Introducing Joanna Sax

We’re excited to introduce and welcome Joanna Sax as a guest blogger for the month of May.

Joanna is an Associate Professor of Law at California Western School of Law.  She teaches Contracts, Trusts & Estates and a seminar entitled Law, Science & Medicine.  Her main area of research is biomedical policy; specifically, how to create incentives to advance scientific research and protect scientific integrity.  In this area, Joanna has recently focused on issues such as financial conflicts of interest and the relationship of politics and science.  Another area of interest is FDA regulation; Joanna will be presenting at the upcoming conference on the FDA in the 21st Century hosted by Petrie-Flom.  Prior to focusing her research interests on the intersection of law and science, she was a molecular biologist and spent years researching cancer.

Joanna attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she earned a B.S.  After undergraduate school, she was a pre-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute.  In 1999, following her fellowship, she began a PhD program in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  In 2003, after earning a PhD, she entered law school at the University of Pennsylvania.  After law school, she spent 2 and a half years as an attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP.  In 2009, Joanna joined the faculty at California Western School of Law.

Some of Joanna’s recent publications include:

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Introducing Adam Kolber

We’re excited to introduce and welcome Adam Kolber to our blogging community. Professor Kolber will be guest blogging with us for the month of April.

Professor Kolber writes and teaches in the areas of health law, bioethics, criminal law, and neurolaw and is affiliated with Brooklyn Law School’s Center for Health, Science, and Public Policy and its Center for Law, Language & Cognition. In 2005, he created the Neuroethics & Law Blog and, in 2006, taught the first law school course devoted to law and neuroscience. He has also taught law and neuroscience topics to federal and state judges as part of a MacArthur Foundation grant. Professor Kolber has been a visiting fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Human Values and at NYU Law School’s Center for Research in Crime and Justice. His work has been frequently discussed in the media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

Professor Kolber began his academic career on the faculty of the University of San Diego School of Law. Before that, he clerked for the Honorable Chester J. Straub of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practiced law with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. He graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review. Prior to law school, he was a business ethics consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Some of Professor Kolber’s representative publications:

Health Law and Policy Workshop: Petrie-Flom Fellow Nicholson Price on Making Due in Making Drugs

The Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School is happy to announce the penultimate session of this year’s Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics Workshop in the Spring 2013 semester. We’re delighted to welcome a stellar lineup of leading researchers and opinion-makers in the fields at the intersection of health and law.  Professors Elhauge and Cohen lead the 2012-13 workshop series.

This spring’s next presenter is Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow Nicholson Price. He will be presenting his paper “Making Do in Making Drugs: Innovation Policy and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing” on Monday, April 8th  at 5pm in Hauser 105. The full text of the paper is available here, and the abstract is copied below the “read more”

The workshop will conclude on Monday, April 15th with a lecture from WilmerHale Professor of Intellectual Property Law at HLS and Faculty Director of the Berkman Center, Terry Fisher. Workshops are open to the public and copies of papers will generally be posted a week in advance on the Petrie-Flom Website:

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14th Annual Hospital & Health Law Conference 2013

Implementation of Federal and State Health Reform:

PPACA + Chapter 224 = opportunities, dynamism, and risk

12:00 Noon – 5:00 P.M.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
MCLE Conference Center,
10 Winter Place, via Winter Street

Addressing the growing cost of health care, desire to leave no person uninsured, and expectation that care should be delivered at the highest levels of quality have caused major changes to the health care landscape in the Commonwealth over the past several years. In 2012 there were two significant developments propelling these changes. First, Federal Health Reform, through the Patient P—assured by the Supreme Courts ruling and the reelection of President Obama. Second, Massachusetts has embarked on Health Reform II through the passage of Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012. These two forces combine to make 2013 a busy year for lawmakers, regulators, payors, providers, drug and device manufacturers, patients, and the lawyers who serve these diverse groups.

This cutting-edge Conference is designed to address these dramatic changes in the Massachusetts health care marketplace and beyond from a sophisticated legal perspective. What do lawyers need to anticipate in order to advise clients? What new business opportunities await the industry and their legal counsel? What should organizations be doing now to prepare for change in the near term?

With many important perspectives to be heard about these developments, the Conference seeks to bring together diverse viewpoints and experiences to give attendees both breadth and depth on these important subjects. Hear from health lawyers as well as health care industry insiders living with a dynamic market. Lawyers that help their clients respond to a market in flux, exposing both risks and opportunities, are providing a critical service at this time. This Conference distills and addresses key issues and provides essential insight on the skills of lawyering in this evolving practice area.

Registration information and agenda available at the conference website.

Introducing Ryan Abbott

Ryan Abbott, M.D., J.D., M.T.O.M., is Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School. He has served as a consultant on health care financing and regulation, intellectual property, and public health for international organizations, academic institutions and private enterprises including the World Health Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization and University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Abbott has published widely on issues associated with health care law and intellectual property protection in legal, medical, and scientific peer-reviewed journals.

Professor Abbott is a licensed physician, attorney, and acupuncturist. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Yale Law School, as well as a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Emperor’s College (MTOM) and a Summa Cum Laude graduate from University of California, Los Angeles (BS). Professor Abbott has been the recipient of numerous research fellowships, scholarships and awards, and has served as Principal Investigator of biomedical research studies at University of California. He is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and a member of the California and New York State Bars.

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Job Posting: EPA’s Office of the Science Advisor (OSA), Office of Research and Development (ORD) seeks Human Subjects Research Review Official

EPA’s Office of the Science Advisor (OSA), Office of Research and Development (ORD) is seeking a senior executive and scientific leader for the position of Human Subjects Research Review Official (HSRRO) in Washington, DC, who is the Agency’s focal point for providing guidance and leadership, and who serves as the expert technical resource to EPA in matters related to human research ethics and human subjects protection. The HSRRO provides strategic vision and leadership for a scientific program whose results serve as a basis for informing Agency decisions in areas related to human subjects research.

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The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Issues – Now Available from OUP

The edited volume stemming from the Petrie-Flom Center’s 2011 Annual ConferenceThe Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Issues, I. Glenn Cohen, ed. (Oxford University Press, 2013) – is now available for purchase through the publisher, Amazon, or other outlets.  You can also download the introduction and front matter for free here.

The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Issues is the first book to offer a comprehensive legal and ethical analysis of the most interesting and broadest reaching development in health care of the last twenty years: its globalization. It ties together the manifestation of this globalization in four related subject areas – medical tourism, medical migration (the physician “brain drain”), telemedicine, and pharmaceutical research and development, and integrates them in a philosophical discussion of issues of justice and equity relating to the globalization of health care. The time for such an examination is right. Medical tourism and telemedicine are growing multi-billion-dollar industries affecting large numbers of patients. The U.S. heavily depends on foreign-trained doctors to staff its health care system, and nearly forty percent of clinical trials are now run in the developing world, with indications of as much of a 10-fold increase in the past 20 years. NGOs across the world are agitating for increased access to necessary pharmaceuticals in the developing world, claiming that better access to medicine would save millions from early death at a relatively low cost. Coming on the heels of the most expansive reform to U.S. health care in fifty years, this book plots the ways in which this globalization will develop as the reform is implemented. The book features leading academics from across the world and different academic disciplines (law, philosophy, medicine, public health, government, business and geography) and outside academia to provide an international and interdisciplinary perspective.

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Conference — After the Storm: New Directions in Health Policy and Law at NEU Law

From the Northeastern University School of Law Program on Health Policy and Law:

Join us for a day of informative discussion and exploration with some of the nation’s leading policymakers and researchers in health policy and law. Engage in conversations that examine the new directions for health policy and law, regionally, nationally and globally in the wake of the tumultuous events of 2012, including the Supreme Court’s ACA decision and the US Presidential Election.

April 19, 2013. Please see conference website for agenda and registration information.

Job Opening: Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center invites applications from experienced health law teachers and scholars for the Kermit Gitenstein Distinguished Visiting Chair in Health Law and Policy. Touro is seeking a nationally-known professor in the field of health law and policy to fill the chair for the spring semester in 2014. The Gitenstein visiting professor will teach at least one course at the law school, deliver public lectures, and participate fully in faculty and student life. Touro Law Center is part of Touro College, which includes New York Medical College—one of the largest private health sciences universities in the nation. The visiting chair will have the opportunity to develop collaborative initiatives with the medical profession in general and New York Medical College in particular. Women, members of minority groups and others whose background will contribute to the diversity of the faculty are encouraged to apply.

Touro Law Center is a dynamic institution that is at the forefront of legal education in this country, dedicated to producing practice-ready graduates. Touro’s students have the unique opportunity to take advantage of the first-ever law campus in the United States—a law school adjacent to and working with both a federal courthouse and a state courthouse. The law school is located in Suffolk County, Long Island, approximately an hour outside of New York City.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume at the earliest possible date for full consideration. Contact: Fabio Arcila, Jr., Appointments Committee Chair and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, at

Touro College is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. Our practices and employment decisions regarding employment, hiring, assignment, promotion, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment are not to be based on an employee’s race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, military discharge status, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic predisposition, housing status, or any other protected status, in accordance with applicable law. Our policies are in conformance with Title IX, 1972 Education Amendments.

Job Opening — Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Seeking Bioethicist

HJF is seeking a Bioethicist to provide support under an NIH-funded contract to the Division of AIDS (DAIDS) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of NIH, located on Rockledge Drive in Bethesda, Maryland.  Under the NIH Contract, HJF’s separate operating division, HJF-DAIDS, provides scientific and operations support to DAIDS including the Basic Sciences Program (BSP). Responsibilities include researching and preparing background materials on bioethical issues relevant to NIH/NIAID research for use by NIAID staff; reviewing clinical trial protocols upon request; working with NIAID staff to identify, coordinate, and resolve issues concerning ethical principles and the application of United States and international regulations and ethical guidelines in international settings; providing expert input in planning and organizing stakeholder meetings on bioethics topics.  Excellent research, oral communication and writing skills needed, and experience and advanced training in bioethics required.

For more information and to apply, please see and click on Careers.

Summer Program on Global Health Law and Governance: Non-Communicable Diseases and the Law

June 17-21, 2013
Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, DC

As global efforts to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are accelerating, complexity is increasing and the importance of law is becoming more apparent. Understanding the powers, duties and constraints created by law is now essential not only for lawyers, but also for officials and advocates working on NCDs.

The O’Neill Institute Summer Program on NCDs and the Law will take a global approach to the issues, while also drawing upon case studies from domestic law. Participants will enhance their understanding of the global burden of NCDs, contemporary developments at the international level, international instruments governing NCDs, best practice regulation, the intersection of human rights and NCDs and the intersection of trade, investment and NCDs.


Monday, June 17: Introduction to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
Day 1 will provide an introduction to global health law and an overview of the NCD burden.

Tuesday, June 18: Comparative Regulatory Approaches
Day 2 will explore a number of regulatory approaches used to address NCDs, including packaging and labeling measures; restrictions on marketing, advertising and sponsorship; and taxation measures.

Wednesday, June 19: Human Rights and NCDs
Day 3 will examine the relevance of human rights law to NCDs. Economic, social and cultural rights provide an important justification for government intervention to address NCDs. Civil and political rights associated with individual liberty may also restrain government intervention.

Thursday, June 20: Trade, Investment and NCDs
Day 4 will examine the restraints that international trade and investment agreements impose on domestic regulation in the context of NCDs. These restraints have been highlighted by recent disputes, such as legal challenges to plain packaging of tobacco products at the World Trade Organization and under a bilateral investment treaty.

Friday, June 21: NCDs and the Law: Where to from Here?
The final day of the summer program will focus primarily on the normative question of what role law should play in efforts to address NCDs. The role of self-regulation and public-private partnerships will also be examined.

For more information about the O’Neill Institute Summer Program on Global Health Law and Governance: NCDs and the Law, please email

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