Tag: Public Health

Come join disaster relief effort at Hack and Save

Posted on April 1st, by LeAnn Noh in LIDS LIVE. No Comments

April 1, 2014 – LeAnn Noh

Want to bring innovative solutions to disaster relief effort? Come join us at Hack and Save!

The Harvard School of Public Health Student Society for Refugee Health and Public Health,  Innovation, and Technology Student Forum are organizing Hack and Save this April 12th. 

Hack and Save is an ideas hack-a-thon focused on improving the quality of life of victims of disaster, disaster relief efforts, and access to medicine in disaster settings. The mission of Hack and Save is to harvest innovative and disruptive solutions to address the challenges in humanitarian efforts from the rich pool of talents in the greater Boston area.

Hack and Save is a 24-hour event that will invite experts and hackers to exchange and develop solutions for general challenges in humanitarian efforts or for specific problems posed by the organizers. Both individuals and teams are welcome to participate.  For more information and registration check out www.HackandSave.org

Findings from past LIDS project posted on client’s website

Posted on September 20th, by hlids in LIDS LIVE. No Comments


September 20, 2013 – Maria Parra-Orlandoni

In the Spring 2013 semester, LIDS completed a project entitled “Public Health and Food Advertising to Children” under the supervision of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe with Instituto Alana and ANDI as clients. Instituto Alana, a non-profit dedicated to children in Brazil, has been focusing on addressing serious public health issues that impact children as a result of development. ANDI is a news agency for children’s rights that is one of the leading NGOs in Latin America working at the intersection of media and development.

A team of LIDS students, led by Maria Parra-Orlandoni and Edgardo Perez, analyzed food marketing to children, focusing on regulating advertising to children for foods with high levels of salt, fats, and sugars, as well as beverages with low nutritional content. The team conducted comparative research to examine the self-regulation initiatives as compared to government regulation initiatives in an effort to identify the most effective policies for addressing Brazil’s nutritional issues and obesity epidemic that affects 15-30% of the children in Brazil.

Instituto Alana reported a summary of the LIDS team’s major findings in a recent blog post. Some excerpts of the post are translated to English below:

“The [LIDS] researchers conclude that the existence of a legal system that empowers underlying supervision and … Read More »

Compulsory License and Access to Medicines: The Indian Experience To Date

Posted on September 16th, by hlids in . No Comments

Event Date:  Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 

Event Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.

Event Location:  Wasserstein Hall Room B015,  Harvard Law School


Mr. V. Lakshmikumaran is the founder and managing partner of Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (L&S).  L&S is one of India’s elite law firms, serving several Fortune 500 and top Indian companies in international trade, tax, intellectual property, and corporate matters.   Chambers Asia Pacific recently declared several L&S’s practices to be in the top-tier and  exclaimed that Mr. Lakshmikumaran “possesses a virtual monopoly when it comes to indirect tax litigation” in India.  Besides corporate and tax matters, L&S handles high-profile intellectual property (IP) cases and has been retained by the Indian government to argue several cases on its behalf before the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Mr. Lakshmikumaran’s talk will focus on India’s compulsory licensing regime, which can be used to mandate that an IP holder license its IP right to another company or individual for a fee.  In 2012, India’s government first exercised its power to issue a compulsory license, allowing a generic pharmaceutical company, Natco, to manufacture a version of the cancer-fighting drug, Nexavar, developed by Bayer, after finding, among others, the branded drug to be cost-prohibitive for India.  This action is being closely watched worldwide because of … Read More »