Religions and Medical Ethics: Palliative Care and Elderly Mental Health

Rome, 11-12 December, 2019

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A two-day symposium jointly organized by the World Innovation Summit for Health (Qatar) and the Pontifical Academy for Life (Vatican City)

To be held at the Augustinianum Congress Centre, Via Paolo VI, Rome (adjacent to St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City), 11-12 December, 2019

This special symposium examines the role that religion plays in providing holistic care in the context of medical ethics. By focusing on the intersection of belief-based and evidence-based approaches to care, speakers and participants will have the opportunity to highlight and explore the benefits of interdisciplinary and interfaith approaches to treating the body, mind and soul.

The symposium will focus on to two areas of healthcare:

·         Palliative Care

·         The Mental Health of the Elderly

Sessions include a focus on (tbc):

·         Christian, Islamic and medical perspectives on ethics and palliative care

·         Safeguarding the mental health of elderly patients receiving palliative care

·         Interfaith approaches to promoting the role of spirituality in palliative care

·         Perspectives on pediatric palliative care

·         The mental health and wellbeing of older people: spiritual opportunities and challenges

·         Maintaining the bridge of love between people with dementia and their carers

·         Mental health and the elderly: the intersection of spirituality, caregiving and medicine

·         Suicide and life-threatening behavior among the elderly

Save the date: 11-12 December, 2019

To register interest, please email

(Simultaneous translation between English, Italian and Arabic will be available throughout the summit)

About the organizers:

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Based in Doha, it holds a biannual summit of global healthcare policymakers, researchers, innovators and healthcare practitioners. Year round, WISH conducts evidence-based health research and works with closely with global partners to promote its mission of “building a healthier world through global collaboration”.

The Pontifical Academy for Life (Pontificia Accademia Pro Vita) is the pontifical academy of the Catholic Church that is dedicated to promoting the Church’s consistent life ethic. Alongside this focus, it conducts extensive research in the fields of bioethics and moral theology.

Academic media partner: The Journal of Medical Ethics (BMJ Group)