Up-to-Date Reflection on Society, Medicine & Reproduction

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (ET)

French Session.

  • Les données confidentiels au prisme de la pandémie
  • Humanisme et mère de substitution

Discussion with

René Frydman

Head of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Antoine Beclere Hospital, France

Monique Canto-Sperber

Director of Research
CNRS, France

Jean Daniel Rainhorn

Jean-Daniel Rainhorn

Honorary Professor in International Health and Humanitarian Action
Geneva University/IHEID, Switzerland

Paul Atlan

Paul Atlan

Director of Teaching of Transcultural Biomedical Ethics
University Paris-Descartes, France

René Frydman, Chair

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.

Monique Canto-Sperber

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).

Jean-Daniel Rainhorn

Jean-Daniel Rainhorn is a physician and Honorary Professor in International Health and Humanitarian Action at Geneva University/IHEID in Switzerland. He has been Invited Professor in several universities including the Medical Faculty of Tel Aviv University, the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Hanoi University in Vietnam and Senghor University in Alexandria. In addition he held the chair of inequalities in health at the College of Global Studies in Paris where he was heading a seminar on “The new technologies between utopia and dystopia”. He is author of several books including “New cannibal markets. Globalization and commodification of the Human Body” published in 2015.

Paul Atlan

Specialist in Gynecology (Infertility-PMA-Bioethics),
Director of Teaching of Transcultural Biomedical Ethics (Paris-Descartes),
Rapporteur of the Committee on Biomedical Ethics of the Consistory.

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