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Henk Blezer

Henk Blezer has been involved in academic research and publication on (Indian and Tibetan) Buddhism and Bön since the early nineties. He teaches Buddhist Studies at Leiden University and presently also lectures on Asian and Religious Studies (in the International Studies program). He also is senior lecturer Buddhist Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Tony Chui

Tony Chui is a neurobiologist and a Tibetologist. His multidisciplinary training enables him to conduct research at the fertile edge of pre-industrial and contemporary healing worldviews. Tony obtained his BSc in Human Biology at the University of Toronto, following which he received his MPhil in Neurobiology from the Faculty of Medicine and a Master of Buddhist Studies from the Centre of Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong Kong. Pursuing his research into Tibetan modes of healing “life-wind” illness, he received his PhD from the same University. His current research interests focus on the impact of Tibetan Buddhist ideas on the conceptualization and management of illness.

Susannah Deane

Susannah Deane is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol. She completed her PhD at Cardiff University in 2015, on the topic of Tibetan approaches to mental health, illness, and healing within a Tibetan exile community in Darjeeling. Susannah’s current research project at the University of Bristol focuses on Tibetan medical and religious understandings of “madness.”

Barbara Gerke

Barbara Gerke (M.Sc. Medical Anthropology and D.Phil. Social Anthropology, University of Oxford) completed a DFG (German Research Foundation) principal investigator project on Tibetan mercury practices at Humboldt University of Berlin (2011–2015) and an FWF (Austrian Science Fund) Lise-Meitner senior research fellowship (2015–2018) at the University of Vienna, researching biographies of Tibetan precious pills. She currently leads a three-year FWF-funded project at the University of Vienna (2018–2021) on Tibetan ritual and medical understandings of potency. She is the author of Long Lives and Untimely Deaths: Life-Span Concepts and Longevity Practices among Tibetans in the Darjeeling Hills, India (Brill, 2012) and Taming the Poisonous: Mercury, Toxicity and Safety in Tibetan Medical Practice (Heidelberg University Publishing, forthcoming).

William A. McGrath

William A. McGrath is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College, where he teaches courses on Asian religions. His research agenda primarily concerns the historical intersections of religious and medical traditions in Tibet and China.

Katharina Sabernig

Katharina Sabernig is a medical doctor and shiatsu practitioner in Vienna, who has studied ethnomedicine and completed her academic education with a doctorate in social and cultural anthropology. She is a lecturer in different fields of Tibetan Medicine, ethnomedicine, and medical terminology at several Universities of Vienna. Beyond her research on the medical murals at Labrang Monastery in Northeastern Tibet (modern Gansu province) her interests focus on medical illustrations, history, terminology, and development of contents in Tibetan medicine, particularly in the field of anatomy and pharmacology.

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Carmen Simioli

Carmen Simioli is adjunct professor of classical Tibetan at Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice. She studied Tibetan language and culture at “L’Orientale” University of Naples, where she completed her PhD in Indological and Tibetological studies in 2015. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the history and literature of Tibetan mercurial alchemy and iatrochemistry. Some results have been published in “Annali dell’Orientale Università di Napoli” (AION), Asian Medicine: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (ASME) and Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines (RET). Her main research interests revolve around the history of medieval and early modern Tibetan medicine, alchemy and ritual magic. She is currently working on a series of Tibetan medico-magical texts that deal with the preparation and consecration of protective amulets for averting diseases-carrier demons. She has been served as interpreter of Tibetan doctors since 2011 and her current studies are closely related to her collaboration with Tibetan physicians.

Tawni Tidwell

Tawni Tidwell is a Tibetan medical doctor and biocultural anthropologist whose research and clinical work focuses on cancer, metabolic, and neurologic disorders as well as the pharmacologic innovations in Tibetan medicine to treat such disorders. She completed her PhD at Emory University in 2017, focusing her doctoral research on the sensory entrainment processes for diagnostics in Tibetan medical education and training.

Tsering Samdrup

Tsering Samdrup is a PhD student at SOAS, University of London. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Oslo, Norway. His current research focuses on the use of pragmatics in the Tibetan language, as well as the language and culture of Tibet in general and the Amdo region in particular. He also translates both scholarly and non-scholarly works from English into Tibetan and vice versa.

Yang Ga

Yang Ga is a professor and dean of the Tibet University of Tibetan Medicine in Lhasa. In his research he primarily focuses on the early history and instructions of the Tibetan medical tradition.