One Mind for Research

12 11 2012

Today I want to give you an opportunity to watch and hear a series of fascinating lectures and interviews that were conducted as part of the “One Mind for Research”, an extraordinary event took place in Boston last year. This event  brought together researchers, health advocates and politicians to mount a concerted challenge to solving what has been called the final frontier of medicine: the human brain.

Among other things you can find lectures by Steven E. Hyman, MD  “Imagining the Future: A 10-Year Plan for Neuroscience”; by Kevin Kit Parker, PhD that talked about Traumatic Brain Injury on the Battlefield; and by Husseini Manji, MD, that claims that “Serious Neuropsychiatric Diseases Can Be Tackled Through An Innovative, Accelerated, Collaborative Effort”. Furthermore, you can enjoy interesting interviews with Thomas Insel, MD, the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH); Steven E. Hyman, MD from Harvard University and many other interesting researchers.

The Amygdala: A Fascinating Conference

23 10 2012

In case that you will be in the London area in November, 19th, it is highly recommended to attend this free of charge conference that focuses on one on my most favorite parts of the brain: the AMYGDALA. As you can see, some of the best researchers in the field (e.g., LeDoux) will deliver a lecture. For those who are less familiar with the Amygdala, here is a brief description of this important nuclei:  

The amygdala is an almond shaped mass of nuclei located deep within the temporal lobe of the brain. It is a limbic system structure that is involved in many of our emotions and motivations, particularly those that are related to survival. The amygdala is involved in the processing of emotions such as fear, anger and pleasure. The amygdala is also responsible for determining what memories are stored and where the memories are stored in the brain. It is thought that this determination is based on how huge an emotional response an event invokes.



Here is the invitation to the conference:


Sponsored by:

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation

The Wellcome Trust



Monday 19th November 2012

Henry Wellcome Auditorium

Wellcome Collections Conference Centre

The amygdala, a prominent part of the limbic system, has been implicated in a diverse set of biologically important functions ranging from aversive emotions, through consolidation of memories, to the identification of ethologically relevant stimuli. The meeting collects together some of the leading theoreticians and experimenters exploring these and other functions of the amygdala. A lively exchange of ideas and data is predicted.

Monday 19th November 2012


09:00 Registration and Coffee

09:20 David Amaral

“A brief overview of the anatomical organization of the amygdala”

09:45 Joseph LeDoux

“Emotion and Survival: What’s the Connection?”

10:30 Break (Coffee/Tea)

11:00 Andreas Lüthi

“Inhibition in neuronal networks of fear”

11:45 James McGaugh

“Making Lasting Memories: Emotional Arousal and Amygdala Activation”

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Florian Mormann

“A category-specific response to animals in the right human amygdala”

14:15 David Amaral

“The amygdala, autism and anxiety”

15:00 Break (Tea/Coffee)

15:30 Barry Everitt

“The amygdala and the reconsolidation of aversive and appetitive memories”

16:15 John O’Keefe

“Amygdala: an active memory system for ethologically-significant stimuli”

17:00 Post Meeting Discussion over Drinks and Canapes

HOST: Professor John O’Keefe


Please Note:

Registration is free however, because of limited numbers, is a requirement.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

26 02 2012

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007. The purpose of the Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity. Follows decades of work by the United Nations to change attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities. It takes to a new height the movement from viewing persons with disabilities as “objects” of charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing persons with disabilities as “subjects” with rights, who are capable of claiming those rights and making decisions for their lives based on their free and informed consent as well as being active members of society.

In light of Israel’s impending ratification of the CRPD, a comprehensive 2-day international conference will take place in, 13-14 March 2012, at Bayit VaGan Guest House, 8 HaPisga St., Jerusalem, Israel. Among the issues to be addressed – challenges of implementation; community living; education; employment; accessibility; legal capacity; access to justice; implementation experience in other countries.

Conference speakers include close to 50 distinguished experts and practitioners in disability rights issues – government officials, civil society leaders and academics, from Israel and abroad.

I will be there and will let you know how was it.