Advanced European Bioethics Courses

Please find below information on the two advanced European Bioethics ‘Suffering, Death and Palliative Care’ and ‘Human Genomics and Medical Technology’ courses that will be organized by the department Medical Ethics, Scientific institute for Quality of Care, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in February and March 2013.

The advanced course ‘Suffering, Death and Palliative Care’ will take place from February 26 till March 1 2013and will deal with on a range of ethical issues related to suffering, palliative care and medically assisted death. Extensive insight into the medical, philosophical, theological and ethical foundations of these concepts will be proffered.

The key-note lecture: ‘Activity and passivity, autonomy and connectedness in palliative care ethics’ will be held by Marc Desmet SJ, MD.

Participants will learn about a variety of topics in the domain of palliative care: autonomy and dependence; scientific research in palliative care; palliative sedation and euthanasia; death, suffering and palliative care; quality of life and a good death; spirituality and palliative care. There will be time for intensive discussions.

Members of the staff are, among others, Kris Vissers, professor of palliative care in Nijmegen; Dick Willems, professor of medical ethics in Amsterdam; Evert van Leeuwen, professor of medical ethics in Nijmegen; Gerrit Kimsma, general practitioner and philosopher in Amsterdam, Thomas Quartier, professor of Thanatology in Nijmegen and Carlo Leget, Professor of ethics of care and spiritual counseling and endowed professor in ethical and spiritual issues in palliative care in Utrecht.

This course is of interest to participants from diverse professional backgrounds, such as nursing, medicine, health care administration, ethics, philosophy, theology and pastoral care, and PhD students undertaking courses of study in these areas.

The advanced course ‘Human Genomics and Medical Technology’ will be organized from March 18 till March 21 2013 and will deal with the relation between technology and (medical) ethics. Focus of the course are the moral problems generated by the research and development and application of new knowledge in a range of emerging fields such as tissue engineering and genomics. The implications give rise to new images of the human being and shift common understanding of health and disease.

The key-note lecture will be held by Tsjalling Swierstra, Professor of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University.

During the lectures participants will be introduced to basic philosophical and ethical concepts. There will be ample time for questions and debate. Small group discussions and group work on assignments are devoted to in-depth discussions and understanding of different cases and particular contemporary issues in the area of human genetics and medical technologies. Participants are expressly invited to supply cases from their own work and experience for discussion during the course.

Topics are, amongst others, research ethics, screening and testing from clinical perspective, Health Technology Assessment, translational medicine and storage and analysis of (genetic) data and social aspects and effects of developments in medical technology. Lecturers include: prof. Evert van Leeuwen, Simone van der Burg PhD, Joris Veltman PhD, Gert Jan van der Wilt PhD (invited) Ineke van der Burgt MD, PhD, Lidewij Henneman PhD, Conor Douglas PhD, Martin Boeckhout MA, MSc, Gert Jan van Ommen PhD.

This course is of interest to researchers working in the field of human genetics, biomedical sciences, life sciences, genetics and biology and physicians doing research that has a genetic component but also to professionals from other areas in healthcare such as physicians and nurses health care administrators, bioethics committee members, professionals working in the pharmaceutical industry, professionals in the areas of ethics, philosophy and theology, and PhD students undertaking courses of study in any of these areas.

For both courses: location: Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, the Netherlands. Language: English. Price: Euro (€) 690 for early registration before January 16th, 2013, Euro (€) 790 for registration from this date onwards. For more information and registration for these two courses please consult our website: or contact Simone Naber: Tel: [0031](0)24-3613359/[0031](0)24-3615320.


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