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2012 Summer Course in Bioethics

The 2012 Summer Course in Bioethics organized by the School of Bioethics and the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical university will be held on July 2nd through July 13th.

The topic of the course will be: “Neurobioethics: The Human Person at the center of Neuroscience, Ethics, Law and Society”.  (Program)

The new discipline of Neurobioethics makes use of empirical sciences in a continuous dialogue and partnership with the humanities, and pays particular attention to both neuroscientific data and the ethical, social and legal implications entailed in this area of knowledge and its applications, since it has been shown that they might affect the very concept of human person.

The aims of the course are:

• Provide professionals and scholars from various fields with a methodology that would include a multi and interdisciplinary approach to ethical issues of the neurosciences and to neuroscience of ethics.

• Encourage discussion and internal debate on the most relevant issues, using a thorough analysis and criticism of the neuroscientific data.

• Integrate this methodology in a philosophical framework, according to a personalistic vision.

• Search forms of  "integration" of knowledge and their applications, each person being "a biological, psychological, social, spiritual unit and a whole," even when frail, ill or close to natural death.

Among others, the following topics will be addressed:

1. Anatomy and physiology of the nervous system

2. History of neuroscience

3. Models of philosophy of mind

4. Science and philosophy of consciousness

5. Neurotechnologies applied to the study of consciousness and its disorders; transhumanism

6. Psychiatry and Neuroscience

7. Therapy of nervous system disease and brain manipulation: DBS and cognitive enhancement

8. Brain death

9. Neuro-morality and neuroscience of virtues

10. Neuroaesthetics

11. Neurolaw: bio-psycho-social predisposition to antisocial behavior and psychopathy

12. Neuroscience in the Italian Press

The topics will be covered by teachers of the School, members of the Neurobioethics Group sponsored by the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics and Human Rights and the Science and Faith Institute and by international scholars.

In addition to regular lectures and meetings, group activities for further reflection and discussion on selected topics, encouraging the active participation of all course participants, will also be offered.

The course is divided into two thematic modules. Each participant can attend the entire course or only one of the two modules. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance. The course is addressed to all persons interested in issues of bioethics, health operators, teachers and graduates of all disciplines. Master or doctoral students regularly enrolled at the School in Bioethics (CE001 and CE002, respectively, for the first and the second module) can participate at no charge: they will be accredited with 3 credits (4 ECTS) for each module if they pass the written exam corresponding to their academic curriculum. A written test, which will take place at the end of each module, is assigned.

For more information about Registration Fees, Accommodation and Registration form

The course will take place in our Campus Regina Apostolorum Pontifical university in Rome.

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