Aims of the 8th International Symposium on Experimental Spinal Cord Repair and Regeneration

The eighth International Symposium of Experimental Spinal Cord Repair and Regeneration will take place on 9-14 May 2011, in Brescia in the precincts of the Medical School of the University of Brescia as the previous editions.

In the last two years many advancements have been achieved by researchers all over the world.

The number of publications in Neurosciences is to day enormous.

Science” wrote that in 2005, 40.000 articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Obviously it will not be possible to present such a big amount of new knowledge, but I foresee that all of us will take home from Brescia interesting pieces of information in their own fields.

Since now I want to thank all the presenters as well as all those participants who will take part in the discussion for their contribution to the advancement in science.

As you can see reading the program the Symposium will cover three days of intense presentations divided into subject groups: basic research (biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, experimental surgery, a.s.o.) and applied research (clinical neurosurgery, reconstructive surgery, urology, neuro-rehabilitation a.s.o.).

The 8th Edition will be enriched by 3 more days with sessions regarding rehabilitation, treatment of pain, social helps, architectural alterations of buildings and public transportation a.s.o. in order to cover all the aspects of spinal cord injured patients.

Furthermore robotics and telemedicine will be considered.

Giorgio Brunelli

PRESENTAZIONE

SPINE AND SPINAL CORD INTERNATIONAL WEEK

8th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON EXPERIMENTAL SPINAL CORD REPAIR AND REGENERATION

Brescia, 9 - 14 Maggio 2011

Il Symposium nasce nell’ambito delle attività della Fondazione Giorgio Brunelli volte alla Conoscenza, Divulgazione, Prevenzione, Cura e Ricerca e delle lesioni del midollo spinale. Lo scopo è di coagulare in un unico Symposium internazionale le diverse realtà scientifiche impegnate nella ricerca, assistenza e sperimentazione di base e clinica su questo importantissimo problema di salute pubblica.

Il Convegno è articolato in sub-tracks che offriranno l’opportunità di approfondimenti di selezionate tematiche di ricerca di base, clinica, epidemiologica e sociale.

Il programma è imperniato su contributi originali della ricerca nazionale ed internazionale dei quali è valorizzata la centralità in opportuni spazi di Comunicazioni e Poster.

Il Convegno sarà altresì arricchito da Simposi scientifici, da Letture tenute da esperti nazionali e internazionali su argomenti di maggiore attualità e controversia, nonché da Tavole Rotonde ed Incontri aperti alla popolazione.

L’ ottavo Symposium di Brescia vuole raccogliere la preziosa eredità di tutti i convegni precedenti e ulteriormente definire le coordinate per un appuntamento biennale prestigioso, con l’intento di arricchire le conoscenze scientifiche e migliorare le capacità cliniche rafforzando l’interazione tra tutti gli specialisti che contribuiscono in Italia e nel mondo alla lotta contro le lesioni del midollo spinale.

Luisa Monini


Rita Levi-Montalcini and the Traslational Medicine

The Nobel Laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini has no doubts when she says that the most important thing that has happened in the field of Neurosciences in the last 30 years is the collapse of the barriers that isolated “the brain” and the scientists that studied it from the remaining part of the scientific world.

Once upon a time anatomists, physiologists, neurologists all considered the nervous system as something that was up to a certain point their own exclusive property. Luckily nowadays this has changed and now that the barriers are not there any more each expert has the chance to access this field. In most recent years computer scientists, physicists, mathematicians, immunologists, clinicians and surgeons from different fields have been giving decisive contributions for the understanding of the Central Nervous System and of its many functions. I hope that in the future decades we will be able to pass in real time from the field of basic research to the field of applied research, with immediate consequences in the clinical field.”