Academic journal article Health Law Review

At the Institute

Academic journal article Health Law Review

At the Institute

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As the New Year begins, one begins to reflect on all that has happened in the area of health law and policy in Canada. It has been another period full of activity on this front. We have seen patient safety move forward as a key area to be investigated and discussed. The establishment of the new Patient Safety Institute here in Edmonton, Alberta, will certainly be key in continuing to keep this item at the top of many agendas. So will the seemingly reoccurring reports in the media of adverse events in the health care system.

We also saw the Assisted Human Reproduction Act finally make its way into the realm of legislation. Although not all of the sections are in force and the regulatory framework is yet to be established (with consultations currently underway), those who have worked on the passage of legislation in this area for over a decade (including our own Timothy Caulfield) will now have a new focus as the substance of the regulations are debated.

Over the past few months, Health Law Institute staff have continued to present their work around the world including Paris; Rekjavik, Iceland; Sydney, Australia; and Stanford, California. Closer to home staff have presented in Montreal, Vancouver and Fort McMurray. Many of our students have also been travelling. For example students, Suzanne DeBow and Kathleen Radford, presented posters at the Stem Cell Network Annual Meeting and Symposium held in Montreal and Fiona Moore and Stacey Grubb presented posters at the Canadian Bioethics Society Conference in Calgary. …

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