Inmaculada de Melo-Martin, PhD, MS, is Professor of Medical Ethics in the Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a M.S. in Molecular Biology. Her research interests include Bioethics and Philosophy of Science. Most of her work has been on ethical and epistemological issues related to reprogenetics and molecular genetics. She has been particularly concerned with calling attention to the importance of science when making ethical judgments; the importance of ethics when evaluating new scientific and technological developments and proposing public policies; and the importance of attending to the social and political context when assessing science and technology.
Dr. de Melo-Martin is the author of Making Babies: Biomedical Technology, Reproductive Ethics, and Public Policy (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1998), Taking Biology Seriously: What Biology Can and Cannot Tell Us About Moral and Public Policy Issues (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), Rethinking Reprogenetics: Enhancing Ethical Analyses of Reprogenetic Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2017), and with Kristen Intemann The Fight Against Doubt: How to Bridge the Gap Between Scientists and the Public (Oxford University Press, 2018). Her work has been published in journals such as Academic Medicine, American Journal of Bioethics, Bioethics, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, The FASEB Journal, EMBO Reports, Fertility and Sterility, Hastings Center Report, The Journal of Medical Ethics, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, The Lancet, and Philosophy of Science.
Dr Phaik Yeong Cheah, an Associate Professor of Oxford University is based in Bangkok at the Wellcome Programme. She is currently the head of a new department, called the Department of Bioethics and Engagement. The department works on ethical issues arising from conducting research and working with vulnerable populations such as children, pregnant women, migrants as well as other disadvantaged and hard-to-reach populations. In addition, the department’s remit also includes developing and managing the programme’s community and public engagement work either programme-wide (e.g. the artist-in-residence programme), location-specific (e.g. supporting the long running Tak Province Community Ethics Advisory Board) or study specific. She is particularly interested in ethical issues in community engagement and paediatric research.
Phaik Yeong was the head of the Clinical Trials Support Group within the Programme which is a group that helps researchers run clinical trials for seven years. Before moving to Bangkok, she worked in the Clinical Trials & Research Governance office in Oxford where her responsibilities included advising, reviewing and approving research protocols, providing research ethics and Good Clinical Practice training for researchers, and monitoring and auditing clinical trials on behalf of the University. Phaik Yeong started working in clinical trials in 1998 when she started her PhD work on chronic prostatitis in Penang, Malaysia.
Anitha Moorthy is an international development specialist who thinks creatively and thrives working in multi-disciplinary teams drawing insights from peoples’ experiences to find thoughtful and sustainable solutions to complex challenges. She has diverse professional experience that include designing and implementing health programs in resource-poor settings, monitoring and evaluation, conducting interviews and documenting stories/experiences, and more recently designing and building solutions using human-centered design and systems thinking. She has deep understanding of non-profit and civil society sector, and has worked with regional and national governments, UN agencies, and private industry from startups to multi-national consortiums. Anitha finds that the nexus of design thinking and technology offers unique opportunities to develop solutions for the public good. She is currently exploring ways where she can bring her experience in international development, design, and research to organizations interested in global health and development and addressing needs of the poor.