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Pioneer in bioethics

William Saad Hossne: CONEP founder

Eduardo CesarWilliam Saad Hossne: CONEP founderEduardo Cesar

Physician William Saad Hossne, professor emeritus of the Botucatu School of Medicine at São Paulo State University (Unesp), passed away in Botucatu at age 89. Known for his work in bioethics, Hossne helped found FAPESP and became the foundation’s second scientific director from 1964 to 1967. He returned to the same post from 1975 to 1979 and was vice president of the FAPESP Board of Trustees from 1985 to 1989. Hossne was born in São Paulo and graduated from the USP School of Medicine in 1951. In 1962 he was a founding member of the Botucatu School of Medical and Biological Sciences, one of the units that was part of Unesp in 1976. He was also president of the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) from 1979 to 1983. He is the author of the reference book on bioethics entitled Experimentação em seres humanos (Experiments in Human Beings). In the 1990s he established the Brazilian Bioethics Society. In 1995 he was one of the founders of the National Commission for Ethics in Research (CONEP) and served as coordinator from 1996 to 2007. CONEP set up a system to monitor ethics in research that is connected to more than 600 hospital and university committees in Brazil.