Reporters and #biotech industry hold back-to-back #Boston meetings this weekend #IRE12

Two conferences in town of note. Next week the Bio conference comes back to Boston.  The Globe calls it the largest biotechnology conference in the world and it was last here in 2007.  The organizers expect more than 15,000 people.  See this space for updates on sessions like this one.

A Practical Guide to Global Health: Shared Experiences from Biotech Companies on Making Global Health Work for You Biotechnology companies are participating significantly in developing new drugs and vaccines for the neglected diseases that affect more than 1 billion people worldwide—often in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. How are these companies making it work? Diseases of poverty lack a commercial incentive to develop new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics, but some companies and institutions are finding a way to offset the cost of a global health R&D program.

Starting Friday, IRE  — Investigative Reporters and Editors – comes to town for its annual meeting. Health and science reporters are doing great work and this is where we  meet to share tips, learn new skills and swap war stories.

Here are a few sample sessions.

Using public records to shine a light on the dark side of the healthcare crisis : Deadly drugs, fraud and systemic safety problems at major hospitals are just some of the issues reporters investigated and uncovered in the past year using public records. Learn about the public records (including databases) that can be used to find wrongdoing and the strategies to use them effectively to find and tell important stories.

 Campaign 2012: How healthcare and the other key issues are shaping the race A key component of understanding how campaigns are won or lost is understanding the role of special interests PACS and lobbies. This year healthcare and a few other key topics are playing a crucial role in who gets financial support and who gets opposition.

 Ignored and abused: Investigating caregivers A look at how to explore physical abuse, wrongful deaths and financial fraud at state agencies and private organizations that serve vulnerable people, including children in foster care, elders, and people with developmental disabilities or mental illness. Topics will include finding data and records on abuse allegations and deaths; tracking Medicaid money; developing sources to deal with unique confidentiality obstacles; and examining how law enforcement handles crimes against the disabled.



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