WMA Annual General Assembly, Edinburgh - 3-7 October 2000
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The World Medical Association is holding its 52nd Annual General Assembly in Edinburgh, Scotland from Tuesday 3 October to Saturday 7 October 2000 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.
Address: 1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR, Scotland
Telephone: (44) 131 229 91 31
Fax: (44) 131 228 4510
The four-day schedule will be as follows:
- The three Standing Committees (Medical Ethics, Socio Medical and Finance and Planning) will meet on Tuesday 3 October and the Scientific Sessions will take place on Wednesday 4 October and on the morning of Thursday 5 October.
- The main meeting of the Council Session will take place on Friday 6 October.
- The Assembly Ceremonial Session will take place after the Council Session on Friday 6 October.
- The Assembly Plenary Session will be held on the afternoon of Friday 6 October, and will be continued on Saturday 7 October.
Among the main issues to be debated by the WMA committees, Council and Assembly are:
- The Declaration of Helsinki
A revised version of the historic Declaration, governing medical research on humans, will be debated throughout the week and if approved, will be adopted by the General Assembly.
- Human Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation
Following a review of the issues surrounding transplantation, a proposed Statement will be debated, setting out advice for physicians and medical associations.
- Prison Conditions and the Spread of Tuberculosis and other Communicable Diseases
A proposed Statement will be debated calling on governments to address urgently the public health risks posed by prisons.
World Medical Association Scientific Sessions
Wednesday 4th - Thursday 5th October 2000
Overall Theme: "Questions and Answers about Human Life and the Human Genome"
Wednesday 4 October 2000 - Morning MEDICAL EDUCATION
Chairman: Sir Christopher Paine (BMA President)
Co-Chairman: Professor J. Blahos (WMA President)
09h00-09h45 Lifelong Learning - Overview from Scotland
Professor Graeme R. D. Catto DSc FRCP FRSE
Chief Scientist, Scottish Executive
(30 minutes plus 15 minutes for questions)
09h45-10h30 The Globalisation of Medical Education
Professor Hans Karle
President, World Federation of Medical Education
10h30-11h00 Coffee Break
11h00-11h45 Medical Education and Professional Development: The South African Medical Association Experience in Sub-Saharan Africa
Dr Percy Mahlati
Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer of the South African Medical Association
11h45-12h30 Panel Discussion with Sir Christopher, Prof. Catto, Prof. Karle and Dr Mahlati, chaired by Prof. Blahos
Wednesday 4 October - Afternoon LOBBYING FOR HEALTH
Chairman - Professor Sir David Carter (BMA President Elect)
Professor J. Blahos (WMA President)
14h00-14h30 Genetics, the Future and the Media
Dr Harry Griffin
The Roslin Institute
14h50-15h10 A Parliamentarian's View of What is Needed from
Mrs Margaret Smith, Member of the Scottish Parliament
15h30-16h00 Coffee Break
16h00-17h30 Debate on Coverage of Health Stories
Dr Richard Smith, Editor - British Medical Journal (BMJ)
Ms Penny Taylor, Ex - BBC Health Correspondent
Thursday 5 October - Morning DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTH POLICY
Chairman: Professor James McEwen, (President, Faculty of Public
Professor J. Blahos (WMA President)
09h00-09h45 Public Health, and its Role in Improving Health in
Perspective from Edinburgh and Glasgow
Dr Harry Burns
Director of Public Health, Greater Glasgow Health Board
Dr Helen Zeally
Director of Public Health, Lothian Health Board
10h15-10h45 Coffee Break
10h45-11h15 The Role of National Medical Associations in the Development of Health Policy: The Japan Medical Association Experience
Dr Eitaka Tsuboi, President of the Japan Medical Association and President-Elect of the World Medical Association
11h15-11h45 Physician Involvement in the Development of Health Policy: An overview of the Experience in Chile & Latin America
Dr Enrique Accorsi, President of the Chilean Medical Association
11h30-12h30 Panel Discussion with Drs. Tsuboi and AccorsiTweet