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Shaping our Future Conference

Advanced European bioethics course 'Human Genomics and Medical Technology'

18-21 March 2013, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

During the course, the relation between technology and (medical) ethics will be studied. 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.

Topics are, amongst others, research ethics, screening and testing from clinical perspective, Health Technology Assessment and storage and analysis of (genetic) data and social aspects and effects of developments in medical technology.

Lecturers include: prof. Evert van Leeuwen, Elisa Garcia Gonzales 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.

The key-note lecture will be given 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.


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