The Occasional Human Sacrifice: Medical Experimentation and the Price of Saying No

A special presentation by author Professor Carl Elliott, followed by a panel discussion and debate on whistleblowing with experts in the field.

Presented by: Faculty of Law
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On June 18th, join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion exploring the complex ethical terrain of medical experimentation, inspired by the groundbreaking insights from Professor Carl Elliott's recent work, "The Occasional Human Sacrifice: Medical Experimentation and the Price of Saying No." Beginning with the public health worker who exposed the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and ending with the four physicians who in 2016 blew the whistle on lethal synthetic trachea transplants at the Karolinska Institute, this work tells the extraordinary stories of insiders who spoke out against such abuses, and often paid a terrible price for doing the right thing.

Our distinguished panel features renowned experts in the field, each bringing a unique perspective to the table:

James Turk, Director, Centre of Free Expression, Toronto Metropolitan University

Doris Rajan, Director of Social Development, Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society and Kelly Johnson, Indigenous front-line worker, Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion

Nancy Olivieri, Professor, Pediatrics, Medicine and Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto

Trudo Lemmens, Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

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