Health care and technological innovation are key ingredients of contemporary societies and major motors of welfare and economic growth. Medical science today is promising great developments, but often common people feel uneasy about the rapid pace of advancement of many medical areas because of the lack of effective communication between the scientific community and the public. Main goal of our project is to foster an effective dialogue and public engagement among key-stakeholders in a crucial area of health advancement: Brain Science, and in particular Predictive Medicine, Brain Imaging and Brain Machine Interface. Advancements in these fields continuously provide new and very valuable information for understanding how the brain works and how neurological disease can be treated. We will establish a fruitful dialogue on these areas by: organising a series of workshops and open forums to provide sound scientific information on the state of the arts, promises and risks of these approaches and discuss the associated ethical and social issues; building a press office able to spread the collected information efficiently; establishing and maintaining a website hosting a radio and TV-web activity to disseminate the information at different levels and facilitate the dialogue. We will involve all social actors interested in the advancement of brain science raising a concrete discussion among scientists, clinicians, pharmaceutical companies, experts in ethics, legal and social issues. In particular, we will also involve health operators (managers, technicians and attendants of health structures, etc...) and delegates of national patients’ associations to foster a wide dialogue between the scientific community and the public and take into account the cultural and economical specificity of the different European countries. Overall, our project has a double mission: a scientific and a communicative one. This commitment will be of great help to the European Community to improve the understanding of the new discoveries and therapies available for Brain Diseases and will be determinant for the welfare and health of European citizens.

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Brains in dialogue
Brain science at the service of European citizens

Chiara Saviane   International School for Advanced Studies

Nico Pitrelli   International School for Advanced Studies

Vincent Torre   International School for Advanced Studies

Donato Ramani   International School for Advanced Studies

Health care and technological innovation are key ingredients of contemporary societies and major motors of welfare and economic growth. Medical science today is promising great developments, but often common people feel uneasy about the rapid pace of advancement of many medical areas because of the lack of effective communication between the scientific community and the public. Main goal of our project is to foster an effective dialogue and public engagement among key-stakeholders in a crucial area of health advancement: Brain Science, and in particular Predictive Medicine, Brain Imaging and Brain Machine Interface. Advancements in these fields continuously provide new and very valuable information for understanding how the brain works and how neurological disease can be treated. We will establish a fruitful dialogue on these areas by: organising a series of workshops and open forums to provide sound scientific information on the state of the arts, promises and risks of these approaches and discuss the associated ethical and social issues; building a press office able to spread the collected information efficiently; establishing and maintaining a website hosting a radio and TV-web activity to disseminate the information at different levels and facilitate the dialogue. We will involve all social actors interested in the advancement of brain science raising a concrete discussion among scientists, clinicians, pharmaceutical companies, experts in ethics, legal and social issues. In particular, we will also involve health operators (managers, technicians and attendants of health structures, etc...) and delegates of national patients’ associations to foster a wide dialogue between the scientific community and the public and take into account the cultural and economical specificity of the different European countries. Overall, our project has a double mission: a scientific and a communicative one. This commitment will be of great help to the European Community to improve the understanding of the new discoveries and therapies available for Brain Diseases and will be determinant for the welfare and health of European citizens.

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