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IU McKinney to host discussion about Ebola, law and public health



INDIANAPOLIS — Four life and health sciences units on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus are sponsoring a public talk on legal, ethical and health-related issues relevant to the Ebola outbreak. Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will sponsor the Oct. 24 event.

The initial outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa presented many ethical, legal, logistical and clinical challenges for first responders, clinicians, politicians and researchers. These challenges have been magnified now that the virus has crossed the Atlantic and changed the public conversation from a worrisome public health challenge overseas to one Americans need to address here.

The Hall Center for Law and Health, the IU Center for Bioethics, the IU School of Nursing and the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health will present “Ebola: Over There … Now Over Here — An Urgent Conversation About Ethics, Law, Public Health and Practice” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in Inlow Hall, Room 375.

A group of experts in the ethical, legal, public health and clinical care implications of virus transmission will discuss several key issues facing patients, practitioners and the public. Following short presentations, an open dialogue will allow for exchange of perspectives.

Panelists will be:

  • Eric M. Meslin, director of the IU Center for Bioethics and associate dean and professor of bioethics at the IU School of Medicine
  • Chad Priest, assistant dean for operations and community partnerships at the IU School of Nursing
  • Ross D. Silverman, professor and acting chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
  • Nicolas P. Terry, Hall Render Professor of Law and co-director of IU McKinney’s Hall Center for Law and Health

Admission is free, and the lecture is open to the public.

About IU McKinney

 Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, IU McKinney School of Law has enjoyed great success in preparing students for legal careers for more than 100 years, as evidenced by the presence of alumni in the judiciary and other branches of government, business, civic leadership and law practice. The school’s 11,000 graduates are located in every state in the nation and several foreign countries.

For more information, contact:

Elizabeth Allington
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law