3rd Health, Culture and Human Body Congress

Epidemiology, ethics and history of medicine, perspectives from Turkey and Central Europe

September 11-13, 2014, Istanbul

This conference will focus on selected cases from Turkey, Germany, and other countries which for the last 50 years have been closely connected by substantial migration processes, as they had been earlier through medical scientific exchanges and common clinical practice. Building on the well received first two rounds on the beginning and the end of life, respectively, held in Germany (Mainz) in 2010 and in Turkey (Istanbul) in 2012, the aim of this third conference is to widen the discussion platform for different ethical considerations among historically connected countries, applying an interdisciplinary “medicine studies” approach to selected sample cases or population approaches from Turkey, Germany and other countries with comparable relationships.

The thematic areas chosen for the third conference are:

  • Organ transplantation and brain death (organ donation: problems and solutions; health risks after transplantation; cultural differences in the acceptance of organ transplantation)
  • Modifications and manipulations of the human body (plastic surgery, gender assignment surgery, neurochips, enhancement - e.g., pharmacological - doping or neuroenhancement; telomere research [extension of lifespan]; the ethics of transhumanism)
  • Psychiatry (autonomy in psychiatry, transcultural perspectives, historical and international connections in the development of modern psychiatry)
  • Palliative care and culture
  • Migration and health

For further information please see the conference progamme.