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    JHLI Symposium

    The 2019 Jaharis Symposium, titled “Democratizing” Medicine in a Data and Tech-Driven World, addressed significant and pressing questions of law and policy that will inevitably arise from the adoption of technological and data-driven innovation in medicine. The day-long interdisciplinary symposium was co-sponsored by the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute and the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®).

    Technological and data-driven innovations are often heralded as breakthroughs that will “democratize” medicine, by promising to vastly improve access – both to knowledge and medical services – and to allow those who are affected by the discoveries to collaborate in their development. But they are not without risk. Featured speakers included Afia Asamoah, JD, MPP, Senior Counsel, Product, Regulatory, and Policy at Verily Life Sciences (formerly Google Life Sciences, an Alphabet company) and Patrick M. McCarthy, MD, Executive Director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine and the Heller-Sacks Professor of Surgery in the Feinberg School of Medicine and Chief of Cardiac Surgery.

    In addition, renowned panelists from the fields of law, technology, and medicine delved into the scientific, ethical, and legal implications of some contemporary examples of “do-it-yourself” and “do-it-together” medicine. The first panel addressed complex and fascinating ethical and legal issues pertaining to the introduction of artificial intelligence in medicine, while the second panel discussed what is collectively referred to as “do it together” medicine: citizen science, participant-driven research, and precision medicine. The final panel addressed biohacking, or “do it yourself” medicine – altering or conducting research on one’s own body. The speakers explored technology’s promise of collaboration and accessibility, while raising legitimate legal and ethical concerns about ownership, justice, and the law’s ability to keep up with innovation. The symposium discussed important policy and ethical issues and offered practical insight into how the law (and practicing lawyers) can address questions that arise as new technologies impact the practice of medicine.

    A full house of students, faculty, local practitioners, and alumni attended the symposium in person, providing lively debate and opportunities for continued learning. The featured talks and panels are now available for viewing on the symposium website, at DePaul Law alumni can obtain Illinois MCLE credit, including professionalism credit, at no cost by viewing the on-demand seminar videos.

    The 2020 Jaharis Symposium on Health Law and Intellectual Property

    St Vincent Circle on DePaul's campus

    Genetic Justice: Data, Privacy, and Crime
    Thursday, March 12, 2020
    8:30 am-4:30 pm CDT

    The 2020 Jaharis Symposium on Health Law and Intellectual Property will feature Dr. Sheila Jasanoff, JD, PhD, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School.

    Other panelists include:

    Panel 1: Justice in the Acquisition of Genetic Information: Inclusion and Representation in Genetics Research

    • Pilar Ossorio, JD, PhD, University of Wisconsin Law School
    • Jennifer Wagner, JD, PhD, Geisinger Health System
    • Jonathan Kahn, JD, PhD, Northeastern University School of Law

    Panel 2: Use and Control of Genetic Information: Informed Consent and Privacy through a Justice Lens

    • Leslie Francis, JD, PhD, S.J. Quinney College of Law, The University of Utah
    • Anya Prince, JD, MPP, Iowa Law
    • Stephen Hilgartner, PhD, Cornell University

    Panel 3: Genomics in the Justice System

    • Christopher Young, Intelligence Analyst, FBI-Chicago
    • Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD, Columbia University
    • Lauren Kaeseberg, JD, Illinois Innocence Project

    Panel 4: Using Genealogical Data to Solve Crimes

    • Christi Guerrini, JD, MPH, Baylor College of Medicine
    • Craig Klugman, PhD, DePaul University
    • Sara Houston Katsanis, MS, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

    This day-long interdisciplinary symposium is co-sponsored by the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute and the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®).

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    The Jaharis Speaker Series

    The Institute offers programming that is free and open to the public on a range of hot topics. Last year, we welcomed:

    • Dr. Avishalom Westreich, Esq., Associate Professor, College of Law and Business, Ramat Gan, Israel
    • Renee Coover, Associate Attorney at ByrdAdatto
    • Swati Ayyagari, Sr. Manager, Health Care Regulatory Compliance & Risk and Accounting Advisory Services at Plante Moran
    • Panel: Alison Tothy, MD, Physician/Speaker/Consultant; Barbara Lewis, Director, People Services, AdvantEdge Healthcare Solutions; Cathy Lovely, MBA, Asst. Director of Organizational Development, UI Health; Anna Scaccia, Director of Emergency Department, Trauma and EMS at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
    • Carolyn Metnick, Partner at Akerman
    • Libby Banek, Partner at Faegre Baker Daniels (Washington, DC)
    • Ilana Shulman, Chief Compliance Officer of Hillrom

    This year, we are looking forward to hosting, among others:

    • Maya Sabatello, Assistant Professor of Clinical Bioethics, Politics and Culture Project at Columbia University
    • Leslie Gerwin, Associate Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University
    • Panel: Stephanie Kuhlmann, Assistant General Counsel at Lurie Children’s Hospital; Patrick Martinez, Partner at McDermott, Will and Emery; Ann Ford, Partner at Hall Prangle & Schoonveld and Managing Director of HPS Advise and Faculty Director
    • Lecture and book signing: Christopher Robertson, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Professor for Law at the University of Arizona, and author of the forthcoming book Exposed: Why Our Health Insurance is Incomplete and What Can Be Done Abo​ut It.