Speakers

Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Agius is the former Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Malta. He studied philosophy and theology at undergraduate (S.Th.B.) and postgraduate (S.Th.L.) levels at the University of Malta and then at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, where he obtained an M.A. in philosophy and S.Th.D. He pursued post-doctoral research in the field of bioethics at the University of Tübingen, Germany as a fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Stiftung, at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. as a Fulbright scholar, and at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, U.S.A. He is professor of Moral Theology and Philosophical Ethics at the University of Malta. He is the former Head of the Department of Moral Theology at Faculty of Theology, since 2005 a member of the European Group of Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) and a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Prof. Agius is the author and co-editor of several publications. Several of his articles on bioethical issues, marriage, sexuality and the environment have appeared in a number of peer-reviewed international academic journals.
Rossanna Alloni is the head of the Surgical Unit at the Department of General Surgery at the Universita Campus Bio-Medico teaching hospital, serving as Deputy Medical Director of the hospital between 2011 and 2013, and becoming Clinical Director of the same hospital in 2013. She is a manager of the joint Commission for the International Accreditation team in the UCBM hospital, as well as a member of the UCBM Committee for clinical trial evaluation and of the Bioethical Service the same teaching hospital. Prof. Alloni is also a leader of a team in the international volunteering programme  UCBM Workcamp Peru, with more than twenty years of experience in international workcamps with students and residents in social and healthcare programmes.
Jorge Alberto Alvarez Diaz is a member of the National System of Researchers of CONACYT. Physician. Master of Sciences in Human Sexuality and Doctor in Neuroscience. Specialist in fundamental bioethics, Specialist in clinical bioethics, Specialist in ethics of biomedical and psychosocial research. Master in history of science, Master in bioethics, Doctor in socio-health sciences and medical humanities specialized in bioethics, with a Postdoctoral fellow in bioethics. Manuel Velasco Suárez Award for Excellence in Bioethics 2007, granted by PAHO / WHO. Mark S. Ehrenreich Prize in Healthcare Ethics Research 2014, awarded by the International Association of Bioethics and The Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics at the University of Southern California. Member of the: Mexican National Academy of Sciences, Arts, Technology and Humanities; Mexican National Academy of Bioethics; Royal Academy of Medicine and Surgery of Valladolid; Very Illustrious Academy of Science, Technology, Education and Humanities (Valencia, Spain); Royal Academy of Medicine and Surgery of Cádiz; Royal Academy of Medicine and Surgery of Galicia. More than a hundred specialized publications.
Franco Balzaretti graduated in Medicine and Surgery and proceeded to specialise in Vascular Surgery (University of Milan) and in Accident and Emergency Surgery (University of Pavia). He was the Director of the Accident and Emergency Department at the Provincial Hospital of Vercelli until 2009 after which he became the Director of the Week and Day Surgery at the NHS (Vercelli). Since 2004, Prof. Balzaretti has been a Supervisor/Examiner for the professional warrant of new graduates in medicine. He founded and was segretary of the Ethical Committe of the NHS at Vercelli (until 2001) and is the National Vice President of the Italian Association for Catholic Doctors. Prof. Balzaretti has also been a member of the CEI National Consultation on Pastoral Health care (until 2017) and, in 2000, was appointed a permanent member of the  Comitato Medico Internazionale di Lourdes (CMIL). Prof. Balzaretti has also authored 100 publications and 7 books. 

Claudia Bartolo Tabone is a State Registered Biomedical Scientist.  After spending a number of years working in the Clinical Chemistry and Endocrinology Laboratories, in 2014 she received training in Andrology at the University of Leuven.  She is currently the Allied Health Practitioner in charge of the Diagnostic Andrology Laboratorywithin Mater Dei Hospital.  Claudia also holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Theology from the University of Malta.  While reading for this Degree, she discovered a special interest in Moral Theology and Bioethics, and submitted a Dissertation titled, “The Principle of Subsidiarity and Human Embryonic Research in Europe.”  Most recently,  Claudia read for a Master of Arts in Bioethics and graduated Summa cum Laude in 2018 after defending her thesis titled, “The Intersex Child: An Ethical Approach to Holistic Care”. She continues to research Intersex issues, particularly Intersex Ethics and Intersex Rights.

Guenda Bernegger was born in Lugano, Switzerland. She studied philosophy in Lausanne and Berlin. She holds a Master's Degree in Medical Humanities at the University of Insubria and a Master’s Degree in Social and Community Theatre at the University of Turin. She currently teaches Ethics and works as a researcher at the Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). Furthermore, she is editor-in-chief of the rivista per le Medical Humanities (www.rivista-rmh.ch), published by the Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale of the Canton of Ticino, Switzerland, and the president of the Swiss Philosophical Society. She is vice-president and one of the co-founders of the European Society of Aesthetics and Medicine and deputy-head of the Institute for Social Aesthetics & Mental Health of the Sigmund Freud University Berlin. She has been sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation, by the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, as well as by the Canton of Ticino to conduct research in the fields of medical anthropology, of narrative medicine and of Medical Humanities.
Born in Tradate (VA), Ernesto Bruno graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1988 with a mark of 110/110 and honors. He furthered his study in Otolaryngology and was the winner of the national competition for qualifications and exams to a position as technical collaborator at the Chair of Otolaryngology Clinic of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" holding this position from October 1993 to October 1998.In November 1998, having won the national competition for qualifications and exams for researcher in the disciplinary sector F15B, at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", he took up service with this qualification. Since 2001 he has been confirmed in the role (MED 32).Prof. Bruno was eligible in the comparative evaluation procedure for a post of Professor of the II bracket MED 32 at the University of Sassari with Rectoral decree of March 2006 and was called to fill this position at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" taking service on 01/01/2007. Subsequently, he obtained the change of disciplinary sector, merging into the Med / 31 Otolaryngology, to which he is currently assigned. In 2016 he assumed the position of Director of the School of Specialization in Otolaryngology of the University of Rome Tor Vergata which he still holds.Prof. Bruno has participated in numerous theoretical and practical courses and workshops and in over 150 national and international conferences, of which the original certificates are preserved. Scientific activity is evidenced by the participation as speaker at around 150 national and international conferences (on many occasions by invitation). He is also the author of over 120 full-length publications, a significant part of which in international journals featuring Impact Factors.
Carlo Calleja was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Malta in 2015. After completing his undergraduate and licentiate studies in theology at the University of Malta, he obtained his Doctorate in Sacred Theology in Christian ethics from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in 2020. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in the health sciences. His academic interests include, among others,virtue ethics, Catholic social teaching, bioethics and biopolitics.
Rev. Dr Charlo' Camilleri O.Carm. read History of Art, Philosophy, and Theology at the University of Malta from where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Arts (1997) and Sacred Theology (2000). He then specialized his studies in Pastoral Theology and graduated with a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (2002). He furthered his studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome reading for a Diploma in an Interdisciplinary Course for Formators (2004) and also for a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (2007). At present, he forms part of the Department of Moral Theology at the University of Malta where his lectures specialize in Spiritual Theology, Consecrated Life, and Gender Issues. From 2008-2018 he served as Executive Director of the Carmelite Institute Malta promoting research and study of Spirituality and Mysticism. Camilleri has also been invited many a time to deliver conferences abroad on these areas. He is still member of the Board of Directors of the same Institute and member of the Akkademja tal-Malti. Author of various peer-reviewed articles and books, Rev. Camilleri's latest works include various areas of St M. Magdalene de Pazzi's mysticism as well as his first collection of poems entitled "Tattwaggi". Rev. Dr Camilleri was appointed Research Fellow at the Bloemfontein Free State University, South Africa and is currently a member of the International Editorial Board of 'Carmel in the World' a spirituality journal for the laity. He is also enrolled with Spiritual Directors Europe.
Flavia Caretta graduated in Medicine and Surgery and went on to specialise in gerontology and geriatrics. She is the Coordinator of the Center for Research, Promotion and Development of Geriatric Care at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome and is a Top-level Executive at the Department of Geriatrics, Neuroscience and Orthopaedics at the  Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli in Rome. Prof. Caretta is also responsible for Continuing Medical Education at the Gemelli, at the Center for Center for Research, Promotion and Development of Geriatric Care at the National Department of Health and coordinates several training courses aimed at forming Geriatric Care Professionals in several Italian Regions. She also lectures in the Doctoral Program at the International Institute of Pastoral Theology of Health, Doctoral Program (Lateran University) and in the Master Degree Program "The Care at the End of Life: Medical Aspect,  Ethics, Organization, Continuity of Care" at the Sacred Heart University,  Rome. Prof. Caretta is also President of the International Association "Health, Dialogue, Culture", Rome and member of the Italian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology Study Group on "The care during the terminal phase of life." She has participated in numerous international committees on the elderly and is the author of numerous publications and articles on the subject of geriatrics and gerontology.
Rosa Caron is a Psychoanalyst lecturing in psychopathology and clinical psychology at the University of Lille 3 and the University of Paris Diderot. She is also a member of the Psychoanalysis, Medicine and Societies Research Center (CRPMS) within the University of Paris Diderot since 2010. Her research interests include: the experience of death and the elderly, psychopathology of the elderly, trauma psychopathology, research methodologies in psychoanalysis and phenomenology, and the subjective experience of disease.
Emanuele Caroppo, Ph. D., is a Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst and is a member of the Italian Society of Psychoanalysis. He is Professor of Psychiatry and Social and Community Psychology at the School of Specialization in Psychiatry and in the Degree programme in Hearing Aid Sciences of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. At the latter university, he is also Secretary General of the University Research Center ‘Health Human Care and Social Intercultural Assessments.’
Annamaria Colao graduated in Medicine and Surgery at Università di Napoli "Federico II" and specialised in endocrinology, obttaining a doctorate through research on endocrine disorders. A full professor in Endocrinology, she is the Director of the Endocrine and Metablolic unit at the Universita Federico II di Napoli; Director of the Centre for Endocrine Rare Disoreders approved by the Italian Ministry of Health; Italian Coordinate for the netwoerk on rare diseases set up by the European commision, and director of the Centre of excellence on Obesity. Rated among the best 100 italian scientists, ranking in the 25th place and holding the first place in endocrinology, she is among the top three female Italian scientists, with over 800 scientific articles, and more than 100 chapters, monographs or books, and having been cited more than 42 thousand times. Prof. Colao has been awarded various prizes, the latest being in 2019 by the International Organization for Diplomatic Relations in recognition of her prestigious medical research.
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Fulvio De Nigris is a professional journalist who worked in the Press Office of the Municipality of Bologna, writing in local and national newspapers and periodicals on social and cultural aspects. He currently writes on "Avvenire". In 1998, after the death of his son Luca, in a coma for a long time and cared for in Austria thanks to a call for solidarity, together with the association "Luca's friends" he promoted the creation in Italy of the "Casa dei Risvegli Luca De Nigris”, an innovative centre of the Local Health Authority of Bologna for assistance and research, unique in its kind in Europe. He has participated with reports in many conferences both in Italy and abroad on issues related to bioethics, disabilities and consciousness disorders. Dr De Nigris is director of the Coma Research Research Center and member of the "National Observatory on the condition of people with disabilities". Since 1999, he organizes the "Day of Awakenings for Coma Research". He is also a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy.
Massimo Donà, philosopher and jazz musician, was born in Venice on 29 October 1957, and is an ordinary professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy within the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan. Among his latest publications, one notes: L’angelo musicante. Caravaggio e la musica (Mimesis, Milano-Udine 2014), La filosofia di Miles Davis (Mimesis, 2015), Teomorfica. Sistema di estetica (Bompiani,  2015), Senso e origine della domanda filosofica (Mimesis 2015), Tutto per nulla. La filosofia di William Shakespeare (Bompiani 2016), Pensieri bacchici. Vino tra filosofia, letteratura, arte e politica (Saletta dell’Uva, 2016), Di un’ingannevole bellezza. Le “cose” dell’arte, Bompiani-Giunti, Milano 2018), Dell’acqua (La nave di Teseo, Milano 2019). Miracolo naturale. Leonardo e la “Vergine delle rocce” (Mimesis, Milano 2019), Di qua, di là. Ariosto e la filosofia dell’Orlando furioso, La nave di Teseo, Milano 2020.
Fabio Gabrielli is Professor of Philosophy at the School of Management within the Jean Monnet University, Bari, Italy and a Visiting Professor at the PWSTE University of Jaroslaw (Poland). He is also a Member of the international scientific committee of the Quantum Paradigms of Psychopathology (QPP) - European section and a Member of the Scientific Board of the Aracne publishing house in Rome for the Neo-existential Anthropology series. Prof. Gabrielli is also Honorary National President of the non-profit organisation CCSVI in Multiple Sclerosis.
Ranier Fsadni is a member of the Department of Anthropological Sciences, where he teaches with special reference to politics and the contemporary Arab world. He has served as Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malta on Mediterranean and Maritime Affairs, Member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Maritime Policy, Director Operations of the European Commission-League of Arab States Liaison Office, Chairman of the Academy for the Development of a Democratic Environment (Malta), and Member of the Editorial Working Group of the Journal of Mediterranean Studies. 
Marianna Gensabella is full professor of moral philosophy at the University of Messina. Among her bioethical books published with Rubbettino one finds: Tra autonomia e responsabilità. Percorsi di bioetica, 2000; Vulnerabilità e cura. Bioetica ed esperienza del limite, 2008; and Il corpo della madre. Per una bioetica della maternità, 2018. She has also edited Alle frontiere della vita. Eutanasia ed etica del morire, vol.2, 2001-2003; Il paziente, il medico e l’arte della cura, 2005; Tecnica e procreazione, 2005; Le sfide dell’ingegneria genetica, 2006, Il bene salute, 2011; Vedere la disabilità, 2014; Donne, bioetica e cittadinanza, 2017; and Identità di genere e differenza sessuale, 2017. She has also co-edited, together with Antonio Ruggeri, Rinuncia alle cure e testamento biologico, Giappichelli 2010. Prof. Gensabella is a member of the National Bioethics Committee and president of the Sicilian Section of the Italian Institute of Bioethics and of the Center for Bioethical Studies of the University of Messina.
Pasquale Giustiniani is Full Professor of Theoretical Philosophy in the St Thomas Aquinas section of the Faculty of Theology of Southern Italy in Naples and member of the Governing Council of the Interuniversity Center for Bioethical Research, which coordinates the bioethical research of all universities of Campania. His recent publications include: with L. Parente, Diritti umani e diritti dell’ambiente. Verso nuovi confronti, edizioni Mimesis, Udine 2020; Soldi e preghiere. Attualità economico-teologica di Antonio Genovesi, Rubbettino editore, Soveria Mannelli (Cz) 2020.
Pietro Grassi read Philosophy (BA, MA, PhD), Theology (BA, MA) and Psychology and Neuroscience (Certificate, Diploma and MA), and then furthered his studies in Bioethics, Migration and Psychopathology, and in the History of Medicine. Having studied in Rome, Ljubljana, Geneva and Paris, he now lectures at the ISSR at the Apollinare, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and in the Master of Bioethics programmes at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute of Theology, the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, and the Institute of Bioethics and Medical Humanities in Rome. Prof. Grassi is a member of the scientific committee of Rivista Italia Etica, being responsible for the Philosophical Sciences Sector. He is also Professor of Theology at the Center for Laity, ISSR Ecclesia Mater, and at the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome. He is the author of several texts, including the latest Viaggio intorno alla bioetica: tra cinema e scienza (Ed. Tau: Perugia, 2019) which he co-edited with Ray Zammit and Elena Toniato.
Prof. Jankovic graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 1977. In 1981, he obtained a specialization in Paediatrics, then in Haematology in 1984 and in Anaesthesia and Resuscitation in 1988. Between 1994 to 2016, Prof. Jankovic was Head of the Paediatric Day Hospital Simple Operative Unit. He was also Medical Doctor at Monza Hospital from 1982 until his retirement in 2016. He is currently responsible for the psychosocial activity of the Center within the MBBM Foundation. He was President of the Italian Association of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology (AIEOP) in the two-year period 2002-2004. He was a Free Contract Professor in Paediatrics (1984-2002 and from 2007 to date) and a Visiting Research Physician at the University of Chicago (February-July 1988). Prof. Jankovic is Honorary Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Niš (Serbia) since 2004 and an Honorary Professor of the Serbian Medical Academy of Belgrade (Serbia) since 2009. He has been a member of the Bioethics Committee of the National Tumor Institute of Milan since 2010. He was awarded the Ambrogino d'Oro , the main civic merit of the Municipality of Milan, in 7 December 2010 and the Giovannino d'Oro Award, the main civic merit of the Municipality of Monza, in 24 June 2017.
Professor Jerumanis is a Full Professor of Moral Theology at the Faculty of Theology in Lugano, where he teaches fundamental moral theology and bioethics. He is the director of the Hans Urs von Balthasar Study Center of the same Faculty. Born on May 27, 1956 in Leuven, Belgium, he first graduated in medicine from the University of Leuven (1982), and then read for a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy (Leuven, 1983). Following theology studies in Leuven, Fribourg and Rome, Prof. Jerumanis was ordained a priest in 1985 and pursued doctoral studies in moral theology at the Accademia Alphonsiana (Lateran University, 1988). He is a member of the Hypsosis theological research group of the Accademia Alphonsiana (Lateran), as well as a member of the Bioethics Commission of the Swiss Episcopal Conference. Between 2004 to 2012 he served as a member of the Bioethics Committee of the Lugano Clinic in Lugano. Since 2016, he is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology. He has published several writings in the field of fundamental moral theology and bioethics.
David Le Breton is professor of sociology at the University of Strasbourg, and member of the Institut Universitaire de France. Among his books translated into Italian, one finds: Ridere. Antropologia dell’homo ridens (Cortina); Fuggire da se. Una tentazione contemporanea (Raffaello Cortina); Esperienze del dolore. Fra distruzione e rinascità (Raffaello Cortina); Il sapore del mondo. Un’antropologia dei sensi (Raffaello Cortina); Dizionario dell’adolescenza e della giovinezza (LAS); La sociologia del rischio (Mimesis); Il mondo a piedi. Elogio della marcia (Feltrinelli); La pelle e la traccia. Sulle ferite del sé (Meltemi); Antropologia del dolore (Meltemi); Antropologia del corpo e modernità (Giuffré); Passione del rischio (Gruppo Abele).
Pierre Mallia is Professor of Clinical Ethics and Patients’ Rights. He also works in the department of Family Medicine and is Coordinator of the Bioethics Research Programme of the University of Malta. He is chairman of Malta’s National Bioethics Consultative Committee and the Health Ethics Committee of the Department of Health. He represents Malta on the Bioethics Committee of the Council of Europe (DH-BIO). He is visiting professor at Claude Bernard University of Lyon, France and at the moment is the Coordinator of the Erasmus+ project EndCare. Amongst his work is a Springer-Nature publication on the Nature of the Doctor Patient Relationship. His main interests lie in neuroethics, genetics, new technologies, end of life care, and philosophy of medicine.
Giovanni Mamo completed his medical studies at the University of Manchester. He worked at the University of Birmingham Medical School Hospital where he obtained his Specialization in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. As a Consultant in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Malta and Gozo hospitals, his special interests are in Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery. He read for a Postgraduate Diploma in Bioethics and is currently reading for a Masters in Spirituality. He presented papers in various International and National Gynaecological Conferences. He worked as a Tutor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Liverpool and later as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Malta.
Stefano Martinotti graduated in medicine and surgery at the University “La Sapienza” (Rome) and then obtained certification from the International Federation for Chemical Chemistry to practise Laboratory Medicine in Europe. A Post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Biology, Yale University (New Haven, CT, USA) between 1986 and 1988, he was also awarded a Post-doctoral Fellowship by the European Molecular Biology Organization. Prof. Martinotti was Visiting Professor at the Irvine Genetic Cancer Center in Columbia University (1997-1999) and an Associate Professor of Molecular Pathology at the Department of Experimental Medicine, University of L’Aquila (1992-2000). Currently, he is Full Professor of Clinical Pathology at the University of Chieti as well as the Director of the Predictive Medicine and Clinical Pathology Unit, Center of Excellence on Aging, CeSI, at the same University, and the Director of Clinical Pathology within the Department of Medical, Oral Sciences and Biotechnology.Prof. Martinotti is also a member of the Società Italiana di Biochimica Clinica e Biologia Molecolare (SIBIOC), the National Coordinator of Molecular Diagnostics and Predictive Medicine, Società di Medicina di Laboratorio (SiMeL) (since 2001) as well as the Cofounder of the European Society for Predictive Medicine EUSPM (2004). Between 2004-2008 he was appointed a reviewer at Comitato Italiano per la Valutazione della Ricerca (CIVR) by the Italian Ministry responsible for Universities and since 2006 is a member of the International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology Editorial Board. He has been awarded numerous grants for research and holds a medical device patent for a molecular kit regarding COX-2 polymorphism for the prediction of stroke (2004). Prof. Martinotti has also been invited to about 80 International Congresses and is the author of numerous pubblications in peer reviewed acadmic journals, having a total impact factor of >300 and an H Index of 25.
Alessandro Etrusco Mastinu obtained a degree in Medicine and Surgery (1988, Pavia University) and then pursued his studies by reading for a Postgraduate degree in Infectious Diseases (1993, Pavia University); an Advanced Course in Tropical Medicine (1994, Brescia University); an Advanced Course in Pediatric Infectious Diseases (1998, Florence University); a postgraduate degree in Health Statistics, Planning and Health Organization (2002, Pavia University); and a Postgraduate degree in Airways Diseases (2012, Turin University). He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Sciences (2020, ISSR at the Apollinar, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome). He has worked as a physician within the Infectious Diseases Department (1990-2006) and within the Respiratory Diseases Department (2006-present) with the local NHS in Asti, and since 2002 lectures at the University of Turin, University of Oriental Piedmont. Since 2016, Dr Mastinu is also a Senior researcher within the In.Crea.Se research group (Innovation Creativity Setting), Intangibles, social dynamics, health and society section, from May 2016 to present and is the author of several scientific publications in the medical and bioethical field. Dr Mastinu was also ordained a Deacon (Roman Catholic Church) in 2018.
Professor Janet Mifsud is a member of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Malta and a Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society. Her area of expertise is in the pharmacology of drugs used in epilepsy, pharmacotoxicology, gender and science and ethical issues in health. She is a Fulbright Scholar and is involved in several EU wide research projects related to epilepsy, gender and science and toxicology. She was formerly Vice-President (Europe) International Bureau for Epilepsy and was appointed International Ambassador for Epilepsy in 2019. She has a degree in Theology, a member on University and national ethics committees and has been chosen several times by the European Commission to contribute as external ethics expert evaluator for Horizon 2020 projects. She is a member of the Malta Foundation for Social Well Being and was also a board member of the Malta Council for Science and Technology for several years. She has published extensively in her area of expertise.
Ruth Mifsud Mamo is a full time Lecturer in Philosophy at The Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School, Naxxar , and was formerly a part time Lecturer of Philosophy at the  Junior College, affiliated to the University of Malta. She read for an MA in  Philosophy at  Heythrop College, University of London after reading for a BA (Hons.) in  Philosophy with Communication Studies at the  University of Malta.  Her Research Interests include Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, and Logic.  She has been involved in the Young Christian Workers organization as well as in summer work camps to help children and youths. She is presently active in CAM youths, a voluntary organization of youths helping with the Maltese Missionary Society of Saint Paul.
Chiara Moretti holds a PhD in Sociology and Human Sciences (Anthropological-linguistic curriculum) from the University of Strasbourg, in co-tutorship with the University of Perugia. Member of the Italian Society of Medical Anthropology (SIAM), of the Italian Society of Applied Anthropology (SIAA) and of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), Chiara Moretti has carried out research in medical anthropology focused on complex chronic and painful conditions on which she has written and published several scientific articles and monographs, including Il dolore illegittimo. Un’etnografia della sindrome fibromialgica, Edizioni ETS, 2009. Her latest publication is Il senso della colpa ai tempi del Covid 19, Nottetempo, 2020.
Rolando Paterniti graduated in Medicine and surgery and then went on to specialise in Psychiatry, cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, sexology and Criminology and Forensic Psychiatry. He is currently the Director of the Unità Operativa di Psichiatria Forense e Criminologia Clinica della Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Careggi, Firenze and the Scientific Coordinator of the Master di II livello in Psichiatria, Psicopatologia Forense e Criminologia offered by the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the Università degli Studi di Firenze. Apart from his lecturing in Firenze and at the Università di Milano 2, Prof. Paterniti has been called as an expert witness in front of various Italian courts, and is the author of over 50 publications related to psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, criminology and psychotherapy as well as three didactic videos related to psychiatric rehabilitation. .e is also National President of the Centri Diurni in Psichiatria Association, as well as regional counsellor for the Società Italiana di Riabilitazione Psicosociale as well as member of the board of directors of the Società Italiana di Psichiatria Forense and the Società Italiana di Criminologia. 
After studying literature, philosophy and Latin, Marcel Rufo enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine in Marseille, completing the internship at the Marseille hospitals in 1969. He became Assistant Head of Clinic in 1975 and Associate Professor of child and adolescent psychiatry in 1982. In 1999 he created the Arthur Space, a unit for teenagers which was inaugurated in the presence of Mrs Bernadette Chirac and Jean-Luc Lagardère. Its activity was essentially clinical, consisting of consultations with children and their parents of all ages. From 2004 to 2007, he took over the medical management of the Solenn-House of Adolescents in Cochin, on the direction of Mrs Bernadette Chirac. In September 2007, he returned to Marseille as Head of Espace Arthur and set up a Mediterranean area of adolescence of which he has been medical director since 2010. Since 2016, Prof. Rufo runs a care unit for teenagers, "The Passage", located in the suburbs of Marseille, welcoming middle and high school students. He is assisted by two of his collaborators and friends, Dr.  Richard  Dermardirossian  and Dr.  Jean-Paul  Estorges. Prof. Rufo is Professor Emeritus at Aix-Marseille University, but continues to teach and lecture nationally and internationally. In addition to his work as a child psychiatrist, he is the author of numerous books, as well as presenting various TV and Radio shows on children and adolescents.
Francesco Scalfari graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Turin and obtained his doctorate in Anthropological Sciences at the University of Florence. He is adjunct professor at the Department of Law and Political, Economic and Social Sciences of the University of Eastern Piedmont and at University of Turin where he delivers lectures in the programme of studies leading to the Degree in Motor and Sport Activity Sciences. He has co-authored and co-edited works on integrated anthropology, global bioethics and on the figure and work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Prof. Scalfari is also Director of the University Campus of Asti Rita Levi-Montalcini (www.uni-astiss.eu), in Asti and is also a collaborator with Ethica (www.ethicaforum.it).
Dr Christopher Sciberras works as a Consultant Community Paediatrician specializing in Neuro-Developmental Paediatrics. He read for his sub-specialization at the University of Warwick, in UK. He is the Senior Paediatrician looking after children suffering from disabilities attending normal and special schools. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Paediatric Department at the University of Malta Medical School.
Dr Clarissa Sciberras works as medical doctor at Mater Dei University Hospital, Malta after completing her medical studies at the University of Malta. She has had part of her undergraduate training at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, England. She was actively involved in the organization of the Medical Students Association. She is currently working on her Foundation Programme portfolio, and has a special interest in Paediatric Neurology.
Meryem Sellami is a socio-anthropologist lecturing in the Sociology Department at the University of Tunis. Her research focuses on the questions of gender, body and the risk behaviours of adolescents and teenagers. Dr Sellami is the author of «Adolescentes voilées. Du corps souillé au corps sacré », PUL/Hermann, Québec/Paris, 2014, and co-author of « Jeunes et djihadisme. Les conversions interdites »,  PUL/Hermann, Québec/Paris, 2016. 
Tiziana Stobbione is an Adjunct professor at the Asti School of Medicine, University of Turin (October 2004 till the present). After reading for a degree in Religious Sciences in Rome, she obtained a Master’s degree in Nursing and Midwifery Sciences (University of Turin); a Masters in Management and Coordination of Nursing Functions (Unitelma-Sapienza University, Rome); and a Masters in Bioethics (Theological University of Northern Italy, Turin). She also holds a PhD in Organizational and Management Sciences from the Faculty of Sociology, Catholic University of Milan. Since 2016, Prof. Stobbione is Senior researcher within the In.Crea.Se research group (Innovation Creativity Setting), Intangibles, social dynamics, health and society section. She is also responsible for the First Level of Training in Counselling skills and delivers a course on "Professional Communication and counseling in emergency interventions", organized by the Italian Society of Systemic Counseling (SICIS) and the CHANGE Institute of Turin. Prof. Stobbione is also Director of Pastoral Health Care within the Diocese of Asti.
Mark Sultana is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Malta. He was an doctoral research visitor at Campion Hall, University of Oxford (2004-2005), gained a Doctorate in Philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 2005, and was awarded the Premio Bellarmino by the Pontificia Universita’ Gregoriana for the best thesis submitted that year. In 2005, he began lecturing in philosophy and theology at the University of Malta. In 2008 he was also appointed Director of the Pastoral Formation Institute and Prefect of Studies at the Archbishop’s Seminary. He is currently full member of the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts where his interests are metaphysics, philosophical anthropology and philosophical theology, and is also residential spiritual director at the Archbishop’s Seminary. Other academic interests touch upon bioethics, business ethics, and the philosophy of economics. He has been a guest lecturer and keynote speaker at various tertiary institutions and conferences and has published in Heythrop Journal, Forum Philosophicum, New Blackfriars, Teresa, and Melita Theologica.
Elena Toniato graduated in biology from the University La Sapienza in Rome, proceeding to join the PhD program in Experimental Medicine at the same university. She was accepted as a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University, and was also a research associate at the Department of Experimental Medicine at the University of Aquila. She is currently Associate Professor of General Pathology at the Department of Medical, Oral and Biotechnology Sciences at the University of Chieti where she is also Director of the Genomic Unit in the Center of Excellence on Aging. Prof. Toniato is the Principle Investigator in a Molecular Pathology and Immunology Lab and has been the scientific director or co-director of various studies and has published numerous papers in prestigious scientific journals. Apart from her biomedical training, Prof. Toniato also attended courses on Bioethical and Philosophical Studies at the Santa Croce Pontifical University, Rome.
Psychologist, Jungian Analyst, Master in Clinical Psychology and Postgraduate in Philosophy. Professor and coordinator of the postgraduate course in Jungian Clinical Psychology. President Director of the Jungian Institute of RS. Member of the Editorial Board of the Jungian Notebooks (magazine of the Jungian Association of Brazil).
Raymond Zammit is a Senior Lecturer in Social and Professional Ethics at the University of Malta. He read for a BA in Philosophy and Psychology and then pursued theological studies in Malta, graduating with a licentiate in Pastoral Theology. He then furthered his postgraduate studies at the Academia Alfonsiana (Lateran University, Rome) where he obtained a Licentiate in Moral Theology with a specialization in bioethics, submitting a dissertation entitled Eugenics: Past, Present and Future (2002). Doctoral research was pursued both at the Alfonsiana and at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics (Georgetown University, Washington, DC) where he was accepted as a research scholar (2004). In January 2006, he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on Children's Right to Participate in Medical Decision Making. Currently, he teaches a number of courses on social and professional ethics, bioethics, business ethics, ethics in criminal justice, and food ethics. Between 2008 and 2013, he was also a member of Malta's national Bioethics Consultative Committee. He was also a member of Cost Action IS1201: Disaster Bioethics (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). Dr Zammit currently chairs the Professional Ethics Platform at the Faculty of Theology. He is a member of the Health Ethics Committee of the Department of Health as well as a member of the Bioethics Reflection Group of COMECE.Dr Zammit’s latest works include two books which he published in 2019, the first edited together with P. Grassi and E. Toniato entitled Viaggio intorno all bioetica: Tra scienza e cinema and the other entitled Contemporary Issues in Bioethics which he edited together with Prof. Emmanuel Agius.

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