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Concordia University School of Law

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

ASLME to Convene Conflicts of Interest in the Practice of Medicine: A National Symposium

The American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) is proud to announce that online registration is now open for the upcoming national conference entitled “Conflicts of Interest in the Practice of Medicine and Medical Research.”  

Researchers, clinicians, and the public are increasingly concerned about the effects of conflicts of interest in medicine.  Studies have shown that sources of financial support impact the design and outcomes of biomedical research and the reporting of results.  Physicians’ financial relationships can strongly affect the care they provide to patients.  Because eliminating potential conflicts of interest is essentially impossible and may even be harmful, some have called for enhanced transparency about conflicts, while others have sought more strict regulation in this field.  Innovative perspectives on managing conflicts of interest in medicine have emerged from an array of disciplines, including physicians, lawyers, economists, and other social scientists, but there have been few opportunities for members of these fields to share their ideas in one forum. The ASLME conference seeks to bring these disparate points of view together to inform and shape policy on this topic.

The conference is generously funded by a grant from the Highmark Foundation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with additional funding contributed by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and by The University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  The conference is scheduled for October 27-28 in Pittsburgh.

Conference Goals: This one-and-a-half day conference will feature an array of recognized national experts from academia who will discuss, debate, and propose best practices and approaches to the problem of conflicts of interest. This conference intends to foster a cross-disciplinary perspective on pertinent issues, and by the end of the conference, attendees will (1) learn about current consensus panel recommendations regarding management of conflicts of interest, (2) be able to describe remaining challenges to regulating conflicts of interest in key areas of research and medical practice, and (3) help fashion recommendations for the key players and identify other key steps in moving forward. The findings of the conference will be published in a special issue ofThe Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, a leading health law journal read by many academics and policymakers in this field.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the conference, please email Katie Johnson at [KVT]

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