This Month at LDI

News and Announcements
Upcoming Wharton Conference on Pharmaceutical Innovation. The Health Care Systems Department at Penn is sponsoring a conference on Pharmaceutical Innovation in a Global Economy on October 4-5, 2002. The conference will encourage dialogue and research that can increase the availability and affordability of drugs for less developed countries, while preserving patents and incentives for innovation. LDI Senior Fellows Patricia Danzon, PhD, Mark Pauly, PhD and Sean Nicholson, PhD will participate.

Check out new web site devoted to child passenger safety. Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has launched an online educational tool to increase awareness about correct use of child restraints and seat belts in motor vehicles. The site includes four short movies, information on installing and using child safety seats and on seat belt use for older children, quick tips to help users review the information and links to other resources. LDI Senior Fellow Flaura K. Winston, MD, PhD leads this effort. For more information, click on link below.

Upcoming symposium on funding medical research. The Health Policy Program at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, directed by LDI Adjunct Senior Fellow Robert Field, JD, PhD, is sponsoring a free symposium on Friday, September 20 entitled "Who Should Fund Medical Research? The Roles of Government, Industry and Foundations." It will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall at the corner of 42nd Street and Woodland Avenue, a short walk from the Penn campus. Free parking is available.

Korean Fellows to study health economics. For the second consecutive year, the Health Care Systems Department at Penn is hosting two distinguished colleagues from Korea as part of the Health Care Policy Fellowship Program for Korean Government Officials, sponsored by Merck. Joon-Ho Yang and Chun Chang-Bae will spend the fall here studying health economics. To meet these fellows, please contact LDI Senior Fellow Joanne Levy.

Upcoming Seminars and Workshops
Health Policy: (This semester's theme: "How Can We Afford Prescription Drugs in America? Cost, Quality, and Access")
To kick off this year's series, we are honored to host Eve Slater, MD, Assistant Secretary For Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She serves as the DHHS Secretary's primary advisor on matters involving the nation's public health and will give the annual Charles C. Leighton, MD Memorial Lecture. This lectureship honors the memory of Dr. Leighton, former Senior Vice President, Administration, Planning and Science Policy for the Merck Research Laboratories, and a colleague of Dr. Slater's. Please join us on Wednesday, October 18, 2002, from 3:00 - 4:30 pm at Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Room F60 (38th & Walnut). A reception will follow. (NOTE TIME AND LOCATION).
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Research: Our series begins with David Dranove, PhD, Professor of Management and Strategy at Northwestern University, who will discuss ongoing work entitled, " A Structural Approach to Antitrust Analysis in Health Care." Please join us on Friday, September 20, 2002, at 12:00 pm.
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Government Relations Update: August 30, 2002

Issue Briefs
Living with Dementia: Caregiver Perspectives
by Jason H.T. Karlawish, MD

Tensions in Antibiotic Prescribing
by Joshua Metlay, MD, PhD

Recent Seminars (Just in case you missed it last spring...)
Health Policy: In a spirited panel discussion and debate, national experts presented their views on how to focus and keep public attention on issues of health care quality. The panel, "Keeping Health Care Quality on the Policy Agenda," was sponsored by LDI, the Annenberg Public Policy Center, the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and the School of Nursing.
Summary of April 18 panel

Executive Education
The Johnson & Johnson - Wharton CEO Program for Health Care Leadership kicks off September 25-28, 2002. This program addresses key management challenges unique to a health care system/hospital setting, and provides tools for the chief executive to resolve complexity for quality health care. It is tailored to benefit Chief Executive Officers of significant system or hospital-health care groups who demonstrate a commitment to the needs of patients, staff and administration, while tackling changes in health care.

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