Visiting Researchers

The Library often welcomes scholars who wish to have access to the library holdings, which represent the world’s largest collection related to ethical issues in medicine and biomedical research and provide an in depth research resource for scholars from the U.S. and abroad. Click here to learn more about the Visiting Researchers program, including how to applyfrequently asked questions and profiles of current and past researchers. Two recent international visitors are profiled here.

Jean-Paul Rwabihama, M.D., M.Sc. M.Med. is a lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Rwanda and is affiliated as a specialist in the teaching hospitals at the Department of Internal Medicine in Rwanda. After five years of training in Paris hospitals, he entered practice as an assistant physician at Hôpital Joffre-Dupuyrien, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris.

Dr. Rwabihama’s long-standing interest in ethics arose from his years of hospital practice. He received two years of training at the Faculty of Medicine, Université Paris 7 before graduating with his Master of Science degree in Ethics and Health law. He is now completing research for his doctorate in Ethics and Health law from Université Paul Sabatier/Toulouse III. His dissertation research focuses on the establishment of ethics committees for biomedical research in emerging countries. Dr. Rwabihama has published papers on Research Ethics and Clinical ethics.

Supported by a scholarship from The International Institute of Research in Ethics and Biomedicine (IIREB), in Montréal, Québec, Dr. Rwabihama recently spent two months of study to further his dissertation research at the National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature at Georgetown University. In his opinion, the Center “is a treasure for bioethics and an indispensable tool for the development of moral philosophy as it applies to medicine.”

Francisco Güell holds two degrees, each from a different Spanish university. He is licensed in biology by the University of Navarra and in philosophy by the University Pontificia of Salamanca. He received his specialization in bioethics from the Cátedra de Bioética y Biojurídica de la UNESCO in Madrid and has a Diplome in Advanced Studies in Philosophy from the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid. Mr. Güell is a bioethics professor at the University CEU San Pablo of Madrid, which provided him with a travel and study grant to support his dissertation research and writing at the National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature in Washington, DC.

Mr. Güell is working on an investigational project concerning Xavier Zubiri´s “Essence theory” as applied to early embryonic development. (Xavier Zubiri is a important Spanish philosopher (1898-1983) and more information about him is available in Spanish at; and in English at Mr. Güell believes that Zubiri’s theory, which is encompassed in Zubiri´s metaphysical theory of substantivity (englobada en la teoría metafísica de la sustantividad original del mismo autor) will offer another, more precise way to explain reality and prove to be an alternative to the classical, philosophical theory of substance. His original research offers a new explanation for early embryo development relying on a concept of sincrogenizacion. It also contains a mathematical model to help explain the coherent essential unity present in the various stages of the early embryo.

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