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06: Ethics and biomedicine: Analysis of decisions and value judgements

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The seminar will have two focuses, one on biomedical and genetic topics and their ethical implications and another one addressing the ethical reflection of the practical and clinical reality of modern health care. The first focus mainly is in the hands of Professor Markus Hengstschläger, whereas Professor Stella Reiter-Theil is in charge of the second.
Schedule:1. Pro and Cons: Genetic diagnosis on the human embryo/fetus
2. Beginning of life / neonatology – Ethical guidelines for hard choices (with case discussions)
3. Ethics in a Public Health perspective: Availability of resources / Radiological screening
4. Human stem cell research: A biological and ethical dilemma?
5. Individual, social and ethical aspects of genetic diagnosis (with case discussions)
6. Decisions at the end of life: Patient Rights and the role of relatives at the bedside

Head, Institute of Medical Genetics; Director, Centre of Pathobiochemistry and Genetics, Medical University of Vienna
Director, Department for Medical and Health Ethics, Medical Faculty, Basel


Head, Institute of Medical Genetics; Director, Centre of Pathobiochemistry and Genetics, Medical University of Vienna

Studium Genetik, Diplomarbeit am Children Cancer Research Institute St. Anna Kinderspital, Sponsion zum Magister der Genetik (Auszeichnung, Studienverkürzung) Dissertation als Universitätsassistent am Vienna Biocenter, Promotion zum Doktor der Genetik (Auszeichnung) Postdoc an der Yale University, USA Universitätsassistent Universität Wien Habilitation außerordentlicher Universitätsprofessor Ausbildungsabschluss: Fachhumangenetiker Berufung (internationales Berufungsverfahren) zum Universitätsprofessor für Medizinische Genetik an der Medizinischen Universität Wien Moderator der Medizin- und Wissenschaftssendung "Radiodoktor", ORF, Ö1 Radio Leiter der Abteilung Genetik, Institut für Kinderwunsch, Lainzerstraße, Wien Leiter der Abteilung für Medizinische Genetik, Universitätsklinik für Frauenheilkunde, Medizinische Universität Wien Vorstand des Instituts für Medizinische Genetik, Medizinische Universität Wien
seit 2004
seit 2005
seit 2009
 - Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgebiete: Erforschung der humangenetischen Erkrankung Tuberöse Sklerose; Stammzellen aus dem humanen Fruchtwasser; Deregulation von Zelldifferenzierungsprozessen bei humangenetischen Erkrankungen; pränatale und postnatale genetische Routinediagnostik; Genetik in der Reproduktionsmedizin; Bioethik (Schwerpunkt medizinische Genetik und Stammzellforschung).
 - Alleinverantwortliche Verfassung und Leitung der Durchführung einer Vielzahl von Drittmittel-Projekten gefördert durch z.B. Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF), Marie Curie Research Network (Forschungsförderung der Europäischen Union), Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Verkehr, Herzfeldersche Familienstiftung, Komission Onkologie der
 Wiener Medizinischen Fakultät, Anton-Dreher-Gedächtnisstiftung, Hochschuljubiläumsstiftung der Stadt Wien.


Director, Department for Medical and Health Ethics, Medical Faculty, Basel

 Academic degrees in philosophy and psychology / University of Tübingen. Researcher and lecturer (ethics of psychotherapy) / University of Vienna. Training in psychotherapy. Heinz Maier Leibnitz Award for Practical Philosophy. Habilitation for medical ethics. Leadership/positions in medical ethics: University of Göttingen and University of Freiburg / Germany; University of Basel / Switzerland. Chair of numerous international conferences, including clinical ethics and consultation. Advisor in national and international ethics committees: Ethics Council, German Health Department; Senate: Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS); CIOMS/WHO. Present position: Director, Department for Medical and Health Ethics, Medical Faculty Basel: Interdisciplinary research in medical and health ethics, director of Ph.D.-programme, teaching in the medical curriculum Basel. Independent ethical advisor to the European project SAYLE/7. EU Framework, and international advisory board member to the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. Expert for numerous international research funding institutions

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 15:30Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2008Plenary
15:30 - 17:00Opening speechesPlenary
17:00 - 18:30Presentation of the seminarsPlenary
18:30 - 21:00Opening receptionSocial


Seminar 01: Climate change and what we need to do about itSeminar
Seminar 02: Utopias and alternative (visions of) worldsSeminar
Seminar 03: Wirtschaftsforschung und WirtschaftspolitikSeminar
Seminar 04: Geschichtliche Situationsdeutungen und historische EntscheidungenSeminar
Seminar 05: A European people? Perception and formation of European citizensSeminar
Seminar 06: Ethics and biomedicine: Analysis of decisions and value judgementsSeminar
Seminar 07: Security policy becoming a European issueSeminar


Seminar 08: Who is in control? How the brain controls our thoughts and actionsSeminar
Seminar 09: PredictabilitySeminar
Seminar 10: Public opinion, opinion research and political decision-makingSeminar
Seminar 11: Transatlantic relationsSeminar
Seminar 12: Understanding fundamentalism: An interdisciplinary analysis of “Strong Religion”Seminar
Seminar 13: “Global Constitutional Network” – Limits and Possibilities of (Inter-)national JurisdictionsSeminar
Seminar 14: Art and perceptionSeminar


18:30 - 19:30Special Lecture: Europe – Strategic decisions for the continentPlenary


15:30 - 17:00Plenary session: Climate change and PredictabilityPlenary


17:00 - 18:30Plenary session: 40 years after the Prague SpringPlenary


15:30 - 17:00Plenary session: What has remained of 1968?Plenary