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Ethics Council hears experts concerning coercion in psychiatry

On Thursday, 23 February 2017, the German Ethics Council is conducting a public hearing of experts in Berlin on the topic of coercion in psychiatry. Interested parties can also follow the hearing through live audio streaming and comment online.

German Ethics Council and Members of Parliament debate Big Data and Health, Benevolent Coercion, and Interventions in the Human Germline

On Wednesday, 21 February, around 30 members of the German Parliament (Bundestag) accepted an invitation to join the German Ethics Council at its eighth Parliamentary Evening in Berlin. Among those present were Annette Widmann-Mauz (CDU/CSU), Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Health, as well as Ernst Dieter Rossmann (SPD), Chair of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment.

Ethics Council hears experts concerning "benevolent coercion" in child and youth services as well as in nursing and services for the disabled

On Thursday, 18 May 2017, the German Ethics Council is conducting a public expert hearing on the topic of coercion in child and youth services in Berlin. A further hearing on the topic of coercion in nursing and services for the disabled is taking place one day later on 19 May 2017. Those who are interested can follow both hearings through the live audio stream and comment online.

Does neuroimaging change the way we see ourselves?

This was the central question posed by the German Ethics Council during its autumn conference at the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, which was attended by over 250 people. What does neuroimaging reveal about a person’s personality, about what he or she is experiencing and about his or her behaviour? Can neuroimaging make a contribution towards the diagnosis of psychological ailments and the adjudication of offenders? What challenges arise in the field of medical ethics as a result of unexpected findings or untreatable ailments coming to light?

Ethics Council focuses on rare diseases

In Germany alone there are about four million people living with a rare disease – reason enough for the German Ethics Council to meet 25 April with over 200 guests to focus on the situation of the patients and their families, and discuss how their needs could be better catered for by the health care system.

Ethics Council rejects claim to state support during suicide

The German Ethics Council recommends that the due respect for individual decisions about the end of one's own life not be supplemented by a state obligation for suicide support. The Ethics Council thereby opposes the judgment of the Bundesverwaltungsgericht (Federal Administrative Court) from 2 March 2017.

Peter Dabrock elected new Chair of the German Ethics Council

The newly composed German Ethics Council met on Thursday, April 28, 2016 for its constituent meeting in Berlin and elected theologian and ethicist Peter Dabrock as its Chair. His Vice-Chairs are neuroscientist Katrin Amunts, psychologist and gerontologist Andreas Kruse, and medical ethicist Claudia Wiesemann.