Pablo Vadori: “from bioethics we propose to address emotions”

Pablo Vadori is a pediatrician. He always knew -from a very young age- that his future was linked to medicine, although he was also passionate about letters. His office, located a few blocks from the center of Pilar, welcomes the little ones with a caricature of the doctor made in charcoal. His professionalism is evident in every consultation and his love for the profession expands beyond the walls of his office.

He currently leads the work of the Neurosciences Committee and together with the entire team they organized the XXIV Conference with the aim of providing an ethical contribution to the theme of the meeting.

Passionate about medicine, rigorous, professional and entertaining; Pablo Vadori receives Resume to discuss widely about the value of this new science and review its beginnings in the profession.

What does the District Conference on Bioethics of the College of Physicians consist of?

This conference, in general, began in 2006 with the idea of ​​disseminating this new discipline that -had been around the world for a few years but had not penetrated Argentina- consists of a multidisciplinary approach to health care where it is not only integrated by traditional medicine, but also philosophy, ethics and legal matters, knowing that we cannot leave the regulatory frameworks that the law gives us. This new discipline captivated me from the start, I really enjoyed studying it and did a postgraduate degree in Bioethics at the UBA (he is currently a professor and research coordinator). So at that time we wondered how to use that tool that we had; I remember that I spoke with the president of the College and we planned the sessions with the condition that they be free of charge for the participant.

Can anyone participate?

Of course. It is open to the entire community because, being multidisciplinary bioethics, it arouses everyone’s interest; to the patient because it allows him to know what tools he has, and also to the professional. And so they grew, little by little, each one of them.

Before the pandemic, for example, I presented a paper at the Latin American and Caribbean Federation of Bioethics; it was called “15 years of Bioethics, or paddling in dulce de leche” and it was noted that in the first days there were one or two participants per table in the School, and in the last ones we no longer had enough chairs, the audience had grown considerably . When the pandemic hit we wondered what we were doing; We hardly knew what this tool was and just in 2019 I had participated in the UNESCO World Bioethics Assembly by Zoom, so I proposed to the people of the commission to apply the same proposal. We put together things in a very short time that we didn’t even know how to do and it was a success, even with the mistakes we made. And the response and motivation was such that that year we did about four days. And we observed that we no longer only covered our district, the V, but that people from the Capital, from Patagonia, from the north, from Brazil, signed up. And the expansion reached Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, and today it no longer has borders.

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Technological uses left by the pandemic…

Before, being face-to-face, it was restricted to a public that could arrive at the faculty at 6 in the afternoon and leave at 10 at night; When doing it by Zoom, the meeting is comprehensive and comfortable. It is a wonderful tool that should not be missed.

How did you come up with the proposal for this conference entitled Neuroethics of emotions?

This deserves a simple explanation: my generation that was received between the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s, the only thing they had was conventional radiography (the plate) to make diagnoses. If the place where you worked was sophisticated, contrast radiography. In the 80s the first ultrasound machines appeared, which were precarious devices just like those first operators because everyone was learning; and the scans were just arriving in Argentina but not all of us had access. All this was a great learning for each one of us. And from there all the technological advances that came. Back in 2007 or 2008, a group from Tokyo and another from the United States took a further leap based on certain things they discovered. For example, it was always said that we use 10% of the brain, which is a lie because we use one hundred percent, only not all together, we use small fractions of the cortex for certain things. How is it possible to see this: the neuron that is working requires more oxygen, that means that there is a cerebral vasodilation that makes that supply of oxygen; when the hemoglobin reaches the cell, it generates a waste that is deoxyhemoglobin, and what the tomographers do is capture that magnetic power and it is seen on the screen. For example, if I say apple, you think of the apple and a small part of your brain lights up. Then I can no longer talk to you about apple, but if you think about it and your brain lights up, having the pattern I know what you are thinking. This knowledge generates a lot of power. When the applications of this began to be known, neuroethics was born as a discipline that analyzes all this, what can be done and what cannot. And we propose to address emotions.

Who are the speakers of this day?

The first speaker is Dr. Andrea Márquez López Mato, who is a recognized university professor here and abroad, and she is going to explain to us how this limbic system links the entire regulatory system. Next, the engineer Juan José Romanella, who is a specialist in artificial intelligence, will see how this is articulated with algorithms and how an algorithm can convince you that your need is on one side and not the other, it takes you to watch movies who knows that you are interested. The implication of this new neuroscience is unfathomable.

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What do you expect from the organization of this conference?

An important number of participants, that the speakers can expand on their fields of expertise and that the public can use the chat to pose questions or comments and take away what is significant for them.

passion for medicine

When did you know you wanted to be a doctor?

Reading. For me there were three decisive books at the age of 14 that confirmed the idea that I had as a child (being a doctor): Cronin’s Citadel, Bodies and Souls and Axel Munthe’s The Story of Saint Michel. Don’t ask me why those three books hit me hard and gave me the missing push.

In other words, already in high school you knew that medicine was your thing, and when and how did pediatrics come about?

Pediatrics was a last minute find. I really liked neurology, and in fact I spent some time in the service seeing what it was about, one day I decided that pediatrics was my thing, although I don’t exactly remember when it was. In the fifth year of my degree, I was an intern at the Municipal Hospital of Pilar, at that time there were two general rooms with three consulting rooms. I came here without having a direct relationship with the patient, because the internships were held from fifth grade, and for me it was the big change, I was dazzled, I loved it. That’s when I realized that everything I had believed was what I felt. And as it happens, I always went to witness a birth, until that moment I had never seen one, and when the baby was born – who was doing well – he died. I did not know what to do; So I asked to start staying after hours at the hospital and be taught the ABCs. And so I was learning. The day I graduated I signed up for the specialization in pediatrics and neonatology. I did neonatology for many years, but it’s not easy, and finally the path led me to pediatrics, which was what I originally always wanted to do; primary health care, which is what I enjoy and like.

What was the most difficult part of the race for you?

For me the most difficult thing was the theoretical world, I couldn’t concentrate on those classes in the huge amphitheaters of the medical school. You had to take note of everything, hence the fatal letter that we doctors have, seeing the little teacher, that part cost me terribly. When I started the practical activity in the hospital, the career slipped, which was a pleasure.

Were the books expensive, could you access the material?

Do not; It was impossible, they were very expensive. I lived in the college library. My life was spent between work, college, the library and rugby, but I didn’t experience it as something terrible. Today I look back and say I don’t know how I did all that.

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How was your career?

I was in the Pedro de Elizalde General Children’s Hospital. When I was offered a position as a neonatologist at the Hospital de Pilar, and having already planned to leave the Capital, with my wife we ​​wanted to start a family but not with the pace of life in Buenos Aires, that was the right option. Back in 1985, Pilar was wonderful, a small town with friendly people, everyone knew each other. And it went well for us here, hard at first – like everyone else – but then we got stronger.

What was the most unusual thing that you had to go through in your career?

There is something that always happens to us and that is that the boys hide symptoms. And there was a case of a girl, which I still remember because the diagnosis was made by my youngest daughter. The little girl had an asthma attack that I had never seen, and the mother told me that the baby sat down and was short of breath, and I studied her, turned her around like a sock and everything was perfect. And one night when we were having dinner I commented on it with my wife, and my daughter told me: that’s a so-and-so who sits on the stairs and throws herself forward and says I can’t breathe. So when the mother comes I ask her if she watched Chiquititas a lot, she tells me that she never missed it and I ask her to please change her program so we can cure her asthma. That case, in particular, was funny.

Once again this story strikes me. The anecdote of the little girl with asthma, Vadori told me many years ago, and from that moment I borrowed it from her to exemplify to my students of the Primary Education Teachers of ISFD No. 51 the impact that the media have on children. kids. To that today we add algorithms and artificial intelligence, how much to continue addressing from the field of neuroscience.

Clarissa Bartolacci

Name and surname: Pablo Vadori

Date of birth: February 23, 1957

Marital status Married

Family: wife, two daughters and one granddaughter

Faculty: UBA Medicine

Profession: Pediatrician

Hobby: cooking, I really like stews in general

If you hadn’t chosen the profession of pediatrician, what would you have been: I don’t know, I wanted to be a doctor from a very young age. I was always very firm, although I really like Literature, I chose medicine.

A phrase that challenges him:

Is it ethically acceptable for the State to deny me a good death the day I have no expectation of continuing to lead a decent existence, according to my understanding? JJ Sebrelli “God in the Labyrinth” p. 24, 25. South American Editorial.



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