2017 Conference Speakers


Marie T. Hilliard, PhD, JCL, RN
Marie T. Hilliard, PhD, JCL, RN

Dr. Hilliard is an ethicist and canonist at The National Catholic Bioethics Center. She holds graduate degrees in maternal-child health nursing, religious studies, canon law, and a PhD in Professional Higher Education Administration, as well as a doctorate in Christian ethics honoris causa from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. She has an extensive background in nursing, and medical ethics and public policy. She has been substantially involved in healthcare regulation at the state and national levels. She is a canon lawyer and a member of the Board of Governors of the Canon Law Society of America. She also serves as a resource for the United States Bishops on the implementation of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services as well as Church - State relations. She is a recipient of the United States Army Meritorious Service Medal. Dr. Hilliard has published extensively and has been an awardee of the Catholic Press Association.

J. Benjamin Hurlbut, PhD
J. Benjamin Hurlbut, PhD

Dr. Hurlbut is Assistant Professor of Biology and Society in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. He is trained in science and technology studies with a focus on the history of the modern biomedical and life sciences. His research lies at the intersection of STS, bioethics and political theory. He is the author of Experiments in Democracy: Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics. He holds an AB from Stanford University, and a PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Calum MacKellar, PhD
Calum MacKellar, PhD

Dr. MacKellar completed his Diplome d'Ingénieure with the University of Strasbourg, France, and his Doctorate in Biochemistry with the University of Stuttgart in Germany. He began working with the University of Edinburgh in Scotland synthesizing new genetic antivirals against HIV as a post-doctoral research fellow. He continued his research in a biotechnology company in Glasgow for more than four years, during which time he also worked for the international journal Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics which changed its title to become The New Bioethics. His continued association with this journal has resulted in him becoming an associate editor. Dr. MacKellar is currently the Director of Research of the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics and a Fellow with The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity.

C. Ben Mitchell, PhD
C. Ben Mitchell, PhD

Dr. Mitchell holds the Graves Chair of Moral Philosophy at Union University where he also serves as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. He also is the editor of Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics. He also serves as senior editor of Renewing Minds: A Journal of Faith, Learning, and Culture.

Prior to joining the Union faculty, he taught bioethics and contemporary culture for a decade at Trinity Graduate School. He received his doctorate in philosophy with a concentration in medical ethics (with honors) from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. His program included a year-long clinical residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville, Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, and a summer-long residency at the East Tennessee Mental Health Institute.

He has served as a consultant with the Center for Genetics & Public Policy at John Hopkins University; co-director for Biotechnology Policy and Fellow of the Council for Biotechnology Policy in Washington, D.C.; a fellow of the Institute for Biotechnology and a Human Future at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent School of Law; a fellow of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies, Washington DC; and as a senior fellow of the Kairos Journal.   READ MORE...

David A. Prentice, PhD
David A. Prentice, PhD

Dr. Prentice is Vice President and Research Director for the Charlotte Lozier Institute. He is also Adjunct Professor of Molecular Genetics at the John Paul II Institute, The Catholic University of America and an Advisory Board Member for the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center. Previously he served over 10 years as Senior Fellow for Life Sciences at the Family Research Council, and prior to that he spent almost 20 years as Professor of Life Sciences at Indiana State University, and Adjunct Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics, Indiana University School of Medicine. He has provided scientific advice for numerous medical professionals, legislators, policymakers, and organizations at the state, federal, and international levels. Dr. Prentice is an internationally-recognized expert on stem cell research and bioethics, and has provided scientific testimony before many important governing bodies. He has published numerous scientific and bioethics articles, commentaries, and op-eds, and travels nationally and internationally to give frequent invited lectures regarding stem cell research, cloning, bioethics, genetics, and public policy.   READ MORE...

Scott B. Rae, PhD
Scott B. Rae, PhD

Dr. Rae is Dean of Faculty and Professor of Christian Ethics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. His primary interests are in bioethics and business ethics, dealing with the application of Christian ethics to medicine and the marketplace. He is the author of 12 books, including Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics, Outside the Womb: Moral Guidance for Assisted Reproduction, with D. Joy Riley, MD, Business for the Common Good: A Christian Vision for the Marketplace, with Kenman L. Wong, Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics, and Doing the Right Thing, a companion book to the film series written and produced by the late Chuck Colson. He has articles in various journals, and has consulted with several southern California hospitals in ethics for fifteen years. Dr. Rae is a Fellow of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity and the Wilberforce Forum.

Gayle E. Woloschak, PhD
Gayle E. Woloschak, PhD

Dr. Woloschak is Professor of Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Cell and Molecular Biology in the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.  Dr. Woloschak received her BS in Biological Sciences, from Youngstown State University and a PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Toledo (Medical College of Ohio). She did her postdoctoral training at the Mayo Clinic, and then moved to Argonne National Laboratory until 2001. Her scientific interests are predominantly in the areas of Molecular Biology. Radiation Biology, and Nanotechnology studies, and she has authored over 200 papers.  She is a member of the US delegation to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation. She also holds a DMin from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Eastern Christian Studies and is adjunct faculty at Lutheran School of Theology, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary.  Her area of interest is science-religion dialogue.  She is President of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine Psychology and Religion, past President of the Orthodox Theological Society of America, Vice-President of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center Board, and a member of the Board of Orthodox Christian Laity.

 
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