We would like to introduce the members of Society of Neuroscience to the Workshop on EMF Interactions with Excitable Tissues, organized in Madrid on 6 March, by the COST Action EMF-MED: European network for innovative uses of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in biomedical applications (www.COST-EMF-MED.eu , see also www.cost.eu ).
Our Action COST EMF-MED presently gathers more than 150 experts from more than 30 countries. The Action itself is still within its first year, lasting from 2014 to 2018.
The excitable tissues were chosen as the first workshop topic, since in this topic we have a critical mass of research activities. Thus the aim of this workshop is to demonstrate the activities, resources, capabilities and results of the involved groups. Also, we expect to have industrial representatives, presenting their aspect of this topic.
We are pleased to invite SAN members to join this workshop and come to Madrid on 6 March.
The attendance of the workshop is free of charge.
Call and info is attached to this e-mail. The participation is welcome, either by attending as observer, or as active participant with a short presentation on the relevant topics.
COST EMF-MED is an open network, so all interested are invited to join. We are an interdisciplinary network, consisting of engineers, physicians, biologists, physicists, etc., building collaborations leading to innovative applications of EMFs in biomedicine.
The Evens Foundation (www.evensfoundation.be) is a European public benefit foundation with headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium and additional offices in Paris and Warsaw. It initiates and supports sustainable projects, and awards biennial prizes, that contribute to the progress and strengthening of Europe based on cultural and social diversity. Its three main action domains are European Citizenship, Peace Education and Media.
The Evens Foundation strongly believes that science has a role to play in promoting a more harmonious society in Europe. It thus supports relevant scientific research in the framework of its Science Prize. The 2013 scientific challenge focused on the highly exciting and fascinating topic of the neuroscience of empathy. No fewer than 20 proposals were submitted.
After careful consideration, the international expert jury unanimously selected the project “Upregulating the neuronal substrates of empathy via neurofeedback” of Professor John Gruzelier (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Professor David Sander (University of Geneva). Their research will explore a new way to directly boost the neural and behavioural substrates of empathic concern.
"The jury praised the solidity of the proposal, and strongly approved of the collaboration between two universities, the sharing of infrastructure and talent. They also found the use of neurofeedback extremely interesting. This suggested that the project had the potential to lead to intervention to encourage and promote empathy in individuals. Last but not least, the jury wanted to celebrate Prof. Gruzelier for his many years’ commitment to neurofeedback, which struggled for many years to establish its credibility in scientific circles but, thanks to deeper and more thorough research, has increasingly gained recognition." www.evensfoundation.be
During the SAN2014 conference dinner, the EVENS foundation President, announced the winners and presented the winners with the prize, below.
On the left Mrs Corinne Evens, Co-founder and Honorary President, and Marjolein Delvou, Programme Manager for Peace and Education, have been presented with bouquets by Professor Gruzelier ; on the right Dr Tomas Ros, the Evens Research Fellow, and Professor Gruzelier.