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January 29, 2013

News Digest: Explore global food law Feb. 8, Honor: Nina Isoherranen

Explore global food law at Feb. 8 UW conference
Americans’ expectations of food safety are rising even as we depend more on global supply chains. As a result, global laws about food safety are emerging, aiming to ensure safety while keeping prices competitive.

The University of Washington School of Law and Jackson School for International Studies, and other partners, present a daylong seminar on Friday, Feb. 8, titled “Towards Global Food Law: Transatlantic Competition and Collaboration.” Registration is online and costs $50.

“This conference will highlight new developments in food safety law in the U.S. and the European Union, noting where their regulatory strategies converge and where they diverge, as well as examples of ‘smart’ regulation that protect the public without distorting markets,” wrote Jane Winn, UW professor of law.

After an introduction by Pat Kuszler, UW School of Law associate dean and director of its Center for Law, Science and Global Health, food safety attorney William Marler will give the keynote address, “Strengths and Weaknesses of Litigation as a Food Safety Regulation Strategy.”

Headshot of Nina IsoherranenPharmacy faculty member honored for early-career achievement
Nina Isoherranen, associate professor of pharmaceutics, will receive the Drug Metabolism Division Early Career Achievement Award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

The award recognizes excellent research in drug metabolism and disposition by investigators who have received their doctorate within the last 15 years, according to the society’s website.

Isoherranen studies the metabolism and excretion of drugs, vitamins and hormones. Her work helps prevent harmful drug interactions and addresses the safe use of drugs and vitamins during pregnancy. Her research on vitamin A metabolism, in particular, advances knowledge about certain cancers, fetal development and the body’s ability to fight infections.

She will be honored in Boston at the April annual meeting.

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