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Lectures and Seminars in Medical Humanities-Health Studies
Stay tuned for more information about the Fall 2014 MHHS Seminar Series!
Dr. Laura Foster, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, Affiliate Faculty, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University
In 1998 researchers isolated and patented certain chemicals within the Hoodia gordonii plant. Hoodia gordonii suddenly emerged as a patented invention poised to be a blockbuster anti-obesity drug. At the same time, the plant became a symbol of South Africa as nation of innovation, and Indigenous San peoples publically accused scientists of stealing their knowledge of the plant. Dr. Foster’s talk will address patent law to ask how both science and law work together to determine who is (or is not) considered an inventor and producer of science.
Diana Winters, J.D., Ph.D., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 was passed to regulate the food industry’s use of information linking diet to disease prevention, and to allow consumers to make choices about food based on accurate and complete information. The Act, which amended the FDCA, requires standard nutrition labeling for most food products under FDA’s authority, prescribes requirements for ingredient labeling on all packages, establishes standard "serving sizes," and regulates nutrient content claims and health claims. The Act, however, has failed in its goals. The information available to consumers, even when presented in a manner compliant with the NLEA, is confusing and opaque. The provisions of the NLEA regulating health and nutrient claims should be repealed because their costs outweigh their benefits.
Domenico Bertoloni-Meli, Ph.D., Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University
Lawrence H. Einhorn, M.D., Livestrong Foundation Professor of Oncology, IU School of Medicine
Preseton Marx, Ph.D., Professor of Tropical Medicine and Chair of the Division of Microbiology at the Tulane National Primate Research Center of Tulane University
The sudden emergence of the AIDS pandemic in the 20th century raised questions about AIDS origin (s), including the timing and root causes. Research led to understanding that HIV/AIDS is not one pandemic, but rather a combination of multiple epidemics and failed outbreaks, alongside the well known pandemic. The sources of all HIVs are simian immunodeficiency viruses (SIVs) on the African continent. The discovery of SIV and the evolution of SIV to HIV will be presented, along with prevailing theories on why AIDS emerged in the 20th century.
Co-sponsored by the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program and the Indiana University School of Medicine Center for AIDS Research.
James W. Lynch, Jr., M.D., FACP, University of Florida College of Medicine
Dr. Lynch received his MD from Eastern VA Medical School in 1984. In 1991 he returned to the University of Florida College Of Medicine and has served in multiple roles during this tenure including course director in Oncology, program director for hematology/oncology, section chief of hematology/oncology at the VAMC and now serves as the Assistant Dean for Admissions.
1. Articulate the various forces shaping how we think about the relationships between faith and medicine in the 21st century.
2. Discuss how the term "professionalism" can be distorted to undermine compassion and empathy as parts of healthy physician-patient relationships.
3. Describe the ways practitioners address their own spiritual beliefs (or lack thereof) in relation to patients and their beliefs.
4. Identify how to address complexities that arise in discussing spiritual issues with patients or in choosing not to discuss them.
William H. Schneider, Ph.D., Professor of History, Director of Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program, IUPUI
For seminars held in the IUPUI Campus Center: park in the Vermont Street parking garage, 1004 W. Vermont St., next to the IUPUI Campus Center.
For seminars held in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building: park in the University Hospital parking garage, 600 University Blvd., and walk west on Walnut Street to reach the Medical Science building.
For seminars held in the Riley Outpatient Center Auditorium: park in the Riley Outpatient parking garage, 575 West Dr.
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