The Board of the ESPMH consists of the President, the President-Elect who also acts as Vice-President, the Secretary and the Treasurer of the society.
In addition, there are as many other members of the Board as are determined by the Annual General Assembly. Currently, the ESPMH board consists of 9 members. All board members are elected by members at the Annual General Assembly.
For more information on the structure of the Board, please consult the Society’s Statutes.
Péter Kakuk studied Philosophy at the University of Debrecen and Healthcare Ethics and Law at the University of Manchester, School of Law’s Centre of Social Ethics and Policy. He developed and taught a variety of courses in bioethics, healthcare ethics and law at the Department of Behavioural Sciences of the University of Debrecen, where he received his Ph.D. in Health Sciences and later a Habilitation on Research Ethics and Integrity. Péter is working currently in the Budapest campus of Central European University. He is a senior researcher at the Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine. He is also working as a research ethics consultant for the Health Ethics and Governance Unit of the World Health Organization, Geneva headquarters. Moreover, he is a founder of the Embassy of Good Science. Péter’s major research interests are in the field of research ethics and integrity, biopolitics and bioethics, behavioural ethics, and moral decision-making. He has participated in various European projects and conducted several studies on RRI, research ethics and integrity. He likes books that have something to do with these two questions: “How philosophy and ethics can help us in making moral decisions?” and “How could we change the culture of science and research in ways that foster the re-humanization of modernity?“
Ana Borovecki (Croatia), President-elect
Ana Borovecki MD, PhD, was born in Zagreb in 1973 where she has finished the Classical Gymnasium. In 1998 she graduated medicine from the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb. In 2000 she got bachelor degree in philosophy and comparative literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. In 2004 she got European Master of Bioethics degree from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In 2007 she got PhD degree from Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She is specialist of clinical pharmacology and toxicology and Master of Public Health. She is Deputy Director to Program Director of PhD Program in Biomedicine and Health Sciences at School of Medicine, University of Zagreb. She works at Andrija Štampar, School of Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, as Assistant Professor. Her field of research is biomedical ethics.
Gerrit Kimsma (Netherlands), Treasurer
Gerrit K. Kimsma has been university associate in medicine and philosophy, practicing family medicine since 1976 and teaching medical ethics and philosophy to medical students and medical ethics to Post Graduate Training for Family Medicine at the Vrije Universiteit at Amsterdam since 1970. Publications since 1975 in numbers of about 100 articles in journals, books and papers, about 60 presentations in Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, France), USA and Australia. Book publications since 1987, starting with ‘Medicine between Dream and Drama’,(with HAMJ ten Have), last major book publication with Thomasma, Kushner and Ciesielski called ‘Asking to Die. Inside the Dutch Euthanasia Debate.’ , Kluwer Academic Publications, Dordrecht/London/Boston, 1998, with ethical and legal discussions, interviews with families where euthanasia took place, and interviews with physicians who describe their experiences).
Bert Gordijn (Ireland), Secretary
Bert Gordijn is Professor and Director of the Institute of Ethics at Dublin City University in Ireland. He has studied Philosophy and History in Utrecht, Strasbourg and Freiburg in Breisgau. In 1995 he was awarded a doctorate in Philosophy from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, followed by a doctorate in Bioethics from the Radboud University Nijmegen in 2003. Bert has been a Visiting Professor at Lancaster University (UK), Georgetown University (USA), the National University of Singapore and the Fondation Brocher (Switzerland). He has served on Advisory Panels and Expert Committees of the European Chemical Industry Council, the European Patent Organisation, the Irish Department of Health as well as UNESCO. Bert is Editor-in-Chief of two book series: “The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology” and “Advances in Global Bioethics” as well as a peer reviewed journal: “Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy“, all published by Springer. He is Secretary of the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare as well as President-Elect of the International Association of Education in Ethics.
Ignaas Devisch (Belgium), Member
Ignaas Devisch(1970) PhD is professor in Ethics, Philosophy and Medical Philosophy. He holds a position at Ghent University, department of Public Health and Family Medicine, and is chairman of the research group PME (Phil of Medicine and Ethics) at Ghent University. He was researcher for five years at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He publishes in the fields of medical philosophy, philosophy and ethics. He organised the ESPMH conference in 2015 in Ghent. He was chairman of a Belgian organisation (de Maakbare Mens) which reflects ethically and philosophically upon biomedical evolutions. As a philosopher, he works at the faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine. Since 2003, he teaches philosophy of medicine, ethics and bioethics. Research areas: philosophy of medicine (patient autonomy; responsibility; lifestyle; obesity; justice); ethics; His research focuses mainly on Autonomy, lifestyle and responsibility in healthcare. On a regular basis, he intervenes in public debates on issues regarding philosophy of medicine or social philosophy.He is also member of the Advisory Council of Bioethics in Belgium. Full list of publications.For all information, see: www.ignaasdevisch.com
Eugenijus Gefenas (Lithuania), Member
Dr. Eugenijus Gefenas is professor and director of the Department of Medical History and Ethics at the Medical Faculty of Vilnius University. He is also director of the Lithuanian Bioethics Committee. Eugenijus Gefenas graduated from the Medical Faculty of Vilnius University in 1983 and obtained his Ph.D in medical ethics from the Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law in 1993. Eugenijus Gefenas teaches bioethics at the Medical Faculty of Vilnius University and is a co-director of theNIH Fogarty International Center funded training program“Advanced Certificate in Research Ethics in Central and Eastern Europe”.He is a member of the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics and was chairing this Committee in 2011-2012. In 2014 he was appointed to represent Lithuania at the Bureau of theIntergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) of UNESCO and was elected as the president of this Committee in 2015.In 2017, Eugenijus Gefenas became a member of the new European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies appointed by the President of the European Commission. Theareas of his recent professional interest include conceptual and normative issues related to human research and health care in the transition societies. The list of his publications is available at: http://www.mies.mf.vu.lt/en/about/personnel/doc-dr-eugenijus-gefenas
Fuat Oduncu (Germany), Member
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Fuat S. Oduncu, MA, MBA, European Master in Bioethics, was born in Midyat (Turkey) in 1970. He studied medicine (Dr. med., University of Munich), Philosophy (M.A., Jesuite Private University; Dr. phil., University of Munich), Bioethics (European Master in Bioethics at the Universities of Nijmegen, Leuven, Madrid, Padova), and Health Care Business Administration at the Munich Business School in Cooperation with the Boston University School of Management (MBA). In 2005 Prof. Oduncu passed his Ph.D. (Habilitation) in Internal Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Munich, and in 2013 he was appointed Professor of Medicine. Besides, Prof. Oduncu passed several medical qualifications: internal medicine, hematology and oncology, palliative medicine, hemostaseology, and medical quality management. Since 2007 he is heading the division of Hematology and Oncology, Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik IV, University of Munich. Moreover, Prof. Oduncu teaches medicine and medical ethics at several universities, and he is member of several national and international scientific societies. He published more than 200 scientific medical and ethical contributions on cancer, organ transplantation, brain death, reproductive medicine, embryo research, palliative care, euthanasia, and priority-setting in health care. Prof. Oduncu has been awarded several scientific prizes, among others with the prestigious Vincenz-Czerny-Prize for Oncology and the m4-Award for Personalized Medicine by the joint Excellence Cluster of the Bavarian Ministry of Economics and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In 2016, Prof. Oduncu has been elected President of the Erich-Frank-Society (EFG, for the promotion of the German-Turkish relationship between the Medical Universities of Munich and Istanbul), and in 2017 he has been elected President of the World Medical Association of Suryoye (WMAS, for the medical promotion of the Aramaeic and Assyriac people).
Luciana Caenazzo (Italy), Member
Luciana Caenazzo is Associate Professor in Legal Medicine at Dept. of Molecular Medicine of University of Padua- Padova –Italy. She holds graduate school in Medical Genetics at the University of Padua and she was awarded a PhD in Forensic Sciences at the Catholic University of Rome and, in the same University, a Master in Ethical Consultation.Since 2002, she is in charged pre-and postgraduate teaching of Legal Medicine and Bioethics of medical, healthcare professionals and law students of University of Padua.She is member of the Scientific committee of Fondazione Lanza, Padova Italy and in the last two years member of the Fondazione Lanza project “Ethics and Emerging Technologies: a Population-based Health Monitoring Project.Theareas of her recent professional interests include ethical aspects of clinical genetics, forensic genetics and justice administration, gender medicine and ethical perspectives regarding new technologies and big data management.She has published about 80 papers edited several collaborative books in the areas of forensic sciences, bioethics and clinical ethics.
Frida Simonstein (Israel), Member
Frida Simonstein is Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Health of Ben-Gurion University in Israel. She holds an MSMedSci in Human Genetics from the Sackler Medical School at Tel Aviv University in Israel (1994) and was awarded a PHD in Health Care Ethics and Law, from the Centre of Social Ethics and Policy at the University of Manchester, in the UK. Frida has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany, The Hastings Centers in the USA, the Institute for Medicine Law and Bioethics at Liverpool University in the UK, Queen Mary University of London in the UK and the World Health Organization in Geneva. She has served on the Stirring Panel on the Ethics of Human Genetics at the International Center for Health Law and Ethics of Haifa University in Israel. She has published a book entitled ‘The Ethics of Self-Evolution’ (Yozmot, 2004); and edited a collaborative volume entitled ‘Reprogenetics and the Future of Gender (Springer, 2009). She has published several dozens of papers in the areas of human genetics, reproduction and novel technologies, some of which have been published in the journal Fertility & Sterility and the Journal of Genetic Counseling. She organized the 2012 conference of the ESPMH in Nazareth. Presently, Frida is a member of the Centre of Health, Humanism and Society at Ben Gurion University. She is writing a new volume entitled ‘Womb Politics’. In addition, she is leading a research project to validate Self-Expression through Typing (SETT), a method aiming at the development of communication skills of thoughts and ideas, among non-verbal autistics in Israel.
Joanna Rozynska (Poland), Member
Joanna Rozynska is aholder of academic degrees in philosophy (PhD, MA), law (MJ), sociology (MA), and bioethics (MS). She has additional academic certificates in American law; psychology of conflict, mediation, and negotiation; and research ethics. Since 2010 she works as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Warsaw (Center for Bioethics & Biolaw). Since 2020 she is a Director of the Master Programme in Bioethics offered by the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Warsaw. From 2007 to 2017 she was a senior faculty member of the Advanced Certificate Program in Research Ethics funded by the Fogarty International Center, NIH USA.She is a Chairperson of the Bioethics Committee at the Polish Academy of Sciences (2019-2022), and a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (since 2018). She is also a member of the National Transplantation Council and a member of the Ethics Committee of the Council. Moreover, she serves in two institutional research ethics committees in Poland, and in the compassionate-use advisory committee affiliated at the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU. Her research interests focus on reproductive ethics and the ethics of biomedical research involving humans.
Shlomit Zuckerman (Israel), Member
Shlomit Zuckerman received a BSc. in Biology (Cum Laude) and LL. B in Law from Hebrew U. in Jerusalem (1993), MA and a PhD in Empirical Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio, US (2008). Since 2009 until present, she has been teaching ethics, law, policy, and disaster management in health care for graduate students at Hebrew U. and Tel Aviv U. Faculties of Medicine, and Haifa U. School of Law. Since 2021 she has been mentoring Israeli and international graduate students in research workshops and final projects. In 2018 she has been appointed Deputy Academic Director of the new Center for Bioethics and Law at TAU Faculty of Medicine under which she organized international and national workshops. Since 2012 she has been attending and presenting her research projects at ESPMH conferences. In 2012-2016 she served as a substitute management committee member at the Disaster Bioethics COST project of the EU and served as member at its Research Ethics Committee. Since 2015 she has conducted numerous ethics forums in collaboration with hospital management teams and the Israeli Ministry of Health. She provides ethics and risk management counseling to Israeli Ministry of Health Committees including a Task Team of the Ministry of Health “Ventilation Triage for Covid-19” patients and a Ministry of Health Control and Quality Committee for the Management of Sperm Banks in Israel. She has published her work in peer reviewed Journals such as the Journal of Medical Ethics, International Journal of Neonatal Screening as well as co-authored book chapters on the topics of Military Medical Ethics and Humanitarian Ethics and Action. Her research interests include implementation of ethics curriculum in medical education, clinical ethics hospital ethics committees and counselling, public health ethics and policy making, empirical and research ethics, ethics and law in disaster and emergency setting.
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