Recent headline-making studies indicate that there is a crisis in medical research. Health issues are increasingly dominated by commercial interests, and this jeopardizes research, evidence and, ultimately, people's health. Patentable solutions, typically drugs, are proposed for health problems, while other approaches are ignored. This situation raises pressing questions: How can we be sure of high-quality medicine in light of corporate research funding and massive financial conflicts of interest? How are medicine, ethics, public policy, and politics affected? Is socialized medical research a  viable solution?

Dr Jim Brown, professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, will discuss these questions in his lecture, Patents, progress, and commercialized medicine, onThursday, 20 March 2014, 7:30 PM. The lecture takes place in Alumni Hall, Academic Building, University of King’s College, 6350 Coburg Rd., Halifax. It is Part 4 of The Lives of Evidence national lecture series.

This lecture is free, with a reception to follow. You can also watch the lecture live online.

The lecture is supported by:

University of King’s College History of Science and Technology Programme, Dalhousie University Department of Philosophy, with additional support from Health Law Institute, NovelTech Ethics, and the NS Health Research Foundation