Workshop on Philosophy of Medicine and Medical Ethics

13:44, 25 April, 2013
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Nordic-Baltic Network for Philosophy of Medicine and Medical Ethics


Issues in Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine

Transformation of Patient Information Practices

Rīga, Rīga Stradiņš University, Senate Hall (Block K, 1st floor)

13–14 June 2013


Workshop Programme

Thursday, 13 June

From 8:45 Registration
9:15 Welcome address Prof. Vija Sīle
9:30–11:00 Session I: Biobanks (moderated by Vents Sīlis)
9:30–10:00 Authorization for feedback from Biobanks Research Vilhjálmur Árnason
10:00–10:30 Biobanking, feedbacking and other adventures in the story of genetics research Kadri Simm
10:30–11:00 On researchers' duties in era of incidental findings and individual research results in biobank research Kristi Louk
11:00–11:30 Coffee break
11:30–13:00 Session II: Feedback (moderated by Ivars Neiders)
11:30–12:00 Different ethical approaches to biobank consent documents Jurate Serepkaite
12:00–12:30 Placebos and placebo effects – making sense of the concepts Pekka Louhiala
12:30–13:00 Informing patients about post-trial access: what can be realistically promised? Eugenijus Gefenas
13:00–14:00 Lunch (served at the university)
14:00–15:30 Session III: Truth telling (moderated by Eugenijus Gefenas)
14:00–14:30 "You have... ADHD!" Feedback to the patient after the diagnostic process of a neuropsykiatrisk utredning in Sweden Petra Gelhaus
14:30–15:00 Recruiting organ donors – what should be told by whom and to whom? Stellan Welin
15:00–15:30 Signs, symptoms and interpretations – creating meaning in medical consultations Raimo Puustinen
15:30–16:00 Coffee break
16:00–17:00 Session IV: Truth telling (moderated by Kadri Simm)
16:00–16:30 Six types of not telling the truth Vilius Dranseika
16:30–17:00 Lying and telling the whole truth are not the only two alternatives Heidy Meriste

Friday, 14 June

10:00–12:00 Session I: Truth telling (moderated by Vilhjálmur Árnason)
10:00–10:30 The problem of the informed consent in cases of refusal of treatment (case of vaccination) Edijs Šauers
10:30–11:00 Truth-telling practices in the Soviet-era publications on deontology Vija Sīle, Ivars Neiders, Vents Sīlis
11:00–12:00 Joint discussion on the possibilities of future cooperation in research
12:00 Lunch (served at the university)
13:00 Trip to the Open Air Museum

Travel arrangements

From Rīga International Airport to city centre

Bus No. 22, which leaves from Abrenes Street, has direct services between the airport and the city center.

You will get out straight at the terminal on the 2nd level. To get on the bus at the airport look for bus stop located opposite the terminal behind the car park P1.

Frequency: 10–30 minutes; journey time to city center: about 30 minutes.

A ticket for an unlimited number of trips is valid 24 hours from its first usage; it costs LVL 1.90.

A regular ticket for one trip can be bought from the bus driver (price LVL 0.70), but if you buy it before commencing your trip at the airport services and tourism information bureau "Welcome to Riga", a regular one-way ticket will cost you only LVL 0.50. Additional information on bus lines and schedules at Toll-free phone: (+371) 8 000 19 19.

You can also travel from the airport to the city center “Airport Express” minibuses. The price for a ride is LVL 3 or EUR 5. Payments are accepted in cash (lats only) or by a payment card. No extra charge for luggage. For more information please visit

Minibus route Nr. 241

Fare per one trip: Esplanāde – Zolitūde (bus stop "Priedaines iela" is place, where fare changes) – LVL 0.45; night fare (from 22:00) – LVL 0.50; Priedaines iela – Riga Airport LVL 0.60.

Tickets available in the shuttle bus from the bus driver.

Additional information on minibus routes and schedules is available at

From city center to the conference venue

Tram No. 4, from Centrāltirgus (Central Market, located near the Central Bus Stations) to Dzirciema iela


Bus No. 37, from Esplanāde to Botāniskais dārzs (Botanical Garden)


Bus No. 41, from Esplanāde to Botāniskais dārzs (Botanical Garden)


From city center to Maritim Park Hotel Riga

Tram No. 4, from Centrāltigus to Grīna bulvāris


We have special arrangements with Maritim Park Hotel Riga at 1 Slokas Street in Rīga, LV-1048 (website:

The hotel is close to the conference venue. To reach Rīga Stradiņš University, we suggest taking tram No. 4 (A. Grīna bulvāris – Dzirciema iela)

Hotel room rates:

  • Standard single/double or twin: 40/45 EUR
  • Superior single/double: 60/70 EUR

The room price includes breakfast, VAT, use of Fitness center, free Wi-Fi in the hotel, car park.

Booking request with reference to the conference "Issues in Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine: Transformation of Patient Information Practices" – by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Other accommodation options in Rīga

Hotel name with website links
AddressPhoneGetting to workshop venue
Islande Hotel **** 20 Ķīpsalas St. +371 67608000 15 min. by Bus #37 or 41 / Trolleybus #25 / Tram #4 or 5
Radisson Blu Rīdzene Hotel **** 1 Reimersa St. +371 67093333 25 min. by  Bus #37 or 41 / Trolleybus #25
Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel **** 55 Elizabetes St. +371 67772222 25 min. by Bus #37 or 41 / Trolleybus #25
Radi un Draugi Hotel 1 Mārstaļu St. +371 67820200 15 min. by Tram #4 or 5
Hotel Gutenbergs **** 1 Dome Sq. +371 67814090 15 min. by Tram #4 or 5
Konventa sēta *** 9/11 Kalēju St. +371 67087507 15 min. by Tram #4 or 5
Hotel Avalon**** 9 13. janvāra St. +371 67169999 15 min. by Tram #4 or 5
More information about hotels in Rīga:

Workshop venue and hotel locations

In the map below, the workshop venue, Rīga Stradiņš University, has a blue placemark; the green one is for Maritim Park Hotel. The other hotels mentioned in the table above are marked in yellow.

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Further information about Rīga:

Rīga Tourism Information Centre (TIC)

Schwab House, 6 Rātslaukums, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia

Phone: +371 67037900

Fax: +371 67037920

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For additional information please write to Mr Ivars Neiders at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .