Keynote Speakers

 | Post date: 2019/07/15 | 

Dr. Manizheh ABDOLLAHI
Associate Professor of Persian Literature, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

She is an associate professor of Persian literature and language in the Persian Department of Paramedical School, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (SUMS), Iran, where she teaches Persian literature and language to medical students.   She also teaches academic Persian writing to MA students of Medical Journalism and Old Persian medical texts to PhD students in Traditional Persian Medicine. She is also the Assistant Editor of Journal of Research on History of Medicine (
Manizheh Abdollahi is the author of several papers in traditional Persian Medicin: “The identity of Patients in 12th century Medical Texts in Persian”, ( 2013);  “A Historical-Literary Survey of Medicine in Ancient Iran” (2012), “ The Impact of Literal Images in Traditional Medical Texts” (2012), “ Partiality in Didactic Persian Literature” (2012); “ Using Mirror, a Kind of Treatment for Bell Palsy in the History of Medicin of Iran”(2011) as well as several papers in Modern Persian Literature and Hafez studies.
She has published several books:  A Dictionary of Animals in Persian Literature (2002), Zaban-e Ashenaee: Textbook for the course of General Persian for foreign University students.(2011), Sokhan-e Shirin-e Farsi, Textbook for the course General Persian for Iranian University students, revised edition (2018), Alvah-al Sehhe ( Revision and descriptive notes),  A Book in Traditional Persian Medicine,(2014), Hedayat-al Moteallemin (Revision and descriptive notes), A Book in Traditional Persian Medicine, Tehran (2014).
She has also translated a few books from Arabic into Persian: Menhaj_al-Dukan, A book in Arabic Traditional Medicine and Pharmacology (2018) and The Mythology and Beliefs of Arab people before Islam (2011) and Dialouge in Three Dimensions (translation and critical study of the poetry of Buland al-Haidari (2007). 

Professor and the Rector of Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey
  Prof. Dr. Ahmed Ağırakça completed the primary, middle (pre-secondary) and high school levels of his educational life in Mardin. He graduated from Istanbul Higher Islamic Institute and also had a bachelor degree from the Department of History at Istanbul University Faculty of Letters. He served as a teacher for a while. He became a research and teaching assistant of History of Islam at Konya Selcuk University Faculty of Religious Sciences (1977) before he started his next assistantship at the Department of History of Middle Ages at Istanbul University Faculty of Letters (1978). He obtained his PhD degree in 1983 at the Department of History of Middle Ages at Istanbul University Faculty of Letters (1983). He was promoted to assistant professor in 1987, to associate professor in October 1988 and to full professor in 1996 June. In 2000, he served as the Dean of Faculty of Religious Sciences at Rotterdam Islamic University. In 2001 he served as the Founder Head and Rector of European Islamic University. He also worked as the Dean of Faculty of Religious Sciences and Vice Rector at the same university. In 2009, he returned back to his professorial position at the Department of History of Middle Ages at Istanbul University Faculty of Letters. In 2012, he was assigned as the Dean of Faculty of Islamic Sciences at Mardin Artuklu University. Finally he was elected as the Rector of Mardin Artuklu University in 2014. He still fulfills this position. He can speak Arabic (excellent), Persian (fluent) and English (fluent). He published 19 original and 11 translated books. He has published tens of articles in scientific journals and presented in 42 national and international scientific conferences. Since 30 years, he has also presented and made speeches in various formal and civic conferences, organized seminars and joined many panels. He has written a number of encyclopedia articles and served as the manager and redactor of the 6-volumes Shameel Encylopedia of Islam (Turkish: Şamil İslam Ansiklopedisi). He worked as a manager, writer and columnist in many Literature, Science, Politics and Social journals and periodicals. He organized various symposiums and edited the proceedings of these symposiums. He assumed roles in the establishment of many non-governmental organizations.  

Dr.Tommaso ALPINA
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at MUSAPh (Munich School of Ancient Philosophy), Germany
Tommaso Alpina is Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at MUSAPh (Munich School of Ancient Philosophy) – LMU in the framework of the ERC project Animals in the Philosophy of the Islamic World” (Chair for Late Antique and Arabic Philosophy, Prof. Dr. P. Adamson). He received his M.A. (Philosophy) from the University of Pisa, his diploma di licenza (Philosophy) and Ph.D. (Philosophy) from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. He also studied Arabic at the University of Jordan (Amman), and has been visiting student at the University of Cambridge, St. John’s College (2013), and at the École normale supérieure de Lyon and Paris (2014). Before joining MUSAPh he held a four-year Research Fellowship at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa in the framework of the ERC project “Philosophy on the Border of Civilizations and Intellectual Endeavours: Towards a Critical Edition of the Metaphysics (Ilāhiyyāt of Kitāb al-Šifāʾ) of Avicenna (Ibn Sīnā)” (coordinated by Prof. Dr. A. Bertolacci). His main areas of research are the reception of Aristotelian philosophical psychology and zoology in Arabic philosophy, notably in Avicenna, and the connections between natural philosophy and medicine. His first book “Subject, Definition, Activity. The Epistemological Status of Avicenna’s Science of the Soul” is forthcoming in De Gruyter – Scientia Graeco-Arabica series. He also authored several articles in specialized journals. For further details on publications and a full CV, see his website


Assistant Professor of Traditional Medicine, School of Persian Medicine,
Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Born in 1970 in Mashhad, A Physician with systemic approach to health and disease, started the integrative medicine firstly with phytotherapy, naturopathy, and energy medicine but after inflowing in the first academic PhD course of Persian medicine in 2007 in Tehran University he could extend this systemic approach more widely and deeply concerning historical manuscripts and ancient teachings of sage philosopher-physicians in Persian culture and civilization. He personally prefers to use his self-created term of “Hikmat-based medicine” instead of terms like Unani medicine, Arabic medicine, Islamic medicine or even Persian medicine. He presented some philosophical and empirical dimensions of corporeal spirits in the human heart and brain in his PhD thesis in 2013 with respect to his main concentration in the field of mind-body medicine. His main attention in medical practice involves with psycho-neurological and autoimmune disorders through a psychosomatic approach. He also corrected, translated, and edited more than 15 manuscripts in the field of “Hikmat-based medicine” and believes that the first pre-requisite for correcting, editing, or translating historical medical manuscripts is a systemic attitude which converges the literal, linguistic, philosophical, empirical, and cultural dimensions of them. Currently he teaches researches and practices in Mashhad University of Medical Sciences.

Faculty Member of Imam Sadiq University
Hamed Arezaei, born in 1985 in Tehran, Iran; PHD in Islamic Philosophy, Faculty Member at Imam Sadiq University(ISU) and member of Academy of Medical Sciences, Iran. He studies BA in Arabic Language and Literature at Tehran University, and took his BA and MA in Islamic Theology and Philosophy at Imam Sadiq University (ISU), Tehran (2011), and a PHD in Islamic Philosophy at Tarbiat Modarres University (TMU), Tehran (2017). Hamed Arezaei’s research focuses on the relationship between philosophy and Sciences in the Islamic age, focusing on Ibn Sina and the Avicennian heritage. He has published numerous articles on the classification of science in the Islamic thought, especially Avicennian tradition, philosophy of natural sciences and the relationship between philosophy, medicine, alchemy and mathematics in Persian, Arabic and English. He has also participated in several conferences delivering research papers and taught courses in the history of science and philosophy of science in various scientific institutions. Among his published works, one can mention the following:
- The Philosophical Aspect of Alchemy; Between the Scholars of Islamic Civilization and the Historians of Science and Philosophy
- Ibn al-Haytham in the Books of History of Islamic Philosophy؛ Is He a Philosopher?
- Classification of knowledge in Contemporary Islamic Philosophy
- Natural Philosophy and Natural Sciences in Avicennian tradition; An essay on Classification and introduction
- The principles of philosophy of knowledge in Allame Tabatabaei’s Though and it’s consequence in classification of knowledge
- Classification of knowledge; principles & criterions in Avicenna's views
- The Relationship between Philosophy & Medicine in Qutb al-Din Shirazi's Thought.

Dr. Amina ATHER
4 Technologies, Germany
Prof. em. Dr. Amina Ather is an expert in health education for last 19 years working with personalized and preventive health care on non-invasive and non-drug therapy across 21 countries and conducted public talks, keynote address, sessions, focused group discussion and counselling sessions with more than 1 million women of all ages, religion and culture. She holds a PhD in public health with her focus of health education of women through green pharmacy. She has been conferred with doctor of medicine in Unani fraternity for clinical research in screening and management of PMS with camphor an indigenous herb on India. Right now she is screening flamer syndrome for girls between 10 to 18 years and developing preventive and personalized healthcare supported by ministry of health and family welfare, ministry of education and ministry of food, government of Karnataka, India. Working on satiric validation of products derived Karnataka antibiotics limited. Developing global tourism integrated wellness village at Bangalore under her patronage and her own foundation The solstice trust (R). She has 3000 undergraduate students, 360 post graduate and 32 PhD from her visiting and emeritus professor with Doctoral jury - UNESCO, Emeritus-professor (Tainshan Scholar) China, Chief Scientific Adviser for Health education, Ministry of health and family welfare, Government of Karnataka, India. Chief Scientific Adviser - Malaysia, Visiting Professor - South Africa, Malaysia, Al Ain, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan. Scientific Director - Medizin Park Ruhr, Germany. She has been nominated with guineas book of records for her compilation on Medicinal flora. Awards and appreciation from all around like golden hibiscus from Malaysia, and silver Quran from turkey, dream angle from Sudan and young entrepreneur from ford foundation, King Faudfoundation from UAE, and many more.

Dr. Mohammad H. AYATI
PhD of Chinese Medicine, Assistant Professor of Traditional Medicine, School of Persian Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Mohammad Hossein Ayati, born in 1976, passed high school in National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents and placed 86th among 400,000 participants of “National Medical Entrance Exam” in 1994. He obtained his medical degree (7-years MD) in 2001 from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, and then served his public service as a GP. In 2005, he won a full scholarship from Iran’s MOH for a Clinical PhD on Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture in Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. He graduated as one of Top Ten BUCM graduates in 2010. Since 2011, he is serving as an Assistant Professor in School of Persian Medicine of Tehran University of Medical Sciences, in two departments; Department of Traditional Medicine & Department of History of Medicine. He is active in research and teaching, runs an acupuncture clinic, and tutors postgraduate students. He published more than 30 papers, among which some are highly cited, and his scientific works can be accessed in Scopus and ORCID. He also works part-time in the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran.

Dr. Glen M. COOPER
PhD, Independent Scholar and Historical Consultant; 297 East 1150 North, Springville, UT 84663

Dr. Cooper is from Chicago, Illinois, USA. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy, and then studied philosophy at Oxford for a post-graduate year. He earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University in history of Islamic science and culture, with a dissertation on the Greco-Arabic tradition of astronomy and medicine in Galen and Hunayn ibn Ishaq. This was published in 2011 as: Galen, De diebus decretoriis, from Greek into Arabic: A Critical Edition, with Translation and Commentary, and Historical Introduction of Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq, Kitāb ayyām al-buḥrān. London: Ashgate. [Paperback, Routledge, 2016.] At Columbia, he also studied three years of Farsi and Sanskrit.
Since then he has worked as an editor on the Islamic Translation Series, and has taught Middle Eastern History and history of science at three schools, including two of the Claremont Colleges in greater Los Angeles. At Claremont he taught many history courses, including Greek, Byzantine, Jewish, South Asian, Islamic history and history of science and medicine, and a course on the Qur’an. Dr. Cooper has been selected as a research fellow of the Einstein Centre Chronoi for 2019-2020, at the Antike Kolleg, Berlin, Germany, where his project concerns History of Time in Greek and Arabic Medical Culture and Practice. He is seeking a permanent academic position.

Dr. Bilal DADAYEV 
Associate Professor, Head of Department of General Sciences, Baku Engineering University, Azerbaijan
Dadayev Bilal Mirzabala oglu was born in 1974 in Shilavar village of Lankaran region. He graduated from Digah village secondary school in 1992, and entered the History faculty of Selcuk University in Turkey within the framework of the State Line of the Republic of Azerbaijan. After graduation in 1997, he continued his education in the same year as a master's degree at Selcuk University within the State Line of the Azerbaijan Republic. After successfully completing his Master's Degree in 2000, he started his doctoral studies at the Social Sciences Institute at Selcuk University in the same year. He defended his dissertation in History (PhD) in 2004. B.M. Dadayev started his academic career at the Department of "Social Sciences" of Qafqaz University of Azerbaijan in 2005, and in 2008 became a senior teacher at the Department of Political Science and in 2012 was appointed as an Associate Professor of "State and Municipal Administration". In 2014-2017  he acted as a head of the "General Disciplines" department and a head of the "Garabagh Researches" scientific center. During this period he taught such courses as "History of Azerbaijan", "History of the Republic of Turkey", "Research Methods" and "Azerbaijan multiculturalism".  He is the author of 3 books and a number of scientific articles. He has also participated in 80 conferences during his pedagogical activity. Three of them are published in the Journals of Impact Factor. B.M. Dadaev received the title of Associate Professor in 2014. B. Dadayev is currently the head of the Department of General Disciplines at Baku Engineering University. He is married and has three children.

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine; Fellowship of Anesthesia in Thoracic Surgery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
Dr. Samad EJ Golzari is an associate professor of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran. He is an internationally award winning scholar for his extensive research and publications in the fields of Anesthesiology and History of Medicine. Rather than focusing purely and solely on the medical sciences inherited from ancient scholars, in his research, he tries to unearth the delicate yet central relation between this ancient knowledge and modern medicine. His endeavor has shed light on the rediscovery of long-forgotten medical sciences and knowledge, reintroducing them to the modern medicine practitioners and clinicians. His studies on Al-Akhawayni has revealed magnificent opinions of this Persian scholar on pulse, Elephantiasis, sleep paralysis, infertility, tracheostomy etc. Interestingly, some of his studies uncover early and probably first descriptions of some medical conditions introduced by Persian scholars. For instance, early or probably first descriptions of Grisel's syndrome by Al-Akhawayni and supraventricular tachycardia by Bahā'al-Dawlah Razi (d. 1508 CE). His comprehensive studies on the contributions of Persian Scholars to the development and modification of medical and surgical techniques have reintroduced ancient Persian scholars and their unique concepts to the world and those who might use these long-forgotten pearls of knowledge in their daily practice.

Dr. Shahrzad IRANNEJAD
PharmD; Associate PhD Candidate at the Research Training Group 1876 "Early Concepts of Humans and Nature: Universal, Specific, Interchanged", Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany
Shahrzad Irannejad is currently a PhD candidate at the interdisciplinary Research Training Group "Early Concepts of Humans and Nature: Universal, Specific, Interchanged", JGU Mainz, Germany. After graduating with a PharmD from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2009, she has focused in her research on the textual transfer of medical knowledge from the Greek to the Arabic tradition. In her current project "Localization of the Avicennean inner senses in a Hippocratic body" in Mainz, she studies the Greek precursors to the various elements of the theory of Inner Senses as epitomized in the works of Avicenna. Her research, thus, deals with how concepts and ideas regarding the brain and the mind were transformed as they travelled beyond linguistic and cultural borders. Her other research interests include codicology and paleography in the Islamicate world, the era of paradigm shift in medicine in Qajar Iran, and the relationship between medicine and classical Persian cuisine. She is now concluding her dissertation, hosted by the Fuat Sezgin Research Foundation for the History of Science in Islam, and the Orient-Institut in Istanbul. She has presented the results of her research in numerous international conferences and has several papers in press on the anatomy of the brain, the concepts of inner senses, embodiment of mental faculties and the relationship between medicine and cuisine.

Dr. Shahram JALILIAN
Associate Professor of History, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz
Shahram Jalilian, author and professor of Persia’s Ancient History at Shahid Chamran University, was born in 1978 in Khoramshahr, Khuzestan province. Having taken the nation-wide entrance exam (konkur) in 1996, he was admitted to Yazd University and began his studies in history. After graduation he sat the MA exam in Persia’s Ancient History and was admitted to Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran. In 2002, he defended his MA thesis titled “The Diplomacy of Medians” supervised by Ardashir Khodadadian, Ph.D, and advised by Reza Sha’bani, Ph.D, with highest distinction. Following his MA degree, he was admitted in the same year to the Ph.D program of Persia’s Ancient History at Tehran University as the first-ranking student. He defended his dissertation, “The Issue of Succession in the Sassanid Era”, supervised by Mohammad-Bagher Vosughi, Ph.D and advised by Shirin Bayani, Ph.D, and Ruzbeh Zarrinkub, Ph.D, with score 19 (out of 20). He began his teaching career in 2008-2009 in the Department of History at the Faculty of Letters, Shahid Chamran University. His book The History of Jondishapur was chosen as the Best Book of Year of Khuzestan in the Social Sciences and History Department in the Khuzestan’s Third Book of the Year Award, out of 300 books submitted to the event. His other book, The History of the Political Developments of Sassanids, received the Dehkhoda Award and ‌Badge in the area of History, Geography and Archeology. He is currently teaching and researching history of ancient Persia, especially history of Sasasnids, and has published over thirty books and articles in this area. One of his chief interests in the medical history of the Ancient Persia, about which he has published some 

Dr. Mehrdad KARIMI
Assistant Professor of Traditional Medicine, School of Persian Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Dr. Mehrdad Karimi is a research scientist and practitioner with over twenty years of Iranian traditional medicine experience in the areas of new drug discovery and history of medicine.
Dr. Mehrdad Karimi is associate professor of department of Iranian Traditional Medicine, Tehran University of medical science.
He received his M.D. (2001), He holds a Ph.D. in Iranian Traditional Medicine from Tehran University of medical science.
Dr. Mehrdad Karimi is a research scientist and practitioner with over twenty years of Iranian traditional medicine experience in the areas of new drug discovery and history of medicine.
His research interest includes Zoroastrian culture, Medical History of Ancient Iran philosophy of science and the history of pharmacy.

Senior researcher in the history of science in the SPHERE team (UMR 7219, CNRS & University Paris Diderot, Paris, France(
She is a senior researcher in the history of science in the SPHERE team (UMR 7219, CNRS & University Paris Diderot, Paris 7). After her PHD in Biochemistry and in Biophysics, she studied the effects of environment (water, ions, irradiations…) on virus and nucleoprotein complexes in different CNRS Laboratories. Since 2000 she has focused her work on drug therapies in the medieval period. Physicians and pharmacists allowed the drug use after very long observations of drug effects on various patients. She has examined medieval pharmacy and medicine written in Arabic and in Persian, particularly Rāzī or Rhazes' (ca. 865 – 925) conception of drug effects that was a permanent confrontation between book learning and practice observations. She has published on drug therapies for near incurable diseases such as smallpox, leprosy and melancholia. Her publications developed the role of alchemy on drug production, the use of honey, clay and the effect of the presence of pests and housing environment on health. She has studied also the role of animals in the daily life of humans in the work of the medieval author Ğāḥiẓ (776-869). She has focused on understanding the complex process that should aim at better health. This process includes the place of residence, therapy by baths, psychological state, habits and the patient need for food and beverages as well as varieties of drug therapies.
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Assistant Professor of History, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman
Hamid Kavyani Pooya (b. 1982), born in Hamedan, Iran; PhD in History of ancient Iran, Assistant professor of Ancient History of Iran at the Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman. He completed his elementary and secondary schooling in Hamedan, Iran. He then completed a MA and Ph.D. in history at the University of Tehran. Her thesis was about medical history of ancient Iran that he finished at 2012. He specializes in the history and culture of Ancient Persia. He started teaching at University of Kerman in 2012 and he has also taught in the field of Medical history at Tehran University and Shahed University and Babol University of Medical Sciences. Hamid Kavyani's research focuses is on the History of Ancient Persia and he has published numerous articles on the history of science and history of religion and culture in the ancient and Islamic era, and especially about Medical Science of ancient Persia. Several articles have been published by him in Iranian and international journals in order to clarify the aspects of history of Iran and other ancient nations. He is also associated with the encyclopedia of medicine. His most famous publications include History of Medicine in ancient Iran and History of Hospitals in Iran. That the last book was deserves to be honored at the Festival of Dehkhoda. Most recently he has written a book on Sassanid history with Title; The Last Commanders of Iran and Arabs at the Sassanian Evening.

Dr. Kadircan H. KESKINBORA
Professor of Ophthalmology & Ph.D. of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Bahcesehir Univ. School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey

He has studied medicine at Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine (Ankara/Turkey). He became an Ophthalmologist in 1987, an associate professor in 1999 and a professor in 2007. He became the founder dean of Medicine Faculty at Namik Kemal University (Tekirdag, Turkey). He concluded his second Ph.D. in “Deontology, History of Medicine and Medical Ethics” in 2006. He still is a professor at Bahcesehir University, Faculty of Medicine, Head of Department of History of Medicine and Ethics (Istanbul). He is a member of various national and international scientific or non-governmental organizations. His published books:
  1. Education in Ophthalmology with Questions
  2. Towards Exam in Ophthalmology
  3. Scientific Areas that Intersect with Ophthalmology
History of Medicine:
  1. Key to Eye Light and Treasures of Joy
  2. Esat Isik: A Light in Science, in Politics, in National Struggle
  3. The Little Canon of Avicenna.
  1. Inheritance of Thinking Minds to Humanity: Aphorisms (Düşünen Beyinlerin İnsanlığa Mirası: Özdeyişler)
  2. Brier Rose (poem book) (Yaban Gülü)
  3. Thoughts on Mardin (poem) (Mardin Düşünceleri)
  4. I am water (poem) (Ben Suyum)
  5. Claim (poem) (İddia)
 Because of his studies on Avicenna (Ibn Sina), he was awarded the “International Avicenne Prize” in Paris/France in 2016. He has made speeches and presentations in quite many national and international conferences, scientific and informative meetings, radio and TV channels as a speaker, panelist or instructor. Many articles of Keskinbora have been published in various local and international periodicals.


Dr. Mostafa MOALLEMI
Assistant Professor of History and civilization of the Islamic nations, Mazandaran University of Medical sciences
Dr. Mostafa Moallemi completed his B.A. in English Language translation (Qom Islamic Azad University) in 1998; M.A. in History and civilization of the Islamic nations (Tehran University) in 2004; and Ph.D. in History and civilization of the Islamic nations (Tehran sciences and research branch of Islamic Azad University) in 2010. His fields of interest are History of Islam, history of Shia, and History of medical sciences during Islamic Era he has published two books and authored 18 Academic papers and co-authored 7 other papers. He also studied at Qom seminary for 13 years. 

Professor of Pharmacognosy and Head of Phytopharmaceuticals Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Shiraz, Iran
He is graduated in Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D-1993); Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D-2000); and
Post doct from Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany (2001). He works as Professor of Pharmacognosy and Head of Phytopharmaceuticals Department at Faculty of Pharmacy, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Shiraz, Iran. He is also Associate Member of Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences; Member of Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center (SUMS); and Head of Technology Development Center of Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine. Dr. Mohagheghzadeh has published more than 130 scientific articles and also 19 topics of books and chapters.

Dr. Gholamreza MOWLAVI
Professor of Medical Parasitology at Tehran University of Medical Sciences
He integrates the academic staff since 1992 in the Medical Parasitology and Mycology Department, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences. He obtained his PhD degree in 2004 from the School of Public Health Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Dr.Mowlavi's main areas of interest are: Microanatomy of helminths in tissue sections, unusual human helminthic infections, urinary shistosomiasis in Khuzestan province in Iran, Wildlife Parasitology and paleoparasitology with more than 70 papers in international journals.
Courses taught by him are Medical Helminthology Advanced Helminthology for the postgraduate students, Microanatomy of Helminths in Tissue Sections and Laboratory Animals in practice. At the same time, he is the head of the Histopathology & Microanatomy Laboratory in the School of Public Health and the Director of Ahvaz Health Research Station affiliated to TUMS. He is one of the Member of the board of the Iranian Society of Parasitolgy (ISP), the member of research council: Center for Research of Endemic Parasites of Iran (CREPI), TUMS, and of Expanded Board of International Federation for Tropical Medicine (IFTM). In 2019, Dr.Mowlavi has been elected as the Visiting Professor by Department of Veterinary Medicine University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy.

Dr. Mostafa NADIM
Associate Professor of History, Shiraz University
Dr. Mustafa Nadim completed his B.A. in History (Shiraz University) in 1987; M.A. in Ancient Culture and Languages of Iran (Shiraz University) in 1990; and Ph.D. in the History of Islamic Iranian period (Shahid Beheshti Unviersity- Tehran) in 2003. He is retired as Associate Professor at Department of History, College of Literature and Humanities, Shiraz University. He is member of research Office for the History of Persian Medicine and History of Medicine subgroup at Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences. He also is the member of Fars Studies Foundation, member of Executive Committee in the second conference on Fars Studies, member of Executive Committee of the first commemoration of Mirzay-e-Shirazi, member of Research Group in Fars Province (1993-1997), member of Fars Cultural Heritage Foundation (1999-2003), member of Research Counselor to ITTO in Fars and member of Anthropological Society of Iran. His fields of interest are Ancient History of Iran, Iranian Epics, Historical Anthropology of Iran, Folklore of Shiraz, Social linguistics, Islamic Civilization.He published 9 books and more than 30 papers on his fields of interest.

Dr. Mohammad Hossein NIKNAM
Professor of Immunology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences & Member of Academy of Medical Science, Iran

Dr. Mohammad Hossein Nicknam received his Doctor of Medicine from Faculty of Medicine in 1985 and he succeeded to receive PhD in Immunology in 1998 at Tehran University of Medical Sciences and obtained his Fellowship in liver transplantation Immunology from University of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA in 2000. He is full Professor of Immunology and head of Department of Immunology, and head of Molecular Immunology Research Center in the School of Medicine at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. He is the author of more than 85 research manuscripts and some books in the fields of Immunology and health are compiled and translated by him. Besides his scientific activities, he has dedicated nearly 17 years of his professional career to serve as advisor to the Minister and Director General of 'the International Affairs Department and also Acting Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Health and Medical Education'. Dr. Nicknam has also actively participated in most WHO Regional and International meetings that his vision and viewpoints has contributed and catalyzed in the advancement of not only national programs but the regional and international health objectives. He was chairman of the committee B of the World Health Assembly in 2012 and was representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 131 Executive Board of the World Health Organization.

Dr. Peter Jonathan STARR
Assistant Professor, Department of the History of Science, Fatih Sultan Mehmet University, Istanbul, Turkey
Born 30.10.1967, London. Primary schools overseas, including Henry Martyn School, Tehran (1974-1976) then Abingdon School, Oxfordshire (1979-1986). University BA: Emmanuel College, Cambridge (1987-1991). Dept. of English Literature Tripos part 1 exam, grade 2:1. Dept. of Arabic and Persian Studies Tripos part 1 exam, grade 1. Years between BA and PhD: English language teacher, British Council, Batalsa Street, Alexandria, Egypt (1992-1993). Work and learning German in Regensburg, Germany (1993-1994). University Ph.D.: Oriental Studies and Emmanuel College, Cambridge (1994-2000), Oriental Institute, Oxford, and Seminar für Orientalistik, Bochum, Germany (1996-1997). Doctoral thesis on ᶜIsā ibn Zurᶜa (m. AD 1008) (University of Cambridge, 2000). Civil Service, London (2000-2003) Arabic language translator. Freelance Editor: Books in Arabic and English, with Living Human Heritage Publications as main employer (2003-2008). Teaching Assistant: Çankaya University, Ankara, Turkey (2008-2013). Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Assistant Professor: Fatih Sultan Mehmet University, Istanbul, Turkey (2013-present). Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin Institute for the History of Science in Islam. Tasks include: Teaching the history of science in Islam, especially the history of chemistry; Teaching languages, with a focus on Greco-Arabic ; and Founder and co-administrator of the library of the Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin Foundation (2015-2017), then manager of the Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin and Dr. Ursula Sezgin Library for the History of Sciences, in Istanbul (2017-2018). Languages: French, Latin, Arabic, German, Greek, Turkish.
Academic Publications:
"The Life of Galen According to Ibn Abi Usaybi'a," Journal of Arts and Sciences, 9 (Çankaya University, Ankara, 2008).
"Towards a Context for Ibn Umayl, Known to Chaucer as the Alchemist 'Senior'," Journal of Arts and Sciences, 11 (Çankaya University, Ankara, 2009). STARR.pdf
"Isḥāq ibn Ḥunayn's Version of Περὶ φύσεως ἀνθρώπου: A 'Balance of Alternatives' in Translating ἑαυτοῦ," p. 659-667 in Between the Cross and the Crescent: Studies in Honor of Samir Khalil Samir, S.J. on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday. Edited by Paša, Željko. Orientalia Christiana Analecta 304. Roma: Pontificio Istituto Orientale, 2018.
Unpublished Conference Paper:
"Ibn Umayl's al-Ma' al-waraqī as a Witness for Lost Greek Alchemical Texts," at the symposium Verlorenes Gefunden? University of Vienna, Institut für Orientalistik, 2015.
Research and Book Publication:
Nemesius' On the Nature of Man: Edition, Translation, and Study of the Arabic Version (S. Swain). AHRC Research Grant (2012-2017). (publication pending).
Ibn Umayl's al-Ma' al-waraqī edition, collaboration with Sharzad Irannejad (publication pending).

Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Tehran University & Member of Academy of Science, Iran

Dr. Elaine VAN DALEN
Assistant Professor of Classical Islamic Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Colombia University

Elaine van Dalen is a professor of Classical Islamic Studies at Columbia University, New York. Her research interests include classical Islamic medicine and Greco-Arabic philology. She has published on Greco-Arabic translation techniques and has forthcoming articles on epistemology in classical Islamic biology, Islamic paediatrics, and classical Islamic ideas on spontaneous generation. She is working on a monograph on commentary and medical knowledge production in the classical Islamic world. Previously, she was a member of the ERC PhilAnd project, where she researched the influence of Ibn Waḥshiyya's Nabatean Agriculture on the development of philosophical thought in the 10th-century Islamic West. She received her PhD in Classics and Ancient History from the University of Manchester (2017), where she worked on the Arabic Commentaries on the Hippocratic Aphorisms. Before that, she studied Middle East Studies at the American University in Cairo (MA, 2014). She obtained two bachelors from Leiden University, Netherlands, in Arabic Language and Culture (2011), and Hebrew & Aramaic Languages and Cultures (2011).

Dr. Alireza YARGHOLI
The board of ICTC at Sharif University of Technology
Dr. Alireza Yargholi is an established and highly skilled physician with twenty-three years of experience in Persian (traditional) Medicine. He is a nationally recognized expert in wellness and holistic therapy. He is a founding member and Head of Amoon Hair and Skin Clinic and he is on the board of ICTC at Sharif University of Technology where he also serves as project manager for medical e-learning platforms, e-health services, and data mining for the healthcare industry. Dr. Yargholi is a PhD candidate at Tehran University of Medical Sciences and his research focuses on skin disorders, with a special interest in Psoriasis. Previously, he was the Head of Javad Al-Aeme Research Center and Manager of Javad Al-Aeme Hospital. In addition, he has produced and directed various medical TV programs in Iran and has been a medical consultant for a number of International award-winning films. Dr. Yargholi earned his medical degree from Kerman University of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Farzaneh GHAFFARI
Associate Professor at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, School of Traditional Medicine
She is Ph.D. in Arabic Language Literature; graduated from University of Tehran, Iran. She works as Associate Professor at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, School of Traditional Medicine. Her Academic Teaching and Studies Areas Experience are Medicine History, Arabic Literature and Language, and Iranian and Islamic Era and also Traditional Medicine Arabic Specialist Textbooks.
Her Administration and Educational Experiences:
Teaching specialized courses in Arabic language and literature, medical Arabic texts and medical history for Ph.D. programs of Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and Shahed University in different fields of medicine, traditional drug making, medical ethics, and history of medicine
Head of the Department of Medical Ethics Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences
 Head of Department of Literature and History of Medicine, Shahed University Research Center for Clinical Trials
 Member of Hekmat Basics and History subgroup, Islamic Medicine and Traditional Medicine, Academy of Medical Sciences,
 Member of Board of Trustees in the project for revival of traditional Iranian medicine written heritage, subsidiary of Shahed University
Cooperating to Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences – Medical Ethics and Law Research Center (MELRC) as a deputy editor, editorial and jury board member of Medical History Research and Science Quarterly
Cooperating and associating in co-thinking of religion and health studies center – Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Science,
Research Background:
  • More than 60 published papers
  • More than 100 academic speeches, paper presentations or paper abstracts in Conferences and congresses
  • Up to 12 published books
  • Conducted 10 research projects at university/national levels
  • Contributed to more than 80 researches and doctoral dissertations as a Supervisor, Advisor, or Reviewer

Assistant Professor of History of Medicine, School of Persian Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Arman Zargaran (b. 1985) has completed his PharmD and PhD degrees (on traditional pharmacy) in Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (2010 and 2015, respectively). He is assistant professor of traditional pharmacy and also history of medicine and vice dean for international affairs at school of Persian medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS). His main research interests are history of Persian medicine, ancient Persian medicine, formulation and standardization of traditional and natural products and ethnopharmacology. In Iranian ministry of health and medical education, he is vice general director for international affairs at Office of Persian Medicine. He is also the member of International Academy of the History of Pharmacy; President of Iranian Society for the History of Pharmacy (as member society of International Society for the History of Pharmacy); member of Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences and member of UNESCO Chair of History of Traditional Medicine in Iran. He has published more than 130 papers in reputed journals and has been serving as an editorial board member and reviewer of many peer reviewed journals. His h-index is 16 according to Scopus report. He was awarded as top PhD student of Iran (2012), winner of Razi Medical Sciences Festival (2013); winner of Tabari Medical Sciences Festival (2013); receive International Academy of the History of Pharmacy medal and diploma (2017); Top professor of School of Persian Medicine, TUMS (2017), for international awards and activities at TUMS (2019), etc.

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