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09: Neurosciences and Brain Research – What Do We Make of New Findings?

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Hotel Alphof
Breakout / Working Group
german language

Rapid progress in functional brain research has made it possible to explain and document how individuals think, feel and behave. The potential influence this kind of information can have is immense, not only on a personal level, but also on society as a whole. Insights into thinking processes and behavioural patterns allow for a promotion of constructive behaviours, but also for manipulation in the fields of medicine, psychology and politics. Findings are already available – but how can they be used in a socially, ethically and politically responsible way?

Speakers

Vice President, European Forum Alpbach; Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University of Vienna Coordination

Dr. Ursula SCHMIDT-ERFURTH

Vice President, European Forum Alpbach; Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University of Vienna

1979-1986 Medical School, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
1986 Doctoral thesis, University Eye Hospital, Munich
1986 Internal rotation in Ophthalmic Pathology Howe Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA
1986-1987 Research Fellow, Institute of Immunology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
1987-1990 Resident in Ophthalmology, University Eye Hospital, Munich
1990-1992 Research Fellow in Photomedicine, Wellman Laboratories, Mass. General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
1991-1992 Research Fellow in Ophthalmology, Retina-Department, Massachusetts Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
1992-1993 Clinical Fellow in Medical Retina, University Eye Hospital, Medical University of Lübeck
1992-2004 Research Associate, Medical Laser Center, University of Lübeck, Germany
1993-1995 Instructor in Ophthalmology, University Eye Hospital Lübeck
1996-1999 Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology, University Eye Hospital Lübeck
2000-2004 Professor in Ophthalmology
since 2004 Appointment at the University of Vienna, Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology
2008 Visiting Professorship: Mc Gill University / Montreal / Canada
since 2009 Lecturer, ESASO - European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology, Lugano
since 2009 Lecturer, PhD-Program at CeMM, Center for Molecular Medicine, Academy of Sciences, Vienna
since 2010 Elected member of the Senate, MUW - Medical University of Vienna

Health Symposium

show timetable

17.08.2014

20:00 - 23:00ReceptionSocial

18.08.2014

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

19.08.2014

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