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The Clean Air Act: Improving public health at an affordable cost

By Michael Squires At its core, the Clean Air Act (CAA) is a health care statute. Congress found that “the growth in the amount and complexity of air pollution brought about by urbanization, industrial development, and the increasing use of motor vehicles, has resulted in mounting dangers to the public health and welfare.”[1] In 1990 […]

Francis discusses abortion laws and reproductive rights on BYUradio

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Leslie Francis participated in a discussion titled “Abortion Laws, Stereotypes, Entrepreneurs” on the Top of Mind show on BYUradio. The discussion was primarily focused on abortion laws and reproductive rights under Trump. Listen to the full discussion here »

First Major Revision to Common Rule for Human Subjects Research Released

On January 18, 2017, the Obama Administration finalized the first major overhaul of the so-called Common Rule for human subjects research which was first adopted in 1991.  The new rule applies to twenty different federal agencies funding research on human subjects, including the Department of Health and Human Services (which includes the National Institutes of […]

Law and Biomedicine Colloquium speaker Dave Gessel draws media attention

Dave Gessel, Executive Vice President at the Utah Hospital Association, participated in the Center for Law and Biomedicine Sciences (LABS) Colloquium speaker series on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Gessel discussed the future of healthcare with the forthcoming change in the U.S. presidency. A summary of what he said can be viewed in the following articles. Salt […]

Precision medicine symposium covered by Genome Web, The Salt Lake Tribune

Several media outlets covered issues discussed at Frontiers in Precision Medicine II: Cancer, Big Data and the Public,  held on Dec.1-2 at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. The unique symposium gathered national experts in genetics, medicine, bioinformatics, intellectual property, regulatory science, health economics and bioethics to examine the major scientific legal, economic […]

A Great Compromise: Utah’s Bill to Require Education for Exemption from Vaccination

By Austen Paulsen for  There is currently a bill before the Utah House of Representatives, House Bill 221 Immunization of Students Amendments, which would require parents seeking exemptions from required vaccinations for their children to complete education modules before they receive exemptions for their children.  In Utah, children entering Kindergarten are generally required to […]

Winning the Battle; Losing the War: The Federal Government’s Hindrance of Medical Marijuana Legalization

By Kylie Orme for This week, the Utah Senate will vote on legalizing medical marijuana in the Beehive state. Currently, Utah only allows the extract form, cannabidiol, to be used by those with severe epilepsy—so long as the patients obtain the extract from another state. As Utah is one of 17 states that allow […]

Contreras appointed to the National Institutes of Health Council of Councils

Professor Jorge Contreras has been appointed to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Council of Councils for a three-year term.  The Council of Councils is a trans-NIH body with oversight responsibility for NIH-wide programs and initiatives.  The Council of Councils consists of one member nominated by each of NIH’s twenty-seven Institutes and Centers.  Contreras also serves […]

Contreras publishes article, “Sharing by Design: Data and Decentralized Commons” in Science

S.J. Quinney College of Law professor Jorge Contreras, together with professor Jerry Reichman of Duke Law School, have published an article entitled “Sharing by Design: Data and Decentralized Commons” in the Dec. 11, 2015 issue of Science.  The article addresses common legal and organizational pitfalls faced by researchers who seek to combine and share large pools […]

Law and Biomedicine Colloquium

1:00 – 3:00 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law, Room 4609 The Law and Biomedicine Colloquium brings together scholars, practitioners in our community, law students, and law faculty for seminar-style discussion of complex and controversial topics in the field. We are excited to be welcoming four distinguished scholars from other law schools in the region, […]