EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES & ART IV. EUROPEAN HEALTH 1. Health is Wealth In the year 2006 corner stones have been with the progress of our project “Health is Wealth” after “Health is Wealth – Strategic Visions for European Healthcare at the Beginning of the 21st Century” it has been evident that medicine has no modern paradigm. We established a new interdisciplinary paradigm on March 3rd in Salzburg interdisciplinary. The new paradigm was published by Springer in 2006. This is the basis for further Healthcare delivery and for education in Healthcare. “Health is Wealth” was presented to Parliamentarians of the European Parliament on May 20th in Brussels. On May 21st we presented “Health is Wealth” to the European Policy Center. In October a visit by the Director General of the Council of the European Union stimulated us into seeing the European Healthcare as a Healthcare Market and building up a structured Healthcare Market as an upcoming leading market. This might be an indispensable prerequisite to overcome all national borders and to see the patient in his new mobility. 2. On January 20th there was a meeting on new cardiac surgery in the European region in Salzburg chaired by F. Unger. 3. On January 20th there was also a joint meeting between the Class Medicine and the Class Social Sciences organized by Prof. Meßmer and Prof. Straus in Munich entitled “Perspektiven und Risken der Stammzellentherapie”. The report will be found in the section “Reports”. 4. 24th International Cardiovascular Surgical Symposium March 4th – 11th, 2007, Zürs/Arlberg. 5. “Chiemgauer Kardiologietage”, a meeting between cardiologists and cardiac surgeons on September 23rd 2006, chaired by W. Moshage. 6. „7. Mannheimer Ethik-Symposium“ on September 23rd in Mannheim, organized by H. Kick. 16 Annual Report 2006 IEPG In its activities of teaching, research and consultation, the Institut für medizinische Ethik, Grundlagen und Methoden der Psychotherapie und Gesundheitskultur (IEPG) is dedicated to promoting and developing modern ethical principles in the fields of psychotherapy, psychiatry, psychohygiene, life counselling, education, spiritual welfare and health.
ACTIVITIES 2006 Conscious of an urgently needed orientation concerning the social framework within which individual psychohygiene, lifestyle and health arise, such an approach can only be developed in close contact with basic principles of the social sciences and medicine. Ethical and esthetic dimensions always include the awareness and the responsible formulation of both an underlying concept of man and world-view. With this view, the Institute (alongside its scientific projects) dedicates itself to studying the basic principles of the social sciences and medicine. Its particular aim is the practical application of the insights gained for giving more meaning to life and for improving health and psychohygiene. The present director of the Institute, Prof. Dr. Hermes Andreas Kick, teaches at the University of Heidelberg. He is a member of the Academy for Ethics in Medicine (Göttingen) and the EuropeanAcademyofSciencesandArts (Salzburg). 7. Interdisciplinary and International Conference on "Brain Research and the Conception of Human Being" 12 to 14 October, 2006, Fribourg. The project started early in 2005; it reached its first peak in the week from 12 to 14 October, 2006. Cf. the attached Conference Programme for the guiding ideas, the scientific committee (8 experts), the 23 speakers, and the panelists. About 200 participants followed the presentations and the discussions. An excellent public event with a key note lecture and an ensuing discussion on the evening of 13 October. - This was the rationale of the Conference: Over the last 10, 15 years, important progress has been made in the neurosciences. The various interpretations of the results cover a broad spectrum, ranging from misgivings, and even fears, to vivid interest, diagnostic and therapeutic expectancies, and scientific enthusiasm. Many of the raised questions that were presented affect central elements of the conception of human being, as well as of his position, his tasks and duties in the world. The thesis maintaining that the free will is but an illusion is perhaps the most exciting. Yet to those familiar with hermeneutics and the theory of science, some other theses may appear like new formulas for what has been known for a long time. – The Conference mainly aims at exchange and mutual understanding. It offers expertise in – amongst others – bio- and medical science, information technology, neuro- and general psychology, law, philosophy and theology. The presentations were mostly excellent. The main objective: crossing disciplinary borders, listening to and understanding each other, was reached. The Conference found a rich echo in the print media. Partners in the project were the Swiss Academyof Medical Sciences, the Swiss Academyof Humanities and Social Sciences, the University of Fribourg; it was sponsored by the Swiss "Hochschulrat", the Swiss National Science Foundation, the cogito foundation, Novartis International Inc., and the Fribourg Faculty of Theology. Pascal Couchepin, Federal Councillor (Minister) and Head of the Department of Interior Affairs, acted as patron. 17