The panel will feature Sherry Glied, Arti Rai, Joseph Stiglitz, John Sulston,
and Harold Varmus.
This symposium will consider the implications of the private ownership of
scientific knowledge, particularly for such critical issues as global public
health. Scientific, economic and legal perspectives will be employed to address
the ways in which global knowledge commons can be managed to make scientific
advances once again benefit those who most need them. Panelists will discuss how
intellectual property affects public health, and whether there are alternative
ways that public health research might be structured to make it more useful to
vulnerable populations and the developing world.
Sherry Glied is Chair and Professor of the Health Policy and Management
Department at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Her
principle areas of research are in health policy reform and mental healthcare
Joseph E. Stiglitz is University Professor of Economics at Columbia
University. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2001 for his analysis
of markets with asymmetric information.
Sir John Sulston is Chair of the Institute for Science, Ethics and
Innovation at the University of Manchester. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in
Medicine 2002 for his work in sequencing the human genome. Sulston is leading
campaigner against the patenting of human genetic information.
Harold Varmus is President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He was awarded the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology
or Medicine. As Director of the National Institutes of Health, he advocated for
an open access system for scientific research, arguing the scientific knowledge
should be available to all.
Arti Rai is Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law at Duke University. Her current
research, funded by the NIH, focuses on intellectual property issues raised by
collaborative R&D in areas ranging from synthetic biology to drug
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