3rd International Conference on Health, Culture and the Human Body

Advances in science-based medicine have greatly increased the range of applications to the body and mind of human beings, blurring the boundaries between what is to be considered a state of health or illness. A large number of interventions already have a distinguished history, such as organ transplants, pharmacological enhancement, plastic surgery, etc. Other developments, such as delaying the process of aging by manipulating the molecular markers on our DNA, so far remain promises (or threats?) for the future. In this regard this conference will focus on ethical, historical and epidemiological perspectives on medical interventions into the healthy / diseased human body in mid-life, including issues such as enhancement, surgical interventions, and the ethics of transhumanism. Further subjects of the conference are the epidemiology of organ transplants and the history and ethics of psychiatric definitions, diagnostics, and therapies, which will also be discussed from an interdisciplinary perspective. Palliative care and its intercultural aspects are also among the main topics of the conference.

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. 

11. - 12.09.2014 : Istanbul Unversty:
Congress Culture Center Beyazıt Campus
13.09.2014 : BETIM Center for Medcal Humantes:
Kızılelma Cd. Topçu Emin Bey Çıkmazı Sk. No. 30
Fındıkzade, Fatih - Istanbul

Ayman Y. Atat (BETIM)
Phone: +90 - (0)535 237 7442
E-mal: bilgi@besikcizade.com


The conference will be held under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Yunus Söylet, Rector of Istanbul University.

Hakan Ertn, Ilhan Ilkılıç, Raner Brömer (Istanbul University, Istanbul Medical Faculty)
Hajo Zeeb (BIPS - Institute for Epidemiology and Prevention Research, Bremen D)
Inanç Özekmekçi (Erciyes Üniversitesi, Kayseri TR)