World Health Organization advisers call for registry of studies on human genome editing

STAT, March 19, 2019
by Sharon Begley

A World Health Organization advisory committee on editing human DNA will ask the United Nations agency to establish a global registry of all such research, recommend that editors of scientific journals… Read More

UK patient ‘free’ of HIV after stem cell treatment

BBC News, March 5, 2019

A UK patient's HIV has become "undetectable" following a stem cell transplant - in only the second case of its kind, doctors report in Nature. The London patient, who was being treated for cancer,… Read More

Why Doctors Without Borders Is Suspending Work In The Ebola Epicenter In Congo

NPR, March 1, 2019
by Nurith Aizenman

The aid group Doctors without Borders is suspending its work in the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The move comes after two separate attacks on its treatment centers… Read More

World Health Organization Forms Committee To Guide Editing Of Human Genes

NPR, February 14, 2019

The World Health Organization Thursday announced the formation of an international committee aimed at establishing uniform guidelines for editing human DNA in ways that can be passed down to future generations.… Read More

Measles cases in Europe tripled last year, WHO says

BBC News, February 7, 2019

Measles cases in Europe tripled between 2017 and 2018 to 82,596 - the highest number recorded this decade, data from the World Health Organization shows. While vaccination rates are improving,… Read More

In Fast-Aging Japan, Elder Care Is a High-Tech Pursuit

Wall Street Journal, January 12, 2019
by Suryatapa Bhattacharya

This article is behind a paywall. Harvard affiliates can access the full text via Hollis. [...] In a country with one of the world's fastest-growing elderly populations and a tight labor market,… Read More

How Chummy Are Junk Food Giants and China’s Health Officials?

New York Times, January 9, 2019
by Andrew Jacobs

Happy 10 Minutes, a Chinese government campaign that encouraged schoolchildren to exercise for 10 minutes a day, would seem a laudable step toward improving public health in a nation struggling with alarming… Read More

Petrie-Flom Welcomes New Precision Medicine Fellow!

Petrie-Flom Center, August 16, 2018

We are excited to announce that Sara Gerke is joining the Petrie-Flom Center's Project on Precision Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, and Law (PMAIL) as our Precision Medicine Fellow. As the Fellow,… Read More

To Tame Prescription Prices, HHS Dips A Toe Into Drug Importation Stream

Kaiser Health News, August 1, 2018
by Rachel Bluth, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: This isn’t the first time officials have suggested importing drugs from other countries to find better prices. Bills have been offered in Congress to allow it, and George… Read More

Building Capacity for a Global Genome Editing Observatory: Institutional Design

Trends in Biotechnology, June, 2018
by Krishanu Saha, J. Benjamin Hurlbut,Sheila Jasanoff,Aziza Ahmed, Anthony Appiah, Elizabeth Bartholet [...] I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)[...]

Complete author list: Krishanu Saha, J. Benjamin Hurlbut, Sheila Jasanoff, Aziza Ahmed, Anthony Appiah, Elizabeth Bartholet,  Françoise Baylis, Gaymon Bennett, George Church, I. Glenn Cohen, George… Read More

Is Trump giving the EU higher drug prices too?

DW, June 1, 2018
by Lindsey Rae Gjording, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Through single-payer health care systems the EU is able to regulate consumer costs at reasonable levels. It also makes decisions about what new drugs are worth spending taxpayer money… Read More

Vaccine against Meningitis

La Presse, April 25, 2018
by Marie-Claude Malboeuf, Suit brought by Jean-Christophe Belisle Pipon (Visiting Researcher)

From the article: Quebec has agreed to pay twice as much as the United Kingdom for a new vaccine against meningitis, the effectiveness of which seemed uncertain. The disclosure of the price paid by Quebec… Read More

Healthcare Accreditation Driving Patient Excellence in Europe

by Medical Tourism Magazine, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: In the business of medical travel, quality drives the market and the quality of healthcare a hospital or healthcare organization provides is often validated by its accreditation status.… Read More

Surgery Lit by Cellphone: Togo Doctors Strike Over Deplorable Hospitals

The New York Times, April 7, 2018
by Tim McDonnell, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: I. Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School and an expert on health law and bioethics, said medical ethicists generally agree that the potential benefits of a doctors’ strike… Read More

Preventing Mitochondrial Disease

Obstetrics & Gynecology, March 2018 - Volume 131 - Issue 3
by Eli Y. Adashi and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract: In a possible first, the heritable transmission of a fatal mitochondrial DNA disease (Leigh syndrome) may have been prevented by replacing the mutation-bearing mitochondria of oocytes with donated… Read More

Petrie-Flom Center launches Project on Precision Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law

Harvard Law Today, January 31, 2018
by Q & A with I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) at the University of… Read More

Research Fellow for Precision Medicine
Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School

Deadline: Position has been filled.

Duties & ResponsibilitiesThis is a newly created full-time term appointment for a post-doctoral employee needed to support the work of the Petrie-Flom Center on a sponsored research project in collaboration… Read More

The Petrie-Flom Center Launches New Project

Petrie-Flom Center, January 23, 2018

The Project on Precision Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law will seek to better understand the frontiers of big data in health care diagnostics, through interdisciplinary analysis of important… Read More

India’s Hospitals Are Filling Up With Desperate Americans

Foreign Policy, January 2, 2018
by Daniel Block, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  Medical tourism thus presents both opportunities and risks. At its best, the industry can help India grow its health care system, using the revenues generated from international… Read More

Sanofi scandal in the Philippines could spread dangerous mistrust of vaccines

STAT, December 11, 2017
by Ed Silverman, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Unfortunately, there are indications that the company, which could use a blockbuster product, should have taken its corporate foot off the gas pedal.  And to restore confidence in… Read More

The Debate over Postmortem Sperm Retrieval of Fallen Soldiers

Jerusalem Post, November 22, 2017
by Avishalom Westreich (Visiting Scholar Alumnus)

This essay is based in part on the workshop the Petrie-Flom Center hosted on October 23, 2017, in which then-Visiting Scholar Avishalom Westreich presented his research-in-progress to a diverse group of… Read More

Bernie Sanders Tells Big Pharma

International Business Times, August 7, 2017
by Josh Keefe, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] Other experts told IBT federal support of drug development goes well beyond just funding research. “It’s not so much the money we are actually spending through NIH. We are providing huge… 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

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

In Pausing Human Research On Zika, Medical Ethicists Acknowledge A Dark Past

WBUR, March 21, 2017
by Paul C. McLean, quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

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

Addressing the ethical issues raised by synthetic human entities with embryo-like features

eLife, March 21, 2017
by John Aach, Jeantine Lunshof, Eswar Iyer, and George M. Church

On November 7, 2016, the Petrie-Flom Center hosted the conference "The Ethics of Early Embryo Research & the Future of the 14-Day Rule," which convened experts in bioethics, stem cell research,… Read More

UPCOMING! Annual Health Law Conference: Between Complacency & Panic

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

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

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

Trump’s travel ban rattles medical residency programs

Politico Pulse, January 31, 2017
by Dan Diamond, featuring blog post by Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow alumna)

From the article: Trump's order on regulations is a 'terrible idea' for rulemaking. That's according to law professor Rachel Sachs, who uses the 21st Century Cures Act — which… 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

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

Student Fellow Alumna Lauren Taylor on the American Health Care Paradox

Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School, October 27, 2016

Lauren A. Taylor, MPH, MDiv will discuss her book,  The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less. Commentator: John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA, Professor… 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

Euro Drug Pricing’s Tradeoffs May Limit Appeal In US

Law360, September 8, 2016
by Dani Kass, quoting W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

[...] Going forward, an influx of bills targeting drug prices could be introduced, but few are likely to pass, according to Joshua P. Cohen, a researcher at the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug… 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

Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Health Law, Policy and Ethics
University of Ottawa Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics

Deadline: August 1, 2016

The University of Ottawa Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics is excited to announce that we are currently accepting applications for a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair for the upcoming academic year. … Read More

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 public health officials are concerned about athletes, tourists and members of the media getting bitten by… 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

Scholarship: DIBSS / Dubrovnik International Bioethics Summer School
Global Bioethics Initiative with School of Medicine, University of Zagreb

Deadline: June 10, 2016

Global Bioethics Initiative in partnership with University of Zagreb School of Medicine and Inter-University Centre invites students and professionals worldwide to attend the DIBSS – Dubrovnik… 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

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

Power, Suffering, and the Struggle for Dignity

University of Pennsylvania Press, December 2015
by Alicia Ely Yamin (Global Health and Human Rights Initiative Fellow Alumna)

“A brilliant, highly readable, and moving book.” -Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty “This book deftly illustrates the core purpose of a human… Read More

2017 Brocher Foundation Residencies
Brocher Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland

Deadline: February 14, 2016

Our call for proposals for the 2017 residencies is still open! Don't miss this opportunity! The Brocher Foundation is located on the shores of the Geneva Lake, in Hermance… 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. DescriptionIn biomedical research, the analysis of large datasets (Big Data) has become a major driver of innovation and success. ‘Biomedical Big Data’… 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

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

Research Assistants, International Health and Drug Law
Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center, Brigham & Women's Hospital

Deadline: November 03, 2015

The MRCT Center of BWH and Harvard is seeking one or two research assistants for the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center.  The Center is part of the Division of Global Health Equity. Work would… 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

Will clinical trial data disclosure reduce incentives to develop new uses of drugs?

Nature Biotechnology, July 2015, Vol. 33, No. 7
by W Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow alumnus) & Timo Minssen (past Visiting Scholar)

Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow alumnus Nicholson Price, now an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and past Visiting Scholar Timo Minnsen, Associate… 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

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

RWJF Awards for Eliminating Health Disparities: 2015 Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Deadline: April 14, 2015

PurposeThe RWJF Awards for Eliminating Health Disparities program advances RWJF’s vision for building a Culture of Health by recognizing and celebrating individuals who have successfully implemented… 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

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 WebstreamWatch the event live online! DescriptionMedical 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

Medical Tourism, Access to Health Care, and Global Justice

Health Law & Human Rights, Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2015
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract: Medical tourism – the travel of patients from one (the “home”) country to another (the “destination”) country for medical treatment – represents a growing… Read More

Clinical Trial Recruitment: Problems, Misconceptions, and Possible Solutions,

Petrie-Flom Center, February 5, 2015

On January 19 - 21, 2015, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program of Harvard Catalyst |… Read More

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 "taking religion seriously" in efforts… Read More

Program Manager
Harvard Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center

Deadline: February 20, 2015

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… 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

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

Deadline: December 23, 2014

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… 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

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… 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

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

ASIL Midyear Meeting and Research Forum
American Society of International Law

Deadline: November 06, 2014

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 A discussion with Chief Judge… 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

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 and medical ethicist… Read More

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… Read More

Faculty Postion: Bioethics
New York University Abu Dhabi

Deadline: November 05, 2014

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… Read More

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… Read More

A Fuller Picture of Organ Markets

The American Journal of Bioethics, September 17, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  [...] A different problem with the reliance on the Iranian data is that Iran is, to put it mildly, quite different from many other countries. It is not a true organ market,… Read More

An Interview with I. Glenn Cohen on Controversial Health Issues, September 9, 2014
by Tavis Smiley, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

In an interview with, Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen, sat down with Tavis Smiley to discuss important health issues, such as experimental Ebola drugs and prescription opiate use in the… Read More

Some Insurance Companies Ask Their Customers to Cross the Border for Care

New Republic, July 7, 2014
by Adam Teicholz and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored a new piece in New Republic on the practice adopted by some insurance companies of sending clients across the border for less expensive care. From… Read More

Summer Program on Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law
O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

Deadline: July 14 - 18, 2014

Please join the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University for a one-week intensive summer institute exploring the domestic and international legal, regulatory,… Read More

Stem Cell Therapies

Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, 2014
by Adam C. Berger, Sarah H. Beachy, and Steve Olson, featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Stem cells offer tremendous promise for advancing health and medicine. Whether being used to replace damaged cells and organs or else by supporting the body's intrinsic repair mechanisms, stem cells… Read More

Call for Abstracts: Emerging Issues and New Frontiers for FDA Regulation
Washington, DC

Deadline: June 03, 2014

      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 announce an upcoming collaborative… Read More

The First Issue of Journal of Law and Biosciences Is Now Available!

Petrie-Flom Center, February 27, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the first issue of Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) is now available online. The articles are: Knoppers, Bartha M., Edward S. Dove, & Ma'n H. Zawati.… Read More

Indian medicine, coming soon to an island near you

BMJ, February 25, 2014
by Suzy Frisch, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

[...] NH will open a hospital in the Cayman Islands in February in partnership with Ascension Health, the largest non-profit provider in the US. Shetty and David Pryor, president and CEO of Ascension Clinical… Read More

The “Problem” with the European Problem/Solution Approach to Inventive Step

Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, Wegner's Writings, February 24, 2014
by Harold C. Wegner, reviewing Timo Minssen (Petrie-Flom Visiting Scholar)

From the review: Patent applicants seeking to gain global patent protection beyond their home country borders need a better comparative knowledge of key elements of the patent laws of the several… Read More

Undocumented Injustice?

NEJM, February 13, 2014
by Michael J. Young, M.Phil. (Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow), and Lisa Soleymani Lehmann, M.D., Ph.D.

Quelino Jimenez came to the United States at 18 years of age, seeking work to provide financial support to his family of 11 in Mexico. Jimenez found a construction job in Chicago, where he worked without… Read More

NEW BOOK: Science and Technology in International Economic Law

Routledge, 2014
by Bryan Mercurio and Kuei-Jung Ni (Petrie-Flom Visiting Scholar), editors

Science and technology plays an increasingly important role in the continued development of international economic law. This book brings together well-known and rising scholars to explore the status and… Read More

These Two Americans Want Babies Through Indian Surrogates.

The New Republic, December 10, 2013
by Jennifer Kirby, citing I. Glenn Cohen

[...] An estimated 2,000 foreign babies are born to Indian surrogates each year, according to research in the forthcoming book Patients With Passports: Medical Tourism, Ethics, and Law, by… Read More

Harvard Law School to Host Conference on Food Safety Law

Food Safety News, December 10, 2013
by James Andrews

The Petrie-Flom Center's upcoming conference "New Directions for Food Safety: The Food Safety Modernization Act and Beyond," which will be held at Harvard Law School on Friday, February 21, 2014, was… Read More

Have Injury, Will Travel:

Outside Magazine, November 14, 2013
by Emily Matchar, quoting I. Glenn Cohen

[...] Most people who travel abroad for medical care are uninsured or underinsured, with high-copay or high-deductible insurance, says Glenn Cohen, a professor atHarvard Law School who studies… Read More

Can You Buy Sperm Donor Identification?

Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, October 23, 2013
by I. Glenn Cohen and Travis G. Coan

In the United States, most sperm donations are anonymous. By contrast, many developed nations require sperm donors to be identified, typically requiring new sperm (and egg) donors to put identifying information… Read More

Belinda Bennett on Globalization and the Future of Health Law

International Legal Studies at HLS, October 22, 2013

Globalization and the Future of Health Law: Harmonization or Diversity? A talk by Belinda Bennett, Professor of Health and Medical Law, University of Sydney Introduction by I. Glenn Cohen   Tuesday,… Read More

Now Available: Globalization of Healthcare

Oxford University Press, 2013
by I. Glenn Cohen, ed.

The edited volume stemming from the Petrie-Flom Center's 2011 Annual Conference, The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Issues, I. Glenn Cohen, ed. (Oxford University Press,… Read More

International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects

Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences

These guidelines are designed to be of use to countries in defining national policies on the ethics of biomedical research involving human subjects, applying ethical standards in local circumstances, and… Read More

2015 Proposed Revisions

by Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences

These are revisions to the existing CIOMS International Guidelines, proposed in September 2015.  These proposals are not yet final. Read More

Declaration of Helsinki

World Medical Association

This Declaration is widely regarded as a cornerstone document of human research ethics, and sets forth a variety of standards for the conduct of ethical research, some of which are controversial (e.g.,… Read More

The Nuremberg Code

This early and historically significant statement, crafted in response to the abuses of Nazi experimentation with humans during World War II, outlines the principles of research ethics. Read More

E6 Guideline for Good Clinical Practice

International Conference on Harmonisation

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording and reporting trials that involve the participation of human subjects. Compliance… Read More

Office for Human Research Protections, International

This site provides a variety of resources regarding international human subjects research, including an up-to-date compilation of international standards applicable to human subjects research in 104 countries,… Read More

Why is medical tourism from Australia booming?

World News Australia, April 2013
by Ildi Amon, quoting I. Glenn Cohen

Glenn Cohen is a medical tourism researcher and professor at Harvard Law School in the United States. He says there is a lack of reliable data on the worldwide travel of medical tourists. But he believes… Read More

Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, concerning Research

Council of Europe

This treaty sets forth ethical principles with regard to biomedical research involving interventions on human beings. Read More

Medicinal Products for Human Use: Clinical Trials

European Commission

This site provides information on the requirements for conducting clinical trials in the EU.  Read More

Ethical and Policy Issues in International Research: Clinical Trials in Developing Countries

National Bioethics Advisory Commission

This report makes recommendations to address the ethical issues that arise when clinical research that is subject to US regulation is sponsored or conducted in developing countries, with special attention… Read More

Ethical Aspects of Clinical Research in Developing Countries

The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, 2003

This guidance document places particular emphasis on the ethical issues surrounding pharmaceutical drug development in developing nations. Read More

What Makes Clinical Research in Developing Countries Ethical?

Journal of Infectious Diseases
by Ezekiel J. Emanuel et al.

This foundational article provides a framework for ethical research in developing countries, addressing standard of care, post-trial access, and informed consent.   Read More