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Wayne Law Professor Publishes New Book on Balancing Science, Ethics and Law

March 12, 2009

DETROIT (March 12, 2009) – Wayne State University Law School Assistant Professor Lance A. Gable recently published "Research With High-Risk Populations: Balancing Science, Ethics, and Law."

Gable, David Buchanan, Professor of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Celia B. Fisher, Marie Ward Doty Professor of Psychology at Fordham University, served as editors on the project. In addition, Gable authored three chapters in the book, including “Legal Challenges Raised by Nonintervention Research Conducted Under High-Risk Circumstances” and “Best Practices for Responding to Threats of Violence in Research Ethically and Legally” (with Buchanan and Fisher).

According to publisher the American Psychological Association,
"'Research With High-Risk Populations' provides guidance to social scientists regarding their ethical and legal responsibilities to respond appropriately to threats of harm that may arise during the course of data collection. Contributing authors include leading researchers, ethicists, lawyers, and Institutional Review Board (IRB) members from across the country who illuminate the complexities of the issues using case studies from their own research projects. This collection of ethical and legal analyses examines both the challenges of conducting research designed to responsibly gain a better understanding of the origins of serious health problems, and the moral and legal obligations of researchers who learn of threats of violence in the course of pursuing the primary objectives of the research."

"I would like to congratulate Professor Gable on his accomplishment," said Wayne Law Dean and Professor of Law Robert M. Ackerman. "He is well known for his expertise in health law and we are fortunate he is a member of our faculty at Wayne Law. Practitioners and scholars in these fields should find this book to be very informative and extremely useful." 

Lance A. Gable teaches Public Health Law, Bioethics and the Law, Torts, and other Health Law courses at Wayne Law. He is also a scholar with the Centers for Law and the Public’s Health: A Collaborative at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities, a Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Professor Gable specializes in public health law, ethics and policy; bioterrorism and emergency preparedness; mental health; international human rights; genetics and genomics; research ethics; and information privacy.

Prior to joining the Wayne Law faculty, Professor Gable served as a senior fellow at the Center for Law and the Public’s Health; as the project director for the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) – Legal and Regulatory Issues project, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); as the Alfred P. Sloan Fellow in Bioterrorism Law and Policy at the Center for Law and the Public’s Health; and as a health care law attorney at a major international law firm in Washington, DC.

Professor Gable earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also received a bachelor’s degree with a double major in political science and biology from the Johns Hopkins University.

About Wayne Law
Wayne State University Law School has educated and served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 West Palmer Street in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media and distance learning classrooms, a 200-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 40 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized and expert faculty, Wayne Law students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.   



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