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Kiarash Aramesh M.D. is an Associate Professor at the Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Research Center at Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran. After moving to the United States in 2013, he worked as a visiting scholar at the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for one year and, subsequently, joined the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University as a PhD student. He has delivered several lectures and published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals about different aspects of Islamic biomedical ethics, especially the Shiite perspectives, in Persian and English.

Pascal Borry is Assistant Professor of Bioethics at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law at the University of Leuven. His main research activities are concentrated on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic and genomics. He also published on the relation between empirical and normative approaches in bioethics. He is program director of the Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics and was a visiting scholar at Case Western Reserve University, the Université de Montréal, and the VU Medical Center Amsterdam. He is still an invited scholar at the Center for Genomics and Policy of McGill University.

Bert Broeckaert is Professor of Comparative and Medical Ethics at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leuven in Belgium. He is a member of the Research Unit of Theological and Comparative Ethics, was the first Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Religion and Worldview from 2001 to 2008, and Program Director from 2011 to 2013. Bert Broeckaert is ethical advisor to the Palliative Care Federation Flanders since 1999. From 2000 till 2004 he represented the Flemish Government in the Belgian Bioethics Advisory Commission. He was core group member of the European Pallium Project (EC), member of the EAPC (European Association for Palliative Care) expert group on prognostic factors, and published several ethical and empirical studies on palliative care (including palliative sedation) and euthanasia, and on the role played by religion and worldview at the end of life.

Jonathan K. Crane is the Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar of Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University's Center for Ethics. He earned a B.A. (summa cum laude) from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, a M.A. in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame, a M.Phil. in Gandhian thought from Gujarat Vidyapith in India, a M.A. in Hebrew Literature and rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, and a Ph.D. in religion from the University of Toronto. The co-author of Ahimsa: The Way to Peace, co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality, author of Narratives and Jewish Bioethics, and editor of Beastly Morality: Animals as Ethical Agents, he is the founder and co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Jewish Ethics. A past president of The Society of Jewish Ethics, he frequently speaks and publishes broadly on Judaism, ethics and bioethics, comparative religious ethics, narrative ethics, environmental and animal ethics, among other topics. He was awarded an honorary degree from Wheaton College.

Joris Gielen is Assistant Professor at the Center for Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh (USA), and postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO). In his research he focuses on the influence of culture, religion, and spirituality on medical decision making in palliative care. Special areas of interest include the experiences of palliative care patients, their family members, physicians, and nurses in North India. Currently, this line of research is being expanded to also include South-Asian cancer patients living in the U.S. Besides a monograph (God in India: Diversity and Devotion in the Indian Religions [in Dutch]), he has published peer reviewed articles in journals such as Journal of Medical Ethics, Nursing Ethics, Journal of Palliative Care, and the Indian Journal of Palliative Care.

Soraj Hongladarom is Professor of Philosophy at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. He has published books and articles on such diverse issues as bioethics, computer ethics, and the roles that science and technology play in the culture of developing countries. His concern is mainly on how science and technology can be integrated into the life-world of the people in the so-called Third World countries, and what kind of ethical considerations can be obtained from such relation. A large part of this question concerns how information technology is integrated in the life-world of the Thai people, and especially how such integration is expressed in the use of information technology in education. He has organized the second and third Asia-Pacific Computing and Philosophy conferences at Chulalongkorn University in 2005 and 2007. His works have appeared in The Information Society, AI & Society, Philosophy in the Contemporary World, and Social Epistemology, among others.

Professor Gerard Magill was appointed as the the Vernon F. Gallagher Chair for the Integration of Science, Theology, Philosophy, and Law at Duquesne University in 2007. He is a tenured Professor in Duquesne University's Center for Healthcare Ethics. He completed his Ph.D. degree in theological ethics at Edinburgh University in Scotland (1987). Previously, he was the Executive Director, Department Chair, and tenured Professor in the Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University. Among his recent publications, his new book focuses on the Hermeneutics of the Imagination (2015), and he co-authored a book on Catholic Health Care Ethics (2013).

Henk ten Have is Director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, USA. He studied medicine and philosophy in the Netherlands, and he worked as professor in the Faculty of Medicine of the Universities of Maastricht and Nijmegen. From 2003 until 2010 he was Director of the Division of Ethics of Science and Technology at UNESCO, headquartered in Paris. His recent publications include Handbook of Global Bioethics (2014). He is currently working on the Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics (forthcoming in 2016). His new book Global Bioethics: An Introduction will appear in February 2016.

Kenneth Kipnis is professor of philosophy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In addition to teaching theoretical and practical ethics at all levels, he has served on and chaired hospital ethics committees, done on-the-floor clinical ethics consultation, served as an expert witness in ethics-related cases, chaired the University of Hawaii IRB, drafted health-related statutes in Hawaii, and developed ethics curricula for professional programs in nursing and medicine. He helped draft his university's standards and procedures for unethical misconduct in research and its policies on conflicts of interest in business-university partnerships. He was co-author of the Code of Ethics of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Visiting Senior Scholar at the American Medical Association's Institute for Ethics. He has chaired the American Philosophical Association Committee on Philosophy and Medicine and served as Executive Director of the American Section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy. He was commissioned by the National Bioethics Advisory Commission to prepare its report on vulnerability in research subjects and has written over 50 articles on legal ethics and issues arising in the organization and application of biomedical resources.