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Marta Albert Márquez

She is a hired professor, doctor of Philosophy of Law at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid.

She has published the book Los valores jurídicos en el constitucionalismo español (Legal Values in Spanish Constitutionalism) (2004) and she is the author of several research articles, as well as of others related to university teaching. She has also participated in collective works, among others, Mundialización y multiculturalismo (Globalization and multiculturalism) (2004).

She has made stays in different Spanish research centers and at the Oxford University. Currently, she is developing a research project on the legal ontology of Adolf Reinach at the Complutense University of Madrid under the direction of Professor Dr. Juan Miguel Palacios García, thanks to a postdoctoral research grant from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.

Asunción Álvarez del Río

She has a master’s degree in Psychology and a doctorate in Sciences in the field of Bioethics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

She is a professor and researcher at the School of Medicine of the UNAM on the topics ‘Death in medical practice’ and ‘Ethical dilemmas of decisions on the end of life’. She is currently a member of the College of Bioethics.

She is the author of Práctica y ética de la eutanasia (Euthanasia practice and ethics), FCE ed.; and co-author of Un adiós en armonía (A goodbye in harmony), Grijalbo ed., and Decisiones médicas sobre el final de la vida en pacientes con enfermedad de Alzheimer (Medical decisions about the end of life in patients with Alzheimer’s disease), Fontamara ed.

Silvia R. Allende Pérez

Algiatry and palliative care doctor, specialized in anesthesiology and subspecialized in pain clinic. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Bioethics from the Pan American University (UP). She is a professor of the undergraduate palliative care optional subject at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and at the UP, and head professor of the High Specialty Course in Palliative Medicine at the UNAM and the National Cancer Institute (INCAN), studying the Doctorate. Professionally, she practices institutional medicine as Head of the Palliative Care Service of the INCAN and private medicine as Director of the Center for Symptom Control and Pain Relief of the Oncology Unit at the Angeles del Pedregal Hospital in Mexico City.

She is the author of various national and international publications of her specialty, such as:

  • Allende-Pérez, Silvia, Verástegui-Avilés, Emma, Mohar-Betancourt, Alejandro, Meneses García, Abelardo, and Herrera-Gómez, Angel. Integrated oncology and palliative care: five years experience at the National Cancer Institute of Mexico (2016). Public Health of Mexico, 58 (2), 317-324.
  • Allende Pérez, Silvia and Verástegui Avilés, Emma, El ABC de la medicina paliativa, CDMX (The ABC of palliative medicine, CDMX), Editorial Panamericana Médica, 2014

Bernardo Barranco Villafán

Has a degree in economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a master degree in Sociology of Contemporary Catholicism from the High Studies in Social Sciences School of Paris. He has been an electoral advisor at both the State of Mexico Electoral Institute and the National Electoral Institute.

He is the General Director of the Vamos FDS Foundation, the Executive President of Procura, and editor of the Managers Social Responsibility section of the newspaper El Economista.

Currently, he conducts the television program Sacro y Profano on Chanel 11 and his most recent published titles are Norberto Rivera – El pastor del poder (Norberto Rivera – The pastor of power) (Grijalbo, 2017) and El infierno electoral (The electoral hell) (Grijalbo, 2018).

Bernardo Barranco is a celebrity who is transforming Mexico because he opened the debate on issues such as pederasty and celibacy in the Church.

Ingrid Brena Sesma

She has a Doctorate in Law, and she is on the DMD and the College of Bioethics board of directors; she is a member of the Institute of Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and also of the Postgraduate Subcommittee in the Master’s and Doctorate Program in Dental and Health Medical Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine. She is a full-time C head researcher, coordinator of the Center for Health and Law Studies and a Level II researcher of the National System of Researchers.

She is the author of several law and health related books and articles. She has compiled books on genetics, Código de Leyes sobre genética (Code of Laws on genetics) in three volumes in collaboration with Dr. Carlos Romeo Casabona, and she has coordinated books such as Células Troncales, Aspectos Científicos-Filosóficos y Jurídicos (Trunk Cells, Scientific-Philosophical and Legal Aspects), Reproducción Asistida” (Assisted Reproduction), Hacia un instrumento regional interamericano sobre bioética: experiencias y expectativas (Towards an inter-American regional instrument on bioethics: experiences and expectations).

José Ramón Cossío Díaz

He studied Law at the University of Colima (1984), a master’s degree in Constitutional Law and Political Science at the Center for Political and Constitutional Studies of Madrid, Spain, and in 1988 he concluded the doctorate at the Law School of the Complutense University of Madrid with the thesis El estado social y los derechos de prestación (The social state and the rights to benefits), which received a summa cum laude evaluation. He has been a professor at various institutions since 1983; he has taught at the National Bachelors School of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), at the Monterrey Technologic Institute of Higher Studies, Campus Colima, at the Law School of the UNAM, at the Law School of the University of Colima, at the Pan American University, at the Latino-American Social Sciences School (FLACSO), at the Colegio de México and at the Autonomous Technologic Institute of Mexico (ITAM). He won the Research Award of the Mexican Academy of Sciences in 1998 and the National Prize of Sciences and Arts in the area of History, Social Sciences and Philosophy in 2009. He was elected member of the Colegio Nacional in October 2013. He served as Minister of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation from December 2003 to November of 2018.

Cossío Díaz has a clear constitutional formation of social democratic style. Philosophically, he has faced problems related to the autonomy of law and interdisciplinarity in the social sciences. He was one of the most innovative ministers due to his criteria and dissenting votes; he has promoted the change of structure and drafting of sentences to make them more accessible to the specialized public, the academy and the lawyers associations, and to the general public through the media. He has written 16 books and 513 articles published as collaborations or as memoirs, in academic notebooks, specialized magazines, dissemination magazines and newspapers.

Amparo Espinosa Rugarcía

She currently manages the non-for-profit associations Por el Derecho a Morir con Dignidad (For the Right to Die with Dignity) and Documentación y Estudios de Mujeres (Women Documentation and Studies). She is also President of the Espinosa Rugarcía Foundation, as well as member of the board of directors of Teléfonos de México, S.A. (TELMEX), and of the managing committee of the Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias (CEEY).

Among her publications are: Secretos, leyendas y susurros: rituales para mujeres que se atreven a apropiarse de la escritura (Secrets, legends and whispers: rituals for women who dare to take over writing), Dulce asalto al poder (Sweet assault on power), Perfil político de las nuevas primeras damas (Political profile of the new first ladies) and Shikoku, Peregrinaje de la madurez a la vejez (Shikoku, Pilgrimage from maturity to old age) published by PORRUA.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a master’s degree and doctorate in Human Development from the Ibero-American University (UIA), a master’s degree and doctorate in Psychoanalysis from the Mexican Institute of Psychoanalysis, A.C. (IMPAC). Recently she finished a master’s degree in Bioethics from the University of Ávila in Spain. She has taught the chairs of Monetary Theory and Professional Ethics at the UIA and of Mythology and Symbols at the IMPAC. She has conducted research on moral development in children, on divorce and on the search for authenticity in middle-aged women. She has been a columnist in several newspapers of Mexico City and host of various radio programs.

Rainer Funk

Funk studied philosophy and theology. From 1974 to 1980 he was Erich Fromm’s assistant, about whom he did his doctorate in 1977, and whose complete work he compiled in ten volumes between 1975 and 1981. Fromm, who died in 1980, named Funk as his executor. Since then, Rainer Funk has been integrating the Erich Fromm Archive based on Erich Fromm´s heritage and library in Tübingen. He is the owner of the rights of Fromm’s writings and works on the board of the Erich Fromm International Society. In addition to his scientific work, Rainer Funk runs a psychoanalytic practice in his place of residence in Tübingen. He is a member of the advisory board of the book magazine latenz.

Frances Kissling

Is a scholar and activist in the fields of religion, ethics and health. She currently serves as president of the Center for Health, Ethics and Social Policy in Washington, D.C. where she develops ethics programs for health professionals in the Global South. She also teaches reproductive health ethics at the Perleman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Kissling was a 2007–2008 Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program, part of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She has published over 250 articles in the popular press as well as in several peer reviewed journals. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation and Mother Jones among other publications. Her current interest is the development of civil dialogue on controversial ethical and policy issues. She frequently collaborates with the ethicist Peter Singer, organizing conferences that bring together scholars who disagree on critical issues such as abortion and organ transplant policy. With Singer she is writing the book Population: The Last Taboo which explores the importance of population dynamics in reducing poverty and climate change.

Arnoldo Kraus

Doctor and writer. Professor at the School of Medicine of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Member of the College of Bioethics and member of the Mexican Culture Seminar. He writes every week in the newspaper El Universal. Every month he publishes the column Bioethics in the magazine Nexos, in which he also keeps the weekly blog Mirar los días (To look at the days). He has written several books. In 2019 he published Apología del papel (Apology of paper) in collaboration with Vicente Rojo (Sixth Floor publisher), and La última morada. Pensar la vida, entender la muerte (The last dwelling. Think life, understand death (Penguin Random House publisher)

Pedro Morales Aché 

He has a law degree from the Law School of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Since 1989 he is a litigant specialized in health and human rights. Author of several reform projects concerning reproductive freedom, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS; he advised the 2003 and 2007 legislative reforms whose process led to the decriminalization of abortion until the 12th week of gestation and the provision of legal termination services for pregnancy in Mexico City.

He successfully defended the cause of more than 100 soldiers discharged from the armed forces for being HIV positive.

He is a member of the Bioethics College, of the Mexico City HIV/AIDS Council and Director of Medilex, a legal medical consulting firm.

Mariana Navarro Hernández 

She has a medical degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a Master’s degree in palliative care from the Comillas Pontifical University. She was coordinator of the group “Quality at the end of life”, of the Seminar of Studies on Globality at the UNAM, and tutor of the rotating program in palliative care of interns of the Medicine School of the UNAM and responsible for the development of the academic curriculum in that subject.

Among her publications:

  • Vivat B, Young TE, Winstanley J, Arraras JI, Black K, Boyle F, Bredart A, Costantini A, Guo J, Irarrazaval ME, Kobayashi K, Kruizinga R, Navarro M, Omidvari S, Rohde GE, Serpentini S, Spry N, Van Laarhoven HWM, Yang GM; EORTC Quality of Life Group, The international phase 4 validation study of the EORTC QLQ-SWB32: A standalone measure of spiritual well-being for people receiving palliative care for cancer, Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2017 Nov; 26(6).
  • Navarro, Mariana and Tarditi, Gina, Cuidados paliativos. Medicina que apuesta por la calidad de vida, CDMX, Fontamara, 2016

Héctor Nebot García

Lawyer, Master in Law and Master in Bioethics and Law from the University of Barcelona.

He is the lawyer of the non-for-profit association Por el Derecho a Morir con Dignidad, A.C. (For the Right to Die with Dignity).

He is also a founding professor of the Masters in Bioethics taught at the Higher School of Medicine of the National Polytechnic Institute); member of the Bioethics Hospital Committee of the Oncology Hospital of the 21st Century National Medical Center.

He is the author of the Diccionario Jurídico Mexicano de Bioética (Mexican Legal Dictionary of Bioethics) and the Director of the law firm BioJurídica, specialist in bioethics legal issues.

Ann Neuman

She is the author of The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America, a visiting scholar at The Center for Religion and Media at New York University and a former editor in chief of the center’s publication, The Revealer, where she is currently a contributing editor. Neumann is a contributing nonfiction editor at Guernica magazine. Her work has appeared at The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, New York Law Review, BookForum, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Guernica and elsewhere. She’s at and @otherspoon.

Ricardo Páez Moreno

Doctor, philosopher, cleric and Catholic missionary.He completed a master’s degree at the Comillas University of Madrid and a doctorate at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).In addition to being a professor at several universities in the country and a speaker at national and international congresses, he is currently a member of the Seminar on Ethics and Bioethics and of the University Program in Bioethics of the UNAM.He has participated in different ethics committees of public health institutions and in the development of medical ethics study programs.

Christina Puchalski

She is a pioneer and international leader in the movement to integrate spirituality into healthcare in clinical settings and medical education.

As founder and director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish) and Professor of Medicine at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. GWish is fostering‎ alliances globally to further this integration. She developed the FICA spiritual history tool which is widely ‎used in clinical settings.  She is board certified in palliative care and internal medicine, ‎directs an interdisciplinary outpatient supportive and palliative clinic and is a Medical Hospice Director in Washington, DC.‎ She is widely published in journals with work ranging from biochemistry research to issues in ethics, culture, and spiritual care.  She has authored numerous book chapters and published a book with Oxford University Press entitled Time for Listening and Caring: Spirituality and the Care of the Seriously Ill and Dying. 

Jorge Alberto Ramos Guerrero

He studied the careers of Medical Surgeon and Male Midwife (1997-2003) and Pediatrics (2004-2007) at the University of Guadalajara and a Master’s Degree in Human Development at the Technologic Institute and of High Studies of Occident, A.C. (2011-2014). He also studied the University Master’s Degree in Medical Palliative Care—support measures and palliative care in cancer patients—at the University of Salamanca in Spain (2014 – 2015).

He was the Coordinator of Hospital Medical Services, Head of the Palliative Care Unit and Person in Charge of Patient and Family Centered Care at the Regional Hospital “Dr. Valentín Gómez Farías” of the Government Workers Social Security Institute (ISSSTE), and he is currently Deputy Director of Health Prevention and Protection, and responsible for the Paliativissste Program (2019) of the ISSSTE.

Other activities and groups: Training at the Civil Hospital “Fray Antonio Alcalde”.

Patricio Santillán

He graduated as a surgeon at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He specializes in General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery, and he is the head of the Thoracic Surgery Service as well as of the Department of Experimental Surgery of the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition Salvador Zubirán (INCMNSZ).

He is President of the Bioethics College.

Enrique Soto Pérez de Celis

Internist, oncologist and co-leader of the Integral Clinic of Cancer in the Elderly of the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition Salvador Zubirán (INCMNSZ), the first multidisciplinary clinic of geriatric oncology in Mexico. He has a Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

He has been awarded the Young Investigator Award and the Long Term International Fellowship of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The 2019 professional development award is part of the American Oncology Society.

He is an associate editor of the Journal of Global Oncology, national representative of Mexico at the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG), member of the SIOG Scientific Committee and of the ASCO Professional Development Committee.

Among his publications:

  • Soto Pérez de Celis E, Córdoba R, Gironés R, Karnakis T, Paredero I, Chavarri-Guerra Y, Navarrete-Reyes AP, Ávila-Funes JA., Cancer and aging in Ibero-America, Clin Transl Oncol. 2018 Sep; 20(9):1117-1126
  • Enrique Soto Pérez de Celis, et al., Randomized controlled trial (RCT) of a patient navigation (PN) intervention to increase early access to supportive care (SC) for patients with metastatic cancer in a resource-limited setting, Journal of Clinical Oncology 37, no. 15, suppl (May 20, 2019) 11505-11505

Gina Tarditi

Psychologist, human developer, thanatologist and grief handling expert with 27 years of experience in the area of palliative care. She is in charge of the grief handling programs at the Comprehensive Care Support Center of the National Cancer Institute.

She is a consultant of the non-for-profit Mexican Association for the Fight against Cancer and a life member of the International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care.

She is the author of Las emociones y el cancer – Mitos y realidades (Emotions and cancer – Myths and realities), El Duelo – Cómo integrar la pérdida en nuestra biografía (The grief – How to integrate the loss into our biography), and co-author of Cuidados Paliativos – Medicina que apuesta por la calidad de vida (Palliative Care – Medicine betting on the quality of life).

Silvia Lorena Villavicencio Ayala

She has a degree in Political and Social Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is currently a federal deputy for the political party MORENA, to which the current President of Mexico belongs, and her most recognized bill proposal is the decriminalization of the termination of pregnancy within the first 12 week, which she presented on October 23, 2018.She was a representative of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) before the Federal Electoral Institute (1999-2002), Assemblywoman of the PRD before the III Legislature (2003-2006), President of the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City (III Legislature ) and Substitute Senator before the LXI Legislature.She founded and belongs to the non-for-profit association Mujeres de Hierro, A.C.Among her publications are Ciudadanización de los órganos electorales, Dinero y partidos, y El abstencionismo en México.Likewise, she is a columnist for the newspaper Reforma, for the Enfoque supplement; she collaborates in the Voz y Voto and Gobierno magazines and she has participated with articles in El Financiero, Uno Más Uno and La Jornada newspapers, and recently also in Excélsior and Animal Político.