René Frydman


René Frydman

Head of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Antoine Beclere Hospital, France

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.

Zion Ben Raphael

Zion Ben-Rafael

Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Rabin Maj Center’s Campus Beilinson & Golda, Israel

Zion Ben-Rafael is Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Rabin Maj Center’s Campus Beilinson & Golda in Israel. He was educated at the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, where he graduated as a doctor in 1977. He then had a career as Director of the Women’s Health Center in Tel Aviv, and Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor at the Golda Medical Center in Petah-Tikva.


He has been listed as a remarkable gynecologist by Marquis Who’s Who. He is also President of the Israeli Menopause Society (president).

Monique Canto-Sperber

Monique Canto-Sperber

Director of Research

CNRS, France

Monique Canto-Sperber is directeur de recherche at the CNRS (République des Savoirs, ENS, Collège de France). She was the chairwoman of École normale supérieure (2005-2012) and the President of Paris Sciences et Lettres (2012- 2015). She sits in the French Ethical National Committee for Medicine and is a foreign member of the Royal Academy of Belgium. She published several books on Ancient Philosophy, and contemporary Moral and Political Philosophy, the latest is La fin des libertés (2019).

Talya Miron-Shatz

Talya Miron-Shatz

Decision Scientist


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.

Msgr. Renzo Pegoraro

Msgr. Renzo Pegoraro

Scientific Director

Lanza Foundation, Vatican

Msgr. Renzo Pegoraro, MD, PhD – diocesan priest and scientific director of the Lanza Foundation. Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Life. He is a member of the Ethics Committee for the experimentation of the Padua Hospital and President of the Ethics Committee of the Veneto Oncology Institute. He is currently also President of the European Association of Medical Ethics Centers (EACME).

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