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ISEE's Ethics Committee Sponsored Webinar Event
Title: Taking Sides in the Courtroom: The Epidemiologist as Expert and Advocate
Speaker: Shira Kramer, MHS, PhD
Date: February 28, 2017
Time: 9-10am PST/12-1pm EST
Description: Epidemiologists can serve justice and influence policy as expert witnesses in the legal arena of tort actions by providing testimony relating to causation. “Expert” implies extensive, balanced knowledge of a particular area of study. The combative modus operandi in the courtroom, however, undermines objectivity as experts are thrust into the role of advocates. Multiple drivers propel this position, including the compelling and often egregious facts of the case, unethical actions by defendants and their counsel, attacks on experts, untrained fact finders who are unable to evaluate complex data or misrepresented epidemiological principles, and imbalances in resources when challenging powerful moneyed interests. Despite these obstacles, participation in this highly impactful process is critical to our mission, balancing the roles of impartial expert and courtroom advocate. The experiences that led to my engagement in over thirty cases against large corporate defendants are illustrated with selected issues from the first large case for which I served as a key causation expert. Dr Kramer will give a half-hour presentation on the ethics of expert testimony in legal settings which will be followed by an ISEE Ethics Committee discussion of other matters related to this committee.
Instructions for joinng the webinar:
Dial-in Number (United States): (712) 451-0229
Access Code: 945426
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Online Meeting Link: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/isee
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Pan-European Symposium on Water and Sanitation Safety Planning and Extreme Weather Events
During the 2017 6-7th April pan-European Symposium Water and Sanitation Safety Planning and Extreme Weather Events, cross-cutting topics will be addressed. Presentations and workshops will be organised with the goal of presenting achievements, experiences and challenges of water and sanitation professionals and regulators, in addressing extreme weather events, with a special focus on cases from the pan-European region. Presentations from throughout the world are welcomed. For more information please visit http://www.iwcconferences.com/wssp-and-extreme-weather/
Health Effects Institute Annual Conference
April 30, to May 2, 2017
The 2017 HEI Annual Conference will be held in Alexandria, Virginia from April 30-May 2, 2017. For more information visit https://www.healtheffects.org/annual-conference.
IECID 2017: Impact of Environmental Change on Infectious Diseases
This 3-day conference will bring together international researchers to discuss the impact of current and predicted future environmental changes on infectious disease dynamics in people, wildlife, and livestock across the globe, and what actions need to be taken. For more information please visit http://www.iecid.com
Summer School on Modern Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
The Summer School aims to provide introductory and advanced courses in medical statistics and epidemiology, and their application to clinical and etiology research and public health.
The course teachers come from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, Bocconi University, University of Milano-Bicocca, and other European Universities.
The school will be held from 4th to 17th of June 2017 at Castello Brandolini Colomban, Cison di Valmarino - Treviso - Italy. Registration is now open and the deadline for early registration is 28th of February 2017. Please visit the school’s homepage for more information on the courses and for details on registration: http://www.biostatepi.org/