Profile: Prof. Dr. Beatrice Gabriela Ioan, member of the Bioethics Committee of UNESCO
Article published on 19-03-2020
Since its involvement in promoting international reflection on the ethics of life sciences in the 1970s, UNESCO continues to build and reinforce linkages among ethicists, scientists, policy-makers, judges, journalists, and civil society to assist Member States in enacting sound and reasoned policies on ethical issues in science and technology. One of the major functions performed by the Organization is the Laboratory of ideas. UNESCO addresses the emerging ethical challenges by providing intellectual forums for multidisciplinary, pluralistic and multicultural reflection on ethics of science and technology. One of these forums is the International Bioethics Committee (IBC), composed of 36 independent experts. Among the current experts there is also a Romanian expert! Prof. Beatrice Gabriela Ioan has been active in IBC since 2016, and her membership was renewed this year. Let's get to know her better.
Mrs. Beatrice Gabriela Ioan
is Professor of Forensic Medicine and Bioethics at the "Grigore T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iași and forensic physician at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Iași.
She graduated the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Grigore T. Popa" in Iași (1993), the Faculty of Psychology of the University "Al. I. Cuza ” in Iași (2002), and the Faculty of Law of the University “Mihail Kogălniceanu” in Iași (2012). Between 2003-2004, she attended the Master's program in Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and in 2013 she graduated from the Master's program in Health and Management at the Catholique de Rennes Institute/ Université Montpellier, France. In 2003, she obtained the title of Doctor of Medicine at the "Grigore T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iași.
In 2007, she became a member of the Bioethics Committee of the Council of Europe, where she was part of the Committee's Bureau, later becoming Vice Chairperson, and during 2017-2018 Chairperson.
In 2016 she became a member of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO.
Her areas of scientific interest are: ethical problems at the end of life, ethical problems in organ transplantation, research ethics, medical professional responsibility. She has published numerous scientific papers, books and book chapters in the fields of forensic medicine and bioethics.
- Bioethics Committee of the Romanian College of Physicians, Chairperson;
- Superior Committee of Discipline of the Romanian College of Physicians, member;
- Bioethics Commission of the Ministry of Health, member;
- Research Ethics Committee of "Grigore T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iași, member;
- Research Ethics Commission and donation approval commission from the living donor of the Regional Institute of Oncology Iași, member;
- Forensic Medicine Commission of the Ministry of Health, member;
- Higher Commission for Approval and Control of Medical-Forensic Acts, member;
- Superior Council of Forensic Medicine, member.
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