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07: Doping for the Brain – Individual Freedom or Social Responsibility?

Hotel Alphof
Breakout / Working Group
german language

Substances originally developed for therapeutic indications are increasingly being used as neuroenhancers for improving the performance of healthy people and thus have high economic potential. Highly competitive (working) environments lead healthy people to use psychoactive substances in order to be able to compete at the top. How do we deal with (supposedly) autonomous enhancement decisions of individuals? What are the socio-cultural consequences? Should we take regulatory measures? Which role do the stakeholders of the healthcare system play?


Vice President Education, and Head, International Office, University of Basel Coordination

Dr. Hedwig Josefine KAISER

Vice President Education, and Head, International Office, University of Basel

1980 Graduation MD Faculty of Medicine, University Vienna.
1981-1985 Postgraduate medical training, Landeskrankenanstalten, Salzburg
1985 Awarded as General Physician
1985-1992 Training in ophthalmology and optometry
1992 Awarded as Ophthlmologist
1990-1991 Scientific fellow, Eye Clinic, University Hospital Basel
1994-1995 Scientific fellow, Eye Clinic, University Hospital Basel
1997 Habilitation, "Colour Doppler of the extraocular vessels", University of Basel
1996- 2003 Chair, Department of Paediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus and Neuroophthalmology, Eye Clinic, University Hospital Basel
1998 Appointed Professor, University of Basel
2002-2009 Dean of Education, Medical Faculty, University of Basel.
2009-2017 Vice-President, University of Basel
since 2014 Head International Office, University of Basel

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