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HEAL Institute To Present 'Marketplace Medicine and Conflicts of Interest'

Posted by William Nunnelley on 2013-03-19

Samford University's Healthcare Ethics and Law Institute (HEAL) will examine "Marketplace Medicine and Conflicts of Interest" during its annual conference Friday, April 12.

The conference--sponsored by Samford's McWhorter School of Pharmacy--is designed to help Alabama institutional ethics committees at all levels of development and expertise with some of today's most pressing health-care ethics and law issues and problems.  It will meet in Brock Forum of Dwight Beeson Hall at Samford from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Carl Elliott, M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the Center for Bioethics and Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School, will discuss "Fear and Loathing in Medical Research" as the program's keynote speaker.

Leonard J. "Jack" Nelson, a professor in Samford's Cumberland School of Law, will speak on "Health-Care Reform and the Market" at 10:45 a.m. as the conference's other invited speaker.  Nelson teaches torts and health-care law.

The program also will include a panel discussion, break-out sessions and a case study.  Bruce White, D.O. and J.D., is director of HEAL.  For information and registration, contact www.samford.edu/heal or Ilaina Andrews at isandrew@samford.edu or (205) 726-2820.

Elliott will receive a Pellegrino Medal for his contributions to healthcare ethics during the conference luncheon. The medal is named for Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino, the first recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. The medal has been presented to world renowned clinical ethicists by the HEAL Institute over the 12 years of its existence.

Elliott was on the faculty at McGill University in Canada prior to his 1997 appointment at Minnesota.  He has held postdoctoral or visiting appointments at the University of Chicago, University of Otaga (New Zealand), East Carolina University and the University of Natal Medical School (now the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine).  He also has held visiting appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J., and Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University.

Elliott also serves on the faculty of the Minnesota Department of Philosophy and as an adjunct member of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  He is the author of seven books, and has written articles for The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The London Review of Books and The New England Journal of Medicine



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