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05.10.18

The Changing Relevance of Material Transfer Agreements for Infectious Disease Research

By O’Neill Institute

By Sam Halabi and Michelle Rourke               On May 3 and 4, 2018, the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law hosted experts from academia, government, the World Health Organization and the private sector to discuss the changing relevance of Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) for infectious disease research. […]

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11.27.17

This World AIDS Day Might Feel Different — And It Should

By Jeffrey Crowley

As the former director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy where I helped launch the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy to combat the domestic HIV epidemic, I’m often invited to give talks to a variety of groups.  I primarily address issues related to the domestic landscape of HIV and I do that […]

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11.14.16

Aligning Criminal Law With Modern Medicine: Ohio Supreme Court to Review HIV Criminal Statute

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Hayley Scheer. Hayley is an LL.M. candidate in Global Health Law and International Institutions at Georgetown University Law Center. She is currently an extern at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Any questions or comments about this post can be directed to hns13@georgetown.edu. The Ohio Supreme Court recently […]

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11.03.16

Cholera in Haiti: Has Poor Legal Advice Undermined Efforts to Stop the Crisis?

By Ana S. Ayala

With only two months left in office, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced a $400 million plan to eradicate cholera in Haiti, known as the Haiti Cholera Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF). Close to 10,000 people have died and around 800,000 people have been infected in Haiti as a result of a cholera epidemic introduced by U.N. peacekeepers in 2010 in the wake […]

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07.29.16

Why We Need Anthropologists During Public Health Emergencies

By Rebecca Reingold

Anthropologists play a key role in responding to public health emergencies, particularly infectious disease outbreaks. However, in the early stages of the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, many of the response teams sent by Doctors Without Borders, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. military, etc. failed to include anthropologists. In the face of resistance to treatment […]

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04.05.16

HHS guidance on syringe service programs provides substantive support for HCV and HIV infection reduction efforts among injection drug users.

By Sonia Canzater

On March 29, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services released guidance to assist state and local health departments to request permission to use federal funds for Syringe Support Programs (SSPs). This guidance is in response to bipartisan legislation passed in December 2015 that relaxed previous restrictions on federal funds being used for any […]

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09.11.15

On the 25th Anniversary of the Enactment of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act

By O’Neill Institute

This post is adapted from remarks made by Tim Westmoreland at a celebration convened by the Office of National AIDS Policy at the White House on September 9, 2015. Professor Westmoreland is Professor from Practice, Georgetown University Law Center; Senior Scholar, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law; and Former Counsel, Subcommittee on Health […]

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06.05.15

What We Know (and Don't Know) About the South Korean MERS-CoV Outbreak

By Brian Honermann

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has been circulating since at least April 2012. Since then it has been confined largely to the Middle East (with some notable exceptions). The two weeks have seen the largest outbreak of the disease outside of the region, with at least 41 MERS-CoV cases and 4 deaths in South […]

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04.10.15

What I’ve Been Reading: Infectious Disease

By Brian Honermann

Looking back over the public health books I’ve read in the last few months, I realized a noticeable slant towards infectious disease. In this post I will share some of my favorite reads from the past 6 months or so. These range from a page-turning beach read (The Demon in the Freezer) to a classic work […]

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02.26.15

An "Epidemic Within an Outbreak:" The Mental Health Consequences of Infectious Disease Epidemics

By Brian Honermann

  Most infectious disease epidemics target the body, and thus epidemic response focuses on preventing the spread of infection and attempting to heal those who have become ill. However, even where pathogenesis disregards the brain, an epidemic can still sicken the mind. A silent epidemic of mental illness often accompanies outbreaks of infectious disease. Here […]

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