Using youth sports-related traumatic brain injury laws as a case study, former Lab Fellow, Christine Baugh, along with former Graduate Fellow, Stephanie Morain, and Kerri Lowrey examine the role of ethics in the development of effective public health laws. Read full article
Laurie Shrage, current Fellow-in-Residence, has published an Op-Ed in the NY Times, looking at the factors "fueling an urgent public health crisis among some of the most disadvantaged members of our society." The Op-Ed, "Why Are So Many Black Women
The March 10, 2015, Lab seminar was presented by Sam Loewenberg, who is an investigative journalist and a 2014-15 Project for Public Narrative Fellow. Loewenberg covers the intersection of global health, business, government and politics, and during his fellowship, he will be investigating the political, economic, and institutional barriers to reforming American foreign assistance programs for global health and hunger.
Loewenberg began his presentation by explaining what initially caused him to begin to focus on hunger. In 2005, a hunger crisis in Niger affected 2.5 million people
On November 25th 2014, Marcia Hams and Wells Wilkinson from Community Catalyst and Susannah Rose from the Cleveland Clinic presented their ongoing collaborative project for the Edmond J. Safra Center’s tenth seminar of the year. Their project analyzes the results of a survey developed to help academic medical centers assess their policies on conflicts of interest (COI).
In order to provide a framework for their project, Hams started off the seminar with a brief description of conflicts of interest in medicine. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, a
"Visualizing Campaign Finance Contributions" Solomon Kahn, Director of Analytics, Paperless Post
"Institutional Discrimination in Corporate America" Frank Dobbin, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
"Expressive Effects of Ethics Codes: An Experimental Survey of U.S. Employees' Interpretation, Understanding, and Implementation of Institutional Ethical Policies" Yuval Feldman, Professor of Law, Bar Ilan University
"Coping with Moral Dilemmas at Work: Managers, Business School Academics, and the
"Implementation of Blinded Expert Review in Radiology Malpractice Litigation" Jeffrey Robinson, Assistant Professor of Radiology, University of Washington; President, Cleareview
"Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform" Robert Whitaker, freelance journalist Lisa Cosgrove, Clinical Psychologist and Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston
"Rootstriking Pharmaceutical Corruption of Research, Medical Knowledge, and Practice" Donald Light
On March 28-29, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and MIT Center for Civic Media hosted a multidisciplinary hackathon to fix the systemic, legal corruption that is weakening public institutions around the world. More than one hundred developers, academics, journalists, designers, and community members gathered at the MIT Media Lab to produce tools to combat problems of institutional corruption across government and law, medicine and public health, academia and nonprofits, and finance and economics. The event was a tremendous success. Working with the Center's Lab Fellows and research
Cosponsored with the Government Accountability Project and the Center for Public Interest Careers at Harvard College
Over the past several years, the American media have sharply increased their coverage of scandals that have been brought to light by whistleblowers, including NSA spying, banking fraud, contaminated food, and nuclear safety risks. There has never been a more important time to learn about the important role whistleblowers play in promoting accountability and to understand the challenges they face when disclosing wrongdoing and threats to the public interest.
On September 30th 2014, Genevieve Pham-Kanter, assistant professor in the School of Public Health at Drexel University, presented her research on conflicts of interest in the biomedical industry in the Edmond J. Safra Center’s third lab seminar of the semester. Pham-Kanter first presented a case for why conflicts of interest in medicine can be productively viewed as a health policy problem rather than a moral dilemma faced by individual physicians, and then moved on to explain her research on how different types of ties to industry may reflect bias when it comes to drug approval