Austrian Unit of the Network of Institutions for Medical Ethics Education


Founding  Committee 2007


1. Medical University Innsbruck (MUI) Hartmann Hinterhuber
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
University Clinics of General Psychiatry and Social Psychiatry
Medical University of Innsbruck
Anichstraße 35 A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
phone: +43-512-504-23630, fax: +43-512-504-23644
fields of expertise: interdisciplinary questions of soul and consciousness as well as the role of psychiatry during the Nazi regime; numerous contributions to medical ethics debates; member of the Bioethics Committee of the Austrian Federal Chancellery (until October 2007), director of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy until being conferred emeritus status in September 2011.

ao.Univ.Prof. Margarethe Hochleitner
University Clinics of Internal Medicine I
Department of General Internal Medicine
Director of the Women's Health Centre at the University Hospital Innsbruck
Head of  the Coordination Centre for Equality, Affirmative Action for Women and Gender Research
Chairwoman of the Working Group for Equal Treatment at Innsbruck Medical University
Medical University of Innsbruck
Innrain 66, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
phone: +43-512-504-81162, fax: +43-512-504-25719
fields of expertise: gender medicine, in this context also medicare for migrants, social aspects of medical supply; numerous teaching activities for medical students with regard to these topics and development of gender medicine modules 2.38 and 3.25 (compulsory courses, 3rd and 10th semester) within the medical curriculum; curriculum development project EUGiM; 2005-2009 Vice Rector for Human Resources, Human Resources Development and Gender Equality.

Univ.Prof.Mag.pharm.Dr. Günther Sperk
Vice Rector of Research (since 2009)
Department of Pharmacology (Director until October 2011)
Medical University of Innsbruck
Peter-Mayer-Straße 1a, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
phone: +43-512-9003-71210, fax: +43-512-9003-73200
fields of expertise: neurological diseases and pharmacological intervention; ethical questions in this context; member of the Research Ethics Committee at Innsbruck University (Medical Faculty, now Innsbruck Medical University) for many years; reviewer for the Research Ethics Committee at the Medical University in Vienna; spokesperson of the project team on brain research at the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research. Jörg-Ingolf Stein
University Clinics for Pediatry III
Medical University of Innsbruck
Anichstraße 35, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
phone: +43-512-504-23510, fax: +43-512-504-24929
fields of expertise: inborn heart disease, its prenatal diagnosis and its treatment; involved in developing didactics for medical teachers and in introducing an ethics-track in the medical curriculum at the Medical University of Graz.

ao.Univ.Prof.Dr.phil. Gabriele Werner-Felmayer
Division of Biological Chemistry
Biocenter, Medical University of Innsbruck
Fritz-Pregl-Straße 3/VI, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
phone: +43-512-9003-70341, fax: +43-512-9003-73330
fields of expertise: ethics and misconduct in science; impact of science on society and vice versa; numerous teaching activities about these topics for medical and science students as well as for students of philosophy (interuniversitary seminars together with Josef Quitterer); establishing and chairing the Austrian Unit of NIMED.

2. Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck (LFU)

PD MMag.Dr. Andreas Exenberger
Institute of Economic Theory, Politics and History
University of Innsbruck
Universitätsstraße 15, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
phone: +43-512-507-7409; fax: +43-512-507-2980
fields of expertise: economic and social history; political economy (particularly economics “uncut”); globalization and its history; poverty, inequality and development; valuation of and trade in humans; in this context numerous seminars and courses for students of economics and business as well as public lectures and organization of interdisciplinary symposia.

ao.Univ.Prof.Dr.phil. Josef Quitterer
Institute of Christian Philosophy
University of Innsbruck
Karl-Rahner-Platz 1, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
phone: +43-512-507-8524, fax: +43-512-507-2736
fields of expertise: philosophical anthropology; philosophy of science; ethics in the context of naturalism; dialogue philosophy and science; various courses on these topics, also interuniversitary seminars for students of philosophy and medicine/science (together with Gabriele Werner-Felmayer).

3. Mangement Center Innsbruck (MCI)

Prof.(FH) Dr. Siegfried Walch
Head of Department and Studies
Management Center Innsbruck
Universitätsstraße 15, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
phone: +43-512-2070-3700; fax: +43-512-2070-3799
fields of expertise: the MCI is part of the “Open University of Innsbruck” and as such it is associated to the Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck. Its aim is to offer graduate and post-graduate education for managers at various levels. S. Walch is heading the Nonprofit, Social and Health Care Management educational program (bachelor degree), as well as the International Health Care Business and Management master program; in this context implementation of the UNESCO Core Curriculum of Bioethics; international teaching activities regarding health care management.

4. Tyrolean Hospice Community Elisabeth Medicus
Head of the Hospice and Palliative Care Unit
of the Tyrolean Hospice Community 
Sennstraße 1, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
phone: +43-512-587335, fax: +43-512-7270-5
fields of expertise: palliative care and social accompaniment of terminally ill patients and their relatives; in this context numerous talks, lectures and discussions about death in a western society, living will and related issues. The Tyrolean Hospice Community is a private association but closely connected to and cooperating with the University Hospital in Innsbruck.

5. Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg

Univ.Prof.Dr.phil. Edgar Morscher
Department of Philosophy
at the Faculty of Culture and Humanities
Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg
Franziskanergasse 1, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria
phone: +43-662-8044-4040, fax: +43-622-8044-4056
fields of expertise: ethics, ontology and philosophy of the 19th and 20th century; founder and now vice head of the Institute of Applied Ethics which connects the University of Salzburg and the Paracelsus Medical University of Salzburg and analyses ethical questions at the boundary of philosophy and medicine.

6. Karl-Franzens-University of Graz

ao.Univ.Prof.Dr.phil. Sonja Rinofner-Kreidl
Institute of Philosophy
Karl-Franzens-University of Graz
Heinrichstraße 26, A-8010 Graz, Austria
phone: +43-316-380-2310, fax: +43-316-380-9705
fields of expertise: basic research in phenomenology (theory of consciousness/theory of action) and naturalizing projects in the field of philosophy of mind; medical anthropology/anthropological medicine; ethical theory (especially phenomenological ethics as well as virtue ethics) and ethical issues in medical contexts; with regard to the latter teaching courses at the Medical University of Graz; member of the ethics committee at the University Hospital of Graz, an interdisciplinary board that aims to develop a culture of ethical decision making within the field of clinical activities which includes humane, institutional, didactical and philosophical challenges.

7. University of Vienna

Univ.Prof.Dr. Ulrich Körtner
Department of Ethics and Law in Medicine (Head)
Insitute of Systematic Theology and Religious Studies (Head)
University of Vienna
Spitalgasse 2-4, Hof 2
Campus, Old General Hospital (Altes AKH), A-1090 Wien, Austria
phone: +43-1-4277-22201, fax: +43-1-4277-9222
fields of expertise:  head of the Department of Ethics and Law in Medicine, founded in 1993 as an interdisciplinary platform of the catholic theology, the protestant theology and the law faculty in cooperation with the Medical University of Vienna. Numerous activities with regard to ethics and medicine in the context of medical education and society in general. Among other functions also member of the Bioethics Committee at the Austrian Federal Chancellery, of the UNESCO World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) and of the Austrian UNESCO commission.

Founding Committee 2007



ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gabriele Werner-Felmayer

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