Renee Frydman

Rene Frydman

Head of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Antoine Beclere Hospital

Professor Frydman is a member of the Faculty of Medicine at University Paris XI and Head of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Antoine Beclere Hospital. He has been Member of the National Committee of Human Rights, Member of the National Committee of Ethics for the Sciences of Life and Health, and Counselor of the Minister of Research. He received the honor of Chevalier of the French Order Of Merit and is an Officer of the French Legion d’Honneur. His special areas of interest in Gynecology and Obstetrics include infertility and high-risk pregnancy. His work in infertility led the first baby born as a result of in vitro fertilization In France, in 1982. His other area of interest has been biomedical ethics. His work in this realm led to many invitations by religious authorities of the Vatican, Jerusalem, and of the Reform Church to debate the moral issues created by the use of the techniques of artificial procreation. He was active in the preparation of the law on bioethics and actively worked with the Medecins du Monde and Medecins sans Frontieres.

Talya Miron-Shatz

Talya Miron-Shatz



Talya Miron-Shatz, PhD, is a decision scientist specializing in medical decision making. Her research examines people’s understanding of health information, and ways of improving it. An important focus of her work is on adherence to medication, and developing scientifically valid interventions for improving adherence through behavioral means. Her work is published in peer-reviewed journals and in books (MIT, Oxford University Press). After a post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University with Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, she taught consumer behavior at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. In addition to being a senior fellow at CMPI, Talya is an associate professor at the Ono Academic College, where she is Founding Director of the Center for Medical Decision Making. Dr. Miron-Shatz is also CEO of CureMyWay, a start-up company developing personalized adherence solutions.

Mordechai Muszkat

Mordechai Muszkat

Head of the Department of Medicine

Hadassah University Hospital at Mt Scopus, Israel

Prof Mordechai Muszkat, MD, is the Head of the Department of Medicine in Hadassah University Hospital at Mt Scopus, Jerusalem, Iasrael. Prof Muszkat received his MD degree from the Hebrew University, and completed Internal Medicine training at Hadassah Ein Kerem, and Clinical Pharmacology training at Hadassah Ein Kerem and at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, TN, USA. Prof Muszkat studies genetic determinants of drug response, and medications- associated injury in special populations in the Internal Medicine department. In addition to research in Clinical Pharmacology, Prof Muszkat is extensively involved in Medical Education, including teaching bioethics to medical students and residents in the Department of Medicine.

Virginie Zerah

Virginie Zerah

Coach, therapist, humanist hypnotherapist specialized around perinatal and parenthood

Virginie Zerah is a coach, therapist, humanist hypnotherapist specialized around perinatal and parenthood. She has two diplomas from University of Psychology Paris Descartes « The psychism facing birth » and « The social and cognitive development of babies in the womb and after birth ». She wrote a pregnancy guide to help future mothers to be more conscious of their needs to take care of themselves physically and psychologically and be more in relationship with their baby in the womb. She studied the bonding between baby and mother after birth related with the different parental issues and how stress, fears can affect the relationship. With the Hypnobirthing Marie Mongan method she helps future parents to prepare the birth of their baby in a calm and sweet environment. She also supports women, couples in their desire to have a baby. Her aim is to give awareness of the continuity between the development in the womb and after birth and help parents to bond with their baby to insure a secure and loving environment for his development. Virginie will put an highlight on the ethics and the new forms of parenthood which can affect the bonding with the baby and the story of the baby.

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