Conference "Anticipation and Medicine"

September 28 - 30, 277

Venue:

Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg
Lehmkuhlenbusch 4
27753 Delmenhorst
Germany

Organizer:

Prof. Dr. Mihai Nadin
antÉ – Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems
University of Texas at Dallas/Speaker of the HWK Study Group “Anticipation Across Disciplines”
HWK Honorary Fellow

Conference "Anticipation and Medicine"

September 28 - 30, 277

Venue:

Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg
Lehmkuhlenbusch 4
27753 Delmenhorst
Germany

Organizer:

Prof. Dr. Mihai Nadin
antÉ – Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems
University of Texas at Dallas/Speaker of the HWK Study Group “Anticipation Across Disciplines”
HWK Honorary Fellow

Funded by

Metropolregion Bremen-Oldenburg im Nordwesten e.V.

Funded by

Metropolregion Bremen-Oldenburg im Nordwesten e.V.

While physics and physics-based disciplines adequately describe the non-living, there is a need for a complementary perspective that captures the essence of life: the specific causality characteristic of life that is accounted for by integrating past, present, and future. The living is always characterized by what an observer could describe as goal-oriented behavior. A large body of empirical evidence regarding this type of behavior has been accumulated since time immemorial. However, until the beginning of the 20th century, few attempts have been made to articulate hypotheses and to verify them experimentally. Currently, there is a rapidly growing interest in understanding how anticipatory processes take place and what the practical implications of this understanding might be. The conference “Anticipation and Medicine” will illuminate and discuss the implications of anticipation-based concepts on medical research and practice, engaging a set of about 25 speakers from the medical fields and related areas.
Neurology, neurosurgery, gastroenterology, psychosomatics, psychotherapy, and psychology are medical endeavors in which the anticipatory perspective has been adopted to a certain extent. For instance, anticipation of stressful situations accelerates cellular aging; anticipation of back pain affects postural adjustments and thus increases back trouble; chronic negative emotions affect the neural basis of the expectation of pain; fibromyalgia is an expression of pain anticipation; the pathophysiology of infantile autism or of Alzheimer’s disease evinces the role of anticipation. These are only a few examples of research subjects currently pursued. In the area of brain activity and cognitive functions, there is a broad consensus that anticipation cannot be ignored if we want to make progress in addressing disease processes. The action-reaction type of medicine is re-evaluated from the perspective of anticipation. For instance, joint replacements and organ transplants may be avoided in many cases by employing individualized, genetics-based medicine approaches; or the reactive procedure of treating various behavioral problems (attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, schizophrenia) through drugs can be replaced by proactive treatments that avoid the dangerous side effects of drugs and withdrawal from them.

While physics and physics-based disciplines adequately describe the non-living, there is a need for a complementary perspective that captures the essence of life: the specific causality characteristic of life that is accounted for by integrating past, present, and future. The living is always characterized by what an observer could describe as goal-oriented behavior. A large body of empirical evidence regarding this type of behavior has been accumulated since time immemorial. However, until the beginning of the 20th century, few attempts have been made to articulate hypotheses and to verify them experimentally. Currently, there is a rapidly growing interest in understanding how anticipatory processes take place and what the practical implications of this understanding might be. The conference “Anticipation and Medicine” will illuminate and discuss the implications of anticipation-based concepts on medical research and practice, engaging a set of about 25 speakers from the medical fields and related areas.
Neurology, neurosurgery, gastroenterology, psychosomatics, psychotherapy, and psychology are medical endeavors in which the anticipatory perspective has been adopted to a certain extent. For instance, anticipation of stressful situations accelerates cellular aging; anticipation of back pain affects postural adjustments and thus increases back trouble; chronic negative emotions affect the neural basis of the expectation of pain; fibromyalgia is an expression of pain anticipation; the pathophysiology of infantile autism or of Alzheimer’s disease evinces the role of anticipation. These are only a few examples of research subjects currently pursued. In the area of brain activity and cognitive functions, there is a broad consensus that anticipation cannot be ignored if we want to make progress in addressing disease processes. The action-reaction type of medicine is re-evaluated from the perspective of anticipation. For instance, joint replacements and organ transplants may be avoided in many cases by employing individualized, genetics-based medicine approaches; or the reactive procedure of treating various behavioral problems (attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, schizophrenia) through drugs can be replaced by proactive treatments that avoid the dangerous side effects of drugs and withdrawal from them.

Program

Monday, September 28, 277

09:45                  Welcome Address
                            Prof. Dr. Reto Weiler, Rector of the HWK
                            Dr. Anna Meincke, Managing Director, Metropolregion
                            Nordwest (Sponsor)
                            Prof. Dr. med. Gregor Theilmeier, Dean of the European Medical School,
                            University of Oldenburg
                            SESSION 1: ANTICIPATION AND THE BROAD SPECTRUM OF
                            NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS

10:00 – 10:40   Peter Cariani (Boston University and Harvard Medical School,
                            Boston, USA)
                            Time in the brain: Anticipatory predictive mechanisms based on
                            temporal memory traces.
10:40 – 11:20   Pascal Hilber (Université de Rouen, France)
                            Influence of the cerebellum in anticipation and mental disorders.
11:20 – 11:40   General discussion
11:40 – 12:10   COFFEE BREAK
                            SESSION 2: EVALUATING THE RISK FACTORS AND OPPORTUNITIES
                            OF NEW MEDICAL PROCEDURES

12:10 – 12:50   Olga Golubnitschaja (University of Bonn, Germany)
                            The Paradigm Shift from Reactive to Predictive, Preventive and
                            Personalised Medicine: Who is the Beneficiary?
12:50 – 13:30   Mihai Nadin (University of Texas at Dallas, USA/ HWK Honorary Fellow)
                            Anticipation and Medicine.
13:30 – 14:40   LUNCH BREAK
14:40 – 15:20   Massimo Delledonne (University of Verona, Italy)
                            From Next Generation Sequencing to Next Generation
                            Diagnostics and Therapy.
15:20 – 15:40   General discussion
                            SESSION 3: ANTICIPATION AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS
                            OF PATIENT TREATMENTS

15:40 – 16:20   David Knight (University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA)
                            Anticipation and the neural response to threat.
16:20 – 16:50   COFFEE BREAK
16:50 – 17:30   Julie Brisson (Université de Rouen, France)
                            Anticipation and autism.
17:30 – 17:50   General discussion
18:00                  WELCOME RECEPTION AND DINNER AT HWK

Tuesday, September 29, 277

                            SESSION 4: ANTICIPATION AND MEDICAL DATA PROCESSING
09:30 – 10:10   Klaus-Peter Adlassnig (Medical University of Vienna, Austria – via Skype)
                            TBD
10:10 – 10:50   Shiv Gaglani (Johns Hopkins University and
                            Harvard Business School, USA)
                            Medical data - where to locate it, who should be responsible for it?
10:50 – 11:20   COFFEE BREAK
11:20 – 12:00   Wilko Heuten et al. (OFFIS Institut für Informatik, Oldenburg, Germany)
                            Coaching of body awareness through an App-Guide:
                            The “HealthNavigator”.
12:00 – 12:20   General discussion
                            SESSION 5: ANTICIPATION AND UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING
12:20 – 13:00   Roozbeh Jafari (University of Texas at Dallas, USA)
                            Wearable Computers on the Edge of the Cloud.
13:00 – 13:40   Veljko Pejovic & Mirco Musolesi (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia &
                            University of Birmingham, UK)
                            Anticipatory Mobile Computing for Behavior Change Interventions:
                            The Road Ahead
13:40 – 14:40   LUNCH BREAK
14:40 – 15:20   Rainer Malaka et al. (University of Bremen, Germany)
                            Intelligent Support for Surgeons
15:20 - 16:00   Prabhakaran Balakrishnan (University of Texas at Dallas)
                           Compensation with Anticipation in Cooperating Virtual Worlds (via Skype)
16:00 – 16:20   General discussion
16:20 – 16:50   COFFEE BREAK
                            SESSION 6: ANTICIPATION AND MEDICAL CARE
16:50 – 17:30   Thomas O. Staiger (University of Washington, Seattle, USA)
                            Implementing and Evaluating an Anticipatory Systems Model of
                            Complexity for Improving Safety in a Healthcare Organization.
17:30 – 18:10   Hans Jörgen Grabe (University of Medicine of Greifswald, Germany)
                            Environment, genes and mental health.
18:10 – 18:30   General discussion
                            SESSION 7: ANTICIPATION AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE (CTD.)
18:30 – 19:10   Dean Radin (Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, USA)
                            Intuition in Medicine: Orthodox and Unorthodox. (via Skype)
19:15                 DINNER AT HWK

Wednesday, September 30, 277

                            SESSION 7: ANTICIPATION AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE (CTD.)
09:30 – 10:10   Dagmar Ehling (Oriental Health Solutions, Durham, USA)
                            Integrative Techniques using Functional & Oriental Medicine for
                            Diabetes, Obesity and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
10:10 – 10:50   Larry Burk (Healing Imager, Durham, USA)
                            Anticipate the Diagnosis of Breast Cancer.
10:50 – 11:20   COFFEE BREAK
11:20 – 12:00   Thomas Schack (Bielefeld University, Germany)
                            Anticipation in traditional healing ceremonies: The call from our past.
12:00 – 12:40   Rainer Malaka, Marc Herrlich, Jan Smeddinck
                            (University of Bremen, Germany)
                            Adaptive Games for Health.
12:40 – 13:30   Final Discussion and publication planning
13:30                  LUNCH


Program

Monday, September 28, 277

09:45                  Welcome Address
                            Prof. Dr. Reto Weiler, Rector of the HWK
                            Dr. Anna Meincke, Managing Director, Metropolregion
                            Nordwest (Sponsor)
                            Prof. Dr. med. Gregor Theilmeier, Dean of the European Medical School,
                            University of Oldenburg
                            SESSION 1: ANTICIPATION AND THE BROAD SPECTRUM OF
                            NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS

10:00 – 10:40   Peter Cariani (Boston University and Harvard Medical School,
                            Boston, USA)
                            Time in the brain: Anticipatory predictive mechanisms based on
                            temporal memory traces.
10:40 – 11:20   Pascal Hilber (Université de Rouen, France)
                            Influence of the cerebellum in anticipation and mental disorders.
11:20 – 11:40   General discussion
11:40 – 12:10   COFFEE BREAK
                            SESSION 2: EVALUATING THE RISK FACTORS AND OPPORTUNITIES
                            OF NEW MEDICAL PROCEDURES

12:10 – 12:50   Olga Golubnitschaja (University of Bonn, Germany)
                            The Paradigm Shift from Reactive to Predictive, Preventive and
                            Personalised Medicine: Who is the Beneficiary?
12:50 – 13:30   Mihai Nadin (University of Texas at Dallas, USA/ HWK Honorary Fellow)
                            Anticipation and Medicine.
13:30 – 14:40   LUNCH BREAK
14:40 – 15:20   Massimo Delledonne (University of Verona, Italy)
                            From Next Generation Sequencing to Next Generation
                            Diagnostics and Therapy.
15:20 – 15:40   General discussion
                            SESSION 3: ANTICIPATION AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS
                            OF PATIENT TREATMENTS

15:40 – 16:20   David Knight (University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA)
                            Anticipation and the neural response to threat.
16:20 – 16:50   COFFEE BREAK
16:50 – 17:30   Julie Brisson (Université de Rouen, France)
                            Anticipation and autism.
17:30 – 17:50   General discussion
18:00                  WELCOME RECEPTION AND DINNER AT HWK

Tuesday, September 29, 277

                            SESSION 4: ANTICIPATION AND MEDICAL DATA PROCESSING
09:30 – 10:10   Klaus-Peter Adlassnig (Medical University of Vienna, Austria – via Skype)
                            TBD
10:10 – 10:50   Shiv Gaglani (Johns Hopkins University and
                            Harvard Business School, USA)
                            Medical data - where to locate it, who should be responsible for it?
10:50 – 11:20   COFFEE BREAK
11:20 – 12:00   Wilko Heuten et al. (OFFIS Institut für Informatik, Oldenburg, Germany)
                            Coaching of body awareness through an App-Guide:
                            The “HealthNavigator”.
12:00 – 12:20   General discussion
                            SESSION 5: ANTICIPATION AND UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING
12:20 – 13:00   Roozbeh Jafari (University of Texas at Dallas, USA)
                            Wearable Computers on the Edge of the Cloud.
13:00 – 13:40   Veljko Pejovic & Mirco Musolesi (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia &
                            University of Birmingham, UK)
                            Anticipatory Mobile Computing for Behavior Change Interventions:
                            The Road Ahead
13:40 – 14:40   LUNCH BREAK
14:40 – 15:20   Rainer Malaka et al. (University of Bremen, Germany)
                            Intelligent Support for Surgeons
15:20 - 16:00   Prabhakaran Balakrishnan (University of Texas at Dallas)
                           Compensation with Anticipation in Cooperating Virtual Worlds (via Skype)
16:00 – 16:20   General discussion
16:20 – 16:50   COFFEE BREAK
                            SESSION 6: ANTICIPATION AND MEDICAL CARE
16:50 – 17:30   Thomas O. Staiger (University of Washington, Seattle, USA)
                            Implementing and Evaluating an Anticipatory Systems Model of
                            Complexity for Improving Safety in a Healthcare Organization.
17:30 – 18:10   Hans Jörgen Grabe (University of Medicine of Greifswald, Germany)
                            Environment, genes and mental health.
18:10 – 18:30   General discussion
                            SESSION 7: ANTICIPATION AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE (CTD.)
18:30 – 19:10   Dean Radin (Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, USA)
                            Intuition in Medicine: Orthodox and Unorthodox. (via Skype)
19:15                 DINNER AT HWK

Wednesday, September 30, 277

                            SESSION 7: ANTICIPATION AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE (CTD.)
09:30 – 10:10   Dagmar Ehling (Oriental Health Solutions, Durham, USA)
                            Integrative Techniques using Functional & Oriental Medicine for
                            Diabetes, Obesity and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
10:10 – 10:50   Larry Burk (Healing Imager, Durham, USA)
                            Anticipate the Diagnosis of Breast Cancer.
10:50 – 11:20   COFFEE BREAK
11:20 – 12:00   Thomas Schack (Bielefeld University, Germany)
                            Anticipation in traditional healing ceremonies: The call from our past.
12:00 – 12:40   Rainer Malaka, Marc Herrlich, Jan Smeddinck
                            (University of Bremen, Germany)
                            Adaptive Games for Health.
12:40 – 13:30   Final Discussion and publication planning
13:30                  LUNCH