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Advanced European Bioethics Course: Suffering, Death and Palliative Care

Type of Event


Event Starts

Tue, 02/10/2015 (All day)

Event Ends

Fri, 02/13/2015 (All day)

Registration Deadline

Tue, 02/10/2015 (All day)

Event Location

Nijmegen, Netherlands

Advanced European Bioethics course “Suffering, Death and Palliative Care”, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 10 - 13 February, 2015

The section of Healthcare Ethics, department IQ healthcare, (Radboudumc university medical centre) organizes the 17th edition of the advanced European Bioethics Course ‘Suffering, Death and Palliative Care’ from February 10 - 13, 2015.

This course deals with a variety of topics in the domain of palliative care: autonomy and dependence; scientific research in palliative care; palliative sedation and euthanasia; death, suffering and palliative care; quality of life and a good death; spirituality and palliative care and cultural aspects of death and dying. There will be time for intensive discussions.

The key-note lecture will be held by Sheila Payne, president of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) and holder of the Help the Hospices chair in hospice studies at Lancaster university (UK).

Speakers are, among others, Kris Vissers, professor of palliative care in Nijmegen; Evert van Leeuwen, professor of medical ethics in Nijmegen; Ghislaine van Tiel, assistant professor of Medical Ethics in Utrecht; Gerrit Kimsma, general practitioner and philosopher in Amsterdam, Gert Olthuis, professor ethics of care in Nijmegen and Thomas Quartier, professor of Thanatology in Nijmegen.

This course is designed for participants from diverse professional backgrounds, such as nursing, medicine, health care administration, ethics, philosophy, theology and pastoral care, and PhD students undertaking courses of study in these areas.

Objective of the course is to educate the participants on two main aspects: ethical questions of palliative care and medically assisted death, and philosophical, theological and medical reflections on the concepts of death and suffering. Attitudes towards death and dying, and the ethical aspects of continuing or foregoing medical treatment, and of medically assisted death receive considerable attention. In addition, the dimensions of spirituality, rituals and intercultural diversity are covered.

The intensive course Suffering, Death and Palliative care is part of the post-initial Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics program organized by a consortium of three European universities: the KU Leuven (Belgium), Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and the Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy). Due to this collaboration, participants of the advanced course Suffering, Death and Palliative Care, will join Master students from all over the world.

Location: Radboud university medical centre, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Language: English. Price: Euro (€) 690 for registration before December 15th, 2014, Euro (€) 790 for registration after this date.

For more information or registration, please follow the links or contact: Simone Naber: Tel: +31 (0) 24 - 3613359+31 (0) 24 - 3615320. For updates and the latest news follow us on twitter: @palcarecourse.