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Lausanne to Be the Epicentre of Brain Research in May 2016

The Brain Forum brings together top scientists and entrepreneurs from the world’s biggest brain initiatives. The event will run in collaboration with EPFL on 26 and 27 May at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Launched in 2013, The Brain Forum plays an important role in the progression of brain research by connecting researchers, engineers, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, funding agencies and policy makers. In so doing, The Brain Forum helps to accelerate our understanding of the brain by translating science from bench to business, thus making laboratory innovations available to all.

Dr. Jamil El-Imad, CEO of The Brain Forum, comments: “We want to include anyone with an interest in the brain. We hope that our different but complementary experience and perspectives can help to overcome the biggest challenges of this era. You can’t build the future based on present assumptions so we need to develop our thinking and be open to spontaneous opportunities that may lead to the necessary serendipity for innovation.”

The Brain Forum has proven a great success in previous years. This year the main objectives are to enhance the attendance of the international community, to promote awareness of brain science at a global level and to stimulate worldwide, unified efforts to tackle one of the biggest healthcare challenges of this century. The event features an impressive line-up of world-renowned experts who promise to give fascinating insights into cutting-edge research, advancements in our understanding of the brain and the impact of that knowledge. International brain initiatives and regulatory bodies from the EU, USA, Japan and China will share how they are working towards improving brain research. Google will host a special session on ‘Lessons from practical machine intelligence’ followed by UBS on ‘The Workforce of the Future,’ while the popular start-up competition returns offering opportunities for start-ups to pitch to investors looking to invest in the solutions of the future.

The Brain Forum was created because scientific exploration of the brain is fundamental for tackling the challenges of the 21st century. As more and more people are affected by neurological and psychiatric conditions, there is increasing awareness of the importance of brain research to healthcare and technology. WHO recently concluded that brain disorders account for 35 per cent of the burden of all diseases in Europe and will become the major medical need of this century. In 2010, the European Brain Council published a report demonstrating that brain disorders cost Europe EUR 800 billion in 2010 – more than cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes combined.

Dr. El-Imad adds: “The future is both terrific and terrifying. Our aging populations are increasing the incidence and burden of many neurological and psychiatric diseases presenting huge challenges for healthcare and society, while artificial intelligence will presage a new industrial revolution, altering the workforce of the future and shifting further the balance of humans vs. machines. Technology and science will allow us to do things that we never imagined possible, but we as a society need to be prepared to deal with the consequences – good and bad – of our rapidly changing future.”

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*Source: ME NewsWire


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