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WATCH — Fetal Pain: An Update on the Science and Legal Implications

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On Wednesday, February 10, Amanda Pustilnik, JD and Maureen Strafford MD will discuss fetal pain, including advances in neuroscience and treatment and their implications for the law.

The event will be held at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, February 10, in Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C (2036) at Harvard Law School (1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA).

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.

Amanda Pustilnik, JD,served as the inaugural Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience as part of the Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, a collaboration between the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Petrie-Flom Center. Amanda is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law, where she teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, and Law & Neuroscience, and affiliated faculty at the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her current research includes work on models of mind in criminal law, evidentiary issues presented by neuroscientific work on memory, and the role of pain in different legal domains. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, she was a Climenko fellow and lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. Before entering the legal academy, she practiced litigation with Covington & Burling and with Sullivan & Cromwell, where she focused on white collar criminal matters. Amanda also clerked for the Hon. Jose A. Cabranes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She graduated Yale Law School and Harvard College, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College, in the History and Philosophy of Science department. Amanda has also worked at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant and is a member of the board of directors of the John Harvard Scholarships.

Maureen Strafford, MD, is Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, and Director of Special Projects at the Tufts University School of Medicine. Her training in pediatric cardiology and anesthesiology led to being part of the first multi-disciplinary pediatric pain management program over twenty-five years ago. Her interests in this field have included sedation for painful procedures for children, the stress response during cardiac surgery and the use of mindfulness meditation for children and families. She is a member of Child Kind International which is a group of international pediatric pain specialists who hope to engage institutional commitment to pediatric pain management nationally and internationally. Her work with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation – a recognized leader in medical education supporting compassion and humanism in medicine – includes interests in palliative care and end-of-life issues.

Part of the Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, a collaboration between the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain & Behavior and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

Watch video of the entire event below!