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Author Archives: Katherine Shats

03.27.15

Trade leaks and litigation funds: how the tobacco industry reels us into more pointless battles

By Katherine Shats

A few weeks ago, I expressed my frustrations at the endless cycle of the tobacco industry demanding more and more evidence to justify simple tobacco control measures – and governments around the world giving in. Yesterday, parts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s (TPP), a trade agreement currently being negotiated between 12 countries including the US, were […]

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02.19.15

How many scientists and lawyers does it take to regulate a cigarette package?

By Katherine Shats

This week, we have seen yet another example of tobacco industry intimidation tactics being used to stop a government from enacting laws that will save lives and protect the public health. The Irish government announced that it is introducing plain packaging legislation, following through on its goal of becoming the first country in the European […]

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01.21.15

Concussions and College Sports: Time for the NCAA to Step Up to the Plate

By Katherine Shats

By Tanya Baytor, Katherine Shats and James Giordano   In the midst of playoffs games for the National Football League (NFL), last weekend a New York Times article highlighted recent rule changes designed to protect quarterbacks and receivers from debilitating injuries like concussions. And on Monday, questions arose as to whether Seattle’s quarterback played through […]

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12.09.14

Investing in brain sciences: the “who gets what?” questions of neuroethics

By Katherine Shats

Katherine Shats, Dan J. Stein, and James Giordano The United States’ Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative announced last year, seeks to infuse over $1billion (USD) to basic and clinical neuroscientific research agendas. Hailed as a “Big Science” agenda focusing on the “Grand Challenge” of furthering capabilities to both understand and affect the […]

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11.20.14

Housing as preventative neuroscience

By Katherine Shats

Last week, the International Neuroethics Society had its Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Neuroscientists, ethicists, lawyers and policy makers from around the world gathered to discuss a broad range of topics, from groundbreaking neuroscientific research, to artificial intelligence, neuroscience in healthcare, and the significant investment in brain sciences by the US BRAIN Initiative and the […]

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