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Biomedical Research and the Law Selected Issues:
The Pharmaceutical Industry and Its Relationship With Government, Academia, Physicians and Consumers

Wednesday and Thursday, October 4-5, 2006

Topics addressed:

  • Has funding of biomedical research by the pharmaceutical industry affected the reliability of information derived from that research?
  • How does industry funding affect the research itself? How does it affect researchers? Academic institutions? Government agencies? Physicians? Professional organizations? Medical journals?
  • How does the law protect the credibility of information from industry-funded biomedical research?
  • How does the law affect the ability of the FDA, NIH, medical journals, institutional review boards, consumer organizations, academic institutions and the media to assure the reliability of research information?
  • Should changes be made in the law's response?

More information is available in the Conference Registration Program.

Conference Agenda:

Wednesday, October 4, 2006:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Registration
9 - 9:15 a.m.: Greetings
9:15 a.m. - Noon: Panel I: Sources and Control of Bias and Conflicts of Interest in Industry's Relationships
1-1:50 p.m.: Keynote Address by Eric J. Topol, M.D., Professor of Genetics, Case Western Reserve University
1:50-3 p.m.: Panel II: Laws Governing Industry's Relationships
3:15 - 5 p.m.: Panel III: Bioethical Issues of Industry's Relationships
6 p.m.: Conference Dinner

Thursday, October 5, 2006
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Registration
9 a.m. - Noon: Panel IV: Industry's Relationship with Government: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Noon - 1:30 p.m.: Conference Luncheon with a special address by Joseph R. Baker III, J.D., Chief Health Care Bureau, Office of the New York State Attorney General.
1:45 - 3:30 p.m.: Panel V: Industry's Relationship with Consumers: Products Liability Law
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Panel VI: Industry's Relationship with Government: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
4:45 - 5:45 p.m.: Plenary Session Roundtable: Recommendations and Proposed Guidelines
6 - 7 p.m.: Closing Reception

Conference Co-Directors:

Janet L. Dolgin, Ph.D., J.D.
Jack and Freda Dicker Distinguished Professor of Health Care Law
Hofstra Law School

Joel Weintraub, M.D., J.D.
Special Professor of Law and
Associate Director of Health Law Studies
Hofstra Law School

For registration materials and more information contact:

Natalie Datlof,
Conference Coordinator and Executive Director
Hofstra Cultural Center
Phone: (516) 463-5669
Fax:(516) 463-4793
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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