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Professor of bioethics in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, Stephen G. Post is also president of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love (IRUL), which facilitates research, writing, conferences, and courses at the interface of science and spirituality. He holds secondary appointments as a professor of philosophy and a professor of religion in Case Western’s College of Arts and Sciences. Through the IRUL, he has funded more than fifty studies at major American universities on phenomena such as altruism and compassion. His own research and writing was initially in the area of agape love and then in general bioethics, but more than a decade ago, he developed a specialty in ethical issues surrounding developmental cognitive disabilities and dementia in the context of an aging society. Dr. Post studied at Reed College in Portland, Oregon and received his B.S. degree cum laude from Southampton College of Long Island University. After taking a Ph.D. in philosophical and religious ethics at The Divinity School of the University of Chicago in 1983, he taught interdisciplinary courses in the humanities and courses in ethical theory and applied ethics, first at the University of Detroit-Mercy and then at Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York. In 1988, he was appointed an assistant professor in the newly created Center for Biomedical Ethics at the School of Medicine at Case Western, which became the first comprehensive department of bioethics in the United States. He served as associate director for educational programs for seven years and was named a full professor in 1998. For the next three years, he also was a senior research scholar of The Becket Institute at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, and he was subsequently a senior research fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. Dr. Post is a fellow of College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Hastings Center. His work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and various private foundations, including the Ford Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation, which provided the initial funding for the IRUL. He has delivered numerous invited lectures in the United States, as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom. An elected member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of Alzheimer’s Disease International, he serves on the National Ethics Advisory Board for the Alzheimer’s Association and was recognized for “distinguished service” for his educational efforts by its national board. Dr. Post has been a consultant for family caregivers throughout North America, and he worked (with Don S. Browning) on the Religion, Culture, and Family Project, funded by the Lilly Endowment. He served as an editor for the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Aging (2002), editor-in-chief of the third edition of Macmillan’s Encyclopedia of Bioethics (2004), and associate editor for the second edition of the latter work. Formerly the ethics editor of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders, he currently serves on the editorial boards of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly, the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, and Dementia. The author of more than 110 articles published in academic journals, he has edited or co-edited eight volumes, among them (with Lynn Underwood, Jeffrey Schloss, and William B. Hurlbut) Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue (2002), (with Robert H. Binstock) The Fountain of Youth: Cultural, Scientific, and Ethical Perspectives on a Biomedical Goal (2004), and Altruism and Health, which Oxford University Press will bring out in May. Dr. Post has published eight books, including Inquiries in Bioethics (1993), The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer Disease: Ethical Issues from Diagnosis to Dying (1995 and 2000), and More Lasting Unions: Christianity, the Family and Society (2000). His latest book, Human Nature and the Freedom of Public Religious Expression (University of Notre Dame Press, 2003), utilizes research in the neurosciences, psychiatry, the social sciences, and evolutionary psychology to support the idea that religious expression and freedom are essential human goods. A new book (with Jill Neimark), Why Good Things Happen to Good People, a study of the relationship of giving to health and happiness, will be published later this spring by Broadway Books of Random House.