Jane Blazeby (Bristol, UK): professor of surgery, Bristol University; proponent of randomised trials in surgery, and working to change surgical culture, including around death
Tracey Bleakley (London, UK): chief executive of Hospice UK
Yali Cong (Beijing, China) is professor of bioethics, dean of the department of medical ethics and health law, and chair of Peking University institutional review board. She has overseen a dissertation on decision making of cancer patients and teaches on assisted suicide, using the philosophies of Confucianism, Daosim, and Buddhism.
Robin Durie (Exeter) is senior lecturer in political theory and principal investigator at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health; and cofounder of the Connecting Communities [C2] progamme for transformative community regeneration.
Eric Finkelstein (Singapore): health economist, professor of health services and systems research program at the Duke-NUS Medical School; executive director of the Lien Centre for Palliative Care; researches the complicated decisions that revolve around end of life care
Nahla Gafer (Khartoum, Sudan): clinical oncologist and head of palliative care unit at Radiation and Isotope Center Khartoum, director of palliative care courses at Comboni College of Science and Technology.
Sam Guglani (Cheltenham, UK): oncologist; director and founder of Medicine Unboxed, an events project that aims to engage public and health professionals in exploring medicine, life, and mortality through the arts and humanities; author of Histories, a book about hospital life
Malcolm Johnson (Bristol, UK): visiting professor of gerontology and end of life care at the University of Bath; emeritus professor of health and social policy at the University of Bristol; author of The Cambridge Handbook of Age and Ageing and many other books; interested in the idea of “biographical pain,” intense suffering that can result from memories at the end of life
Jenny and Celia Kitzinger (Cardiff and York, UK) (job share): Jenny is director of research: impact and engagement, Cardiff University, and codirector of the Cardiff-York Coma and Disorders of Conciousness Research Centre and curator of the Before I Die Festival – a festival for the living about dying; Celia is professor in sociology in York University, codirector of the Cardiff-York Coma and Disorders of Conciousness Research Centre, and a scholar-activist for whom academic research and social change are inextricably linked.
Felicia Marie Knaul (Miami, US)Professor at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and Director of the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, University of Miami. a globally known health and social sector economist. Her current research focuses on global health, access to pain control and palliative care, health financing, health systems and reform, cancer and especially breast cancer in low- and middle-income countries, poverty and inequity, and gender equity.
Arnoldo Kraus (Mexico City, Mexico): physician who has written extensively about death and dying in books and columns in two newspapers in Mexico
Julia Neuberger (London, UK): senior rabbi at West London Synagogue; member of the House of Lords; chair of a Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway for Dying Patients, and author of Is that all there is? – reflections on life, mortality, and leaving a legacy.
Mark O’Connell (Dublin, Ireland): journalist, author of To Be A Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death
Seamus O’Mahony (Cork, Ireland): gastroenterologist; author of The Way We Die Now
M R Rajagopal (Trivandrum, India): palliative care physician; founder chairman of Pallium India, a palliative care non-governmental organisation based in Kerala
Eriko Sase (Japan, based in Boston): researching into palliative care and human rights at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Harvard University
Sheldon Solomon (Saratoga Springs, US): professor of psychology at Skidmore College; one of the authors of The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life
Richard Smith (London, UK): former editor of the BMJ, blogger, has a talk “Death: the Upside”
Ros Taylor (London, UK): palliative care physician at the Royal Marsden, London; clinical director of Hospice UK
Katrina Wyatt (Exeter) is professor of relational health and deputy director for engaged research in the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, University of Exeter. All her research is co-created with patients, service users, carers and people from low income communities to ensure their voices are at the heart of the questions we ask and the responses we develop.
Support from the Lancet:
Richard Horton, editor; Jocalyn Clark, executive editor