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European Month of the Brain - May 2013

Programme of the conference

European Brain Research – Successes and Next Challenges


Tuesday 14 May 2013


8:00 – 9:00

Welcome Coffee

9:00 – 9:30

Opening Session

Chair: Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science (video-speech)

Robert-Jan Smits, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

9:30 – 10:00

Key Note Lecture

Richard G. Morris, University of Edinburgh, UK
nEuroscience: past successes, new challenges

10:00 – 10:20

Coffee

10:20 – 11:20

Think smart! Understanding how the brain works

This session will focus on the importance of understanding how the brain works to live a better, healthier life.

Chair: Henry Markram, Swiss Federal Institute for Technology – EPFL, CH

Successes:
Christian Keysers, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, NL
The empathic brain

Martin E. Schwab, University of Zurich, CH
Repair of the injured spinal cord and brain: Novel basic science concepts enter the clinic

Challenges for the next decade:
Henry Markram, Swiss Federal Institute for Technology – EPFL, CH
Modelling the brain in health and disease

11:30 – 12:30

Think early! Preventing brain diseases

This session will focus on how research can help to effectively prevent brain diseases and improve mental health and well-being.

Chair: Norman Sartorius, former director of the World Health Organization's Division of Mental Health, Geneva, CH

Successes:
Aarno Palotie, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Using clinical genetics and genomics to prevent brain disorders

António Dourado, University of Coimbra, PT
EEG-portable device for the prevention and management of epileptic crises

Challenges for the next decade:
Norman Sartorius, former director of the World Health Organization's Division of Mental Health, Geneva, CH
Preventing brain diseases

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 14:30

Think right! Brain research at the service of patients

This session will explain how research can lead to the development of effective therapies and helpful devices for patients with brain diseases.

Chair: Mary Baker, European Brain Council

Successes:
Robin Ali, University College London, UK
Sight recovery in patients with retinal diseases

Felip Miralles, Barcelona Digital Technology Centre, ES
Connecting the disabled to their physical and social world

Challenges for the next decade:
Silvio Garattini, Mario Negri Institute, IT
Therapy of brain diseases

14:30 – 15:30

Think innovative! Collaborating with European industry for the benefit of patients

This session will explain how industry-driven research and innovation can lead to the development of effective therapies and helpful devices for patients with brain diseases.

Chair: Peter Andersen, chair of the EFPIA Research Directors Group, H. Lundbeck, DK

Successes:
Tine Bryan Stensbøl, Lundbeck, DK
Shorter and more efficient clinical trials with fewer patients and faster results

Maria Teresa Arredondo, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ES
How technology can help Parkinson's disease patients

Challenges for the next decade:
Peter Andersen, chair of the EFPIA Research Director Group; H. Lundbeck, DK
Industrial brain research in the next decade

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee

16:00 – 17:00

Think big! Building large-scale international collaborations at European and global level

This session will explain the benefits and added value of coordinating research programmes among funding agencies.

Chair: Marlies Dorlöchter, Project Management Agency in the German Aerospace Center – PT-DLR, DE

Successes:
Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
Strength is in the numbers: The International Initiative for Traumatic Brain Injury

Sean Hill, International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility, SE
Global cooperation in Neuroinformatics

Challenges for the next decade:
Marlies Dorlöchter, Project Management Agency in the German Aerospace Center – PT-DLR, DE
Advanced Origami of Joint Transnational Calls - NEURON and JPND

17:00

Round table and Q&A

This round table will provide the audience with the opportunity to discuss with and ask question to the session chairs.

18:00

Closure