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Drug Law Expert Delivers Lecture and Receives Award
On March 24, Professor Alta Charo of the University of Wisconsin delivered the Annual McDonald-Merrill-Ketcham (MMK) Award Lecture. The lecture on “Challenges for Drug Safety” was part of the Indiana Health Law Review Symposium which also included a panel discussion on the same topic. Professor David Orentlicher, Rosen Professor of Law and co-director of the Hall Center for Law and Health moderated the panel which included Dean D. Craig Brater, M.D. of the IU School of Medicine; Dr. Paul Helft, M.D., Director of the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics; Professor Emily Morris, J.D.. Associate Professor of Law and Dean’s Fellow at IU School of Law – Indianapolis; and Professor Ralph Hall, J.D., Visiting Professor of Law at IU School of Law – Indianapolis, Teaching Specialist at the University of Minnesota School of Law, and Counsel to the law firm of Baker & Daniels in Indianapolis.
Co-directors of the Hall Center for Law and Health, Professors Eleanor Kinney and David Orentlicher presented Charo with the MMK Award. Kinney says, "Dr. Charo’s talk clearly explicated the challenges to drug safety today. In health care, this is a crucial issue as more and more new and promising medicines come onto the market."
In conjunction with the Indiana University School of Medicine, the law school sponsors the annual McDonald-Merrill-Ketcham Memorial Lectureship and Award for Excellence in Law and Medicine. Supported by a bequest to the two schools, this lectureship and award began brings leading scholars and policy makers in the fields of law and medicine to the Indianapolis campus for the benefit of students, faculty, the bar and the medical community. First held in 1994, articles from the lectures have been published in both the Indiana Law Review and the Indiana Health Law Review (established in 2003).