Emeritus Advisor

Professor Lim Pin
University Professor, National University of Singapore

As its first Chairman, Professor Lim led the BAC through a decade of great developments from its inception in 2000 up until December 2010. Given his valuable experience and outstanding contributions, Professor Lim has been recognised as Emeritus Advisor to the Committee.

Professor Lim was the longest serving appointee with 19 years of service as Vice Chancellor at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Professor Lim began his career at the University of Singapore in 1966 as lecturer and was later promoted to Professor, heading the Department of Medicine. He served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 1979 to 1981 and the Vice Chancellor from 1981 to 2000. In 2000, he was named the first University Professor of NUS. Professor Lim is currently University Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS as well as Professor Emeritus and Senior Consultant at the Department of Endocrinology at the National University Hospital.


International Panel of Experts

Given the complexity of bioethical issues, and the importance of aligning Singapore with international best practice, the BAC has the assistance of an International Panel of Experts (IPE). Members of the IPE are:

Professor Steven Hyman, MD
Director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA

Professor Hyman received his Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Yale College, Masters of Arts from the University of Cambridge, and Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School, where he became a Professor of Psychiatry in 1998. He served as Director of the US National Institute of Mental Health from 1996 to 2001, and was the Provost of Harvard University from 2001 to 2011. He is Distinguished Service Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University, the founding president of the International Neuroethics Society, and the Editor of the Annual Review of Neuroscience. In addition, he is a Council member of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academies of Science; a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American College of Neuro-psychopharmacology; a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; and a member of the Dana Foundation Board. His research interest is in the regulation of gene expression by neurotransmitters and drugs that act on dopamine receptors.


Professor Peter Braude, FMedSci
Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, School of Medicine, King’s College London, UK

Professor Peter Braude was Head of the Department of Women's Health at King’s College London (UK) until his retirement in 2011. He directed the Centre for Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital, which is the most active and successful of the HFEA licensed programmes in the UK. Previously in Cambridge, he led one of the first groups to be funded by the UK Medical Research Council to carry out research using human embryos fertilised in vitro. He was a former member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from 1999 to 2004, and chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists from 2004 to 2007. He currently sits on the committee for the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs.


Dr. Christine Grady
Chief, National Institute of Health Clinical Center’s Department of Bioethics, US

Dr. Christine Grady is Chief of the National Institute of Health Clinical Center's Department of Bioethics. Her research focuses on research subject recruitment, incentives, vulnerability, and international research ethics. Dr. Grady has written widely in books and scholarly journals on topics in bioethics, HIV disease, and nursing. She is currently a member of President Obama's Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. She is a senior research fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and faculty affiliate since 2002, and was elected as a fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing in 1997 and the Hastings Center in 2005.

Dr. Grady received a bachelor's degree in nursing and biology from Georgetown University, a master's degree in community health nursing from Boston College, and a doctoral degree in philosophy and bioethics from Georgetown University, where she also held the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor and Clinical Scholar at the School of Nursing and Center for Clinical Bioethics from 1995-1997.


Past Advisors on the BAC’s International Panel of Experts

Professor Martin Bobrow
Emeritus Professor of Medical Genetics, University of Cambridge, UK
Professor Bernard Lo
Professor of Medicine and Director, Program in Medical Ethics, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Professor Onora O’Neill
The Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve
Professor Bartha Maria Knoppers
Director, Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics, McGill University, Canada
(2003 to 2012)
Dr Thomas H. Murray
President and CEO, The Hastings Center, USA
(2005 to 2012)