Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law

♦ Ethical and legal issues concerning deontological codes
♦ Bio-ethics and medical ethics in the developing world
♦ Bioethics & law
♦ Eco-bioethics
♦ Science & bioethics
♦ Research & bioethics
♦ Medical ethics & law
♦ Nursing ethics & law
♦ Environmental ethics & law
♦ Ethics & social sciences
♦ Ethics & religions
♦ Human enhancement: Ethical concepts
♦ Medical futility and therapeutic obstinacy
♦ Rationing in healthcare systems – ethical implications in era of limited resources
♦ Ethical and legal aspects with regard to the use of predictive genetic tests
♦ Psychiatry & bioethics
♦ Neuroscience between ethics and law
♦ Immigration & bioethics
♦ Bio-politics & ethics
♦ Surgery & bioethics dental ethics & law
♦ Pharmacy ethics & law
♦ Rehabilitation & bioethics
♦ Youth and bioethics
♦ Speech & language therapy & bioethics
♦ Volunteers activities & bioethics
♦ Ethics of transplantation
♦ The Informed Consent
♦ Privacy and Confidentiality
♦ Genetic engineering
♦ Assisted reproduction
♦ Emergency treatment
♦ End of life issues

Biomedical Research, Experimentation, Ethics Committees

Human experimentation and the protection of persons
♦ Experimental activities under ethical and deontological principles
♦ From trials “on” persons to trials “with” persons
♦ Legal regulations of trials: a comparative review and analysis
♦ Biomedical research from the mass-media viewpoint

The subjects of experimental procedures
♦ Models of patients’ “recruitment”
♦ The Informed Consent of the subjects
♦ Trials with “vulnerable” persons
♦ The autonomy of the researcher and the sponsor’s interests
♦ Areas and models of the diffusion of experiments results
♦ The cost of experimentation
♦ “Obstinacy”, “futility”, “inappropriateness” of experimental procedures
♦ Experimentation in university and hospital structures

Methodological aspects of experimentation
♦ The design of experimental protocols
♦ Relations between trials and clinical practice
♦ The role of “randomization”
♦ Use and misuse of placebo
♦ The risk of falsification of trials’ results; possible remedies

Typological aspects of experimentation
♦ Experimentation of “orphan” drugs
♦ Experimental procedures concerning “biological” drugs
♦ Experimental studies in the neurological and psychiatric fields
♦ Experiments in the main surgical areas
♦ Post mortem experiments

Prospects of experimentation
♦ Experiments on stem cells
♦ Experiments using nano-particles
♦ Experiments in health-care emergencies
♦ The future of independent experimentation
♦ Control on trials in developing countries
♦ Alternative to “in vivo” trials

Ethics Committees (EC)
♦ The role of Ethical Committees in experimental activities
♦ Ethics Committees: General comparative review
♦ Independence and autonomy of EC
♦ Ascertaining the “suitability” of the experimental terms
♦ Techniques of monitoring of the Experimental procedure
♦ Rules of conduct and training of the committee’s members
♦ Ethical and scientific preparation of the EC members
♦ Which organization should be in charge of training
The duty of confidentiality
♦ Responsibility of members of the EC

Forensic Medicine, Law and Ethics

♦ Forensic doctors’ duties in view of the deontological codes
♦ Clinical forensic guidelines and judiciary experience
♦ Consequences of lack of training in forensic medicine
♦ The contribution of Forensic Medicine to legal litigation
♦ Evaluation of informed consent’s process to medical treatment
♦ Forensic medicine aspects in gender medicine
♦ Trans-sexualism: Forensic medicine implications
♦ Gene investigations: Relevant issues
♦ Forensic Medicine: Risk management issues
♦ States of detention: The role of the forensic doctor
♦ Vegetative state and minimal consciousness state: The forensic doctor evaluations
♦ The role of forensic doctors in ascertaining brain death
♦ The role of forensic doctors in the evaluation of casual connections
♦ Judging therapeutic “appropriateness” in pediatry
♦ Medical futility and treatment of oncologic patients
♦ Medical liability and surgical complications
♦ E-medicine and privacy protection
♦ Evaluation criteria of cosmetic damage
♦ Invalidity in social security system
♦ Functional and cosmetic aspects of dentistry treatments
♦ Electroshock therapy: ethical and forensic evaluation
♦ Environment pollution and occupational diseases
♦ Refusal of medical life-saving treatments

Bioethics Education

♦ The art of education
♦ The aims of education
♦ Bioethics education: General
♦ Bioethics education: The UNESCO Core Curriculum
♦ Bioethics education: The UNESCO methodology
♦ Bioethics education: The UNESCO ETTC project