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Keeping Our Heads In The Motorcycle Helmet Debate

October 18, 2009

Keeping Our Heads In The Motorcycle Helmet Debate

Main Category: Public Health
Article Date:
16 Oct 2009 – 4:00 PDT 


“The Public Health Implications of Helmet Laws in Taiwan” – special lecture presented by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health


Wen-Ta Chiu, M.D., Ph.D., president and professor of medicine, public health and nutritional science, Taipei Medical University, and 2009 University of Pittsburgh Legacy Laureate. Dr. Chiu received his doctoral degree in public health at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989.


8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 22


Room A115, Crabtree Hall, 130 DeSoto St., Oakland


In 1997, Dr. Chiu led a successful campaign in Taiwan to institute laws requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets, saving an estimated 5,000 lives each year. His lecture will recount the history of the campaign and its impact on public health, drawing comparisons to the ongoing debate about mandatory helmet laws in Pennsylvania, which were repealed in 2003.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call (412) 383-8849. For those who cannot attend, a live webcast will be available at

The lecture is part of the Supercourse , an online repository of the latest lectures in global health for educators around the world.

University of Pittsburgh

One Comment leave one →
  1. Steven Barron permalink
    October 19, 2009 4:31 pm

    Helmet laws restrict freedom in the name of safety. If you follow that logic to its conclusion then we will soon have laws restricting your calorie intake or exercise regimen.

    Helmets do not prevent accidents. Helmet usage should not be legislated in a free society.

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