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Ethics and Health Care | VIU Summer School 2023

Organ Transplant Ethics

June 12-16, 2023

3rd edition of the Summer School series on The Age Criterion

Deadline for applications extended: March 18, 2023

During this edition (the third of the Summer School series on The Age Criterion), the course will focus on the problem of organ transplant ethics analysed with an interdisciplinary approach. In the procurement phase it is necessary to know how to interpret and apply the "dead donor rule". Moreover, a certain definition of death can encounter resistance and opposition in some ethnic and cultural contexts. Another problem, in this phase, concerns the correct collection of consent and the possible management of intra-family conflicts regarding donation. Various difficulties may also arise at the transplant stage: for example, the refusal (for non-medical reason) of a blood transfusion of a transplant candidate, or the use and discarding of the so-called "marginal organs", also difficult to solve. Can everyone be a donor? Is it ethically acceptable for a young child to donate the organ to an elderly parent? Are there any risks of donor conditioning? How to define therapeutic obstinacy in a field where we are dealing with complex patients whose possible outcome is not known with certainty? How to select patients? How to prioritize access to transplants?

The Summer School will allow the participants to reflect on all these issues through intense debates.

Suitable for: professionals in the health care sector, undergraduates, graduates, PhD students and post-doc scholars in medicine, philosophy, political sciences, sociology, social work, economics, statistics sciences.


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