Advisory Board & Team
Staff physician (active) Department of Medicine, St. Vincent
Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana; consultant in Endocrinology/Internal Medicine.
Dr. Athar, a U.S. citizen, was born at Patna, India. He did
his medical training in Karachi, (Pakistan), Chicago, (Illinois), and at
Indiana University. From 1975 to 2006 he was he was Clinical Assistant
Professor of Medicine and then Clinical Associate Professor of Internal
Medicine and Endocrinology, Indiana University School of Medicine.
He is a member and former a regent and former elected vice-president of
the Islamic Medical Association of North America, and was Chair of its
Medical Ethics Committee. Among other associations, he is a member of
the Islamic Society of North America and Christians and Muslims for Peace
(CAMP). He is on the Board of Advisors of the
International Association for
Dr. Athar's most recent awards include the Indianapolis Medical Society's Gov. Otis Bowen Community Service
Award for Physicians (2002), the Laureate Award(2007), from the American
College of Physicians, Indiana Chapter, and
the St.Vincent Hospital Distinguished Services Award (2008) and Distinguished
Physician Award (2009).
Professor, Departments of Government and Philosophy, University of Texas
Dr. Budziszewski is an ethical and political theorist with special
interest in the natural law tradition. He is the
author of nine academic books, most recently The Line Through the Heart:
Natural Law as Fact, Theory and Sign of Contradiction (2009). He has contributed numerous articles and reviews to both scholarly
and popular periodicals.
Dr. Budziszewski is particularly interested in problems that arise at
the intersection of philosophy and theology, for example the problem of
toleration, the nature of human personhood, and the pathologies which
flow from moral self-deception -- from trying to convince ourselves that
we do not know what we really do. [Faculty
Professor (emeritus,active) Faculty of Health Sciences,
Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel
Professor Shimon Glick was born in Brooklyn in 1932 and
received his medical training in the United States,
specializing in internal medicine and endocrinology.
He immigrated to Israel in 1974 to become a founding
member of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FOHS) at Ben
Gurion University of the Negev and head of the
Internal Medicine Department at Soroka Medical Center.
He and his colleagues instituted the practice of "early
clinical exposure," insisting that students meet
patients in their first week at medical school, even
before beginning traditional academic studies.
"The students don't just treat patients. They talk to
them and learn what it's like to be sick," he explains.
Students also take their medical or Hippocratic oath
when they begin their studies, rather than taking the
oath when they finish.
Professor Glick became chair of Israel's first Internal
Medicine Division and served as Dean of the FOHS between 1986 and 1990. During
his tenure, he played a key role in formulating the
admissions process for medical students - a process
based not only on achievements but also the candidates'
character. Professor Glick headed the Prywes Center for
Medical Education and the Jakobovits Center for Jewish
Medical Ethics, two domains that were assigned a central
role in the professional education of students in the
Faculty. He was also instrumental in the instruction on
doctor-patient communications for first year medical
students. In addition, Professor Glick has served as
ombudsman for Israel's Ministry of Health. He is widely
recognized as an expert in medical ethics, with a
particular focus on Jewish medical ethics, and is at the
forefront of the efforts to bring a Jewish perspective
to bear on the most important issues of modern
In 2014, in recognition of his contributions to medical
education and practice, Professor Glick received a
Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the Nefesh
Bâ€™Nefesh Bonei Zion Awards. The award recognizes
outstanding Anglo Olim â€“ veteran and recent â€“ who
encapsulate the spirit of modern-day Zionism by
contributing in a significant way towards the State of
Professor Glick is blessed with 46 grandchildren and
(at last count) 77 great
grandchildren. He continues to teach at the Joyce and Irving Goldman
Medical School and the Medical School for International
Health (MSIH). [Faculty
Professor and Endowed IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies,
Department of Religious Studies,
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia,
Dr. Sachedina is an American/Canadian citizen born in Tanzania. He has studied in India, Iraq, Iran, and Canada,
his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.
He has been conducting research and writing in the field of Islamic Law,
Ethics, and Theology (Sunni and Shiite) for more than two decades.
In the last ten years he has concentrated on social and political ethics,
including Interfaith and Intrafaith Relations, Islamic Biomedical Ethics and
Islam and Human Rights. Dr.
Sachedina's publications include: Islamic Messianism (State University of
New York, 1980); Human Rights and the Conflicts of Culture, co-authored
(University of South Carolina, 1988); The Just Ruler in Shiite Islam
(Oxford University Press, 1988); The Prolegomena to the Qur'an (Oxford
University Press, 1998); The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism
(Oxford University Press, 2002);
Islam and the Challenge of Human Rights (Oxford University Press,
September 2009), in addition to numerous articles in academic journals.
The Ministry of Culture in Tehran named Dr. Sachedina's
Islamic Biomedical Ethics: Theory and
Application (Oxford University Press, February 2009) the best book of
the year for 2010. Reviewing the book, David Novak (author of
Jewish Social Ethics) described him as "the leading Islamic thinker
writing in English today," and noted "his authentic religious commitment to
the truth of Islam, and his willingness to engage perspectives from other
Senior Research Fellow, Ian Ramsay Centre for Science and Religion, Oxford, United Kingdom
Professor Roger Trigg did his undergraduate work and doctorate, both in
philosophy, at New College, Oxford. He then taught philosophy at the
University of Warwick for many years and is now Emeritus Professor of
From 2007 to 201 he directed an
interdisciplinary research team in the cognitive science of religion in the
University of Oxford. He is a member of the Princeton Center of Theological
Inquiry, and Associate Member of the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is
Senior Research Fellow at the Ian
Ramsay Centre for Science and Religion
Roger Trigg is the author of many
books on Philosophy, particularly combating philosophical relativism in its
various guises, and stressing the philosophical relevance of human nature.
His two most recent books are 'Morality Matters' (Blackwell, Oxford, 2005),
and 'Religion in Public Life' (Oxford University Press (2007) . He is
presently completing a further book for Oxford University Press, on
'Equality, Freedom and Religion', and has in 2010 published a report for the Theos think tank in London on religious freedom called 'Free to Believe?'
He has played a leading role in learned societies, including the British
Society for the Philosophy of Religion (Founding President,1993-6) and the
European Society for Philosophy of Religion (President, 2008-2010).
Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law
School, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, U.S.A.
Professor Wardle joined the faculty
of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1978 and has taught
Biomedical Ethics and Law, Family Law, Conflict of Laws, Origins of the
Constitution, and other subjects full-time ever since. Most of Professor
Wardle's writing relates to biomedical law, family law, and international
comparative law. He is the lead coauthor and editor of a four-volume treatise,
Contemporary Family Law (1988), the author or lead co-author of two other law books, and
more than sixty other law review articles, chapters in law books, and other scholarly and
professional publications. He has written extensively about biomedical ethical
issues, including abortion, euthanasia, and new reproductive technologies, family law,
comparative and international law, and conflict of laws. He has testified
before the Judiciary Committees or subcommittees of both the U.S. Senate and the House of
Representatives regarding various biomedical policy issues and family law issues, and also
before many state legislatures. [BYU
Rocco Mimmo, LLB, LLM
Chairman, Ambrose Centre for Religious Liberty,
Mr. Mimmo is a lawyer in private practice in
Sydney, Australia. He established the Ambrose Centre
for Religious Liberty in 2006 and publicly launched the Centre in 2009 in Sydney. He has
been involved in social action throughout his adult life. In conjunction with
others, he has attempted to influence the thrust of legislation adversely
affecting the essential values associated around embryonic stem cell research,
life, marriage and family. He has a Masters in International Law and has played
a leading role in human rights debates. He is an Honorary Fellow of Campion
College in Sydney which is the only Liberal Arts Tertiary Institution in
Centre for Religious Liberty]
Powell River, British Columbia, Canada
Sean Murphy has been convinced of the need
for protection of conscience legislation since 1988. He has raised the issue with
the Canadian federal government, as well as political parties and the provincial
government in British Columbia.