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Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Betty Ford Classroom
735 S. State Street
1110 Weill Hall
Ann ArborMI 48109-3019
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Monday, January 24, 2011
New Paradigms on Innovation and Access to Medical Technologies: Delinking R&D Costs from Product Prices
4:00 PM -  5:30 AM

The current system to finance drug development based on strong intellectual property rights is failing many in both developing and developed countries. The system promotes monopolies that make products unaffordable, and fails to provide incentives for urgently needed diagnostics and treatments for neglected diseases. In the last 5 years, developing countries and civil society organizations have encouraged discussions at the World Health Organization on new incentive mechanisms that are not based on monopolies and that de-link the cost of research and development from the prices of final products. Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) has been active in these discussions and in promoting the use of innovation inducement prizes for health technologies. The presentation will describe the WHO negotiations, introducing the concept of de-linkage and some of the proposals that are currently under discussion.

Monday, January 31, 2011
Does Size Matter? The Role of Small High Schools in Reforming Public Education
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Over the past two decades, many urban school districts have restructured large, traditional high schools into smaller learning communities. The idea behind this movement is that small schools provide a more personalized learning environment that allows teachers to more effectively address the multi-faceted needs of disadvantaged students. Despite mixed evidence on the efficacy of such reforms in practice, Detroit and other high-poverty districts have pressed forward with the creation of smaller high schools. A recent study of small high schools in NYC shows positive results, but also raises additional questions about small schools. In this panel, speakers will discuss the new results of the NYC study as well as the ongoing efforts among the small school community in the Detroit area.