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New Methods of Medical Technology and its Ethical Implications

Date: October 15 - 17, 2009 (Opening RG-Conference)

Organizers: Eric Hilgendorf (Würzburg), Jan Joerden (Frankfurt/Oder), Felix Thiele (Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler)

At the Opening Conference ‘New Methods of Medical Technology and its Ethical Implications’ issues of ethical and juridical aspects of the new methods of medical technology were discussed. Especially, the symposium focused on the medical technology’s fields of application from In-vitro-Fertilisation, pre-implantation diagnostics, reproductive and therapeutic cloning, transplantation medicine (including xenotransplantation), the creation of chimera and hybrids, deep brain stimulation, enhancement, and man-machine interfaces. In view of benefit and harm of these techniques, an ethical analysis is, however, still missing. To mention one example, the deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used to treat intractable pain for several decades. Preliminary research has demonstrated that DBS results in significant improvement in mood, memory recall, as well as reductions in anxiety, obsessions and compulsions. Moreover, deep-brain stimulation may allow an effective therapeutic option for those neurological and psychiatric diseases which still cannot be treated adequately by pharmacological methods. Since DBS intervenes in the neural basis of one’s personality, an ethical evaluation is necessary whether a drug or a brain-machine interface is categorized as ‘enhancement’ or ‘treatment’ or whether it changes ‘human nature’.



Participants

Holger Baumann (Zürich), Alexander M. Berbuir (Bonn), Dieter Birnbacher (Düsseldorf), Frank Czerner (Tübingen), Edgar Dahl (Münster), Kris Dierickx (Leuven), Frank Dietrich (Bielefeld), Dorothee Dörr (Köln), Kirstin Dreimann (Bielefeld), Marcus Düwell (Utrecht), Annette Dufner (Karlsruhe), Gunnar Duttge (Göttingen), Andreas Frewer (Erlangen), Carl Friedrich Gethmann (Essen), Julia Glahn (Aachen), Daniel S. Goldberg (Houston, TX), Christiane Gottschalk (Bielefeld), Dominik Groß (Aachen), Christoph Gusy (Bielefeld), Gerald Hartung (Heidelberg), Daniel C. Henrich (Heidelberg), Altan Heper (Würzburg), Matthias Herrgen (Mainz), Björn Honnef (Minden), Maciej Kaniowski (Lodz), Siegbert Kettler (Bad Oeynhausen), Stephan Kirste (Heidelberg), Hartmut Kliemt (Frankfurt am Main), Daniel Kolmanz (Garbsen), Irmela Krüger-Fürhoff (Bielefeld), Ulrich Kütz (Lilienthal), Gesa Lindemann (Oldenburg), Georg Lohmann (Magdeburg), Osamu Magata (Tokio), Christian Neuhäuser (Potsdam), Natalia Petrillo (Bielefeld), Christina Pinsdorf (Bonn), Linda Pollmeier (Rheda-Wiedenbrück), Wolfgang Prinz (Leipzig), Patrick Raute (Würzburg), Ute Raute-Kreinsen (Bielefeld), Bodo Rehrmann (Bünde), Jan-Ole Reichardt (Leipzig), Alla Röhricht (Hamburg), Markus Rothhaar (Erlangen), Wolfgang Schild (Bielefeld), Reinold Schmücker (Münster), Doris Schroeder (Preston), Stefan Seiterle (Frankfurt (Oder)), Gerhard Sprenger (Berlin), Florian Steger (München), Ralf Stoecker (Potsdam), Klemens Störtkuhl (Bochum), Astrid Wallrabenstein (Bielefeld), Héctor Wittwer (Hannover), Christiane Woopen (Köln), Ina Wnn (Bielefeld), Simon Zawila (Bielefeld)



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