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George J. Agich, Ph.D. is an emeritus professor of philosophy. He was a pioneer in medical ethics education and clinical ethics consultation beginning in the late 1970s at Southern Illinois Medical School and the Cleveland Clinic. He worked to promote bioethics and clinical ethics internationally. He served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Bioethics Consultation, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and the International Association of Bioethics as well as Chair of the 9th World Congress of Bioethics Program Committee. He held visiting professorships at the University of Basel, National Taiwan University, National University of Singapore, Radboud University, and the University of Padova. He consults on clinical ethics and research ethics and has served on National Institutes of Health review committees. His publications cover a wide range of topics including autonomy and aging, brain death, clinical ethics, ethics consultation, health policy, organ transplantation, and research ethics.
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Joseph Ali, JD is Assistant Professor, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Associate Director for Global Programs, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. His scholarly work examines a range of ethics and regulatory challenges in global bioethics, including emerging ethical, legal and policy implications of mobile and digital health. He has contributed to the development and study of enhanced approaches to informed consent, for both face-to-face and remote/digital consent. Mr. Ali also served as co-chair of ethics and regulatory work groups for two large pragmatic clinical research networks in the United States: the PCORI National Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Network (PCORnet) and the NIH/VA/DOD Pain Management Collaboratory Coordinating Center. He co-leads the NIH-funded Johns Hopkins-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program, which, for the past 19 years, has provided training and supported collaborative institutional partnerships to advance bioethics capacity across 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. He teaches research ethics and bioethics & law at Johns Hopkins and serve on the editorial board of the journal Accountability in Research.
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Cynthia Coleman is a senior clinical ethicist at the John J Lynch, MD Center for Ethics at Medstar Washington Hospital Center is Washington, DC. She is also adjunct faculty at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Prior to earning her doctorate in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, Cynthia practiced as an Registered Nurse for 30+ years. Her areas of practice included Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care and Hospice. As a hospice nurse who worked with pediatric patients and their families, she assisted families of neonates with terminal diagnoses in the labor and delivery rooms as well as home hospice settings. As a full time ethicist at Medstar, a high risk obstetric center, she responds to ethics consults on actively laboring women, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and outpatient consults.
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Prof Calvin Ho is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS). He holds a doctorate in juridical science from Cornell University (New York), and was also trained in law at NUS and University of Cambridge (England). In addition, he read sociology and economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London). Calvin is qualified as Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, and as Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. He has practiced law in London and Singapore, and serves as an Assistant Director with the Legal Aid Bureau (Ministry of Law), and a member of the Singapore Nursing Board. Prior to his current appointment, he was Senior Research Associate (from October 2001 to May 2011) with the Bioethics Advisory Committee, an expert body appointed by the government of Singapore to provide advice and recommendations on human biomedical research. Calvin is also Co-Head of the World Health Organization Collaborator Centre on Bioethics in Singapore, and Co-Head of the Accountability Policy Task Team of the Global Alliance for Genomics & Health. He is an Ethics Board member of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), a member of the Medicines in Health Systems thematic working group of Health Systems Global, and a Research Associate with The Ethox Centre, University of Oxford. In addition, Calvin is a member of the National Transplant Ethics Panel and advisory committees on genetic testing and transplantation of the Ministry of Health, and serves as a member of the Bioethics Committee of Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, and a member of the Paediatric Ethics and Advocacy Centre, National University Hospital.
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Florencia Luna, M.A, Ph D. Principal Researcher at CONICET (National Scientific and Technological Research Council), Argentina. Director of the Program of bioethics at FLACSO, Argentina. President of the International Association of Bioethics (IAB) (2003-2005). Member of the Steering Committee of the Global Forum on Bioethics in Research (2005 – 2009) and (2013-2017). She is Expert for the World Health Organization (WHO) and member of the Scientific and Advisory Committee (STAC) of the Department of Tropical Diseases Research (TDR) from WHO (2011-2016). She has won the Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (2006) and has been awarded the Konnex Prize: Honor Diploma in Ethics in 2006, in recognition of important figures in Humanities during the last decade in Argentina (1996-2006).Since 2014 she is an External Member of the Scientific Committee of Brocher Foundation (Switzerland). National Contact Point (NCP) in Social Science and Humanities (SSH) of Argentina (National Directorate of International Relations- Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation) for the European Commission (FP7) (2009-2011). She has published more than 70 articles in peered reviewed national and international journals. Author of several books, including Bioethics and Vulnerability: A Latin American View (RODOPY, Amsterdam, 2006).
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Dr Sumana Navin did her MBBS at Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India and a post-graduate Diploma in Hospital Administration at K J Hospital, Chennai. She has been associated with MOHAN Foundation since 1998. As Course Director she framed the curriculum and developed the course content (including E-learning) for MOHAN Foundation’s Transplant Coordinators’ Training Program. She has trained 2268 transplant coordinators from December 2009 to May 2019. She has been on the faculty for workshops for transplant coordinators and ICU professionals on deceased organ donation and transplantation at Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Dr. Navin was invited by the NHS Blood and Transplant, UK, to be an observer at the Deceased Donation Course for Intensive Care Medicine trainees in Nottingham in 2016. She also did a Mini Fellowship in Organ Donation at the Gift of Life Institute, Philadelphia, USA in 2017. She is the editor of the Indian Transplant Newsletter that focuses on the organ donation and transplantation program in India and abroad. She is a member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Nephrology, Urology & Transplantation of SAARC.¬ Her paper on ‘Impact of Trained Transplant Coordinators on the Deceased Donation Transplantation Program in India’ was conferred the Best Abstract Award at the Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation in August 2015 in Singapore. Her interests include ethics in organ transplantation and she has made presentations at the 14th World Congress of Bioethics and the 6th National Bioethics Conference.
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Dr. Lillian Otieno-Omutoko is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Open Learning, Open, Distance and e-Learning Campus, University of Nairobi, Kenya. Her qualifications include but are not limited to project planning and management, research and development, research ethics and Bioethics. She lectures in Project Planning, Design and Implementation, Total Quality Management, Gender Issues in Development, Training & Curriculum Development and Research Methods. Her research activities include supervision of post graduate students, conducting research in education, gender, management, project management, research management, research ethics and bioethics.
She is a social scientist with keen interest in bioethics in which she has focused since 2010. She is an active member of the National Bioethics Committee and Kenyatta National Hospital- University of Nairobi Ethics Research Committee. She also serves as the Secretary of the Bioethics Society of Kenya, Vice Chairperson of Research Association for Southern Africa, Member of International Association for Ethics Education and East Africa Research Innovation & Management Association.
Dr. Lillian has undergone training in Responsible Conduct in International Research and Health Research Ethics, Ethics in Higher Education for Teaching Professionals & Pedagogical and Andragogy Training for Teaching Professionals. Currently, she is undertaking training in Global Bioethics. She is a trainer of Bioethics, Health Research Ethics, and Research Ethics to researchers, health practitioners and Ethics Research Committee members. Her experience in research regulatory activities includes protocol review, development of Standard Operating Procedures and regulatory compliance. She has been involved in monitoring and evaluation of research sites and Institutional Ethics Review Committees, development of bioethics & various curricula and study modules for graduate students.
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Prof Godfrey B. Tangwa, professor of philosophy and former Head of the Department of Philosophy, has recently retired from full time teaching at the University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon. Born in Shisong in the Northwest Region of Cameroon, he attended Sasse College in Buea and the Universities of: Nigeria in Nsukka, Ife in Ile-Ife, and Ibadan in Ibadan. He lectured at the University of Ife from 1978-1986 and joined the University of Yaounde in 1987. He has extensive teaching and research experience in the domains of African philosophy and bioethics. He is a member of the International Association of Bioethics (IAB); was on its Board of Directors from 1997 to 2003 and served as Vice-President of the association between 1999 and 2001. He is currently the Chairperson of the Cameroon Bioethics Initiative (CAMBIN) which he founded in 2005. He was elected fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences in 2007. He has over seventy academic publications to his credit, including nine books, twenty five book chapters and over forty five peer-reviewed articles in international academic journals.
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Prof Daniel Fu-Chang Tsai, D.F.C., M.D., Ph.D., is a family physician and bioethicist. He is the founding professor of the Department and Research Institute of Medical Education & Bioethics, National Taiwan University College of Medicine, and is jointly appointed in the Department of Family Medicine, the Institute of Medical Device and Imaging, and the Graduate Institute of Clinical Medicine at the National Taiwan University College of Medicine. He is also an attending physician in the Department of Medical Research at National Taiwan University Hospital. Dr. Tsai is also the Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at National Taiwan University. He was the Convener of “Medical Education Discipline” under the Ministry of Science and Technology. He has publications in Journal of Medical Ethics, Hastings Center Report, American Journal of Bioethics… etc. and has published books on the subject of bioethics, informed consent, clinical ethics committee, case-analysis in medical ethics, research ethics, big data research, and family medicine, and another 100 papers published in Chinese language journals, and 20 papers collected in 20 books. He is also on the editorial board of Journal of Medical Ethics, Asian Bioethics Review, and many medical/bioethics journals. He was awarded Honorary Membership by the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics in 2015 and served as the Vice President of International Association of Bioethics (IAB) in 2016-17. He is currently the President of Taiwan Association of Institutional Review Boards (TAIRB). His special research interests include: cross-cultural bioethics, genetic ethics, transplantation ethics, clinical ethics and ethics consultation, research ethics, research integrity, and medical ethics education.
Keymanthri Moodley is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. In 2017, she was appointed Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Keymanthri is a family physician and a bioethicist. In 2013 she was rated by the NRF as an established researcher based on her national and international publications, conference presentations, her role on national bodies like the MRC Board and the NHREC and her involvement in international organisations – the WHO, International AIDS Society (IAS) and NIH DSMBs. The Centre was re- designated as a Collaborating Centre in Bioethics by the WHO-the first on the African continent. The main activities of the Centre include bioethics teaching, empirical research in bioethics and clinical ethics consultation. Keymanthri is a member of the ASSAf and completed an Executive MBA in 2015. In 2017, she was awarded her 4th NIH grant to develop a doctoral program in Bioethics.
Anton van Niekerk (MA, BTh, Lic. in Theology, DPhil. Stell) is a distinguished professor of philosophy and director of the Centre for Applied Ethics at Stellenbosch University. He is the author and editor of 20 books and more than 150 articles in accredited scientific journals, and is regarded as one of the pioneers of the discipline of bioethics in South Africa. In 1995 he received the Stals Prize for Philosophy from the South African Academy of Arts and Science. He is professor at Stellenbosch since 1989, and in 2014 he was one of the first Stellenbosch academics to be appointed as distinguished professor. In 2016 he was honoured with the Chancellor’s Award for a life-long career of excellence. He was a founder and for 14 years chair of the Board of Directors of The Ethics Institute in Pretoria. He is a former president of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa, and he was editor of the SA Journal for Philosophy for 11 years.