Facing an Outbreak: Issues of Global Health, Ethics and Technology - Webinar series

05 May 2021 — 12 July 2021

Global health represents an “area of research, studies and interdisciplinary practices, which considers the effects of globalization on health, with the goal of equity in searching for healthcare for all, with a specific attention to issues related to health, its determinants and translational initiatives, and at their interaction with national and local systems” (Missoni, Tediosi 2013).
In the Human Development Program United Nations identified the 17 sustainable development goals: among them health and wellbeing represent the third one, after the reduction of poverty and hunger and before the improvement of education and gender equality.
In the management of the Covid-19 outbreak, some main ethical questions have arisen, related to the balance of care, justice and equity in healthcare; main questions regard moral and anthropological issues, as caring for fragility and vulnerability. New healthcare approaches and practices have been adopted, mediated often by digital technologies: they imply a change of the therapeutic relationship and communication.

The webinar series “Facing an Outbreak: Issues of Global Health, Ethics and Technology” will present and discuss some of these issues, considering their relevance on a global and local level.

Scientific coordinators: Lucia Galvagni (FBK) and Michele Nicoletti (UniTN).

Separate registration for each episode is mandatory.

Subscribers will receive the link to access the webinar on the day of the episode.


Episode 1
Global Health and Global Policies to Face Covid-19
May 5th, 2021 – 5:30-7 pm


Eduardo Missoni (School of Management, Bocconi University and Faculty of Medicine, University of Pavia)
Renzo Pegoraro (Pontifical Academy for Life, Rome and Lanza Foundation, Padua)


Angela Hvitved (Washington D.C.) and Lucia Galvagni (FBK-ISR)


The seminar will reflect on biomedical and social approaches adopted to contain the spread of Covid-19 and it will underscore the relevance of global and local approaches to deal with the outbreak in diverse social, cultural and religious contexts. The relevance of healthcare measures and global health policies adopted to control and contain the spread of the Covid-19 during the pandemic will be discussed by experts on global health and health policies


Episode 2
Justice and Equity in the Covid-19 Emergency
May 18th, 2021 – 5-6:30 pm


Stefano Semplici (“Tor Vergata” University, Rome)


Rosamond Rhodes (Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City & Department of Philosophy, City University of New York)
Joseph Raho (Ethics Center, UCLA – University of California, Los Angeles)


Jenny Clark Schiff (Department of Philosophy, City University of New York & Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City)


The matter of guaranteeing equity during the outbreak is relevant both on a local and on a global level. For what regards the triage of patients to admit in the ICU and for what regards a fair vaccine distribution – both on a local and on a global level – it seems necessary to reason on which kind of justice and equity we would to apply and which reflections we could do about them.


Episode 3
Global Faith-Based Healthcare Organizations and the Covid-19 Emergency
June 3rd, 2021 – 5-6.30 pm


Bette Jacobs (Global Health Initiative, Georgetown University, USA)
Jean-Philippe Cobbaut (Centre d’Ethique Médicale, Université catholique de Lille)
Bruce Compton (Catholic Health Association, USA)


Gianni Tognoni (Policlinico of Milan & Permanent People’s Tribunal)


The contribution of the FBO’s has always been relevant for global health: during this outbreak, some representatives of these organizations intervened and realized initiatives to deal with main emergencies caused by the outbreak. The relevance of what can mean dealing with a global and a local dimension in global health will be underscored and discussed.


Episode 4
Caring for Fragility and Vulnerability in the Covid-19 Outbreak
June 24th, 2021 – 5-6.30 pm


Talitha Cooreman (Research Institute on Religion, Spiritualities, Cultures, Societies – University of Louvain-la-Neuve)
Jerome Mbih Tosam (Department of Philosophy, University of Bamenda, Cameroon)


Carlo Brentari (Department of Humanities, University of Trento)


How the health condition has been affected by the emergency situation? How fragile patients can be supported, accompanied and treated, considering not only their physical condition, but also their relational needs? Is there any role spirituality can play, in this scenario, and how can be recognized a place to spirituality?


Episode 5
Therapeutic Relationship and Communication in Health Digital Technologies During the Covid-19 Emergency
July 6th, 2021 – 5.15-6.45 pm


Monica Consolandi (University Vita Salute San Raffaele, Milan and FBK-ISR)
Alain Loute (Centre d’Ethique Médicale, Université catholique de Lille)


Enrico Piras (FBK-Digital Health and Wellbeing Center)


The seminar will present and underscore the relevance of digital healthcare technologies in the management of the outbreak, for clinicians, patients and the community, in a broader perspective, considering the implications they can have in terms of therapeutic relationship and for what concerns communication.


Episode 6
Looking Back, Looking Forward
July 12th, 2021 – 5-6.30 pm



Massimo Rospocher (German Italian Historical Institute, FBK)
Rosa Salzberg (Department of History – University of Warwick)
Yashar Saghai (Department of Philosophy – University of Twente)


Michele Nicoletti (Department of Humanities, University of Trento)


How could the history and past experiences of epidemics and pandemics help to look at the present scenarios in order to develop ways to intervene and practices to deal with the present time? Could future studies help to anticipate emergencies and to use these data to organize preventive measures considering possible crisis scenarios? How can anticipatory moral imagination help to look forward and evaluate possible futures?


Past Episodes


  • Speaker
    Eduardo Missoni, MD, currently teaches in multiple universities and postgraduate institutes, including the Bocconi University and its School of Management, the Faculty of Sociology of the Bicocca University in Milan, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Pavia, the Geneva School of Diplomacy and the Mexican Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública. His teachings and research activities include Global Health, Management of International Organizations and Development related Governance, Policy-making and Management. Previously, he was an Advisor to the Directorate General for Development Cooperation in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the liaison officer with WHO. Earlier on, he was a UNICEF officer in Mexico and a medical volunteer in Nicaragua. Between 2004 and 2007 he was the Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, the world’s largest youth organization.
  • Renzo Pegoraro
    Renzo Pegoraro, MD, is a theologian and a bioethicist; he was appointed as General Secretary and as Scientific Director of the Lanza Foundation (Padova). He served as President of the ESPMH, the European Society of Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare, and of the EACME, the European Association of Centers of Medical Ethics. He teaches Bioethics at the Divinity School of Triveneto (Italy) and Nursing Ethics at the Pediatric Hospital “Bambin Gesù” in Rome; he is President of the Ethics Committee of the Veneto Oncological Institute. Since September 2011 he is Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Life (Rome). He published more than 40 volumes as editor and co-editor and more than 70 articles on bioethical issues.
  • Angela Hvitved
    Angela Hvitved, PhD, MA is an independent consultant based in the Washington DC area. Her areas of expertise include bioethics, science policy and science communications. Previously, she was a Public Health Advisor in the Division of Education and Development at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). She worked at NIH as a Health Science Policy Analyst. Prior to her time at NIH, she was the Managing Editor of Molecular and Cellular Proteomics and a Presidential Management Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF). She received a PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University and an MA in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University.
  • Stefano Semplici
    Stefano Semplici is professor of Social Ethics and Bioethics at Tor Vergata University of Rome. He was the Chair of the International Bioethics Committe of UNESCO from 2011 to 2015 and of the Committee for Bioethics of the Italian Society of Pediatrics from 2014 to 2019. He is an Associate Editor of the journal «Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy» (since 2010) and was Editor and then Co-editor of the Journal «Archivio di Filosofia/Archives of Philosophy» from 2007 to 2016. He is also a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
  • Rosamond Rhodes
    Rosamond Rhodes, Ph.D., is Professor of Medical Education and Director of Bioethics Education at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Professor of Philosophy at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and Professor of Bioethics and Associate Director of the Clarkson-Mount Sinai Bioethics Program. She writes on a broad array of issues in bioethics and has published more than 240 articles and chapters. She is co-editor of The Human Microbiome: Ethical, Legal and Social Concerns (Oxford University Press, 2013), The Blackwell Guide to Medical Ethics (Blackwell, 2007), Medicine and Social Justice: Essays on the Distribution of Health Care (Oxford University Press, first edition 2002; second edition 2012), Physician Assisted Suicide: Expanding the Debate (Routledge, 1998). Her most recent book is The Trusted Doctor: Medical Ethics and Professionalism (Oxford University Press, April 2020). She is currently working on a new book for Wiley-Blackwell, Understanding Bioethics.
  • Joseph Raho
    Dr. Joseph Raho is Clinical Ethicist at the UCLA Ethics Center, Clinical Instructor at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, and part-time faculty at the Bioethics Institute at Loyola Marymount University. Prior to joining UCLA, he worked on the staff of the President's Council on Bioethics (2006 - 2009) and was a doctoral student in philosophy at the Università di Pisa, Italy. He completed his post-doctoral clinical ethics fellowship at UCLA in 2016.
  • Jenny Clark Schiff
    Jenny Clark Schiff is a Ph.D. student in Philosophy at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. As part of her Ph.D., she serves as an Ethics Fellow at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her research interests are in bioethics, ethics, philosophy of medicine, logic, history of logic, and philosophy of sport. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia College in 2012. As an undergraduate, she received a full scholarship to participate in the Carnegie Mellon Summer School in Logic and Formal Epistemology. In 2014, she was awarded a Fulbright research grant to study Philosophy and Education in Italy through affiliations with the University of Naples Federico II and the University of Padua. She lived in Naples for two years during this time. She also received an M.A. in Italian Literature from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Columbia University in 2017 and an M.A. in English Education from Teachers College of Columbia University in 2018.
  • Bette Jacobs
    Bette Jacobs is Georgetown University Professor, Health Systems Administration and Distinguished Scholar and co-founder O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Her scholarship on risk and opportunity focuses on effective, responsible responses and structures that promote human flourishing. A voting member of Cherokee Nation, she has lifetime involvement in equity programs as well as testimony before the US Congress. She has been a fellow and visiting professor at several international universities and served as commencement speaker at Heritage University on Yakima Indian Reservation and James Cook University. Her current projects include Global Faith Based Health Systems in partnership with Bruno Kessler Foundation; Decolonization and Ecology; Migration, Indigeneity and Gender; Missing and Murdered People; International Indigenous Measurement and Human Rights.
  • Bruce Compton 
    Bruce Compton is senior director of global health for the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). He is based in the association's St. Louis office. Mr. Compton is responsible for assisting and supporting CHA-member organizations in their outreach activities in the developing world. His duties include facilitating collaboration among CHA-member organizations and partners, seeking to enhance the impact of global health activities. Additionally, he is responsible for education regarding best practices in global health partnerships and encouraging CHA members' participation in various activities of global ministry.
  • Jean-Philippe Cobbaut
    Jean-Phillippe Cobbaut, lawyer and philosopher, is the Director of the Center for Medical Ethics at the Catholic University of Lille, where he is Professor of Medical Ethics. He has been a member of the Belgian Bioethics Advisory Committee (1996–2000). As visiting researcher at the Harvard Law School (1995), he has been leading research on resource allocation in health care. He has been a member of the Centre for Philosophy of Law of UCL (1994–1999) and Director of the Research Department of the European Family Organization. He is member of several scientific associations (EACME, ECEN) and of national and international research network (CONTRAST, PIECD, RIRESP). His current work focuses on clinical ethics and organizational ethics, changes in contemporary medicine and ethical issues related toc are relationships, healthcare organizations and politics. Dr. Cobbaut completed a PhD in public health (ethics) at the School of Public Health of UCL. He is also associate professor at the Public Health Faculty of the Louvain-la-Neuve University in Public Health Law and Ethics.
  • Gianni Tognoni
    Gianni Tognoni, physician, worked more than 40 years as researcher at the Mario Negri Insitute in Milan and at the Mario Negri Sud Consortium, with a special focus on clinical trials and epidemiology and he published on main scientific journals. He worked extensively in clinical research ethics committees. He promoted and coordinated research in communitarian epidemiology in South American and African countries. He is committed in the human rights field as Secretary of the People Permanent Tribunal.
  • Talitha Cooreman-Guittin
    Talitha Cooreman-Guittin is researcher in theological ethics at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). The focus of her actual research is on the relevance of maintaining friendships with persons who have dementia and the possible ressources of christian spirituality to reflect on this issue. She has extensively published on intellectual disability, her latest book engages the conversation between theologies of disability and the catechesis of the catholic Church.
  • Jerome Mbih Tosam
    Mbih Jerome Tosam is an associate professor of Philosophy and of Bioethics at the Philosophy Department of the University of Bamenda (Cameron). In 2020 he was Visiting Research Fellow at the Humanities Department of the University of Trento. His research focuses on cultural perspectives in bioethics, philosophy of medicine, global health inequalities, vulnerability and solidarity, global bioethics.
  • Carlo Brentari
    Carlo Brentari (1974) is researcher at the Department of Humanities of the University of Trento (Italy). In 2002, he earned a PhD at the Karl-Franzens-Universität of Graz (Austria), with a dissertation on the American philosopher Susanne Langer. His key research fields are the German philosophical anthropology of the twentieth Century, Nicolai Hartmann’s ontology of nature, the Umwelt theory of Jakob von Uexküll, and environmental ethics. Among his publications: (2015) Jakob von Uexküll. The discovery of the Umwelt between biosemiotics and theoretical biology. Springer; (2019) Il cerchio del possibile. Identità, organismo e persona nella Philosophie der Natur di Nicolai Hartmann. Orthotes; (2019) “Consistency” and maintenance of the personal identity in Nicolai Hartmann’s “Philosophie der Natur”. In: Joachim Fischer (ed.), Philosophische Anthropologie und Neue Ontologie. De Gruyter, pp. 111-126; (2020) Ernst Cassirer’s reading of Jakob von Uexküll. In: Michelini F, Köchy C (eds), Jakob von Uexküll and Philosophy. Life, Environments, Anthropology. Routledge, 106-121.
  • Monica Consolandi
    Monica Consolandi is a Ph.D. Student in ‘Philosophical Issues in an International Perspective’ at University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Department of Philosophy, Milan, where she is currently the Project Coordinator of the study protocol COMMUNI.CARE. She is affiliated to FBK Ph.D. Program at FBK-ISR and to One Health Center of Excellence (University of Florida) as Philosophy & Linguistics Intern. Her research interests focus on doctor-patient interaction and scientific communication. She previously graduated in ‘Philosophy and Languages of Modernity’ at University of Trento with the thesis “The language of conscientious objection. Premises and implications of a concept to be defined”.
  • Alain Loute
    Alain Loute is Assistant Professor at Center for Medical Ethics (ETHICS EA 7446) of the Catholic University of Lille (France). He is co-holder of the "Chaire Droit et éthique de la santé numérique" (Catholic University of Lille). He is also Lecturer at the Faculty of Computer Science of the University of Namur and Scientific Associate of the Center for Research Information Law and Society (CRIDS / Unamur). His research interests are hermeneutics, social philosophy, care ethics, technology ethics and digital health.
  • Enrico Piras
    Enrico Maria Piras holds a PhD in “Information Systems and Organization” (University of Trento) and he is a researcher at Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Health and Wellbeing Center. His research activity focuses on health information management and sharing, healthcare infrastructures, and the technology-mediated coordination of healthcare professionals and patient in telemonitoring. He is also adjunct professor at University of Verona where he teaches “Methodology of Organizational Research” and “Sociology of Organizational Processes”.
  • Massimo Rospocher
    Massimo Rospocher is a full-time researcher at the Italian-German Historical Institute (Trento). He is a social and cultural historian of early modern Europe and his research focuses on the ways in which communication occurred in urban public spaces (such as markets, streets, and squares) through the interaction of different media. He is the author of "Il papa guerriero. Giulio II nello spazio pubblico europeo" (Il Mulino 2015) and he has published widely in Italian, German, English and Spanish. He is currently the PI of the HERA funded project “Public Renaissance: Urban Cultures of Public Space between Early Modern Europe and the Present” (PURE) https://www.hiddencities.eu
  • Rosa Salzberg
    Rosa Salzberg is Associate Professor of Italian Renaissance History at the University of Warwick, U.K. She has researched and published widely on the history of communication, cities, mobility and migration in early modern Venice and Italy. She is the author of "Ephemeral City: Cheap Print and Urban Culture in Renaissance Venice" (2014) and co-editor of a recent special issue of the "Journal of Early Modern History"on "Cities in Motion: Mobility and Urban Space in Early Modern Europe" (2021).
  • Yashar Saghai
    Yashar Saghai is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente and Associate Senior Scholar at The Millennium Project: Global Futures Studies and Research, a D.C.-based global think-tank. Until July 2018 he was a Research Scholar and Associate Faculty at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he lead several projects on food ethics, bioethics, and foresight. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University and graduate degrees in History of Philosophy and Medical Ethics from the University of Paris, in his native city. His research focuses on philosophical issues surrounding the anticipation of alternative futures.
  • Michele Nicoletti
    Michele Nicoletti is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Trento. He has authored books on Kierkegaard’s philosophy of subjectivity (1983), Carl Schmitt’s political theology (1990), Politics and the Evil (2000) and edited critical editions and translations of XIX and XX century philosophers like Rosmini, Stein, Guardini, Boeckenfoerde. His research interests focus on the intertwining between ethics, anthropology and political theory. Visiting fellow at several international universities (i.a. Freiburg i.B.. KU Leuven, Notre Dame, IN, USA), he has been the scientific coordinator of national and international research projects and is the chief editor of the scientific journal "Politica e Religione. Annuario di Teologia politica". From January to June 2018 he has served as President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. During his mandate, he has launched the Council of Europe Academic Network initiative: a project for the coordination of major universities and academic institutions in the field of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
  • Lucia Galvagni
    Lucia Galvagni, PhD, MA, is researcher at the Center for Religious Studies of the Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento (Italy). Her main research interests are clinical ethics, philosophy of medicine, ethics and genetics, narrative ethics and narrative research in medicine and healthcare. She is Affiliate of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics and has been visiting scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. She taught Bioethics at the University of Pavia and at the University of Trento and she is member of healthcare ethics committees and of ethics committees of the University of Trento. Lucia has been involved in international research projects on clinical ethics, ethics in genetic testing, on global health and global faith-based healthcare organizations.




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