We are honored to announce the following Keynote Speakers:

Determinants of Health (Lecture)

Thomas Schramme

Thomas Schramme is Chair in Philosophy at the University of Liverpool. His background is in philosophy, but he has often worked in interdisciplinary projects, for instance in a research group on Normative Aspects of Public Health at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Bielefeld. He has published widely in philosophy of medicine and psychiatry, mainly on the concepts of health and disease. Most recently he has published the Handbook of the Philosophy of Medicine (co-edited with Steven Edwards; Springer 2017). He has also edited several collections of essays, for instance Being Amoral: Psychopathy and Moral Incapacity (MIT Press, 2014). The anthology Forms of Fellow Feeling: Empathy, Sympathy, Concern and Moral Agency (co-editor: Neil Roughley) is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

Healthcare Systems: at the Service of What? (Lecture)

Yvonne Denier

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Yvonne Denier studied Philosophy and Applied Ethics at KU Leuven. She obtained a PhD in Philosophy with a study on justice in health care that has been published as Efficiency, Justice and Care. Philosophical Reflections on Scarcity in Health Care (Springer, 2007). She has been visiting researcher at the Internationales Zentrum für Ethik in den Wissenschaften in Tübingen (Germany) and at the Hastings Center in New York. Her research focuses on various ethical issues in health care, such as ethics of health care organisations, cultural diversity in health care, commercialisation and privatization of health care, end-of-life care, prenatal care, orphan drugs and rare diseases, as well as on theories of distributive justice and the problem of choices and just decision-making. She teaches on these subjects, gives lectures on conferences, and publishes papers and books in academic and non-academic fields. In 2013, she published a new book on Justice, Luck and Moral Responsibility in Health Care (co-edited with Chris Gastmans and Antoon Vandevelde; Springer). She is professor of health care ethics at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law of the KU Leuven, ethical advisor of the Zorgnet-Icuro Care Network Flanders, member of various ethics committees on local and Flemish level, and member of the Belgian Advisory Committee of Bioethics.

Justice and Vulnerability (Lecture)

Begoña Román Maestre

Begoña Román Maestre holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Barcelona. Between 1996 and 2007 she leaded the Chair of Ethics at University Ramon Llull (Barcelona) and she is currently professor in the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Barcelona. In addition, she is Chairperson of the Ethics Committee of Catalonian Social Services and member of Bioethics Committee of Catalonia. Her area of specialization is Bioethics and Ethics applied to professional and organizational environments. She collaborates in the Borja Institute of Bioethics.

The Role of Professionals and Research (Round Table)

Bert Molewijk (moderator)

Bert (Albert Christiaan) Molewijk studied Mental Health Care Nursing and Health Care Ethics. His PhD thesis (Risky Business. Individualised Evidence-Based Decision Support and the Ideal of Patient Autonomy. An Integrated Empirical Ethics Study, 2006) consisted of a multidisciplinary study on the implicit normativity of the constructing, presentation and communication of scientific facts. His postdoc dealt with the implicit normativity of technological artefacts. He has also been researcher at the Hastings Center in New York with visiting scholarship on grassroots bioethics. Bert is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Ethics at the Department of Medical Humanities of the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam, works as senior researcher, program director and member of the Executive Board. He also works as Associate Professor of clinical ethics at the Center for Medical Ethics (SME) at the University of Oslo (UIO) in Norway. He is a member of Health Ethics Committees in mentally handicapped care and a general hospital.

Bert Molewijk co-founded the Dutch network for Clinical Moral Deliberation and the European Clinical Ethics Network (ECEN). He is a member of the Editorial Committee of the journal Clinical Ethics and of the advisory board of the Dutch National Center for Ethics and Health Care. He has co-edited different thematic issues on Bioethics, moral deliberation and Clinical Ethics.

Marc Jamoulle

Marc Jamoulle is a General Practitioner who is working with the same families in Charleroi (Belgium) since more than 40 years. He got a degree in Tropical Medicine and a Certificate in Public Health at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, in which he has been a research collaborator in the Department of Health Policy. He is also recognized as specialist in health data management. He is currently PhD applicant in medical sciences at Liege University, Belgium

He is a member of the WONCA International Classification Committee (WICC), co-author, translator and editor of different editions of the International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC) and past president and founder of the International French Speaking Association of ICPC users. He is consultant in medical informatics field for various French and Belgian societies, expert terminologist member of the Belgian SEMINOP group and member of the MERITERM group at Ghent University. He manages several Primary Care related Internet sites (as the WICC) and maintains a web page about Quaternary Prevention, concept of which is the creator.

Co-founder of three multidisciplinary and multicultural primary health care centres, he has published several research reports and papers in various fields such as addictions, data collection, prevention, classifications and terminologies in Primary Care. He has recently published a book in French on medical ethics in his daily practice.

Ricardo La Valle

Ricardo La Valle is a General Practitioner and PhD in Public Health (University of Buenos Aires). He has published several studies, mainly about Epistemology and Quaternary Prevention. With a wide experience as professor in Medicine Degree and in Doctors Training Programs, he currently works as a doctor in the Italian Hospital in Buenos Aires, as a professor of Public Health in the University of Buenos Aires and as a professor of Humanities at Italian Hospital University Institute. In addition, he has worked in different positions in Administration and Management in Health Care.

He is currently member of the Quaternary Prevention Commission of the Argentinian Federation of Family and General Medicine, the WONCA Q-code working group and the WONCA Special interest group in Quaternary Prevention and Overmedicalisation (P4 SIG).

Patrick Ouvrard

Patrick Ouvrard is a General Practitioner. He is vice president, head of Communication and head of the Department of Anthropology of the Société de Formation Thérapeutique du Généraliste (France), a society whose main goal is the continuing training of General Practitioners in therapeutics -understood in its broadest sense-, which is the cornerstone of the practice of the Family Physician. In addition, he is the French Delegate at the European Union of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (UEMO), an organisation of the most representative national, nongovernmental, independent organisations representing general practitioners in the countries of Europe.

Daniel Widmer

Daniel Widmer was born in 1952 in Lausanne Switzerland. After a MD degree at the Faculty of Medicine (University of Lausanne) he was trained in Family Medicine and Psychosomatic/Psychosocial Medicine. He is now lecturer at the University Institute of Family Medicine in Lausanne. His research work is about psychosomatics, interprofessionality in primary care and overmedicalisation with a special interest on qualitative research and collaboration with anthropologists. Daniel Widmer is now vice-president of the European Union of Family Doctors (UEMO) and active in different European collaborative groups.