Congratulations to our member Adam R. Houston!

Phd thesis

By University of Ottawa

Human Rights Research and Education Centre, HRREC

Person handing a diploma.
HRREC member Adam Rainis Houston successfully defended his doctoral thesis last September 1st.

Adam, who was pursuing his doctoral studies at the Faculty of Law Graduate Studies under the supervision of Professor Amir Attaran, defended his thesis titled Neglecting the Essentials: Addressing Barriers to Accessing Off-Patent Essential Medicines for Neglected Diseases in Canada.

Adam’s thesis explores the flipside of the traditional access to medicines narrative, focusing on cheap, off-patent Essential Medicines for diseases like tuberculosis that are widely available in many low and middle-income settings, but not formally available in Canada. He looks forward to continuing to put theory into practice in his ongoing work with Doctors Without Borders Canada.