REINVENT: Conference on Neglected Diseases

[October 2, 2015]
Toronto, Canada

Reinvent was an interdisciplinary conference that brought together stakeholders from all sectors to cultivate a Toronto-based forum to reinvent how we think about neglected diseases.



Free Trade at What Cost? R&D for Neglected Diseases

Date: Friday, October 2, 2015

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Location: George Ignatieff Theatre

In the area of neglected diseases, a significant amount of public, academic, and media attention has focused on the lack of research and development for treatments and diagnostics. While such critiques are essential, the conversation is often limited to identifying new partnerships and funding mechanisms that could open up the market for new drug development and to find the most profitable ways of tackling the burden of neglected diseases. With this session, the aim was to broaden the discussion to deconstruct the rhetoric of innovation and look at overarching economic, social, and political structures that frame the global trade and intellectual property regimes. This panel included four experts with a spectrum of expertise in research and development, advocacy, and critical theory along with a moderator.

Rachel Cohen, Regional Executive Director of DNDi North America spoke in a session entitled: “Free Trade at What Cost? R&D for Neglected Diseases”.


A) JAMIE LOVE (Director of Knowledge Ecology International)

B) RACHEL COHEN (Regional Executive Director, DNDi North America)

C) HALLA THORSTEINSDOTTIR (Dalla Lana School of Public Health)

D) ANNE POLLOCK (Georgia Tech)


ARIA ILYAD AHMAD (Balsillie School of International Affairs)