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

Hotel Alphof
Breakout / Working Group
in deutscher Sprache

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?

Head, National and International Cooperation, University of Basel Coordination

Dr. Hedwig Josefine KAISER

Head, National and International Cooperation, 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
1992-1994 Senior Physician, Eye Clinic, Landeskrankenanstalten, Salzburg
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

show timetable


18:00 - 21:00ReceptionSocial


07:00 - 07:15OpeningPlenary
07:15 - 10:00Abstracting and Synthesising Human NaturePlenary
10:00 - 10:15Introduction to the Breakout SessionsPlenary
11:00 - 12:00Debate: Abstracting and Synthesising Human NaturePlenary
11:45 - 12:00Eleven Questions for the Future of the Austrian Health Care SystemBreakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 01: Using Big Data to Create a Citizen-Oriented Healthcare System by 2025?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 02: Big Data – Self-Determined Individual Health Behaviour or Skilful Manipulation?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 03: Is Data Protection an Obstacle to the Further Development of Our Healthcare System?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 04: Predictive Genetics – The Right to Know or Not to Know?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 05: Genes Are Unfair – Who Has to Suffer the Consequences?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 06: The Individual Genome – Fate, Opportunity or Obligation?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 07: Doping for the Brain – Individual Freedom or Social Responsibility?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 08: The Findings of Brain Research – A Blessing or a Curse?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 09: Neurosciences and Brain Research – What Do We Make of New Findings?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 10: Health Promotion – Easier Said than Done. What Can Health Promotion Contribute to Public Health by 2025?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 11: Reorienting Health Services – From Cure to PreventionBreakout
14:30 - 15:15Consolidation and Evaluation of the Future ScenariosBreakout
16:00 - 19:00Reception on the HillSocial
19:30 - 20:30Theatre Performance: Free AssociationCulture


02:30 - 06:00Sunrise Hike with Peter Habeler to GratlspitzSocial
07:00 - 08:45Future Scenarios for the Austrian Healthcare System 2025Plenary
09:15 - 11:00Modernising Communication in Primary HealthcarePlenary
11:15 - 12:45Health Talk – Nutrition 2.0Social
13:30 - 15:00Partner Session 01: Healthy Choices – Promoting Healthy BehaviourPartner
13:30 - 15:00Partner Session 02: Tyroleans are Healthier. But Why?Partner
13:30 - 15:00Partner Session 03: How much Evidence-Based Medicine is Appropriate? – The Example of AustriaPartner
13:30 - 17:00Partner Session 04: Can Chemical Leasing Improve Hygiene Management in Healthcare?Partner
15:30 - 17:00Partner Session 05: Cross-Border Healthcare in Practice – Patients’ Rights in the EUPartner
17:00 - 18:30Vienna Lectures: “Brainier, Better, More Beautiful… – Can Humans Be Optimised?”Culture