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Duke’s Fuqua School of Business to Host Health Care Forum on Access to Innovative Medicines, Human Clinical Trials and Global Intellectual Property Rights in the fight against AIDS and other diseases

January 13, 2002

DURHAM, N.C.- Duke University's Fuqua School of Business' Health Sector Management department will host the health care forum, "Fighting AIDS and other Diseases: Globalization of Innovation and Access to Medicines," on Wednesday, February 6, 2002, 6:30 - 9:30p. The event is free but requires pre-registration. It will be held in the Geneen Auditorium on Fuqua's campus.

The forum features presentations by Duke faculty members regarding their research and personal experiences with the scientific, legal, ethical and economic issues relating to the clinical development process for new medicines in developing countries.

Some key questions will be addressed in the evening presentations and discussion:

  • How can human trials be conducted in the Southern (sometimes referred to as the "developing") countries that build greater capacity in the local healthcare system and culture while protecting the safety and rights of patients and communities?

  • What policies best balance the economic incentives to develop innovative medicines while promoting access to medicines in the Southern countries?

  • How will the Doha trade round agreements be implemented and what impact will they have upon the continued development of innovative medicines and access to them in the Southern countries

Presenting will be Duke faculty members: John Bartlett, Duke University Medical Center; Jerome Reichman, School of Law; Kevin Schulman, Duke Clinical Research Institute and The Fuqua School of Business; Jeremy Sugarman, Center for the Study of Medical Ethics and Humanities; Kathryn Whetten-Goldstein, Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy; and a showing of the video "The Plague" as well as the photo/text exhibit "Shadow of Silence" depicting AIDS patients and their family communities in Africa.

The event includes a light dinner but requires registration online at www.fuqua.duke.edu. Online registration will become active January 21. Space for the event will be limited to 150 participants.

The Fuqua School of Business (www.fuqua.duke.edu), founded in 1969, offers its MBA degree in four formats. The Duke MBA - Daytime is the school's flagship program; the other non-residential executive MBA options include The Duke MBA - Cross Continent, The Duke MBA - Global Executive and The Duke MBA - Weekend Executive. Fuqua also offers non-degree executive education and a Ph.D. program.