University of Pittsburgh
October 27, 2009

Pitt's Annual Nordenberg Lecture in Law, Medicine, and Psychiatry to Focus on Genetic Testing, Set for Nov. 5

Johns Hopkins University research scholar to deliver noon lecture titled Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing"
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-Gail H. Javitt will deliver the annual Mark A. Nordenberg Lecture in Law, Medicine, and Psychiatry, titled "Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing," at noon Nov. 5 in the University of Pittsburgh Barco Law Building's Teplitz Memorial Courtroom, 3900 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

Javitt is counsel in Sidley Austin LLP's food and drug regulatory division and a research scholar in the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University. She previously served as the law and policy director at the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University. At the center, she was responsible for developing policy options to guide the development and use of reproductive technologies and is currently leading an initiative to improve oversight of genetic-testing quality.

Javitt has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law, where she has taught food and drug law and genetics law. She was a Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics and Health Policy at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University, where she cotaught health law and regulation at the School of Public Health.

Javitt specialized in FDA regulatory issues as an associate at Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C. She served as law clerk to Gary L. Taylor of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

Javitt has written on a variety of science regulatory and legal issues such as direct-to-consumer advertising of genetic testing, FDA regulation of biotechnology, and, most extensively, direct-to-consumer genetic testing.

Javitt received the BA degree and graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Columbia University, an MPH degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a JD degree, cum laude, from Harvard University Law School.

The lecture, named for Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, former dean of Pitt's law school, is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for one hour of substantive CLE credit. Registration is available at the door. There is a $25 fee to obtain CLE credit, with a check made payable to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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