Amanda Pustilnik on ‘The Week in Health Law’ Podcast

By Nicolas Terry and Frank Pasquale

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First off, an urgent appeal: please consider donating to chef José Andrés, who is feeding tens of thousands of victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Donation link is here.

We have a particularly brainy episode this week, as we host Amanda Pustilnik, a Professor of Law at the University of Maryland whose 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. Amanda has also served as a Senior Fellow in Law & Neuroscience of the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital. She recently co-authored the Nature article “Brain imaging tests for chronic pain: medical, legal and ethical issues and recommendations.” She also organized a 2015 symposium here on Bill of Health, titled “Pain on the Brain.” Amanda is a recognized leader in the emerging area of Neuroscience and the Law. Our conversation includes a primer on the area and a discussion of criminal responsibility and the measurement of chronic pain.

Our lightning round concentrates on the current proposals and counter proposals surrounding the workings of the insurance exchanges and we take a close look at Iowa’s challenging individual insurance market. We also covered other health news. Links include: 1) an ongoing public health disaster in Puerto Rico, 2) the imploding Iowa ACA exchanges (and Iowa’s withdrawal of a waiver proposal that would have gutted the ACA there), 3) are AHPs the Trump University of health insurance?, and 4) sequelae of the opioid epidemic: HIV and hepatitis C.

Listen here, and be sure to rate the show on iTunes! The Week in Health Law Podcast from Frank Pasquale and Nicolas Terry is a commuting-length discussion about some of the more thorny issues in Health Law & Policy. Subscribe at Apple Podcasts, listen at Stitcher Radio Tunein, or Podbean, or search for The Week in Health Law in your favorite podcast app. Show notes and more are at If you have comments, an idea for a show or a topic to discuss you can find us on Twitter @nicolasterry @FrankPasquale @WeekInHealthLaw.

Nicolas P. Terry

Nicolas Terry is the Hall Render Professor of Law at Indiana University McKinney School of Law where he serves as the Executive Director of the Hall Center for Law and Health and teaches various healthcare and health policy courses. His recent scholarship has dealt with health privacy, mobile health, the Internet of Things, Big Data, AI, and the opioid overdose epidemic. He serves on IU’s Grand Challenges Scientific Leadership Team, working on the addictions crisis and is the PI on addictions law and policy Grand Challenge grants. His podcast is at, and he is @nicolasterry on Twitter.

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