2019 Fall Symposium


November 1, 2019

Right to Try Laws: The Benefits and Burdens of Balancing Protection with Access in Human Subject Research

Friday, November 1, 2019, 9:15 a.m to 4:00 at the Large Courtroom (Room 1312 – Worrell Professional Center).

Overview: This symposium will bring together leading bioethics scholars to examine the protective nature of FDA’s regulation along with the historical roots of the right to try legislation. Further, it will focus on the benefits provided to its advocates along with the burdens it has placed on manufacturers, consumers, physicians, and society with respect to access, costs, safety, and health care disparities.

Contact: Melissa Temple Malone, Symposium Editor


  • 9:15-9:45: Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:45-10:20: A Short Historical Timeline of Bioethics
  • 10:20-10:55: Keynote: Informed Consent in Right to Try: A Dubious Assumption
  • 11:00-11:45: Panel Discussion: Right to Try Issues in Pediatric Medicine and Genetics
  • 11:50-12:25: Performable Case Study and Discussion on Pediatrics, Genetics, and the Right to Try
  • 12:30-1:30: Lunch
  • 1:30-2:05: Patient Advocacy
  • 2:10-2:40: Payment Issues, Financing Pre-Approval Access, Out of Pocket, Crowd-Sourcing Models, and Pro Bono Companies
  • 2:45-3:15: Panel Discussion: The Terms of Trying
  • 3:15-3:55: The Right to Try Debate
  • 3:55: Closing
All registrants will receive a link to the footage from the event whether or not they are able to attend; register now!

For an updated agenda schedule complete with speaker bios, click here.