Dianne N. Irving
Dr. Irving's professional activities include teaching positions at Georgetown University, Catholic University of America, and The Dominican House of Studies. She represented the Catholic Medical Association of the United States, and the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, at the Scientific Conference in Mexico City, Mexico, October 28, 1999 and presented a paper on "The Dignity and Status of the Human Embryo." Dr. Irving is a former career-appointed bench research biochemist/biologist (NIH, NCI, Bethesda, MD), an M.A. and Ph.D. philosopher (Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.), and Professor of the History of Philosophy, and of Medical Ethics. She received her "nihil obstat" for teaching philosophy from the Vatican in May 1997.

Dr. Dianne Nutwell Irving is a former career-appointed bench research biochemist and biologist at the National Institutes of Health (NCI), did extensive graduate work in biology in the Department of Biology at Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.), and received her Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Philosophy from the Department of Philosophy at Georgetown University – concentrating in both the History of Philosophy and in Medical Ethics, and specializing in bioethics (at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics). Her doctoral dissertation (1991) on human embryo research was entitled, "A Philosophical and Scientific Analysis of the Nature of the Early Human Embryo."

Dr. Irving has taught courses in biology and biochemistry to undergraduate college students. She is a full professor of philosophy, and for the last 12 years she has taught the History of Philosophy (Epistemology, Natural Philosophy, Metaphysics, Anthropology and Ethics), Natural Law Ethics, Ethics in Engineering, Philosophy of Human Nature, and Medical Ethics. She has taught philosophy in the departments of philosophy in several universities, including Georgetown University and The Catholic University of America, and at several seminaries, including the De Sales School of Theology, and on the Pontifical Faculty at The Dominican House of Studies, in Washington, D.C. She is currently teaching philosophy with The School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America.

Continuing her research into issues concerning the early human embryo, Dr. Irving has published, lectured and debated widely in academia, in the media, in pro-life, and in parishes on the topics of abortion, human embryo research, human cloning, stem cell research, ethics in research using human subjects, and medical ethics – including issues concerning research with the mentally ill. She is currently a Consultant for The Catholic Medical Association, a Fellow of The Linacre Institute of the Catholic Medical Association (USA), and a Consultant for the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC), on medical and research ethics concerning human embryo research, human cloning, human embryonic stem cell research, and related issues.

Dr. Irving is also a member of numerous academic Boards of Directors, including Accountability in Research, and the University Faculty For Life; and is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Philosophical Association, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, and the Catholic Association of Scientists and Engineers. She is a member of The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament parish in Washington, D.C., has been married to her husband John for 38 years, has two married children, and two grandchildren. See also other Dr. Irving's original articles at this site.


Me and Mengele
Dianne N. Irving
December 4, 2013

As a biochemistry major at the end of my junior year, I had already had some of my research published earlier, so my department head suggested that I could do . . .


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