Pontifical Academy for Life

Who we are

ACADEMY MEMBERS

There are Ordinary Members appointed by the Pope for life and Corresponding Members chosen by the Governing council for five years. When Ordinary Members turn 80, they become Honorary Members. All of the members have expertise in different fields of biomedical sciences and related disciplines.

Members: 45     Go to:  

 
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Akiba

Etsuko

Professor of Criminal Law, University of Toyama

Nationality: Japanese

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Anderson

Carl Albert

Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus;
Vice president of the Washington session of the Pontificial John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family

Nationality: USA

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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BIGGAR

Nigel

Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, and Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life, at the University of Oxford

Nationality: British

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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H. E. Msgr.

Bochatey

Alberto Germán

O.S.A.

Auxiliary Bishop of La Plata (Argentina) Headmaster, Institute for Marriage and Family, Catholic University of Argentina, Buenos Aires

Nationality: Argentinian

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Rev.

CHIODI

Maurizio

Professor of Moral Theology, Superior Insitute of Religious Sciences, Bergamo, and Theological University of Northern Italy, Milan, Italy;
Spiritual Assistant at the Centro Volontari della Sofferenza in Bergamo, Italy

Nationality: Italian

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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H. E. Msgr.

CHOMALI GARIB

Fernando

Archbishop of Concepción (Chile)

Nationality: Chilean

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Rev.

Colombo

Roberto

Professore di Neurobiologia e Genetica Umana, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano; Direttore del Centro per lo Studio delle Malattie Ereditarie Rare, Ospedale Niguarda Ca' Granda, Milano; già membro del Comitato Nazionale di Bioetica, Roma (Italia).

Nationality: Italian

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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D’Agostino

Francesco

Professor of Philosophy of Law, Tor Vergata University, Rome

Nationality: Italian

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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DALLAPICCOLA

Bruno

Scientific Director "Bambino Gesù" Pediatric Hospital, Rome;
Member of the Italian National Council for Bioethics;
Member of the Italian National Committee for Biosecurity, Biotechnologies and Life Sciences;
Member of the Italian Superior Health Council

Nationality:

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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De Irala Estevez

Jokin

Professor of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine and Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

Nationality: Spanish and USA

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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H.Em. Card.

Eijk

Willem

Archbishop of Utrecht

Nationality: Dutch

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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FARAG

Mounir Abdel Messih Shehata

Associate Professor of Strategies & Health System Strengthening - Francophone University Senghor, Alexandria (Egypt)
Regional Adviser Health System Strengthening (retired) WHO/EMRO
Founder & Manager, St Joseph Institute for the Family, Bioethics & ProVita - Egypt
Prof. of Bioethics Oriental Institute /Giza/Egypt

Nationality: Egyptian

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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H.E. Msgr.

Fisher

Anthony

O.P.

Archbishop of Sydney, Professor of Moral Theology and Bioethics, John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Melbourne Adjunct Professor of Bioethics and Moral Theology, University of Notre Dame, Sydney

Nationality: Australian

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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FOLEY

Kathleen

Attending Neurologist in the Pain and Palliative Care Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center;
Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Clinical Pharmacology, Weill Cornell Medicine of Cornell University

Nationality:

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Rev.

Gil Lopes

Aníbal

Full Professor of Physiology, Carlos Chagas Filho Biophysics Institute, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Nationality: Brazilian

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Grześkowiak

Alicja

Professor Emeritus of Criminal Law, Catholic University “John Paul II”, Lublin
Professor KPSW in Bydgoszcz.

Nationality: Polish

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Guerra López

Rodrigo

President, Center for Advanced Social Research, Santiago de Querétaro

Nationality: Mexican

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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HAAS

John

President, The National Catholic Bioethics Center, Philadelphia

Nationality: USA

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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HADDAD

Mohamed

Professor of Arab Civilization and Comparative Religion, University of Carthage - Higher Institute of Languages, Tunis

Nationality:

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Keown

John

Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington DC

Nationality: British

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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KORNARAKIS

Kostantinos

Professor of Christian Ethics, Department of Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Nationality: Greek

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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LE BLANC

Katarina

Assistant Head, Division of Clinical Immunology and Transfusion Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm;
Professor, Hematology Center of Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Stockholm

Nationality:

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Lé Mené

Jean-Marie

President, Fondation Jérôme Lejeune, Paris

Nationality: French

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Lejeune

Alain

Honorary Professor of Deontology and Pharmaceutical Legislation, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium Member of the Académie Nationale de Pharmacie (France)

Nationality: Belgian

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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LÓPEZ BARAHONA

Mónica

Academic Director, Biosciences Study Centre, Madrid;
President of the Spanish Delegation of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation;
Director of the Foundation’s Jérôme Lejeune Chair of Bioethics, Madrid

Nationality: Spanish

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Luts

Ivan

Director, Medical College at the Lviv National Medical University;
President, Ukrainian Association of Catholic Physicians

Nationality: Ukrainian

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Lütz

Manfred

Head Physician, Alexanier Infirmary, Cologne-Porz

Nationality: German

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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H.E. Msgr.

Nlandu Mayi

Daniel

Bishop of Matadi;
Chairman, Board of Directors of the Diocesan Life Education Service;
Member, Board of Directors of the Catholic University of the Congo, Kinshasa

Nationality: Congolese

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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PELLETIER

Anne-Marie

Professor of Sacred Scripture, Bible and Liturgy, Seminary of Paris; Professor of Philosophical and Biblical Anthropology, Studium Théologique Inter-monastères (France)

Nationality:

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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PESSINA

Adriano

Full Professor of Moral Philosophy, Director of the Center for Bioethics, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan

Nationality: Italian

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Msgr.

Rodríguez Luño

Angel

Professor of Fundamental Moral Theology, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome

Nationality: Spanish

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Serani Merlo

Alejandro

Director, Centro de Bioética, Facultad de Medicina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chilean

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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H.E. Msgr.

Simard

Noël

Bishop of Valleyfield;
Francophone Spokesman for the Canadian Bishops Conference for Bioethical Questions

Nationality: Canadian

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Rev.

Simpore

Jacques Koudoubi

M.I.

Full Professor of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology; Rector, University of St Thomas Aquinas, Burkina Faso(BF); Member of the African Academy of Sciences; Member of the BF National Academy of Sciences; Member of the BF National Biosafety Committee; Chairman of the Burkina-Niger Bishops' Conference Bioethics Committee.

Nationality: Burkina Faso

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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STEINBERG

Avraham

Director of the Medical Ethics Unit of the Shaare ZedekMedical Center, Jerusalem;
Director of the Editorial Committee of the Talmudic Encyclopedia

Nationality:

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Šturma

Jaroslav

Professor, Department of Philosophy and Catholic Theology, Charles University, Prague;
Director of the Sunbeam Child Development Center, Prague

Nationality: Czech

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Sullivan

William

Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Medical School of the University of Toronto;
President, International Association of Catholic Bioethicists (Canada)

Nationality: Canadian

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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SULMASY

Daniel

Professor of Bioethics, Georgetown University, Washington DC

Nationality: USA

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Rabbi

SZLAJEN

Fernando

Director, Department of Culture, Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina;
Professor, Department of Philosophy and Letters, University of Buenos Aires

Nationality:

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Thiel

Marie-Jo

Professor of Catholic Theology and Director, Centre Européen d'Enseignement et de Recherche en Éthique, Université de Strasbourg

Nationality: French

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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THOMAS

Tomi

Past Director-General of The Catholic Health Association of India, Secunderabad, Hyderabad, India

Nationality: Indian

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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VESCOVI

Angelo

Scientific Director, "Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza" Hospital, San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy;
Scientific Director, Gregor Mendel Human Genetics Institute, Rome

Nationality:

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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VILLANI

Alberto

Director, General Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases Service, "Bambino Gesù" Pediatric Hospital, Rome;
President, Italian Pediatrics Society

Nationality:

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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YAMANAKA

Shinya

Director and Professor, Center for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University;
Professor, Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences at Kyoto University;
Nobel Laureate in Medicine 2012

Nationality:

Appointed: May 16, 2017

 
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Zamora Marín

René

Director and Professor, Juan Pablo II Centre for Bioethics, La Habana

Nationality: Cuban

Appointed: May 16, 2017