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Brussels, 16 June 2000

Invitation to the press

New discoveries in brain research

CINP 2000, the largest international congress on neuroscience and brain research will open on 10 July in Brussels with over 5,000 participants. On this occasion, major advances in brain research will be presented to the press, including those made through European Union research projects.

Advances presented during the CINP Congress will include recent findings related to the understanding of the causes and treatment of major neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety and sleep disorders, dementia, epilepsy, Parkinson disease, etc. Neuropsychiatric genetics and psychopharmacogenetics, as well as technological developments in brain imaging, molecular genetics and neuro-informatics will also be discussed.

The EU research effort in the neurosciences will also be presented with two examples: "Biomorph" - a project which has developed new techniques for imaging the brain - and IMGSAC - an International Molecular Genetic Study of Autism which is searching for the genes leading to this disorder.

The press briefing will be followed by a visit to Erasme University Hospital in Brussels where leading edge research and treatment facilities, including the "Gamma knife", a unique instrument in Europe, will be presented to the press.

The press event will take place on Monday 10 July 2000, from 12:45 to 13:45, at the CINP Congress in hall 11 at the Heysel exhibition centre. Journalists interested in attending the event are urged to notify Michel Claessens or Stéphane Hogan as soon as possible so that practical arrangements can be made.

For further information please contact:

Stéphane Hogan, Quality of Life programme, Research DG
Tel: +32-2-296 29 65; Fax : +
E-mail: Research Contact

Michel Claessens, Communication Unit, Research DG
Tel: +32-2-295 99 71; Fax: +32-2-295.82.20

For further information on the CINP Congress:

CNIP = Collegium Internationale Neuro-PsychopharmacologicumTop


Brussels, 10 July 2000 - Press event programme
Simultaneous interpretation into English, French, German and Dutch will be available

Time Title Speakers
  • Guided tour through the exhibition
  • Welcome
Mr J Rosenbaum, European Commission
  • Introduction to CINP and congress
Prof H Beckmann
  • Current scientific developments
Prof J Mendlewicz, Dr D Souery, Hôpital Erasme, Brussels (B)
  • European Research in Neurosciences
Mr B Hansen
DG Research, European Commission
  • EU project 1: Biomorph -New techniques for imaging the brain
Dr A Colchester
University of Kent, Canterbury (UK)
  • EU project 2: Imgsac - molecular genetic study of autism
Dr A Bailey Institute of Psychiatry, London (UK)
  • Questions & Answers
  • Buffet lunch
  • Departure from Congress centre
  • Visit of Erasme Hospital
    (NMR imaging, Gamma knife, sleep lab.)
  • End of visit - return to Congress centre

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