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04.25.16

Hamburg, Shalala, Glickman Headline Food Law Conference at Georgetown University

By O'Neill Institute

Registration now open WASHINGTON (April 25, 2016) – Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Clinton Foundation President and former U.S. Secretary of Health Donna E. Shalala, and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman headline a unique conference focused on food issues, “Vote Food 2016: Better Food, Better Health,” on June 3 in Washington, DC. Registration […]

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04.13.16

JAMA Viewpoint: Is the United States Prepared for a Major Zika Virus Outbreak?

By O'Neill Institute

WASHINGTON (April 13, 2016) – Despite dire predictions that the Zika virus could affect much of the United States including large cities this summer, two public health law experts warn that the country is unprepared, and the financial and moral consequences could be significant. Writing in a JAMA Viewpoint published online today, Lawrence O. Gostin […]

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03.24.16

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Hearing: Tobacco Addiction and the Right to Health

By O'Neill Institute

WASHINGTON (March 24, 2016) – For the first time, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights takes up tobacco use as a human rights issue during a hearing on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. The tobacco epidemic has become one of the world’s -and the Americas’- gravest public health concerns. According to the Centers for Disease Control […]

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03.11.16

Capitol Hill Symposium: Zika Crisis & Implications for US Policy

By O'Neill Institute

WASHINGTON (March 11, 2016) – Policy, advocacy and infectious disease experts will discuss the Zika virus crisis and potential U. S. policy implications on Tuesday, March 15; 9 to 10:30 am on Capitol Hill. The symposium, co-sponsored by The Inter-American Dialogueand theO’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, is co-hosted by […]

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03.02.16

Zika Virus: the Global and United States Domestic Response

By O'Neill Institute

Prepared for the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations U.S. House of Representatives Representative Tim Murphy, Pennsylvania Chairman March 2nd, 2016 Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, LL.D (Hon.), Witness University Professor and Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Alexandra L. Phelan, BBiomedSc/LL.B, LL.M Adjunct Professor O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law […]

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03.01.16

Georgetown Public Health Law Expert to Testify on Zika Response

By O'Neill Institute

MEDIA CONTACT: KAREN TEBER (KM463@GEORGETOWN.EDU) WASHINGTON (March 1, 2016) – Georgetown public health law expert Lawrence O. Gostin, J.D., will address U.S. domestic preparedness for the fast-spreading Zika virus during testimony, given at the invitation of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on Wednesday, March 2nd at 10:15 a.m. Gostin […]

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02.28.16

Health and Human Rights Expert says Pope’s Comments on Zika/Contraception “A Significant Step Forward”

By O'Neill Institute

MEDIA CONTACT: KAREN TEBER (KM463@GEORGETOWN.EDU) WASHINGTON (Feb. 18, 2016) – Earlier today, Pope Francis commented on the use of contraception by those in areas affected by the Zika virus. Zika has been associated with birth defects prompting health agencies to advise that pregnancy be avoided during the outbreak. However, the Catholic Church has opposed the […]

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02.17.16

Georgetown Global Health Law Expert Says Funding for WHO Strategic Plan for Zika is Not Adequate

By O'Neill Institute

MEDIA CONTACT: KAREN TEBER (KM463@GEORGETOWN.EDU) WASHINGTON (Feb. 17, 2016) — The World Health Organization posted its “ZIKA Strategic Response Framework & Joint Operations Plan” on Feb. 16. Its purpose, WHO states, is “to guide the international response to the spread of Zika virus infection and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it.” Global […]

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02.01.16

Georgetown’s Lawrence Gostin Reacts: WHO Declares "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" Related to Zika

By O'Neill Institute

MEDIA CONTACT: KAREN TEBER (KM463@GEORGETOWN.EDU) WASHINGTON (Feb. 1, 2016) – Today, World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan declared the recent clusters of microcephaly and other neurological abnormalities strongly associated with the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” (PHEIC), and called for a coordinated international response to streamline surveillance […]

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01.29.16

Georgetown Public Health Experts: Congress Made a “Scientific Judgment for Which it is Distinctly Unqualified”

By O'Neill Institute

MEDIA CONTACT: KAREN TEBER (KM463@GEORGETOWN.EDU) WASHINGTON (January 19, 2016) – Two Georgetown University professors say a section of the recently passed Congressional spending bill effectively undermines science and the health of women. At issue is the FY 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2019), passed in December, in which Congress requires private insurers to follow “outdated […]

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