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Rui Nunes is a Portuguese physician and full professor of bioethics at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto.


He got the first Ph.D. in bioethics in all Portuguese Language countries and he is the president and founder of the Portuguese Association of Bioethics. He is a member of the Portuguese National Council of Ethics for Life Sciences. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine of Portugal.


He organizes since 2007 the International Ph.D. Program on Bioethics, a partnership between the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, the Federal Council of Medicine (Brazil), and the International Chair in Bioethics. In this program, he was directly responsible for more than three hundred Ph.D. students that frequented the course. He is also responsible for the organization of congresses and seminars with a special emphasis on the Portuguese National Congress on Bioethics, the Portuguese-Brazilian Forum in Bioethics, and the World Congress on Bioethics, Medical Ethics & Health Law.


He has published more than thirty books and four hundred papers. His last book is “Healthcare as a Universal Human Right: Sustainability in Global Health” (Routledge, 2022). He got international recognition due to the proposal in Brazil, Portugal and other countries of the legalization of the living will and due to the proposal to UNESCO of a Universal Declaration on Gender Equality.

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