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05: Genes Are Unfair – Who Has to Suffer the Consequences?

Hotel Alphof
Breakout / Working Group
german language

The findings of genome research add a new dimension to the discussion on “predisposition and environmental influence”. How can society deal with the fact that some people are disadvantaged by their genetic predispositions? How can our healthcare system be improved in terms of genetic counselling, diagnosis and support? Do we have a particular responsibility towards less well-educated classes? To which extent do affected people or their families have to bear financial and social consequences themselves, and what kind of support should the healthcare system offer?


Professor and Director, Human Genetics Division, Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck Coordination

DDr. med. Johannes ZSCHOCKE

Professor and Director, Human Genetics Division, Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck

1984-1991 Medical Studies, Freiburg (Germany) & Belfast (Northern Ireland);
1991-1995 Junior doctor and Research Fellow, Queen's University Belfast;
1995-1999 Univ. Children's Hospital, Marburg, Germany;
2000-2008 Institute of Human Genetics, Heidelberg University, Germany;
since 2008 Professor of Human Genetics, Innsbruck

Health Symposium

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20:00 - 23:00ReceptionSocial


09:00 - 09:15OpeningPlenary
09:15 - 12:00Abstracting and Synthesising Human NaturePlenary
12:00 - 12:15Introduction to the Breakout SessionsPlenary
13:00 - 14:00Debate: Abstracting and Synthesising Human NaturePlenary
13:45 - 14:00Eleven Questions for the Future of the Austrian Health Care SystemBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 01: Using Big Data to Create a Citizen-Oriented Healthcare System by 2025?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 02: Big Data - Self-Determined Individual Health Behaviour or Skilful Manipulation?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 03: Is Data Protection an Obstacle to the Further Development of Our Healthcare System?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 04: Predictive Genetics - The Right to Know or Not to Know?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 05: Genes Are Unfair - Who Has to Suffer the Consequences?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 06: The Individual Genome - Fate, Opportunity or Obligation?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 07: Doping for the Brain - Individual Freedom or Social Responsibility?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 08: The Findings of Brain Research - A Blessing or a Curse?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 09: Neurosciences and Brain Research - What Do We Make of New Findings?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 10: Health Promotion - Easier Said than Done. What Can Health Promotion Contribute to Public Health by 2025?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: Reorienting Health Services - From Cure to PreventionBreakout
16:30 - 17:15Consolidation and Evaluation of the Future ScenariosBreakout
18:00 - 21:00Reception on the HillSocial
21:30 - 22:30Theatre Performance: Free AssociationCulture


04:30 - 08:00Sunrise Hike with Peter Habeler to GratlspitzSocial
09:00 - 10:45Future Scenarios for the Austrian Healthcare System 2025Plenary
11:15 - 13:00Modernising Communication in Primary HealthcarePlenary
13:15 - 14:45Health Talk - Nutrition 2.0Social
15:30 - 17:00Partner Session 01: Healthy Choices - Promoting Healthy BehaviourPartner
15:30 - 17:00Partner Session 02: Tyroleans are Healthier. But Why?Partner
15:30 - 17:00Partner Session 03: How much Evidence-Based Medicine is Appropriate? - The Example of AustriaPartner
15:30 - 19:00Partner Session 04: Can Chemical Leasing Improve Hygiene Management in Healthcare?Partner
17:30 - 19:00Partner Session 05: Cross-Border Healthcare in Practice - Patients' Rights in the EUPartner
19:00 - 20:30Vienna Lectures: "Brainier, Better, More Beautiful... - Can Humans Be Optimised?"Culture