Academic journal article Health Law Review

At the Institute

Academic journal article Health Law Review

At the Institute

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SARS, West Nile Virus, BSE (Mad Cow disease), and other similar phrases have been prevalent in the media over the last year. The SARS crisis, in particular, caught the nation's focus and drew attention to the fact that the public health system has been one aspect of health care that has been greatly neglected in favour of the more prominent discussions around treatment and the delivery of therapeutic health services.

It is not only the health system which has largely ignored this area as one worthy of study and consideration. In the legal context, little has been done by way of analysis when compared to other areas of health law.

The Health Law Institute has undertaken two endeavours to attempt to begin addressing the dearth of information in this area. Firstly, we have been fortunate to gather together many Canadian legal and public health experts from across the country to write Public Health Law, Ethics and Policy in Canada. This text will be out in 2005 and we anticipate that it will fill a gap in terms of gathering together issues in this context in one resource, mainly with a legal focus.

Timothy Caulfield and Nola Ries, research associate with the HLI, have joined with other academics in Canada to successfully obtain a major grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to study the Legal Foundations for a National Disease Control and Surveillance Agency in Canada. …

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