Understanding Science

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Dr. Ariberto Fassati - Conscience and Values in the Response to Infectious Diseases

Dr. Fassati is a graduate in Medicine from the University of Milan, Italy, and is a board-certified neurologist. He obtained a PhD from UMDS Guyʼs Hospital, London, and was awarded a Wellcome Trust Prize International Fellowship to work at Columbia University, New York, where he specialised in virology. He returned to the UK and was awarded a Wellcome Trust University Award at University College London (UCL). He is now Reader in Cellular and Molecular Virology and the Director of the Wohl Virion Centre at UCL. His main interests are Retroviruses and transmissible cancers. Dr. Fassati is an Associate Editor of the journal Retrovirology and a faculty member of Faculty1000 Medicine.

The following is the transcript of a seminar paper given by Dr. Ariberto Fassati at the Thomas More Institute on 12 October 2011.


Dr. Michael Platt - Pain, Suffering, and 'Loss of Dignity': Valid Reasons for Killing?

Dr. Michael Platt is Senior Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Pain Medicine and Anaesthetics at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and practises in the area of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care.

Seminar held on 28 April 2010

Dr. Manuel Corpas - Prenatal Diagnosis Pre-empts Eugenics

Dr. Manuel Corpas is currently development lead of a database of human genetic variation and took a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics at the University of Manchester. He speaks in a purely personal capacity.
Seminar held on 9 December 2009.

Prof. Neil Scolding - Stem Cells: Principles and Politics, Pitfalls and Progress

Prof. Neil Scolding is currently Burden Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Bristol
Seminar held on 30 June 2009

Dr. James Le Fanu - Doubts About Darwin

Dr. James Le Fanu combines medical general practice with writing a twice-weekly column for the Telegraph newspapers
Seminar on Wednesday 25 March 2009                

Baroness Greenfield - ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century

Professor Susan Greenfield is Director of the Royal Institution and Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford

Seminar on Tuesday 9 December 2008            

The speaker was interviewed about her latest book, of the same title, by Dr. Tom Pink, Reader in Philosophy at King's College London. Her other books include The Human Brain: A Guided Tour (1997), The Private Life of the Brain (2000), and Tomorrow’s People: How 21st-Century Technology is Changing the Way We Think and Feel (2003). She has spun off four companies from her research. In 2006 she was installed as Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University and voted ‘Honorary Australian of the Year’. In 2007 she was made Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.         

Josephine Quintavalle – Navigating Hype in the Dolly Decade

Josephine Quintavalle is Founder of Comment on Reproductive Ethics (CORE)
Seminar on Wednesday 11 October 2006                                                            

Dr. Michael McNamee – Transhumanism, Biotechnology and Slippery Slopes

Dr. Michael McNamee is Reader in Philosophy at the School of Health Science, Swansea University, Wales
Seminar on Wednesday 14 June 2006                                                         

Prof. Steve Fuller – An Intelligent Person's Guide to Intelligent Design

Prof. Steve Fuller is Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick
Seminar on Wednesday 25 January 2006

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