Lost in the Maze? Navigating Evidence and Ethics in Translational NeuroscienceBegin: Feb 14 '18, 1:00 pm | End: Feb 16 '18, 10:00 pm | Schloss Herrenhausen
Travel Grants available! The Herrenhausen Conference on February 14-16, 2018 in Hannover focuses on new treatment modalities of novel neurological interventions in the light of the ethical challenges concerning the personal despair.
This Herrenhausen Conference focuses on major scientific and ethical challenges of novel neurological interventions and how they can be overcome. Participants will explore how critically needed trials of new treatment modalities can be launched safely and conducted ethically.
Since most major neurological disorders like Alzheimer's, traumatic brain injuries, Amyothrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and many others have no cure, the despair of patients means they often fail to consider the major risks intrinsic to early clinical trials of novel modalities such as stem cell interventions and gene therapy. While these new pathways to potential treatments need to be pursued, they are being developed in a climate that often is not conducive to good science. Factors such as concerns about irreproducible research results, researchers' needs to divide their time between their research and pursuing funding, and the inflated expectations produced by science hype can all hinder efforts to conduct investigations carefully and responsibly. To help improve this problematic climate, the Herrenhausen Conference will address:
1. The personal despair and public hype that frame contemporary scientific research in neurological disease.
2. Deficiencies in pre-clinical neurological research and how to overcome them in order to increase the safety and predictive value of early trials of novel neurological interventions.
3. Strategies that can improve the informed consent processes for trials of these novel interventions.
The conference will seek clear deliverables to improve the robustness and positive predictive value of pre-clinical research, protect the welfare of research participants, and develop more effective informed consent processes.
We invite all researchers and experts working in this field. There is no fee for the attendance, but registration is essential.
"Lost in the Maze? Navigating Evidence and Ethics in Translational Neuroscience"
February 14 - 16, 2018
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dirnagl, Charité Berlin, Germany
Dr. Mark Yarborough, University of California Davis, USA
Published if all speakers and chairs have confirmed their participation.
Confirmed Speakers and Session Chairs
Alison Abbott (Nature Publishing Group/USA), Christopher Baum (Hannover Medical School/Germany), Julie Belluz (Vox.com/USA), Annelien Bredenoord (Utrecht University/The Netherlands), Dominique Brossard (University of Wisconsin-Madison/USA), Leena Bruckner-Tuderman (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft/Germany), Stuart Buck (University of Arkansas/USA), Alex Capron (University of Southern California/USA), Timothy Caulfield (University of Alberta/Canada), Iain Chalmers (Cochrane Collaboration/UK), Katherine Cowan (University of Southampton/UK), Ulrich Dirnagl (Charité Berlin/Germany), Jan Geissler (European Patients' Academy on Therapeutic Innovation/Belgium), Jodi Halpern (University of California Berkeley /USA), Henrike Hartmann (Volkswagen Foundation/Germany), Deborah Hursh (US Food and Drug Administration/USA), Insoo Hyun (Case Western Reserve University/USA), John Ioannidis (Stanford University/USA), Katie Jackson (Help4HD/USA), Nanette Joyce (University of California Davis/USA), Jason Karlawash (Perelman School of Medicine/USA), Scott Kim (National Institutes of Health/USA), Jonathan Kimmelman (McGill University/Canada), Paul Knoepfler (University of California Davis/USA), Malcom Macleod (University of Edinburgh/UK), Frank Miedema (University Medical Center Utrecht/The Netherlands), Ubaka Ogbogu (University of Alberta/Canada), Sarah Perrault (University of California Davis/USA), Emily Sena (University of Edinburgh/UK), Shai Silberberg (National Institutes of Health/USA), Daniel Strech (Hannover Medical School/Germany), Vicki Wheelock (University of California Davis/USA), Hanno Würbel (University of Bern/Switzerland), Mark Yarborough (University of California Davis/USA)
There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential. If you would like to attend the conference, please register by clicking on the registration link in the column on the right.
The conference language is English.
The Volkswagen Foundation offers travel grants for PhD students or early Post Docs (max. 5 years since PhD) researching on scientific, bioethical, communication, and other related aspects of new developments to treat neurological disorders like Alzheimer's, traumatic brain injuries, Amyothrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and others. Applicants can win one of 30 travel grants to take part in the Herrenhausen Conference "Lost in the Maze? ..." in Hanover, Germany. Successful applicants will get the chance to present their research in a Poster Session and/or Lightning Talk. The posters will be displayed during the entire conference. The grants include travel expenses to and from Hanover, visa fees (if applicable), as well as accommodation in Hanover (excl. cab fares, parking, food and beverages while travelling as well as poster printing costs).
Applicants are to apply until July 31, 2017 by using the application form. Please note that we're not able to accept applications after this deadline.
Venue and Public Transport
The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace, a modern conference center in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by tram: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".
Accommodation for Participants
Please note that you are responsible for booking your accommodation. As Hannover is a city that hosts many fairs, we recommend booking a hotel as soon as you register.
Please cancel your registration if you cannot attend the conference. We have a waiting list for the meeting and can offer your place to another person if you cannot attend. Simply use the registration tool to cancel or send us an email.
With its Herrenhausen Conferences the Volkswagen Foundation provides international experts as well as junior researchers with a platform for an intense interdisciplinary dialogue on exciting new areas of research and innovative methodological approaches. The main focus of the conferences does lie on the current challenges faced by each research area rather than on further in-depth discussions and analyses of individual well-established topics. We are interested in unanswered questions and unsolved problems - and in the respective research field's relevance for society.