Such controversial issues and many more will be addressed during the bid-workshopbrains in dialogue on genetic testing, organised in collaboration with Prof Gasparini of IRCCS Burlo and Trieste University, which will take place on 28-29 January 2010 in Trieste, Italy.
Scientists, clinicians, lawyers, philosophers, sociologists, journalists and other stakeholders will gather to discuss the state of the art of genetic testing for main neurodegenerative diseases and the ethical, legal and social implications. Together with patients, delegates of patients’ organizations and experts in genetic counselling we will discuss the impact of genetic tests for incurable diseases like Alzheimer, Parkinson and Huntington. We will consider the situation at the European level, comparing the public perception in the different countries and analyzing the existing recommendations.
Workshop venue: Adriatico Guesthouse (Registration closed).
The workshop will finish with the public round table Health and DNA: my life, my genes
on Friday 29 January 17.30
, Aula Magna della Scuola Superiore di Lingue Moderne per Interpreti e Traduttori (Via Filzi 14, Trieste, Italy).
Genetic tests promise to reveal the chance of developing acertain disease, from tumors to most common dementias (Parkinson,Alzheimer), to cardiovascular pathologies. However the increasing use ofgenetics, even in the health system, raises controversial and complexissues which deal with our health and our identity, today and tomorrow.Are the destiny and diseases of our life really written in our DNA? Canour life style affect our genetic destiny? Is it useful to know thegenetic risk even when there is no cure? What is the impact of genetictesting on the health system?