July 27, 2016
by Natalie Jacewicz

[...] Americans are overdosing on opioids such as heroin and prescribed painkillers...

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Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score 5 Stars In Medicare’s New Ratings

Kaiser Health News, July 27, 2016
by Jordan Rau

The federal government released its first overall hospital quality rating on Wednesday, slapping av...

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Sen. Tim Kaine’s Record On Health Care:

NPR, July 27, 2016
by Rachel Bluth

As he takes the stage Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, vice p...

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Vaccines and Airline Travel:

42 American Journal of Law and Medicine 543, (2016)
by Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Abstract: This Article explores two ways in which airline travel is an important vector for th...

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Surgeon Says Apps May Turn Organ Donation Support Into ‘Concrete Action’

Kaiser Health News, July 25, 2016
by Zhai Yun Tan

Users of Tinder, the popular online dating app, usually swipe right on their mobile screens to gain...

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Olympus Told U.S. Executives No Broad Scope Warning Needed Despite Superbug Outbreaks

Kaiser Health News, July 24, 2016
by Chad Terhune

Faced with superbug outbreaks in three countries by early 2013, Japanese device giant Olympus Corp....

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Farm to fork:

"Reveal," NPR, Updated July 23, 2016
by Julia B. Chan

UPDATE, July 23, 2016: We followed up on what’s happened since we first told you about t...

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Mike Pence’s Health Policy Record Is A Mixed Bag

Kaiser Health News, July 21, 2016
by Jake Harper, WFYI

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is in the spotlight this week as the man Donald Trump has picked to be his...

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​Justice Department Sues To Block Health Care Mega-Mergers

Kaiser Health News, July 21, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

The d...

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China Investigating Data Leak and Swindling of H.I.V. Patients

New York Times, July 21, 2016
by Karoline Kan

BEIJING — Bai Hua, the director of a support network based in Beijing for people with H....

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Anti-Abortion Forces Regroup in Wake of Supreme Court Decision

Kaiser Health News, July 20, 2016
by Julie Rovner

Delegates at the Republican convention in Cleveland have approved the strongest anti-abortion platf...

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Montana’s ‘Pain Refugees’ Leave State To Get Prescribed Opioids

NPR, July 20, 2016
by Corin Cates-Carney

Federal authorities say about 78 Americans die every day from opioid overdose. In Montana, health c...

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How the Government Supports Your Junk Food Habit

New York Times, July 19, 2016
by Anahad O'Connor

At a time when almost three-quarters of the country is overweight or obese, it comes as no surprise...

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Zika Data From the Lab, and Right to the Web

New York Times, July 18, 2016
by Donald G. McNeil, Jr.

MADISON, Wis. — Of the hundreds of monkeys in the University of Wisconsin’s primat...

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Pence’s Unwavering Crusade Against Abortion And What It Means For Trump

Kaiser Health News, July 18, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

By pi...

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Reefer Madness! Medical Marijuana Is Already Saving $165M Per Year For Medicare

Forbes, July 18, 2016
by Steven Salzberg

[...] A new study in the journal Health Affairs looked in great detail at presc...

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Herbalife Agrees To Pay $200 Million To Settle Complaints It Deceived Consumers

NPR, July 15, 2016
by Jim Zarroli

Herbalife has agreed to pay $200 million to reimburse consumers who lost money on its nutrition sup...

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House approves bill to shield anti-abortion healthcare workers

The Hill, July 13, 2016
by Sarah Ferris

The House on Wednesday approved a controversial abortion bill that supporters say would help shield...

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Senate Approves Bill to Combat Opioid Addiction Crisis

New York Times, July 13, 2016
by Emmarie Huetteman

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to tackle the nation’s opioid cris...

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National Health Spending to Surpass $10,000 a Person in 2016

New York Times, July 13, 2016
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — National health spending will average more than $10,000 a person this year for t...

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With Eye On Sanders’ Endorsement, Clinton Offers Expanded Health Care Proposal

Kaiser Health News, July 11, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Hilla...

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More Nonsmoking Teens Inhaling Flavored Nicotine Through Vaping

New York Times, July 11, 2016
by Rachel Rabkin Peachman

[...] When e-cigarettes came on the market in 2007, some public health experts hoped that they woul...

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Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos Is Barred From Running Lab for 2 Years

New York Times, July 8, 2016
by Andrew Pollack

Federal regulators have barred Elizabeth Holmes, chief executive of Theranos, from owning or operat...

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VA Panel Report To Suggest More Private Care Choices For Veterans

NPR, July 6, 2016
by Quil Lawrence

The debate over how to overhaul the $10 billion Veterans Choice program is the latest skirmish betw...

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US urges Puerto Rico to spray for mosquitoes to stop Zika

The Hill, July 7, 2016
by Devin Henry

Two federal agencies are pushing the Puerto Rican people and government to consider spraying for mo...

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Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics:

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

Pre-order the book here!

Abstract of the Introduction: 

This introductory chapter to th...

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Health Law Professor

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Health Law Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Deadline: October 15, 2016

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law invites applications for a tenure-stream position beginn...

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After Medical Marijuana Legalized, Medicare Prescriptions Drop For Many Drugs

NPR, July 6, 2016
by Shefali Luthra

Prescription drug prices continue to climb, putting the pinch on consumers. Some older Americans ap...

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Policy Advocacy Manager

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Policy Advocacy Manager
DNDi (Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative), Geneva, Switzerland

Deadline: July 17, 2016

Terms of reference:

Title: Policy Advocacy Manager
Based: Geneva
Duration: Long ter...

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For This Man, Reducing Gun Violence Is A Life’s Mission

Kaiser Health News, July 5, 2016
by Cynthia H. Craft

As the ancient Chinese proverb says, from crisis comes opportunity. That is certainly true for Gare...

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Public Health Policy Director

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Public Health Policy Director
Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is now accepting applications to fill the polic...

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Zika May Place Burden On Medicaid

Health Affairs Blog, June 8, 2016
by Emma Sandoe (Student Fellow)

From the article:

Congress is currently debating the level of federal funding that should be made...

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Policy Fellowship

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Policy Fellowship
OSU Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Ohio State University Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (OSU-CERTS) invites ap...

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The Summer Olympics And The Zika Virus — Is It Safe To Hold The Games In Brazil?

Greater Boston (WGBH), June 1, 2016
by Jim Braude, interviewing Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch

Olympic athletes going to Rio de Janeiro might come home with more than just a medal.  Some pu...

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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...

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Research Project Coordinator

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Research Project Coordinator
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Deadline: Open until filled.

General Description

The Research Project Coordinator will provide research and administrative assi...

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When Big Data Isn’t Big Enough

Ampersand, May 20, 2016
by Elise Davis

Elise Davis of PRIM&R attended the Petrie-Flom Center's 2016 Annual Conference on "Big Data...

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Legal Research Associate, Policy Surveillance Program

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Legal Research Associate, Policy Surveillance Program
Temple University

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Policy Surveillance Program (PSP) is a national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Fo...

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Prizing Insurance: Prescription Drug Insurance as Innovation Incentive,

Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 30, No. 1 (forthcoming)
by Rachel E. Sachs

Abstract: 

A problem perennially facing scholars of both intellectual property and health law...

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Promoting Healthcare Innovation on the Demand Side,

U of Michigan Law & Econ Research Paper No. 16-008; U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 503
by Rebecca Eisenberg and W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Abstract:

Innovation policy often focuses on the incentives of firms that sell new products. But o...

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Harvard Medical School’s 2016 Bioethics Conference:
Social Justice and Ethics Committees in Health Care: Core to our Mission or None of our Business?

Thursday, April 14, 2016 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Conferences
2015-2016
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA

Couldn't make it to the conference? Join the conversation on Twitter using #HMSABC!

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Director of Master of Arts in Bioethics

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Director of Master of Arts in Bioethics
Center for Ethics at Emory University

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Center for Ethics at Emory University seeks a scholar in ethics and a clinical field, public he...

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