Rev_Andrea Ciucci

Andrea Ciucci



Father Ciucci was born in Milan (Italy) in 1967, and is a catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Milan. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from the Northern Italy School of Theology, he earned a PhD in Philosophy from the St. Anselm Institute in Rome, with a thesis on the reconsideration given in the twentieth century to Plato’s concept of the Chora (Il fascino di Chora, Mimesis 2019). He is member of AISFT (Italian Association for Philosophy and Theology Studies) and he publishes on its review Filosofia e Teologia.
For more than twenty-five years, he has been active in catechetic, family pastoral care, youth work and scouting. As part of this activity, he has published various articles and related works, among which more than twenty religious books for children and teenagers. At present, he lives and works in Rome, where he is the COO of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Vatican City. In that capacity, among other things he is responsible for institutional relations and cultural projects. He is also General Secretary of “renAIssance” Foundation, a Vatican institution dedicated to promote an ethics perspective in Artificial Intelligence. He teaches Family Pastoral Care at the ISSR in Florence and Bologna and at the Pontifical Theological Institute John Paul II for Sciences of Marriage and Family in Rome. He is the author of several columns in various Italian magazines dealing with the influence of new technologies on human life, families and youth, with a particular attention to ethical consequences.
His hobby is cooking, and he has been successful both in the kitchen and in publishing. He has written an anthropological study on food and four cookbooks on Bible recipes and about the food in Church’s history, translated in many languages. He works about the relationship between food and religion.
His Twitter handle is @donciucci.


Philippe Douste-Blazy

United Nations official and former French politician

Philippe Douste-Blazy is a United Nations official and former French politician. He has been Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on Innovative Financing for Development in the United Nations since 2008 and chairman of UNITAID since 2006. He previously served as French Minister for Health (1993–1995 and 2004–2005), Minister of Culture (1995–1997) and as Foreign Minister in the cabinet of Dominique de Villepin (2005–2007). He was mayor of Lourdes 1989–2000 and mayor of Toulouse 2001–2004. Originally a member of the Centre of Social Democrats (CDS), the Christian Democrat component of the Union for French Democracy (UDF) party, he later joined the Union for a Popular Movement. A cardiologist by training, he became Professor at Toulouse Sciences University in 1988. He is also a Lecturer at the University Paris VII and has been Professor at Harvard Medical School.

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.

Arnold Munnich

Arnold Munnich

Professor of Genetics

University Paris-Descartes

Arnold Munnich is Professor of Genetics at University Paris-Descartes since 1989 and the acting president of the Imagine Foundation. He studied medicine in Paris and received his MD degree in 1979 and his PhD in Biochemistry in 1988. He is board certified in Paediatrics and in Medical Genetics in 1983. His main research interests are Genetics and Epigenetics of Neurometabolic Diseases and Birth Defects. He is the author or co-author of more than 900 publications in peer-reviewed journals since 1980. He has been a member of several international editorial review boards, including the Journal of Medical Genetics, European Journal of Human Genetics, Human Genetics, Human Mutation and Clinical Genetics. He served as scientific and medical advisor of the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy between 2007 and 2012. He is a member of the American Society of Human Genetics, European Society of Human Genetics and the French National Academy of Science. He was awarded the Grand Prix Inserm in 2000, the European Society of Human Genetics award in 2008 and the Claude Bernard award of the Ville de Paris in 2013.

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