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BU's School of Law, Public Health to hold conference on the future of health law
Date:3/17/2008

BOSTONHealth reform is a central theme in the 2008 Presidential election campaign so now is a critical time to explore what health law may look like in the future and the challenges our society will face as a result, said Wendy K. Mariner, JD, LLM, MPH, a professor of Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights at BUSPH and professor of law at BUs School of Law. These challenges include integrating the new genetics into care, improving patient safety, determining societal, corporate and individual responsibility for improving health, reconciling intellectual property and expanded access to new technologies around the world, and whether these challenges can be addressed within a coherent legal framework.

The Future of Health law is the subject of this years Pike Conference, cosponsored by Boston Universitys Schools of Law, and Public Health. The conference, which will be held on Monday, March 24 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the George Sherman Union Conference Auditorium, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd floor, Boston, brings together a distinguished group of scholars in law, medical ethics, and public health.

Among the other topics and presenters:

  • John A. Robertson, JD, the Vinson and Elkins professor of law at The University of Texas School of Law at Austin, will speak on Genome Scans and the Future of Health Law, addressing issues surrounding genetic privacy and the right to know.

  • Barry R. Furrow, JD, professor of law and director of the Health Law Institute at Drexel University, will explore the topic Hospitals at the Center of Liability: Tracking Convergence of Storm Fronts.

  • Leonard H. Glantz, JD, associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor of health law at BUSPH and professor of law at BUs School of Law, will examine whether law should attempt to fix peoples unhealthy behaviors, such as tobacco use, in a presentation titled Discrimination on the Basis of Unhealthy Behaviors: Should there be a law banni
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Contact: Lisa Brown
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617-414-1401
Boston University
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