Jerome C. Wakefield, PhD, DSW is University Professor, Professor of Social Work, and Professor of Psychiatry, as well as Affiliate Faculty in Bioethics and in
the Center For Ancient
Studies, at New York University, and Lecturer in Psychiatry (Biometrics Unit) at Columbia University College of Physicians
and Surgeons. He has previously held faculty positions at University of Chicago, Columbia University, and Rutgers University.
He holds two doctorates, in social work and philosophy, and a master’s degree in mathematics with a specialization in
logic and methodology of science, all from University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of over 130 publications
appearing in journals in psychiatry, psychology, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and social work. His scholarship focuses on the
conceptual foundations of the mental health professions, especially the concept of mental disorder and the validity of diagnostic
criteria for mental disorders, and more generally on the intersection of philosophy and psychology.
Sunilkumar K. Pandya, eminent Neurosurgeon and thinker on medical ethics, joined the Grant
Medical College in 1957 and trained at the Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals, Mumbai. He obtained the M.B.B.S. (1961) and M.S. (1965).
He joined Dr. Homi Dastur at the Department of Neurosurgery, Seth G. S. Medical College and K. E. M. Hospital in 1967 as a
Pool Officer and was appointed to the staff as Assistant Neurosurgeon in 1968. In 1975, on Dr. Dastur’s retirement,
he was appointed Professor of Neurosurgery. He retired on superannuating in 1998 and has, since, worked at the Jaslok Hospital
and Research Centre, Mumbai. He is Editor Emeritus, IJME (Indian Journal of Medical Ethics); and Journal Ombudsman, JPGM (Journal
of Postgraduate Medicine).
George E. Vaillant is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and
the Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Vaillant has
spent his research career charting adult development and the recovery process of schizophrenia, heroin addiction, alcoholism,
and personality disorder. He has spent the last 35 years as Director of the Study
of Adult Development at the Harvard University Health Service. The study has
prospectively charted the lives of 824 men and women for over 60 years. His published
works include Adaptation to Life, 1977; The Wisdom of The Ego, 1993; and, The Natural History of Alcoholism-Revisited, 1995. His summary of the lives of men and women from adolescence to age 80, called Aging
Well, was published by Little, Brown in 2002. His latest book Faith, Hope and
Joy: The Neurobiology of Positive Emotions is in press.
A graduate of Harvard College
and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Vaillant did his residency at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and completed his psychoanalytic
training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. He has been a Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral
Sciences, is a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. He has been an invited speaker and consultant for seminars
and workshops throughout the world. A major focus of his work in the past has
been to develop ways of studying defense mechanisms empirically. More recently he has been interested in successful aging,
positive emotions, and spirituality. He is on the steering committee of Positive Psychology.
Dr. Vaillant has received the Foundations Fund Prize for Research in Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric
Association, the Strecker Award from the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital, the Burlingame Award from The Institute for Living,
and the Jellinek Award for research in alcoholism. He has twice received research prizes from the International Psychogeriatric
Society. Most recently, he received the distinguished service award from the American Psychiatric Association.
Healy is a Professor of Psychiatry at Cardiff University. He studied
medicine in University College Dublin, Ireland, and at Cambridge University. He is a former Secretary of the British Association
for Psychopharmacology, and author of over 140 peer reviewed articles, 200 other pieces and 15 books, including The Antidepressant
Era, and The Creation of Psychopharmacology from Harvard University Press, The Psychopharmacologists Volumes 1-3, and Let
Them Eat Prozac from New York University Press.
His main areas of research are clinical trials in psychopharmacology,
and the history of psychopharmacology.
He has been involved as an expert witness in homicide and suicide
trials involving psychotropic drugs, and in bringing problems with these drugs to the attention of American and British regulators,
as well raising awareness of how pharmaceutical companies sell drugs by marketing diseases and co-opting academic opinion-leaders,
ghost-writing their articles.
Till his retirement in 1996, Dr. Vijoy K. Varma was the Professor (1982-96) and Head
(1980-96) of Psychiatry at the prestigious Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
(UK), American Psychiatric Association, and National Academy of Medical Sciences (India). He has won virtually all awards
in psychiatry and mental health at the national level in India, major among which have been Dr. D.L.N. Murti Rao Oration Award,
Dr. B.C. Roy National Award as an eminent medical teacher, Dr. Vidya Sagar Award of the ICMR for research in mental health,
the Platinum Jubilee Lecture of the Indian Science Congress, and Dr. N.N De Oration Award.
Dr. Varma has been a Visiting Professor at a number of universities, including those in the U.K., the U.S.A.,
India, Libya and Lithuania. Currently, he is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Indiana University, Indianapolis,
IN, USA (since 1997). He has also been an Honorary Consultant in Psychiatry to the Indian Armed Forces.
Dr. Varma has executed 37 funded research projects, including 10 WHO projects. He has, to his credit,
231 publications, including four books, ten monographs and 22 book chapters.
Dr. Varma has been the President of the Indian Psychiatric Society (1989-90), and the Indian Association for
Social Psychiatry (1992-94), and was the Congress President of the 13th World Congress of Social Psychiatry (1992).
More recently, he was the Secretary of the World Psychiatric Association Transcultural Psychiatry Section (1999-2002).
Holm, BA, MA, MD, PhD, DrMedSci is Professorial Fellow in Bioethics and Director of the Cardiff Centre for Ethics,
Law and Society at the University of Cardiff, UK, as well as Professor of Medical Ethics at the Centre for Medical Ethics
at the University of Oslo, Norway.
He holds degrees in medicine, philosophy, and health care ethics,
and two doctoral degrees in medical ethics.
He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics and
of book series for Oxford University Press and Ashgate.
He has interests in many areas of medical ethics and philosophy
of medicine and is currently President-Elect of the European Society for the Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care.
Herrman is Professor in Public Health and Psychiatry at the Australian International Health Institute, University
of Melbourne. From 1992 to 2005 she was Professor and Director of Psychiatry in St. Vincent's Mental Health Service Melbourne.
She is Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for research and training in mental health at
the University of Melbourne and St Vincent's Health. For a year in 2001-2002 she was acting regional adviser in mental health
for the WHO's Western Pacific Region. She is Secretary for Publications and member of the Executive Committee of the World
Psychiatric Association and Vice-President of the International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology.
Layton is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School. She has taught culture and psychoanalysis
for Harvard's Committee on Degrees in Social Studies and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. She is
the author of Who's That Girl? Who's That Boy? Clinical Practice Meets Postmodern Gender Theory (Analytic Press, 2004); co-editor,
with Susan Fairfield and Carolyn Stack, of Bringing the Plague. Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis (Other Press, 2002); and
co-editor, with Nancy Caro Hollander and Susan Gutwill, of Psychoanalysis, Class and Politics: Encounters in the Clinical
Setting (Routledge, 2006). She is Editor of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society and associate editor of Studies in Gender
and Sexuality. Her private practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy is in Brookline, Ma, USA.
(Jim) Wright is a Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Medicine at the
University of BC, Vancouver, Canada. He is also Director of the High Blood Pressure
Clinic, Vancouver Hospital (UBC Site), Managing Director of the Therapeutics Initiative, Editor-in-Chief of the Therapeutics
Letter and Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Hypertension Review Group. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Open Medicine
and PLoS One.
Dr. Wright obtained his MD from the University of Alberta in 1968 and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from McGill
University in 1976. He is a practicing specialist in Internal Medicine and Clinical
Dr. Wright's research focuses on issues related to appropriate use of prescription drugs, Clinical Pharmacology,
clinical trials, systematic review, meta-analysis and knowledge translation.
V. Shah M.D. was Prof and Head (Retd.), Dept Of Psychiatry, B.J. Medical College,
Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He has been Advisor, Mental Health, Gujarat State; Advisor, Mental Health Mission; and Past President,
Indian Psychiatric Society.
McGee is director of the Alden March Bioethics Institute (AMBI), a comprehensive ethics research and education organization
of Union University, founded in 2005 and based in its Medical College, Law School, College of Pharmacy and partners.
The Institute is comprised of faculty and facilities in 14 institutions of higher learning, research and government in the
He holds the John A. Balint Endowed Chair in Medical Ethics, and is a tenured Professor of medicine, having
skipped the rank of Associate Professor, and is professor of law, public health and of philosophy at both SUNY and Union.
He also serves as Chief of the Office of Bioethics for the New York State Health Department Wadsworth Center, the nation’s
largest public health laboratories, and in 2007 was elected to the board of directors of the American Society for Bioethics
and the Humanities.
Dr. McGee received the BA and PhD in philosophy from Baylor and Vanderbilt respectively, then completed an NIH
post-doctoral fellowship in ethics and genetics. From 1995-2005 McGee served as assistant professor and associate director
of the Center for Bioethics at University of Pennsylvania, where he was given a Provost teaching award, founded the University’s
stem cell committee, and created the Penn bioethics undergraduate concentration as well as its Masters in Bioethics program.
In 2000 McGee was awarded the Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy, the largest award given by the UK to American researchers.
Dr. McGee has received $6.8 million in research grants from the NIH, Department of Education, and from the Pew, Commonwealth,
Greenwall, Dodge, Scott, and Haas Foundations. He is currently Director of a $400,000 project funded by the Charitable
Leadership Foundation to study the effect of ethics consultation on length-of-stay in the ICU.
Professor McGee has authored more than 150 articles in medical, legal, business and scientific journals, e.g.,
Science, British Medical Journal, Nature Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Law Medicine &
Ethics, and in most journals of bioethics. His books include Who Owns Life?, Pragmatic Bioethics, The Human Cloning
Debate, The Perfect Baby, and most recently Beyond Genetics, a New York Times bestseller about computers and genetics. In
2007 an anthology of his work entitled Imagination, Experiments, Courage and Values will be published by Cambridge University
Professor McGee is the founding Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Bioethics, the most widely-read journal
in bioethics, with the highest ISI Impact Factor in ethics, history of science, bioethics (2005 Impact of 2.5), and the second
highest Immediacy Index of any medical or science journal. In 2007 he created AJOB Neuroscience, a spin-off journal
of Am J Bioethics and a sanctioned partner journal of the Am. Soc’y of Neuroscience. McGee is senior editor for
bioethics for The MIT Press, and serves on the editorial boards of 18 scholarly journals, and on the ethics committees of
the Council of Science Editors, Council of Editors of Learned Journals, and the World Association of Medical Editors.
Dr. McGee's commentary on bioethical issues has appeared in most US newspapers and he has been a guest on most
national television and radio news programs. He is a regular commentator for NPR Morning Edition. He writes a syndicated
monthly column for Hearst Newspapers and NY Times News Service, which regularly appears in Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
He also authors a monthly column for The Scientist, the most widely read magazine for scientists.
In April 2006 he was given the Appignani Lifetime Achievement Award for Humanism in Bioethics at the United
Nations. Dr. McGee was named to the Seed Magazine 2004 list of the “top 40 intellectuals under 40 in the U.S.,”
the Philadelphia Business Review “40 under 40” list, and has been profiled in New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer,
and Philadelphia magazine. This year he has been awarded 40 under 40 by the New York Capital Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. McGee has testified at the federal and state level, and is a member of 14 regulatory and advisory panels
for professional societies and government in the U.S. and abroad, and on advisory boards and boards of directors in academia,
industry and foundations. He has taught bioethics to incoming members of the U.S. congress for the Library of Congress and
regularly teaches workshops on ethics for the Association of Chief Justices of the Courts of Appeals. He is the 2005/6
U.S. auditor for the U.K. genome project ethics division.
McGee has delivered more than 80 named lectureships. He provides bioethics leadership training to all rising
U.S. Episcopal Bishops, and has organized many conferences, most recently the meeting “Politics and Bioethics,”
in Albany, which brought together conservatives and liberals to discuss commonalities and possibilities in that controversial
area of study. The meeting was attended by most of the White House Domestic Policy Council and covered in Washington
Dr. McGee has been a pioneer in using the Internet in debate about ethical issues. He is founding director
of the first and leading bioethics website, http://bioethics.net. Dr. McGee authors the first blog by a biomedical journal editor,
http://blog.bioethics.net, reviewed in 2005 by Nature, Science and Scientific American.
In 2007 he worked with Apple Computer to build a new online ethics program of certificates and masters degrees for mid-career
professionals. He serves on the advisory board of Google.
J. K. Trivedi is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry since 1995.
Dr Trivedi obtained is medical education (MBBS)
from the King George’s Medical University of Lucknow (KGMU) and later M.D in Psychiatry from the same institute. He
was appointed a lecturer in KGMU in 1978 and since then is working there.
Dr. Trivedi is a sound clinician and researcher.
He has been a principal investigator for more than 25 multinational clinical trials. He is a renowned teacher and academician
having made presentations on various aspects of psychiatry both nationally and internationally.
has been Editor of Indian Journal of Psychiatry (IJP) for six years and has been associated with IJP for more than 18 years
in various capacities. He was President of Indian Psychiatric Society for the year 2004. He is the first Indian Psychiatrist
to be the Zonal Representative for Southern Asia - Zone-XVI of World Psychiatric Association.
Anirudh K. Kala is Director, Centre for Psychiatric Treatment and Deaddiction,
Ludhiana. Punjab (1986 to date). He is also Founder President, Indian Association of Private Psychiatry and Chairperson, Task
Force on Suicide-Prevention, Indian Psychiatric Society. He is also Founder-President, Indo-Pak Punjab Psychiatric Society.
He has 50 publications in national and international journals.
Dr. Kala was formerly Asst. Professor, Department of Psychiatry,
Medical College, Rohtak and Goa Medical College; Director, Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Govt. of Goa, Panjim;
Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana; President, Punjab and Chandigarh Psychiatric
Society; President, Indian Psychiatric Society (North Zone); and Chairperson, Task-Force on Mental Health Legislation, Indian
G. Desai has been Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry and Medical Superintendent of the Institute of Human
Behaviour & Allied Sciences (IHBAS) Delhi aince 1998.
is the Nodal Officer for District Mental Health Programme (DMHP) Delhi State, with IHBAS as Resource Centre for the National
Mental Health Programme of the Govt. of India.
is also Member of the National Mental Health Programme NMHP (Working Committee), Govt. of India.
had received the International Visitor Programme Award and also the prestigious Humphrey Fulbright Fellowship from the Govt.
of USA; and has also obtained his degree of Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.
has been recently conferred the degree of MRC Psych from UK.
has 40 research papers, 10 Book chapters and 7 Research Monographs, with many Awards for original research to his credit.
He has been actively involved in professional bodies and has served as the Honorary General Secretary of the Indian Psychiatric
Society. He has also served as the Hon. Editor of the Indian Journal of Psychiatry.
serves on many scientific review committees, advisory committees and Editorial Boards, while working on many community based
projects and with some NGOs.
is Member of National Knowledge Commission (NKC); Member, Secretary of State Mental Health Authority (SMHA); and Core Group
Member of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
His major areas of interest are Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Public Mental Health and application of
Mental Health in all other areas.