Past conferences

Suicide Tourism - Daniel Sperling

Suicide Tourism: Understanding Legal, Philosophical and Socio-Political Dimensions

(Oxford University Press, 2019)

Dr. Daniel Sperling

 

 

In this event, a new book by Dr. Daniel Sperling (University of Haifa) will be presented and discussed. The book explores the moral, legal and socio-political aspects of suicide tourism, that is the phenomenon by which people travel to another country to receive aid-in-dying. The book offers extensive research that covers theoretical analysis of this phenomenon as well as empirical findings obtained through in depth interviews conducted with policy makers and relevant key players in Switzerland, Germany, France, England and Italy.

Speakers include a guest lecturer from Germany who will discuss the legal prohibition against assisted suicide in Germany and the implications of suicide tourism on such a legislation, a prominent legal expert in the field of law and society and another scholar from the department of political sciences who will contribute to the discussion by sharing his understandings on the philosophical and political aspects of death and dying. The event will be concluded by response and reflection of the author, Dr. Sperling.

 

Program

16:00-16:15      Gathering & Light Refreshments

16:30- 16:15    Opening words

Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, School of Public Health, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University; Director, Minerva Center for the Interdisciplinary study of End-of-Life, Tel-Aviv University

16:30-17:00      Regulation of assisted suicide: Between “moral purity” and “permissive capitulation”

Prof. Dr. Gunnar Duttge, Institut für Kriminalwissenschaften and Zentrum für Medizinrecht Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany

17:00-17:40      Comments and discussion

Prof. Shai Lavi, Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University;  Co-director Minerva Center for the interdisciplinary study of End-of-Life, Tel-Aviv University; Director, the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Prof. Uriel Abulof, Department of Political Sciences, Tel-Aviv University

17:40-18:00      Response and concluding remarks

Dr. Daniel Sperling, Department of Nursing and Faculty of Law, University of Haifa

In this event, a new book by Dr. Daniel Sperling (University of Haifa) will be presented and discussed.

 

The book explores the moral, legal and socio-political aspects of suicide tourism, that is the phenomenon by which people travel to another country to receive aid-in-dying. The book offers extensive research that covers theoretical analysis of this phenomenon as well as empirical findings obtained through in depth interviews conducted with policy makers and relevant key players in Switzerland, Germany, France, England and Italy.

 

Speakers include a guest lecturer from Germany who will discuss the legal prohibition against assisted suicide in Germany and the implications of suicide tourism on such a legislation, a prominent legal expert in the field of law and society and another scholar from the department of political sciences who will contribute to the discussion by sharing his understandings on the philosophical and political aspects of death and dying.

 

The event will be concluded by response and reflection of the author, Dr. Sperling. 

 

Suicide Tourism: Understanding Legal, Philosophical and Socio-Political Dimensions (Oxford University Press, 2019) Dr. Daniel Sperling Program 16:00-16:15 Gathering & Light Refreshments

16:30- 16:15 Opening words Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, School of Public Health, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University; Director, Minerva Center for the Interdisciplinary study of End-of-Life, Tel-Aviv University

16:30-17:00 Regulation of assisted suicide: Between “moral purity” and “permissive capitulation” Prof. Dr. Gunnar Duttge, Institut für Kriminalwissenschaften and Zentrum für Medizinrecht Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany

17:00-17:40 Comments and discussion Prof. Shai Lavi, Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University; Co-director Minerva Center for the interdisciplinary study of End-of-Life, Tel-Aviv University; Director, the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute Prof. Uriel Abulof, Department of Political Sciences, Tel-Aviv University

17:40-18:00 Response and concluding remarks Dr. Daniel Sperling, Department of Nursing and Faculty of Law, University of Haifa

 

 

Dementia – an interdisciplinary approach

 

 

The Minerva Center for Interdisciplinary Study of End of Life at Tel Aviv University organized in June 2017 a three days academic workshop entitled ‘Dementia: An Interdisciplinary Examination of an Ultimate Threat”.

 

Given the innovative topics raised in the workshop and the inspiring discussions that ensued, the Israel Journal of Health Policy Research joined forces with the Minerva Center to publish the papers that pertained to health policy in Israel.  Seven papers representing multiple disciplines suggest potential answers to the challenges posed by the experience of living with dementia, the care for persons with dementia and the research to aid in improving them.  Given the tremendous challenges posed by dementia to public policy around the world, we believe that this series of seven articles will enhance and inform both public education and debates on the topic.  Furthermore, these inter-disciplinary views represent opportunities to improve health policy in Israel and in other countries.

 

The workshop was organized by the directors of the Minerva Center for Interdisciplinary Study of End of Life:

Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield

Dr. Shai Brill

Prof. Haim Hazan

Prof. Shai Lavi

 

Netta Bentur, PhD, Senior Researcher, Minerva Center for Interdisciplinary Study of End of Life, facilitated the publication of this collection.

 

The list of articles

 

I am very pleased to let you know that our collection of articles based on the Minerva workshop on dementia has been published.  This is a wonderful collection of timely articles that demonstrate the multiple perspectives needed in dementia research, and the innovation and ingenuity that can help society make progress in dementia care.

 

I would like to thank each of you for the work, the patience and the persistence you put into this effort.  A special thank you to Netta Bentur without whom we would not have been able to complete this project.

 

You can access the collection of articles via the following link:

https://www.biomedcentral.com/collections/dementia

The articles published are the following:

1: Bentur N, Sternberg SA. Dementia care in Israel: top down and bottom up processes. Isr J Health Policy Res. 2019 Feb 20;8(1):22. doi: 10.1186/s13584-019-0290-z. PubMed PMID: 30782215; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6381731.

 

2: Cohen-Mansfield J. Who is informed and who uninformed? Addressing the legal barriers to progress in dementia research and care. Isr J Health Policy Res. 2019 Feb 20;8(1):17. doi: 10.1186/s13584-018-0279-z. PubMed PMID: 30782212; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6381665.

 

3: Golander H. Mini research projects as a mechanism to improve the quality of dementia care. Isr J Health Policy Res. 2019 Feb 20;8(1):16. doi: 10.1186/s13584-018-0273-5. PubMed PMID: 30782205; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6381737.

 

4: Gräske J, Schmidt A, Wolf-Ostermann K. More staff = better quality of life for people with dementia? results of a secondary data analysis in German shared-housing arrangements. Isr J Health Policy Res. 2019 Feb 20;8(1):26. doi: 10.1186/s13584-019-0295-7. PubMed PMID: 30786931; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6381648.

 

5: Lorey P. Fake bus stops for persons with dementia? On truth and benevolent lies in public health. Isr J Health Policy Res. 2019 Mar 7;8(1):28. doi: 10.1186/s13584-019-0301-0. PubMed PMID: 30845988; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6407192.

 

6: Schweda M. Medical gazes and meteorological metaphors: representations of dementia in contemporary motion pictures. Isr J Health Policy Res. 2019 Feb 20;8(1):18. doi: 10.1186/s13584-018-0283-3. PubMed PMID: 30782216; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6381700.

 

7: Sternberg SA, Sabar R, Katz G, Segal R, Fux-Zach L, Grupman V, Roth G, Cohen N, Radomyslaski Z, Bentur N. Home hospice for older people with advanced dementia: a pilot project. Isr J Health Policy Res. 2019 May 6;8(1):42. doi: 10.1186/s13584-019-0304-x. PubMed PMID: 31060626.

 

 

 

Minerva German-Israeli Academic Workshop, June 4-6 2017
Dementia: An Interdisciplinary Examination of an Ultimate Threat

 

Venue:  Tzuba Hotel, Kibbutz Tzuba, Located in the Judean Hills, near Jerusalem

 

Day 1, Sunday, 4th of June

Arrival/getting settled

 

09:15 Transportation from Tel Aviv University to Tzuba hotel

10:15-10:35 Arrival at the hotel (Depositing luggage at reception)

10:40-10:50 Welcome opening words
                     Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield

  1. Understanding the person who manifests a functional decline 
    (Chair: Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield)

  Panel: Identity

10:50-11:05 Identity of the dementia afflicted patient as an 'other' – A cross-cultural         perspective.

  Prof. Haim Hazan, Tel-Aviv University

11:05-11:15 Dementia and vulnerability

  Dipl.-Theol. Simon Kerwagen, University of Bamberg/Erlangen-Nuremberg

11:15-11:25 Dementia and medical humanities: A.D. patients in movies

    Cand. med. et phil. Luise Holzhauser, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
11:25-11:40  Ethical aspects of dementia in popular culture

PD Dr. Mark Schweda, Dept. of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine,          University Medical Center Göttingen

11:40-12:00 Discussion of Panel

12:00-14:00 Lunch & Receiving rooms

14:00-14:30 Keynote Speech via Skype- Advanced Dementia: Clinical Course and Framework for Decision-Making.
Prof. Susan L Mitchell MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School

14:30-14:45 Discussion

14: 45-15:45 Stroll to the local winery


2. Legal and ethical issues in dementia (Chair: PD. Dr. Mark Schweda)

Panel I: Advance Care Planning

16:00-16:15 Dementia, advance directives and empirical research on clinical ethics.
Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Frewer, Institute for the History of Medicine and Medical Ethics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

16:15-16:30 Advance Research Directives of dementia patients

  Dr. Karin Jongsma, Dept. of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, University   Medical Center Göttingen

16:30-16:40 Advance Care Planning in dementia: what are caregivers' beliefs?

  Ile Kermel Schiffman, Department of Community Mental Health, University of              Haifa, Israel

16:40-16:55 Development of services for people with dementia in Israel: A Mixture of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Actions

  Prof. Netta Bentur, Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute and Tel-Aviv University's       Stanley Steyer School for Health Professionals

16:55-17:25 Discussion of Panel I (Facilitator Prof. Shai Lavi)

17:25-17:45 Break

17:45-18:15 Round Table – facilitated by Prof. Shai Lavi, Tel-Aviv University
Do legal solutions help address ethical dilemmas?  Analysis of options for dementia.           

18:15-18:30 Addressing the legal barriers to progress in dementia research and care

  Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Tel-Aviv University & Prof. Shai Lavi, Tel-Aviv University

18:30-19:00 Discussion (Facilitator: Prof. Netta Bentur)

  • Of previous presentations
  • Of Topic 2 – Legal and ethical issues in dementia– implications for theory, research and practice.  Facilitator: Prof. Shai Lavi

19:00-20:00 Dinner

 

Day 2, Monday, 5th of June

7:30-8:45 Breakfast

9:00-9:15 Presenting Israeli-German cooperation opportunities Prof. Shai Lavi and

  Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield   

3. Care of persons with dementia (Chair: Prof. A. Mark Clarfield)

Panel I: Understanding the person with dementia - Implications for care

 9:15-9:30 Understand challenging behavior: approaches and their effects.

           Prof. Dr. Margareta Halek, MScN, German Center of Neurodegenerative

           Diseases (DZNE),Witten

University of Witten/Herdecke

09:30-09:40 Are psychotic symptoms in persons with dementia indicative of psychotic processes? 

 Rinat Cohen, The Minerva Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of the End of

 Life, Tel Aviv University

09:40-09:55 Mini research projects as a mechanism to improve quality of dementia

   care

   Prof. Hava Golander RN, MSN, PhD, Dept of Nursing, and the Herzceg institute

   of Aging, Tel Aviv University

09:55-10:20 Discussion of Panel I

 

Panel II: Daily care

10:20-10:30 The benefits of using music in daily care of people with dementia and the importance of music therapy

Dr. Ayelet Dassa, Music Therapy, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan Alzheimer research and treatment center

10:35-10:50 "End-of-life care in Alzheimer disease.The approach of the three

   Abrahamic (monotheistic) religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam"

   Prof. A. Mark Clarfield, Director, Medical School for International Health,

   Vice Dean and  Sidonie Hecht Professor of Geriatrics, Faculty of Health
   Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev           

   Director of Medical School for International health, Ben Gurion University

10:50-11:05 Translating clinical research into routine care - chances and barriers
PD. Dr. rer. med. Dipl.-Psych. René Thyrian, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)

11:05-11:35 Discussion of Panel II (Facilitator Prof. Hava Golander)

11:35-11:55 Break

 

 

Panel III: Medical care dilemmas

11:55-12:10 To PEG or Not to with the Patient with End Stage Dementia-Medical or Ethical Issue?
Reuven Friedmann MD, Head Of Geriatric Department “Shaare Zedek” Medical Center, Jerusalem

12:10-12:25 "Antibiotic treatment for patients with dementia and other terminal conditions: survey among health care professionals".

Yael Dishon, Department of Nursing, University of Haifa

12:25-12:35 Drug related problems in community-dwelling primary care patients with dementia: the effect of a Dementia Care Management program,

PD. Dr. rer. med. Dipl.-Psych. René Thyrian  on behalf of Diana Wucherer, Pharmacist, M. Sc., German Center of Neurodegenerative Disease (DZNE).

12:35-12:50 End of life care for people with dementia

MD, MSCE, Dr. Shelley Sternberg,

Director, Acute Care Geriatrics, Geriatric Division, the Ministry of Health, Israel Director, Memory Clinic, Shaarei Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem Israel

12:50-13:20 Discussion of Panel III (Facilitator Dr. René Thyrian)

13:20-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:00 Round Table - Care issues: what do we need to figure out? Facilitated by Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, The Minerva Center for the Interdisciplinary   Study of End of Life, Tel Aviv University
 

15:00-15:30 Discussion of topic 3:  Care of persons with dementia– implications for theory, research and practice.  (Facilitator: Dr. Shelley Sternberg)

 

15:30-16:30 Break

16:30-18:30 Local excursion  

18:30-19:00 Break before Dinner

19:00-20:00 Dinner

 

Day 3, Tuesday, 6th of June

7:30-8:45 Breakfast

9:00-10:00 Check out

  1. Systems and Services for persons with dementia (Chair: Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Frewer)

Panel I:  Environmental design for improving dementia care

10:00-10:15 Shared-housing arrangements for people with dementia,

Prof. Dr. Johannes Gräske, School of Social Sciences, Department of Health and Nursing, htw saar University of Applied Sciences, Saarbrücken

10:15-10:25 Virtual Bus Stops for People with Dementia? On Benevolent Lies in Therapies,
cand. med. Pauline Lorey, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

10:25-11:00 Discussion of Panel I (Facilitator: Dr. Johannes Gräske)

11:00-11:15 Communication and care: what can we do about burnout and its effects?

Dr. Shai Brill, Beit Rivka Hospital and The Minerva Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of the End of Life Tel-Aviv University

11:15-11:30 Discussion

11:30-12:00 Discussion of topic 4:  Systems for persons with dementia– implications for theory, research and practice.  (Facilitator: Dr. Shai Brill)

12:00-13:00 Discussion of collaboration opportunities

13:00-13:30 Summary of the Workshop

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30 Return to Tel Aviv

 

 

 

Communication among Staff, Patients and Family Members in Medical Institutions: Current State and Opportunities for Improvements

 

 

The Conference had an audience of 170 professionals. It was held on April 4th 2018, Tel Aviv University

 

9:00 Gathering, registration and refreshments

10:00 Welcome opening words. The system’s point of view

Dr. Shai Brill, General manager of Beit Rivka Hospital; Minerva Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of the End of Life, Tel-Aviv University

 

 

Panel I: The Current situation

 

9:50 Communication between caregivers and medical staff in geriatric institutions at End of life - Research findings

Rinat Cohen, Minerva Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of the End of Life, Tel Aviv University, Department of Health Promotion, School of Public Health, Sackler Faculty of Medicine Tel Aviv University

 

10:10 Full disclosure following a mistake- Are we able to do so? Conclusions from a simulation-based workshop for improving teams’ skills and cultural transparency

Mayer Brezis, MD MPH, Professor of Medicine (Emeritus), Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Former Director of the Center for Clinical Quality & Safety, Hadassah Medical Center

Israeli Center for Medical Simulation, Sheba, Tel-Aviv

 

10:30 Parallel Universes: The professional gap between doctors and nurses and its impact on human dignity in Israel's health system

Assaf Geffen, PhD. Student, Department of Sociology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

 

10:50 Regrets as a reflection of communication problems at the end of life

Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Director, Minerva Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of the End of Life, Tel-Aviv University; Department of Health Promotion, School of Public Health, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University


11:10 Coffee break & light refreshments

 

Panel II: Opportunities for improvements 

 

11:30 The social journey to cure our medicine

Dr. Aviva Elad, M.D, specialist and Training Coordinator in family medicine, “Meuhedet” Health care services, author of the book “A ripped white doctor’s robe”.

https://www.facebook.com/masa.hevrati/  http://www.cure-medicine.co.il

 

11:50 The first impression - a better communication at the first meeting with families

Dr. Dafna Meitar, Specialist on Palliative medicine, Coordinator of the Department of Medical Education, Sackler Faculty of Medicine Tel Aviv University

12:10 Alexa- would you like to say something to the family? Communication with patients in the digital era 

Uri Goren, Blogger in the field of technology & medicine (http://www.e-pochonder.com/)

 

12:30 Discussion and summary - Vision and practice

 

13:00 Light Lunch 


 

Good Death? – Israel 2015

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Trubowitz Building, The Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University

 

15:30 – 16:00       Gathering

16:00 – 16:15     Prof. Haim Hazan, On Thresholds and Endings: Between Good Death and Good Dying

16:15 – 16:30      Prof. Jiska Cohen Mansfield, The desired and the actual death in Israel: Preliminary findings

16:30 – 16:45 Prof. Shai Lavi, Dignified Exit - Legal Limitations and Possibilities

16:45 – 17:00 Dr. Shai Brill, End of Life in Israel – Medical aspects                                        

17:00 – 17:30 Opening discussion

17:30 – 17:50 Refreshments Break

17:50 – 19:25 screening the Israeli movie: "The Farewell Party" directed by Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon, Stars: Ze'ev Revach, Levana Finkelstein, Aliza Rosen

19:25 – 20:00 Questions and Conclusion with the movie actress Aliza Rozen

 

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