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Giovanni Berlinguer

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European Parliament

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO
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Fran Baum, Head of Department and ..., 5 Feb 2009 [cached]
Fran Baum, Head of Department and Professor of Public Health at Flinders University, Foundation Director of the South Australian Community Health Research Unit and Co-Chair of the Global Coordinating Council of the People's Health Movement; Monique Begin, Professor at the School of Management, University of Ottawa, Canada, twice-appointed Minister of National Health and Welfare and the first woman from Quebec elected to the House of Commons: Giovanni Berlinguer, Member of the European Parliament, member of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO (2001,2007) and rapporteur of the project Universal Declaration on Bioethics; Mirai Chatterjee, Coordinator of Social Security for India's Self-Employed Women's Association, a trade union of over 900 000 self-employed women and recently appointed to the National Advisory Council and the National Commission for the Unorganised Sector; Yan Guo, Professor of Public Health and Vice-President of the Peking University Health Science Centre, V
Giovanni Berlinguer, Member ..., 28 Aug 2008 [cached]
Giovanni Berlinguer, Member of the European Parliament, member of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO (2001-2007) and rapporteur of the project Universal Declaration on Bioethics: "A fairer world will be a healthier world.
Friday 20th October, 1 Aug 2001 [cached]
Giovanni Berlinguer
Talk 5
Reconciling Ethics and Science
Giovanni Berlinguer
Giovanni Berlinguer has been a Professor of Social Medicine at the University of Sassari and of Occupational Health at Rome's University "La Sapienza". He is President of the National Committee of Bioethics. "No restrictions must be placed on scientific knowledge", he says.
1. "The scientist has a responsibility to inform" (Giovanni Berlinguer).
Others, however, thought that scientists should be given freedom to research - "without freedom there is no creativity" (Giovanni Berlinguer) - and that politicians, and not scientists themselves, should be responsible for the application of their discoveries.
5. "The feedback loop [between science, technology and capital investment] has meant that science has become the handmaiden of industry. (Colin Tudge). Research is expensive and governments have begun to leave the funding of science to private industry. The latter wants science that boosts its own, not humanity's interests, so poor-country diseases like malaria go untreated. Giovanni Berlinguer proposed that the international community should step in in such cases, and that an increase in government funding is needed to correct market failures. As he said, "Big business is destructive because it is absent, not because it is present," which raises the issue of the desirability of business involvement in the public sphere.
6. "Fewer laws, more policing. (Giovanni Berlinguer) The need for regulation was a prominent theme. Industrialist Sergio Dompé lauded the US's Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is a trusted, reliable institution which efficiently intervenes in many areas. He suggested Italy look to the FDA model - industry does not want to act in an unregulated way but wants to know the rules and how far it can go. Giovanni Berlinguer called for controls to be set in a democratic way. Berlinguer was questioned on the ethics of Professor Antinori's human cloning pronouncements.
Girding for UN Defeat, Cloning Advocates Seek to Move Decision to UNESCO » Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute [cached]
Giovanni Berlinguer, an Italian politician and member of the Communist Party, has said that science should not be restrained by moral issues or dogma, and that the formulation of bioethical principles should be done "outside dogmas., 6 May 2006 [cached]
- Giovanni Berlinguer, University of Rome, Italy
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