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Mass Disasters: Issues Arise on Legal, Forensic, Health Care Fronts

The seventh annual Wecht Conference, Preserving Evidence, Saving Lives: The Roles of Forensic Science, Medicine and the Law in Mass Disaster Response, will conclude with experts and scholars addressing topics including health care and preparedness, forensic toxicology and legal issues surrounding mass disaster response.

Among the day’s presenters and panel discussions are:
Health Care Preparedness and Response to Man-made or Natural Disasters
8 a.m.
Janet Fraser Hale, Ph.D., R.N., associate dean for academic affairs/director of interdisciplinary community partnerships, Graduate School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Worcester

Forensic Toxicology in Mass Disasters
11:50 a.m.
Michael Rieders, Ph.D., forensic toxicologist and lab director, NMS Labs, chief science officer, The Forensic Mentors Institute, and adjunct professor, Arcadia University Forensic Science Masters Program

Constitutional and Jurisdictional Issues in Mass Disaster Response
1:45 p.m.
Jack W. Snyder, M.D., J.D., Ph.D., adjunct faculty, George Washington University School of Law and Medicine
George J. Annas, J.D., M.P.H., the Edward Utley Professor and Chair, Department of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health
Michael Greenberger, J.D., professor and director, Center for Health and Homeland Security, University of Maryland School of Law
James E.Starrs, LL.M., the David B. Weaver Research Professor of Law and professor of forensic sciences, the George Washington University
Patricia Sweeney, J.D., M.P.H., R.N., assistant professor, department of health policy and management, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

For complete details and a schedule for Preserving Evidence, Saving Lives: The Roles of Forensic Science, Medicine and the Law in Mass Disaster Response, visit http://www.duq.edu/massdisasters.  

The media are asked to call 412.396.6051 to arrange free parking at the event.

Saturday, March 31

Room 203, Law School, Duquesne University

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