Upcoming Speakers


Beth E. Roxland, J.D.
Senior Consultant on Law, Policy and Ethics at Roxland Consultants, Ltd.

Do We Have A 'Right to Try?' The Movement, the Law, and the Societal Impact”
April 23, 7pm @ The Slowdown

Join the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures as they welcome Beth E. Roxland, J.D., M.Bioethics, Senior Consultant on Law, Policy and Ethics at Roxland Consultants, Ltd., as she presents “Do We Have A 'Right to Try?' The Movement, the Law, and the Societal Impact” at the April 23 Omaha Science Cafe.

Ms. Roxland previously served as Johnson & Johnson’s Bioethics and Strategy Leader, in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer. In this role, Ms. Roxland re-launched and chaired J&J’s Ethics Committee, created an enterprise-wide consultation service for teams and individuals confronting complex research ethics issues, and provided guidance on issues such as post-trial access for former research participants, conducting clinical trials in war-torn regions, testing of a potential Ebola vaccine during a public health crisis, commercialization of stem cell therapies, subject recruitment and withdrawal, and expanded access/ compassionate use.

Prior to joining J&J, Ms. Roxland was the Executive Director of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, where she led formulation of policy recommendations for conducting research with adults who lack consent capacity, revision of NYS’s Brain Death guidelines, proxy consent for health care decisions, and allocating scarce ventilators during a pandemic.

Ms. Roxland concurrently served as the Special Advisor to the Commissioner of Health on Stem Cell Research Ethics, where she spearheaded creation of state-wide rules on embryonic stem cell protocols, human-animal chimera research, compensation of women who donate their oocytes to stem cell research, informed consent processes, re-contact for return of research results and incidental findings, and downstream uses of biological samples.

Prior to joining the government, Ms. Roxland was a Senior Associate in the litigation department of Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP, and a Federal Law Clerk in the Southern District of New York. She graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, and received a joint J.D. – Master’s in Bioethics Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania.


Previous Speakers

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Wendy Grant, M.D.
Professor of Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

“Living Donor Liver Transplants”
February 19, 7pm @ The Slowdown

Jesse Bell PhD

Jesse Bell, Ph.D.
Claire M. Hubbard Professor of Health and Environment in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health at UNMC

“Why Climate Change Matters to Your Health”
January 15, 7pm @ The Slowdown
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Jonathan Schwartz, D.O., MSPH
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at UNMC

“Team Jack: Research and Awareness for Pediatric Brain Cancer”
December 11, 7pm @ The Slowdown


Sharon Hammer, MD
Director of Reproductive Psychiatry at Nebraska Medicine. Dr. Hammer has more than 20 years' experience in her specialty.

“Postpartum Depression”
November 13, 7pm @ The Slowdown


Marley Doyle, MD
Fellowship-trained in women's mental health and has four years of clinical experience in the specialty. She also has a special interest in obsessive-compulsive disorder during pregnancy and postpartum.

“Postpartum Depression”
November 13, 7pm @ The Slowdown


Leigh Cook, APRN
Four years of clinical experience working in the area of reproductive mood disorders and has a special interest in working with women who have children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). 

“Postpartum Depression”
November 13, 7pm @ The Slowdown


Angela Brown, Sara Eliason and Jacquie Gordon
Women’s Center for Advancement’s Prevention & Education team

Domestic Violence: An Epidemic?
October 17, 7pm @ The Slowdown