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Peter A. Rinck is the patron of the "Ethics and Philosophy" Chapter of TRTF.

Ethics and Philosophy

uring the last years, the scope of the Chapter on Ethics and Philosophy has extended beyond ethics and philosophy to quality, honesty and integrety of science and medicine. It has also opened the Foundation to the humanities.

Ethics or "moral philo­sophy" is the branch of philo­sophy that deals with the values of human life in an understandable and systematic manner. It is concerned with the type of conduct or character that is approved or disapproved of in terms of right or wrong, of good or bad, and meant to help and guide humans to make morally right choices in their daily activities.

The first Round Table conference on "Ethics and Medical Imaging" was arranged in January 1999, follow-up meetings for and with an interested audience took place every other year. Some Thoughts on Contemporary Ethics in Medicine is a summary of arguments brought forward and aspects discussed during the 1999 meeting; it was published in Rinckside, as were comments and summaries of other meetings in this series.

Personal and cultural values on the one hand, and research and scientific values on the other seem to be on the decline in modern societies. Where science is concerned, there is a mass production of "scientific results" by an ever increasing number of young and not-so-young researchers fighting for recognition, resources, and positions. Reports on results of clean science and research have been outnumbered by shallow, even fraudulent presentations, bogus claims, influenced by commercial or personal interests. In addition, there is a lack of knowledgeable reviewers for grant applications and publications.

Misinterpretation of scientific publications disseminated by mediocre journalist in newspapers articles and other media publications, concocting facts, and mixing opinion with scientific results distort the understanding of science and medicine by the society as a whole.

The revitalization of scientific and research codes of standards, honesty, integrety, and the imperative knowledge of fundamental scientific and research principles will be included in future discussions and proposals of the Chapter on Ethics.

Philip Ward is the main adviser to this Chapter. He has been a journalist for more than 25 years, working for some of the leading European and American medical imaging media.

Sciene Voiced

cademic Communication. We cannot underrate the
 value and relevance of communication across scientific disciplines and institutions, national and international. This applies not only to communication between scientists, but also from scientists to the general public, politicians, as well as administrators and bureaucrats.

Comprehensible scientific writing and creating presentations are a craft and an art. Any scientific paper is both self-promotion and image cultivation of the author. It is also the marketing of scientific contents. However, competition in scientific publications is fierce. Well written articles sell better and are published more easily.

Publication of scientific articles is not self-serving. The goal of a good paper is to deliver a message in an understandable way, clear and concise. If the language is pleasant – not necessarily literary – the reader will absorb the contents even better. The craft can be learned, the art partly too. However, most young scientists do not receive any training in academic writing, although this should go hand-in-hand with education in scientific thinking and ethics. Communication is pivotal for scientific exchange and the end result is really worth the additional effort by the author.

It also means that the hurdles to publish in good journals are easier to clear. Advice on presentation and writing style is given to prospective authors by the editors and peer-reviewers of some of the better scientific journals, but mostly after the fact – the submission of the paper. Some universities and other academic institutions have started employing copy editors who help their researchers in manuscript writing.

European Magnetic Resonance Forum

he European Magnetic Resonance Forum (EMRF) originated at Paul C. Lauterbur's laboratory in the United States in 1982 when some of the European research group members decided that the ideas and basics of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) should be brought and taught to European scienists and medical doctors.

It is the oldest interdisciplinary institution in Europe devoted to medical and biological magnetic resonance, bridging the gap between the exact sciences and academic medicine. … more

Patricia de Francisco is the patron of the "Humanitarian Aid" Chapter of TRTF.

Humanitarian Aid

Chance. After other projects in Al­ba­nia and Co­lom­bia,TRTF's Hu­ma­ni­ta­rian Aid Chapter supports Fundación Corazones Solidarios, a Colombian foundation dedicated to helping small children of very poor families since 2006.

It focuses on child development and tries to promote and impart health values and proper eating attitudes as well as a sense of community, and to prepare children for school. The Foundation offers not only a safe care center for children but also includes advice, help, and training for the parents, particularly the mothers who usually bear much of the burden of everyday life. The volunteers working for the Foundation involve them and give lectures on nutrition, hygiene, problem solving, etc.

The Fundación Corazones Solidarios offers these children three essentials: nourishment (two good meals a day), education (basic pre-school skills), and lots of tender love. The idea is that these three elements will provide the means to break the cycle of poverty.

No short-term help, but long-term commitment

The foundation has operated for more than ten years with very good results. It started on a small scale: in a rented house and helping about six children and their families. At present, some 60 children are being taken care of and, in part with the support of TRTF, the Foundation has been able to buy the property where it is located now. In December 2010, additional Canadian support allowed the re-building of the existing house and the addition of three class rooms, and toilet and shower facilities suitable for small children. In 2011/2012, the old building was renovated. Additional renovations are foreseen for 2015/2016.

The impact and outcome of the activities is monitored closely, the results discussed and the work constantly adjusted and improved.

Some impressions

Corazones Solidarios es una entidad sin ánimo de lucro, que brinda y promueve la educación integral del menor sin recursos económicos, para lograr igualidad en sus condiciones educativos y forjar su futuro con alegría, optimismo y sin violencia.

Corazones Solidarios (the Joint Hearts) is a non-profit organization that provides and promotes education of children without financial resources to achieve equality in their educational conditions and shape their future with joy, optimism, and without violence.

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Top: Some images taken in 2012.
Bottom: The new kitchen paid with sponsorship contributions in mid-2015.

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