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Science’s progress against psychiatric disorders
    Thursday July 12, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am @ Wicklow Meeting Room 2

    The personal and economic burdens of mental ill-health are huge. World Health Organization studies show that the burdens of early deaths and loss of productive working life from brain diseases exceed those of other diseases, while a recent review has highlighted the costs across Europe – costs that are too widely ignored. But cutting-edge genetics, neuroscience, psychology and other disciplines are gradually revealing the biological roles of genes and of environmental influences on the development of our brains and the illnesses that can arise. Meanwhile social scientists are uncovering social and cultural factors in, for example, children’s disorders such as ADHD, and are also investigating the impacts and causes of the stigma of mental illness. In this session, four of Europe’s leading researchers will provide updates on the state of these studies, and will answer questions about the prospects for lessening the burden of these disorders.


    Central Institute of Mental Health, Germany

    Editor-in-chief, Nature, UK

    Kings College London, UK

    London School of Economics, UK

    Maastricht University Medical Centre, The Netherlands

    Type Science Programme, The Future of Medicine & Health
  • Organiser Philip Campbell
  • Tags SP6


Milk: Nature's perfect food?
    Thursday July 12, 2012 10:45am - 12:15pm @ Wicklow Meeting Room 2

    The composition of milk has evolved with each mammalian species to reflect the particular environmental conditions and evolutionary demands of the young of that species. Humans have exploited this valuable resource since the dawn of the agricultural revolution through domestication of animals, in particular the cow. We have developed the technology to preserve milk during times of abundance and this has resulted in an array of foods now common in the diets of most human cultures.

    In addition to its base nutritional composition, research is revealing that there are a multitude of additional benefits of milk, undoubtedly many of which are as yet, undiscovered. Foremost in the public mind is the fact that milk is an excellent source of dietary calcium, essential in bone development and prevention of osteoporosis.

    This session will reveal the extensive health benefits associated with milk consumption, it will demonstrate how modern processing technologies can be exploited to maximise these benefits.

    University of California Davis, USA

    Teagasc, Ireland

    Teagasc, Ireland

    Type Science Programme, The Future of Medicine & Health
    Host Organization Teagasc
  • Organiser Paul Ross
  • Tags SP14


Building a better athlete?
    Thursday July 12, 2012 1:15pm - 2:45pm @ Wicklow Meeting Room 2

    Humans have been enhancing themselves throughout human history and have succeeded in living more comfortable and longer lives than their predecessors. But rapidly developing scientific, medical and biotechnological advances are steadily increasing the constellation of abilities and characteristics that may be altered to improve specific abilities, up to and including a person’s genetic constitution.
    This session will focus on an emerging kind of performance enhancement, the so-called “mimetic” doping drugs. They are receptor-binding agents, mimicking known and established doping mechanisms, in particular for steroid and protein molecules. The speakers in the session will explain the mechanisms of this kind of doping, and discuss the ethical, social, and legal implications for the world of sports and for society. If enhancement in sport is acceptable, will it be acceptable for other kinds of human enhancement? What does the acceptance (or rejection) of any enhancement say about human identity and social solidarity? Will enhancement make us happier?

    Universtiy of Oxford, UK

    European Molecular Biology Organization, Germany

    German Cancer Research Center, Germany

    Type Science Programme, Reshaping the Frontiers of Knowledge
    Host Organization European Molecular Biology Organization
  • Organiser Alessandra Bendiscioli
  • Tags SP18


Dr Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research
    Thursday July 12, 2012 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Wicklow Meeting Room 2

    The Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research aims to extend the legacy of Dr. Paul Janssen by honouring the work of an active scientist in academia, industry or a scientific institute.


    The award was created in honour of  Dr Paul Janssen by Johnson & Johnson in 2004 with the following goals:

    1. To honour the memory of Dr. Paul, his dedication to excellence and his leadership of young scientists.
    2. To promote, recognize and reward passion and creativity in biomedical research.
    3. To underline Johnson & Johnson's commitment to scientific excellence in the advance of healthcare knowledge while fulfilling its responsibility in the community.



    VP, Global R&D Communications, Johnson & Johnson, USA...

    Silverman Professor of Natural Sciences,  University of Massachusetts...

    Type Events
    Host Organization Janssen Pharmaceutical
  • Organiser Frederik Wittock
  • Tags EP1



Research Integrity: Developing codes of conduct for researchers
    Friday July 13, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am @ Wicklow Meeting Room 2

    Research is a growing area for professional employment throughout the world and its continued growth of and respect as a profession rests first and foremost on its integrity. This session deals with the development of research standards in the form of codes of conduct and other best practice guidelines for researchers.
    Most researchers and research organisations believe that self-regulation is essential to the promotion of integrity in research, but self-regulation cannot succeed without common standards of behaviour. A number of codes have and are being developed.
    The aim of the session is to provide the essential background for a vigorous debate within the audience about the desirability of regulation and self-regulation through the establishment of internationally accepted norms of behaviour.

    Health Research Board, Ireland

    University of Minnesota, USA

    University of Michigan, Institute for Clinical and Health Research...

    Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and All European...

    The Lancet Committee on Publication Ethics, UK

    Type Science Programme, Policy
    Host Organization Nanyang Technological University
  • Organiser Tony Mayer
  • Tags SP27


Modelling the impacts of innovation and knowledge
    Friday July 13, 2012 10:45am - 12:15pm @ Wicklow Meeting Room 2

    High productivity and competitiveness are necessary conditions for economic success in a globalised world. They have been proved to be even more important in the scenario created by the current financial crisis. Among the factors that exert a strongest influence on productivity, it has been suggested that R&D, innovation and, broadly speaking, knowledge capital have a prominent role.

    The focus of this session will be on the most appropriate way of modelling the impact of policies aiming at stimulating knowledge accumulation, considering both their direct and their indirect effects on the most important socio-economic magnitudes, such as productivity, income, labour demand and supply, and well-being.

    Joint Research Centre - Institute for Prospective Technological...

    Laboratoire ERASME de l'École Centrale Paris, France

    CRENoS, University of Cagliari, Italy

     European Commission DG-ECFIN, Belgium

    Joint Research Centre - Institute for Prospective Technological...

    Type Science Programme, Policy
    Host Organization Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Organiser Geraldine Barry
  • Tags SP32


How do European RIs contribute to tackling grand societal challenges?
    Friday July 13, 2012 1:15pm - 2:45pm @ Wicklow Meeting Room 2

    The challenges that society faces are both global and complex. To name a few examples; the prospect of doubling the current world population by 2050 and an envisaged reduction of arable land our food-systems will need to be improved to be able to feed the world in future. The increasing average age of humans brings new health risks that need to be detected, acknowledged and mitigated in order to maintain an acceptable quality of life for future generations. With a luring exhaustion of fossil fuels within a few generations time, there is a strong need to investigate alternative sources of energy to find the supply to the growing demands of modern society. Another challenge is how do we address the preservation of the cultural heritage, that made human beings to what they are today and will determine part of their future evolution.
    If solutions to these challenges are to be found, investment in excellent interdisciplinary research is key. Research Infrastructures have been playing a central role in fostering excellent multi-disciplinary research, with examples like CERN, EMBL, ESRF and ESO. This trend is rapidly expanding into all fields of science.

    Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany

    University of Zagreb, Croatia

    European Science Foundation, France

    Type Science Programme, Policy
    Host Organization European Science Foundation
  • Organiser Paul Beckers
  • Tags SP39



Quantum computing: the final frontier?


What's so captivating about black holes?
    Saturday July 14, 2012 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Wicklow Meeting Room 2

    Black holes are regions of space where gravitational forces are so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape. Black holes have captured the imagination of the public like no other astrophysical entity and been readily absorbed into science fiction. However, despite endless conjecture, they still remain mysterious objects. So what do we really know about black holes? What have we actually observed? This session will uncover the current research in both experimental and theoretical physics, and how, together, they can build a picture of the modern black hole, and help us to gain a better understanding of the Universe.

    Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Germany

    University of Sheffield, UK

    Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Ireland

    University of Liverpool, UK

    Type Science Programme, Reshaping the Frontiers of Knowledge
    Host Organization The Institute of Physics
  • Organiser Tajinder Panesor
  • Tags SP75


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