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THE IMPACT OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE NEUROSCIENCES ON THE CONCEPT OF PSYCHIATRIC DISEASE - [German]


Duration:

Oct 2007 - Oct 2007

Funding body:

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Contact:

Dr. med. Felix Thiele, M.Sc.

Wilhelmstr. 56

53474 Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 2641 973-304

E-Mail: felix.thiele@ea-aw.de
URL: http://www.neuroscience-psychiatry.de

Head:

Coordination:

Dr. med. Felix Thiele, M.Sc., Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

Dr. med. Barbara Hawellek, Bonn

Short Description:

Interdisciplinary Summer School 2nd–9th October 2007, Bonn

The neurosciences have experienced a spectacular boom during the past decades: new and improved methods in molecular- and cell-biology as well as imaging techniques have deepened our understanding of the nervous system and contributed to the understanding of neurological and psychiatric diseases. In addition, a range of novel interventional methods – e.g. from the fields of neuro-surgery, neuro-prosthetics and psychopharmacology – has been developed with partly impressive results. Despite of this considerable advance the relationship between neuro-scientific research and the clinical disciplines neurology and psychiatry proves to be strained at times. Especially in psychiatry the extent to which the neurosciences improve clinical practice or, to the contrary, amount to an undue “scientification” of psychiatry is a hotly debated issue. The summer school wants to promote an interdisciplinary in-depth discussion of the complex relationship between the neurosciences and psychiatry by focusing on the concept of psychiatric disease. This concept is used in a variety of meanings in scientific, clinical, legal and cultural settings. The lack of agreement concerning the adequate concept of psychiatric disease is not only responsible for misunderstandings between the neurosciences and clinical practice but has also considerable consequences on the impact of psychiatry on society. The summer school is organised by the Europäische Akademie and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Bonn, and will convene young European researchers (Ph.D.-students, Post-Docs) from a variety of disciplines such as medicine, the neurosciences, philosophy, law, the social sciences and related areas. During the summer school the participants will present their own work. In addition, lectures by international senior scientists and two excursions will enrich the discussions with state-of-the-art knowledge. It is intended to publish the articles of the young researchers along with the papers of the invited speakers.

Keywords

brain research – delivery of health care – disability – disease – ethics of science – eugenics / enhancement – medical ethics – medical ethos – physician-patient relationship – psychiatry – psychology – technology assessment – technology ethics

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