Matters of Health Colloquium Series

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January–April 2016

This interdisciplinary colloquium series examines the complex and sometimes controversial issues that arise in health, bioethics, and biotechnology.  These issues range from financing healthcare, bringing pharmaceuticals and other products to the marketplace, regulating the selling of medicines, to medical experimentation, mental health, debating access to reproductive medicines, including contraception and assisted reproduction. These issues even span to organ transplantation and access to basic medicines.  

What roles do law, ethics, markets, and financial resources play in questions of access?  Is access to medicine even the right framework to address these concerns?  To what extent do markets control individual access or other factors such as geography, the political process, social norms in different regions of the country, sex, race, religion, or simply broken medical systems?  This colloquium series tackles these questions and more.   

The colloquium series is part of the public outreach of the Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy. We welcome students, staff, faculty, and community members.  Lunch is provided.

Please RSVP online for each session, below, as space is limited.

To request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact Crissandra Flores at or (949) 824-0941

Spring 2016 Schedule

  • What Does Access to Reproductive Medicines Mean in the 21st Century?

    Thursday, January 21, 2016
    12:00–1:15 p.m.
    LAW 3600

    Presenter: Dr. Tabetha Harken

    Dr. Tabetha Harken, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Family Planning Services in the Department of OB/GYN at UC Irvine. She is the director of the Ryan Residency Program which trains residents in abortion and contraception. Her areas of research include improving the use of long-acting reversible contraception in adolescents and global abortion legalization.

  • Medical Experimentation: Lessons Learned from Nuremberg to Tuskegee

    Thursday, February 25, 2016
    12:00–1:15 p.m.
    LAW 3500

    Presenter: Professor Michele Goodwin

    Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy

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  • Breaking Through The Glass Ceiling—The Business of Health and Beauty

    Thursday, March 24, 2016
    12:00–1:15 p.m.
    LAW 3500

    Presenter: Kay Napier

    CEO, Arbonne International

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  • Why Reproductive Health Care Access Matters

    Thursday, April 7, 2016 *CANCELLED, to be rescheduled
    12:00–1:15 p.m.
    LAW 3500

    Krista Hollinger

    Chief Administrative Officer, UCI Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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