Keynote Speakers



Dr Hitoshi Arima

Dr Hitoshi Arima is Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy and Bioethics at Yokohama City University Graduate School of Urban Social and Cultural Studies, Yokohama, Japan. He also serves on ethics committee of several medical institutions including Keio University Hospital in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Arima has published in the fields of applied ethics and meta-ethics. His research interests in bioethics include ethics of killing, posthumous interest, and other end-of-life related issues. His recent publications include a chapter contribution to The Future of Bioethics: International Dialogues (Oxford University Press, 2014) and an entry to Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics (Springer, forthcoming). 





Dr Nancy Berlinger

Dr Nancy Berlinger, Research Scholar at The Hastings Center, studies ethical challenges in health care work.  She is a core member of the international team, led by NUS Associate Professor Jacqueline Chin, that developed the Singapore Casebook, an innovative, public-access ethics education resource: She is the first author of the 2013 edition of the Hastings Center Guidelines, a landmark work on treatment decision-making and end-of-life care, and directs two implementation projects on improving end-of-life care in the hospital. She is the author of books on medical error and on health care organizational ethics and co-directs a project on health care access for migrant workers.





Dr Chin Jing Jih

Dr Chin Jing Jih is Divisional Chairman, Integrated and Community care and a Senior Consultant Geriatrician in the Department of Continuing and Community Care at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He is an appointed member of the Singapore Medical Council and the Bioethics Advisory Committee, and serves as the chairperson of the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Research Ethics Committee.

In addition, he is the Course Director for the Advanced Specialty Training (AST) and Senior Residency Course on medical ethics, professionalism and health law organised by Singapore Medical Association (SMA). He is a Board member of SMA’s Centre for Medical Ethics and Professionalism, and is Chairperson of Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s Clinical Ethics Committee.

In year 2000, Dr Chin completed a research fellowship in dementia at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a clinical attachment in ethics consultation at the St Francis International Centre for Health Care Ethics, Honolulu. He has a keen academic interest in both dementia care and in issues related to healthcare ethics, medical professionalism and doctor-patient communication.  





Prof Leonardo D. de Castro

Leonardo D. de Castro is Professor, University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. He is also chair of the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board, a national body responsible for ensuring the ethical conduct of health related research in the Philippines. As a member of the UNESCO Advisory Expert Committee for the Teaching of Ethics, Prof. de Castro contributed to the development and implementation of a bioethics curriculum for use in UNESCO’S efforts to assist in the establishment and training of national bioethics committees as well as in its Ethics Teacher Training Program.





Prof Vikki Entwistle

Prof Vikki Entwistle is currently Professor of Health Services Research and Ethics at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK). She uses a combination of social research methods and analytic philosophy to investigate conceptual and ethical issues in the delivery of health care (including public health). Vikki has longstanding interests in the ways that people are encouraged and enabled (or not) to contribute to their own health and care (e.g. in shared decision-making, self-management of long-term conditions and patient involvement in patient safety), and in the demands that ‘person-centred care’ makes on health professionals.





Dr Ilhan Ilkilic

Dr Ilhan Ilkilic MD Ph.D has studied medicine, philosophy, Islamic science and oriental philology in Istanbul, Bochum and Tübingen. He did his philosophical doctoral thesis at the Ruhr University Bochum. He was guest scholar at the Georgetown University and at the Duke University. He was guest professor at the Frankfurt University. He was lecturer at the Institute for History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz Medical Center (2005-2012). He is the first Turkish Member of the German Ethics Council since 2012. He is currently professor and chair of the Department of History of Medicine and Ethics at the Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine. His special interests include intercultural bioethics, Islamic biomedical ethics, and ethical issues at the beginning and the end of life.





Dr Lalit Krishna

Dr Lalit Krishna is a Senior Consultant at the Division of Palliative Medicine, National Cancer Centre. He holds a masters in Medical Ethics and a masters in Medical Education as well as a PhD in Medical Ethics.

Dr Lalit Krishna also holds the appointments of Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, and Clinical Senior Lecturer at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He has recently taken up the post of co-Director of Practice Course 2 at Duke NUS and Assistant UG Curriculum Director (Clinical) at the Centre of Biomedical Ethics at NUS. He is the chairman of the Clinical Ethics Committee and the Internal Audit Committee at NCCS. He is actively involved in teaching and presently undertaking a PhD in Medical Education and continues with his research interests in decision making at the end of life and personhood.





Dr Lee See Muah

Dr Lee See Muah is a Senior Consultant in the Department of Medicine, and Chairman of the Bioethics Committee at the Ng Teng Fong Hospital. He trained in Occupational Medicine and read Law with the University of London. He subsequently obtained his LL.M from the University of Edinburgh. He has a special interest in diabetes affecting work.

He is also Adjunct Associate Professor with the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, where he has responsibilities for post graduate and undergraduate teaching.





Dr Tamra Maree Lysaght

I am an Assistant Professor and Director of the Phase III Health Ethics, Law and Professionalism Programme at the Centre for Biomedical, National University of Singapore. My research interests lie broadly around the ethical, sociopolitical and regulatory issues surrounding stem cell science and the clinical translation of regenerative medicines and genomics. I am currently the lead investigator on projects examining the ethics and regulation of regenerative medicines, precision medicine, reproductive technologies, and zoonotic disease management under One Health, and a collaborator on an Australian Research Council Linkage grant investigating innovation with autologous stem cell therapies.





Dr Farhat Moazam 

Dr. Farhat Moazam is Professor and Founding Chairperson of the Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture (CBEC) of the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation in Karachi, Pakistan. She is also Fellow, Institute of Practical Ethics, and Visiting Professor, Centre for Humanism in Medicine, University of Virginia, USA. She served on the Board of Directors (2009-2014) of the International Association of Bioethics and is currently a member of the WHO Ebola Ethics Working Group. In the past, she was Professor and Founding Chairperson, Department of Surgery, and Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education, in the Aga Khan University, Karachi.





A/Prof Ainsley Newson

A/Prof Ainsley Newson is Associate Professor of Bioethics in the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia. Ainsley has a multidisciplinary background, including Bachelor degrees in science and law; and a PhD in Bioethics. Her research encompasses emerging genomic and biotechnologies and clinical ethics and she has published widely and gained research funding in these areas. Her work also includes academic scholarship and editorial work, membership of clinical ethics and policy committees and clinical ethics support service development. Ainsley is also very experienced in public engagement around ethical issues.





Dr Jeremy Sugarman

Dr Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA is the Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics & Medicine, professor of medicine, professor of Health Policy and Management, and deputy director for medicine of the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University. He is internationally recognized as a leader in biomedical ethics with particular expertise in applying empirical methods and evidence-based standards for evaluating and analyzing bioethical issues. His contributions to both bioethics and policy include his work on the ethics of informed consent, umbilical cord blood banking, stem cell research, international HIV prevention research, global health, and research oversight.





Dr Daniel Fu-Chang Tsai

Dr Daniel Fu-Chang Tsai is a family physician and bioethicist. He earned his PhD in bioethics from the University of Manchester, U.K. in 1999, and is currently a professor in the Department & Research Institute of Medical Education & Bioethics, National Taiwan University College of Medicine. He is also an attending physician in the Department of Medical Research, Chairman of the Research Ethics Committee, and Executive Secretary of the Clinical Ethics Committee at National Taiwan University Hospital, and Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at National Taiwan University. He was elected Vice President of International Association of Bioethics in 2016.





Prof Hans van Delden

Johannes JM van Delden (1960) is full professor of medical ethics at the Julius Center for Health Sciences of the medical school of Utrecht University. Ever since working as a house officer at an intensive care ward he is highly interested in medical ethics. He wrote a thesis on the medical and ethical aspects of Do Not Resuscitate orders. Also, he was one of the principal researchers of the study of medical decisions concerning the end of life for the Remmelink committee. After his education as a nursing home physician he has worked in several nursing homes for 15 years (until May 2011). He was President of CIOMS until December 2016. He chaired the Working Group on the Revision of CIOMS 2002 International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects (published December 2016). Currently he is President of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) of UNESCO. His special fields of interest are: research ethics, moral problems at the end of life and moral problems in the care for the elderly.





Dr Matthew Wynia

Dr. Wynia is an internal medicine and infectious diseases specialist whose career has focused on the intersections of professional ethics and health policy. He moved to Denver from Chicago in July 2015 to assume full time leadership of the University of Colorado’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities. In Chicago, Dr. Wynia directed the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association for more than 15 years, leading projects on understanding the ethical climate of health care organizations, communication and team-based care, physician professionalism and self-regulation, ethics and epidemics, medicine and the Holocaust, and inequities in health and health care.