The Health, Wellness, and Society Conference is proud to announce the following Plenary Speakers for its 2014 Conference:
Dante Gallian is a historian and Doctor of Social History at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, with a post doctorate from the Centre de Recherches Historiques de l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France. He has taught Art History, Culture and Civilization at the University Mackenzie Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil. He is currently Associate Professor and Center Diretor History and Philosophy of Health Sciences (CeHFi) of the Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM) of the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP). He is currently the guiding teacher in graduate programs in Health Education and Public Health Sciences at the same university as well as a researcher for CNPq and FAPESP. He is a visiting CRH Professeur at the EHESS, Paris; a visiting researcher at the Center of Humanities and Health do Kings College London, UK and founder and coordinator of the Laboratory of Humanities. He is the author of many books and scientific articles on history, memory and humanities and human health care. He is also a researcher for the research project "The Pathologies of Remedies Modernidade and Humanities: Research and experimentation", funded by FAPESP and KCL and editor of the Revista Internacional de Humanidades Médicas.
John Bertram is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Originally from the Vancouver area, he has a BSc and MSc from the University of British Columbia and a PhD from the University of Chicago. He has done postdoctoral training at Dalhousie University and Harvard and held faculty positions at Cornell University and Florida State University prior to joining the University of Calgary in 2004. His main area of research is the biomechanics of locomotion and his teaching largely focuses on basic sciences for Medical and Engineering students. However, he has had a long-standing interest in assisting with health care delivery for marginalized populations and in developing countries. While a faculty member at Florida State University he developed a unique undergraduate program that organized and delivered free health care clinics to underserved communities in rural areas of the state (http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_668.pdf). While at the University of Calgary he has worked with the Global Health and International Partnerships program to assist with medical education and curriculum revision issues in developing nations in Africa and Asia. His presentation uses these experiences to argue that a new and different emphasis in medical education is needed in developing nations, and describes how this can have far-reaching effects on many aspects of the community and nation.