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Dr. Sulmasy and Prof. Akiba in the news

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Dr. Daniel Sulmasy has been named the new director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. Dr. Sulmasy is the André Hellegers professor of Biomedical Ethics. He is a professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and holds joint appointments at the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and the Department of philosophy in Georgetown College.

Dr. Sulmasy is a world renowned scholar and clinician in bioethics, with special attention to end-of-life decision making, informed consent for research, and spirituality in medicine.  He is the author or editor of seven books, most recently Physician assisted suicide and euthanasia: before, during, and after the Holocaust, The Healer's Calling (1997), Methods in Medical Ethics (2001; 2nd ed. 2010), The Rebirth of the Clinic (2006), A Balm for Gilead (2006), Safe Passage: A Global Spiritual Sourcebook for Care at the End of Life (2013), and Francis the Leper: Faith, Medicine, Theology, and Science (2014). He also serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.

He also serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.

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Professor Etsuko Akiba (Faculty of Economics, University of Toyama – Japan), and our Academician, has translated and revised the Japanese version of the book “Global Bioethics. An Introduction”, written by Prof. Henk ten Have. “At the end of this book – writes prof. Akiba to Abp. Vincenzo Paglia, in a letter accompanying the hard copy – I have added some comments of my own, presenting the mission of the PAV to promote Global Bioethics, which is a companion of personalist bioethics, and mentioning deep concern expressed by Prof. Sadako Ogatsa (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) in 2013 for the post-World War II Japanese who do not train themselves to look at the world from an international perspective and are not good at logical thinking, which is caused by the loss of their inner core”. In the letter, again, prof. Akiba underlines some of the difficulties faced in translating some concepts and terms of Western bioethics into Japanese.