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Kingston, January 2010
I work as a Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Queen's University in Canada. Prior to this I h eld professorial appointments at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland and the University of the Witwatersrand Faculty of Health Sciences.
I'm a German born bioethicist. More precisely, I was born in a small town called Waltrop. Before I came to Canada I have worked at Australian, British and German and South African universities.
With my good friend and colleague Ruth Chadwick I am a Joint Editor in Chief of Bioethics, a leading professional journal. I am also founding editor of a journal that is now firmly established as the number one professional outlet for bioethics content pertaining to developing world issues. This journal is Developing World Bioethics. Both journals are listed in major indices including MedLine.
My work in bioethics has been discussed widely, and, true to my understanding of my work as that of a public philosopher, it has been discussed not only in professional bioethics, medical journals and books, but also in many daily newspapers including the New York Times and the Times (London). I also had my fair share of appearances on radio and TV programs.
I mentioned already the Editorships of two professional journals. Bioethics is the official journal of the International Association of Bioethics. I was also Editor of Monash Bioethics Review. I have acted as a reviewer for most leading bioethics journals, mainstream commercial publishers, as well as the Wellcome Trust, the US NIH and INSERM. I also volunteer as a faculty member of HIVdent. I also established a webportal covering ethical, legal and social issue of HIV/AIDS in the developing world.
As any academic, I spend considerable amounts of time in university committees in order to contribute to the successful functioning of the institutional self-governance. Can't say I like it, but it certainly is one of those chores one has to do.
I have also started my own little ethics blog. I am not convinced yet that blogs are worth anyone's time, but I decided to find out. You can find the blog on the web at http://ethxblog.blogspot.com/ Last but not least... sadly ... my research publications site doesn't currently work well in IE. Very irritating, but that's Microsoft to you :).
I developed comprehensive undergraduate curricula for the medical and dental students at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Clinical Medicine. This included flexible delivery mechanisms utilising on-line testing tools.
I participated in the development of the bioethics Master's degree program at the University of Central Lancashire Centre for Professional Ethics. I taught postgraduate students enrolled at Monash University's Centre for Human Bioethics Master level degree programs. I led the development of the MSc Med in Bioethics and Health Law Program at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Clinical Medicine. I developed most of the content for most of the modules that are available in the MSc Med in Bioethics and Health Law Program at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Clinical Medicine. These modules include:
- Introduction to Bioethics,
- Clinical Ethics,
- Reproductive Health, and.
- Research Ethics
I also led the development of an international peer reviewed research ethics training program. It is available in English and Portuguese.
At Queen's I usually teach a smaller graduate course and a larger undergraduate introductory course in bioethics.
In case you visit this site to access any of my on-line available research publications, please click here: Research Publications
I have written or (co-)edited a number of books, most of which had to do with clinical research, HIV/AIDS, and drug research and development. My main current research focus is on the 10/90 gap in international health research and the question of who is responsible for ensuring that sufficient funds are provided to close this gap.
Other areas of research interest remain infectious disease control and public health issues. I have most recently co-edited a popular volume on atheist thought so I am probably reasonably versatile as far as my academic work is concerned. I have published in excess of 100 contributions to peer reviewed journals and books.
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