Plenary Speakers | 14th LUMEN | RSACVP 2020


Forensic MD and Director of the Institute of Legal Medicine in Iasi | Romania

She holds a PhD in Medical Sciences, and has a Master in Bioethics. She is a member of the Superior Committee of Legal Medicine, founding member of the Romanian Society of Bioethics and member of the Legal medicine Society. Author/co-author of over 50 articles published in scientific journals with high impact, chapters and books in the field of forensics. Associated Professor since 2005 of the Faculty of Law at Al. I. Cuza University in Iasi and beginning with 2015, Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, at University Gr. T Popa, Iasi, Romania

Plenary speech title | Pros and cons performing the forensic autopsy in the era of the pandemic

Simona-Irina DAMIAN, PhD

University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Gr. T. Popa” Iasi  | ROMANIA

Ph.D. in Medical Sciences at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Gr. T. Popa” Iasi, Romania, 2012. M.D., graduated University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Gr. T. Popa” in 1998 and Faculty of Juridical Sciences, University “Mihail Kogalniceanu” Iasi in 2006. Master in Penal Sciences and Criminalistics in 2007. Post-doctoral researcher in Ethics and Psychiatry. Currently works as Associate Professor PhD at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Gr. T. Popa” Iasi, Romania and as MD, specialty Forensic Medicine, at the Institute of Legal Medicine Iasi. Author and co-author of various papers in journals and conferences.

Plenary speech title | Evolution and Effects of Low Self Esteem in Adolescents with Traumatic Background – Case Presentation



Professor PhD, Faculty of Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences, “Al. I. Cuza” University of Iasi | ROMANIA

Marius Dumitrescu is Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi. His main fields of interest are modern philosophy, philosophical anthropology and psychoanalysis. His most significant volumes are: Descartes or the Doubts of Certainties (Descartes sau certitudinile indoielii) (1996), which won ”Mircea Florian Prize” of the Romanian Academy, What happens when philosophy is taken seriously? (Ce se intampla cand filosofia este luata in serios?) (1999), Plato in the mirror of time. A Journey in Philosophical Anthropology (Platon in oglinda timpului. Periplu in antropologia filosofica) (2002), Beyond the mysteries of philosophy and philosophers (Dincolo de tainele filosofiei si ale filosofilor) (2002), Alchemy of Human Becoming (Alchimia devenirii umane) (2007), Psychoanalysis Applied in Philosophy and Art (Psihanaliza aplicata in filosofie si arta) (2014), and Baroque Genesis of Modern Philosophy (Geneza baroca a filosofiei moderne) (2016).

Plenary speech title | The Christian finality of  John Locke’s Theory of Empiricism




Professor PhD, The Papua New Guinea University of Technology , Lae | Papua New Guinea

Professor Gilder is from the United States of America, with professional academic experience spanning over thirty-five years of teaching undergraduate and post-graduate programs at universities in the USA, Romania, Korea, and Liberia, as well as being a higher education specialist consultant for (inter) national organizations such as the Open Society Foundation and UNESCO (among others). In Romania, he is affiliated with the Department of Anglo-American and German Studies and the UNESCO Chair in Quality Management of Higher Education and Lifelong Learning.

Plenary speech title | Logos, Pathos and Ethical Practices across Selves, Time and Space in a Pandemic Era 



Professor and Director Emeritus of the Drug, Alcohol and Wellness Network, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA.  Professor and Vicepresedinte Institutul Roman de Osteopatie. Bucharest,  Romania.

Professor Doctor Jackson is a Fellow in the National Board of Certified Psychologists, a Diplomate in the American Psychotherapy Association, a National Board Certified Counsellor, a Licensed Professional Counsellor in Pennsylvania and a Fulbright Senior Scholar (Addictions Specialist). He has served as: Senior Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand; Visiting Professor with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board; a Dwight D. Eisenhower Delegate to Viet Nam and Cambodia; Malawi Counselling Institute NBCC Delegate; a lecturer at Oxford University, Rhodes House, UK; and, as a trainer for the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Washington, D.C. He is internationally known for his suicide expertise and has given four world broadcast seminars on suicide for the Australian Counselling Association in the past two years.

Plenary speech title | The Inequity of Educational Opportunity During a Pandemic


Sana LOUE, PhD

Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity; Professor in the Department of Bioethics of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine |  USA

Sana Loue serves as the Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity and is a professor in the Department of Bioethics of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  She holds secondary appointments in Psychiatry, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Global Health. Dr. Loue holds degrees in epidemiology (PhD), medical anthropology (PhD), social work (MSSA), secondary education (MA), public health (MPH) and theology (MA). She is a licensed lawyer, a licensed independent social worker and an ordained interfaith minister. As the Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity, she is responsible for the development of programming for over 2600 medical school faculty and for working with medical school and university leadership, faculty, staff, and students to enhance diversity and inclusion at all levels in the medical school. Dr. Loue has conducted research domestically and internationally, focusing on HIV risk and prevention, severe mental illness, family violence, and research ethics. She has authored or edited more than 30 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Plenary speech title | Visioning Inclusion in an Academic Medical Center


Veaceslav MANOLACHI, Ph.D.

Professor Ph.D. Hab., Rector of State University of Physical Education and Sport of Chisinau | MOLDOVA

Rector of the State University of Physical Education and Sport of Chisinau (Republic of Moldova). I am also Merited Coach, holder of the Order of the Republic, holder of the honorary title The Name in Science, Honorary Professor of the Academic Union, Oxford. I have published over 100 scientific papers, courses, textbooks, and monographs. I have coordinated over 20 Ph.D. students as Doctoral Supervisor in the field of physical culture. In the last five years, we obtained two patents and registration certificates with copyright objects. The publication is mainly focused on physical education and sports management, sports psychology and philosophy. I have participated in national and international projects, including as project manager.

Plenary speech title | General-Conceptual Aspects Regarding the Modernization of Motor Action Theory in Sport



Antonio SANDU, PhD

Professor Ph.D., “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava |  ROMANIA

Director of LUMEN Research Center in Social and Humanistic Sciences, Iasi | ROMANIA

Antonio Sandu is Professor PhD at “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Romania, and Senior Researcher at the LUMEN Research Center in Social and Humanistic Sciences, Iasi, Romania. His main areas of interest include ethics, bioethics, social work and social philosophy. The original contributions of the author’s scientific activities start from the social construction of reality and social constructionism as seen from a semiological perspective. He analyses the social construction of reality by developing his very own version of social constructionism operating at the intersection between the constructionist paradigm and the theory of communicative action. He is the author of the book: Social Construction of Reality as Communicative action, published at Cambridge Scholar Publishing (2016), and also of “Social Work Practice: Research Techniques and Intervention Models: From Problem Solving to Appreciative Inquiry”, “Appreciative Ethics: A constructionist version of ethics” and “Social-Constructionist Epistemology: A transmodern overview”, all three published by Lap Lambert between 2012 and 2013. He has also authored more than 20 volumes in Romanian and English language.

Plenary speech title | Pandemic – Catalyst of the Virtualization of the Social Space