Updated membership of our Academicians

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Vatican City, 27 January 2020. In view of the next Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life (26-28 February 2020), focused on the topic of Artificial Intelligence, the Press and Communications Office of the Pontifical Academy makes known the updated membership of the group of Academicians, divided into Ordinary, Honorary, Corresponding and Young.

The designation of Ordinary and Honorary Academicians is a prerogative of the Pope; the Board of Directors of the Pontifical Academy for Life appoints the Corresponding and Young Academicians for a period of five years, renewable twice more (Article 5 of the Statute).

The appointments made in the period 2018-2020 are as follows:

In 2018 Father Paolo Benanti, TOR, Professor of Moral Theology, Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Rome (Italy), was appointed Corresponding Member.

In 2019 the appointed new Corresponding Academicians were:

·         Charles Davis, Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg (Germany);

·         Jorge José Ferrer, Catedratico y Director, Instituto de Bioética Eugenio Maria de Hostos del Recinto de Ciencias Médicas de Puerto Rico;

·         Tamas Freund, Head of Department of Neurosciences, Peter Pazmany Catholic University of Budapest and Director of the Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences of Budapest (Hungary);

·         Colleen Gallagher, Executive Director, Clinical Ethics, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Huston (USA);

·         Cory Andrew Labrecque, Directeur del Programmes en étique appliquée, Université Laval, Quebec City (Canada);

·         Paulo de Tarso Ribeiro, Profesor do Curso de Direito do Centro de Ensino Superior do Estado do Parà – CESUPA (Brasil);

·         Stefano Semplici, Professore Ordinario per il Settore Scientifico Disciplinare di Filosofia Morale, Università di Roma “Tor Vergata” (Italy);

·         Jozef Welie, Professor of Health Care Ethics, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies Creighton University Omaha (USA).

In 2020 the new Academicians are:

Corresponding Member: Roberto Andorno, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich and Research Fellow at the University Institute of Biomedical Ethics and Medical History.

Among the Young Academicians:

  • Michael Wee, Education and Research Officer, The Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Associate Member, Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford (Great Britain);
  • MaryKatherine A. Brueck, Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University (USA);
  • Sara Dolcetti, Head of Business Development, Oncology: Spearhead partnerships and acquisitions for Philips for its oncology and genomics business (USA).

The President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Mons. Vincenzo Paglia, gave Prof. Stefano Semplici the task of coordinating the work of the Young Academicians.

With these appointments the total number of Academicians has risen to 163: 45 Ordinary Members, 3 Honorary Members, 98 Corresponding Members and 17 Young Researchers.

“Extending the number of Academicians, improving more and more the job that we are called upon to do – as Mons. Paglia said – is perfectly in line with Pope Francis’ purpose: a renewal which involves enlargement and deepening. The novelty of it is not obviously a change of topic: the Catholic doctrine, the evangelical wisdom on the immense gift of human life, must continue to profoundly inspire our commitment, to enlighten every aspect of the human experience and the culture of life. But the good tidings of the Gospel about human life is meant to be a source of inspiration and a theme for cultural, political and social dialogue, also and above all with those who beg to differ but have at heart life and human society, just like we do”.

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Vatican City, 27 January 2020