Francoise Baylis | Tod Chambers | Alice Dreger | Carl Elliott | David Gems | Kathleen Glass | Laurence Kirmayer | Margaret Lock

Group Coordinator

Carl Elliott MD PhD is Associate Professor in the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota. His background is in philosophy and medicine. His research interests include ethical issues in pediatrics and psychiatry, especially psychiatric enhancement. He also has a longstanding interest in the relationship between ethics and culture, stemming from his academic work in Scotland, New Zealand and South Africa. He is the author of The Rules of Insanity: Moral Responsibility and Mental Illness (SUNY Press, 1996), and A Philosophical Disease: Bioethics, Culture and Identity, (Routledge, 1998). Duke University Press is publishing two forthcoming volumes edited by Elliott, one focusing on connections between bioethics and the work of Wittgenstein, and the second, edited with John Lantos, on the physician-novelist Walker Percy.
E-mail ellio023@gold.tc.umn.edu


Francoise Baylis PhD is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Office of Bioethics Education and Research at Dalhousie University. Her background is in philosophy. She brings to the project special expertise in feminist theory, cross-cultural ethics and pediatric ethics, the latter arising from her previous work as a clinical ethicist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She is the editor of The Health Care Ethics Consultant (Humana Press, 1994).
E-mail Francoise.Baylis@Dal.Ca

Tod Chambers PhD is Assistant Professor in the Program in Medical Ethics and Humanities at Northwestern University. His background is in comparative religion and cultural studies, with a special emphasis on Thai Buddhism. He has published extensively on the overlap between bioethics, literary theory and cultural studies. He has a special interest in issues surrounding enhancement technologies in imaginative literature and in concepts of health and illness across cultures.
E-mail t-chambers@nwu.edu

Alice Dreger, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Lyman Briggs (a residential science undergraduate program in the College of Natural Science) and Adjunct Faculty in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University. Her background is in history and philosophy of science, and her research has focused on the biomedicine's treatment of people born with unusual anatomies. Her publications include studies of intersexuality and conjoined twinning. She is author of Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex (May 1998, Harvard University Press).
E-mail dreger@pilot.msu.edu

David Gems PhD is Reader in the Biology of Ageing at the Department of Biology at University College London. His background is in genetics, with special expertise in the genetics and evolutionary biology of aging. His academic interests include philosophical questions surrounding genetics and cognitive enhancement. He was recently awarded a fellowship by the Royal Society (United Kingdom) to continue his work on the genetics of aging using as a model the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.

  • C. elegans Lab
    E-mail david.gems@ucl.ac.uk

    Kathleen Glass DCL is Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Ethics Unit at McGill University and Clinical Ethicist at the Montreal Children's Hospital. Her background is in law. She has served as Acting Director of the National Council on Bioethics in Human Research and has held a career development award frm the Canadian Genome Assessment and Technology Technology Program. She has published widely on issues in genetics, pediatrics and clinical research.
    E-mail Glass_k@falaw.lan.mcgill.ca

    Laurence Kirmayer MD is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University. His background is in cultural psychiatry. He has published widely on issues concerning culture and psychiatric diagnosis, depression and anxiety. He is particularly interested in psychiatric and cognitive enhancement and questions involving cross-cultural psychiatry.
    E-mail cylk@musica.mcgill.ca

    Margaret Lock PhD is Professor in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine and Anthropology at McGill University. Her background is in anthropology, and she has worked extensively on issues in gender studies and aging, especially issues surrounding cross-cultural conceptions of menopause. Her book Encounters with Aging: Mythologies of Menopause in Japan and North America (1993) won the Berkeley Award, the Canada-Japan Book Award, the Eileen Basker Prize of the American Anthropological Association, and the Staley Prize of the School of American Research. Her geographical areas of expertise are North America, Japan and East Africa. E-mail cy61@musica.mcgill.ca

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