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William Saad Hossne

Award for bioethics pioneer

Surgeon and bioethics specialist William Saad Hossne, 86, received the 15th Ruy Mesquita Education Warrior trophy. The honor is bestowed annually by the Center for Company-School Integration (CIEE) and the newspaper O Estado de São Paulo to individuals who have excelled in the field of education. Hossne founded the Brazilian Bioethics Society and helped establish the Brazilian Commission on Research Ethics (Conep), which he led from 1996 to 2007. He currently coordinates the graduate course in bioethics at the São Camilo University Center in São Paulo. A surgeon trained at the USP School of Medicine, he was one of the founders of the School of Medical and Biological Sciences in Botucatu, now affiliated with Unesp, where he is a professor emeritus. He was president of the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) from 1979 to 1983 and was involved in the founding of FAPESP, later becoming its second scientific director, from 1964 to 1968. He held that post again in 1975–1979. “In difficult moments during the consolidation of the Foundation, Professor Hossne helped shape the most significant part of the institution, namely the scientific board,” said Celso Lafer, president of FAPESP, in a speech at the awards ceremony.