Between Complacency and Panic:
Legal, Ethical and Policy Responses to Emerging Infectious Diseases

Friday, April 14, 2017

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 of vulnerable populations and counter-productive public health responses, such as those that occurred during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. This one-day conference brought together leading policymakers, practitioners and academics to explore the dangers of such diseases and to discuss the development of effective, evidence-based, legally sound and ethically appropriate policy responses.

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Anthony FauciKeynote Speaker: 

Dr. Anthony Fauci
Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Chief, NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Anthony Fauci is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, where he oversees an extensive research portfolio devoted to preventing, diagnosing and treating infectious and immune-mediated diseases. Dr. Fauci has been a key advisor to five Presidents and their administrations on global AIDS issues, and on initiatives to bolster medical and public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats such as pandemic influenza. As an HIV/AIDS researcher he has been involved in the scientific effort since AIDS was recognized in 1981, conducting pivotal studies that underpin the current understanding of the disease and efforts to develop therapies and tools of prevention. Dr. Fauci was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has helped save millions of lives throughout the developing world.
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Luncheon Speaker

Laurie Garrett
Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations

Laurie GarrettSince 2004, Laurie Garrett has been a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Garrett is the only writer ever to have been awarded all three of the Big "Ps" of journalism: the Peabody, the Polk and the Pulitzer. Her expertise includes global health systems, chronic and infectious diseases, and bioterrorism.

Garrett is the best-selling author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance; Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health; I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks; and the e-book EBOLA: Story of an Outbreak. Over the years, she has also contributed chapters to numerous books, including: AIDS in the World; Disease in Evolution: Global Changes and Emergence of Infectious Diseases; Controversies in Globalization; Practicing Sustainability; How Did This Happen: Terrorism and the New War; Beyond Humanitarianism: What You Need to Know About Africa and Why It Matters; Health and Development; and most recently To Save Humanity: What Matters Most for a Healthy Future.

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Program

Friday, April 14, 2017

8:30 AM

Welcome

Jeremy Paul, Dean and Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Wendy Parmet, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law

8:45 AM

Keynote Address

Introduction: 
Susan Parish
Dean, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University 

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Anthony Fauci
Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Chief, NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation
National Institutes of Health
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10:00 AM

Plenary Panel

Emerging Infectious Diseases: Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future

Panelists:
Dr. John Auerbach, President and CEO, Trust for America's Health 
Mandeep Dhaliwal, Team Leader, HIV, Health and Development, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Programme
Lawrence Gostin, Professor of Global Health Law, Georgetown Law
Michelle Mello, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, and Professor of Health Research and Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine
Alessandro Vespignani, Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor and Director, Network Science Institute, Northeastern University 

- Open to the public -

11:45 AM

Break

12:00 PM 

Concurrent Panels I

Panel A: Vaccine Development I (IP & Liability Issues)

Panelists:
Jonathan Darrow, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School 
Matthew Herder, Associate Professor of Medicine and Professor of Law, Schulich School of Law
Suerie Moon, Director of Research at the Global Health Centre and Visiting Lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Moderator:
Kara Swanson, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law


Panel B: Reproductive & Sexual Rights and EIDS

Panelists:
Kelly Blanchard, President, Ibis Reproductive Health 
Nazneen Damji, United Nations Women's Gender Equality and HIV/AIDS Policy Advisor
Seema Mohapatra
, Associate Professor of Law, Barry University

Moderator: 
Aziza Ahmed, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law


Panel C: Isolation, Quarantine, and the Use of Coercive Public Health Powers

Panelists:
Kaci Hickox, Infection Preventist and Public Health Advocate
Wendy Mariner
, Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law, Boston University School of Public Health, and Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law, and Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Mark Rothstein, Director, Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law, University of Louisville School of Medicine

Moderator:
Wendy ParmetMatthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law

1:15 PM

Lunch

Introduction:
Michael Pollastri 
Chair, Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, Northeastern University 

Luncheon Speaker: 
Laurie Garrett 
Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations

2:45 PM

Concurrent Panels II

Panel A: Vaccine Development II (Ethical Issues in Trials and Access)

Panelists: 
Holly Fernandez Lynch, Executive Director, The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
Jason L. Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and in the History of Medicine, Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine
Ross D. Silverman, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Indiana University
Holly Taylor, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Moderator:
Brook Baker, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law


Panel B: Protecting Vulnerable Populations

Panelists:
Hannah Adams, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
Kim Buchanan, Researcher, Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy, Central Connecticut State University 
Monica Valdes Lupi, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission

Moderator: 
Margo Lindauer, Associate Teaching Professor and Director of the Domestic Violence Institute, Northeastern University  


Panel C: The Role of Health Delivery Systems

Panelists:
Dr. Neil Fishman, Associate Chief Medical Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Preeti Mehrotra, Infectious Diseases Fellow, Boston Children's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Michelle Mello, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, and Professor of Health Research and Policy Stanford University School of Medicine

Moderator:
Kristin Madison, Professor of Law and Health Sciences, Northeastern University  

4:00 PM

Break

4:15 PM 

Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1: Migration and EIDS

Panelists:
Dr. Elizabeth Barnett, Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
Alan Kraut, Professor of History, American University 
Polly Price, Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Law, Professor of Global Health, Emory University School of Law

Moderator: 
Wendy Parmet, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Health Policy & Law Northeastern University School of Law


Breakout 2: Re-emerging Diseases: What Can We Learn from the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti?

Panelists:
Brian Concannon, Executive Director, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
Mark Gottlieb, Executive Director, Public Health Advocacy Institute, Northeastern University School of Law 
Daniele Lantagne, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University School of Engineering

Moderator: 
Dick Daynard, University Distinguished Professor of Law and President, Public Health Advocacy Institute, Northeastern University School of Law 


Breakout 3: Global Health Governance 

Panelists:
Ana Ayala, Director of Global Health Law LL.M. Program, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University School of Law
Lance Gable, Interim Dean, Wayne State University Law School

Moderator:
Leo Beletsky, Associate Professor of Law and Health Sciences, Northeastern University  

5:30 PM

Closing Reception

Co-sponsors:
Northeastern University School of Law and its Center for Health Policy and Law
American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics

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