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ENSN Final Conference

THE MUTUAL CHALLENGES OF THE NEUROSCIENCES AND PUBLIC HEALTH

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25 - 27 April 2012ENSN final conference poster, please click to download a printable version.

GOODENOUGH COLLEGE,

MECKLENBURGH SQUARE
LONDON
WC1N 2AB

Confirmed speakers:

Carol Brayne University of Cambridge
Joseph Dumit University of California
Steven Hyman Harvard
Kelly Kelleher Chidlren’s Institute
Anne Lovell University of Paris
Jonathan Metzl Vanderbilt University
Nikolas Rose King's College London
Norman Sartorius Johns Hopkins
Philip Campbell Nature
Charlotte Walsh University of Leicester
Allan Young McGill University

For the past five years, the European Neuroscience and Society Network has been the leading international network for the social, legal and ethical study of new advances in the neurosciences. 

In April 2012, the ENSN convened in London for a final international conference on the mutual challenges of the neurosciences and public health. Junior and senior researchers will present papers specifically related to the following main topics as well as other related areas.

1. The neurosciences and the redefinition of public health problems

How do emergent modes of redefining, diagnosing and treating neurological and mental disease and illness redefine what counts as a public health problem? What is the role of new medical technologies, namely imaging techniques or drugs? Consequences for the mental health field? What new categories of health problems and of patients are emerging?

2. Access to and distribution of new medical technologies

Are new medical technologies in the field of mental health care and neurology generating new inequalities in access to health care? Are they associated with new forms of provision of health care and classification of patients/users? What is the role of patient associations in promoting equity of access?

2. Access to and distribution of new medical technologies

Are new medical technologies in the field of mental health care and neurology generating new inequalities in access to health care? Are they associated with new forms of provision of health care and classification of patients/users? What is the role of patient associations in promoting equity of access?

3. The challenge of human rights

How are current conceptions of human rights challenged or modified by the knowledge and practices associated with the neurosciences? How are the rights of mental patients redefined, as well as notions of autonomy and dignity? How are the possibilities of intervention on conditions defined as mental or neurological seen as enhancing or threatening established rights? Is a new generation of human rights associated with the capacity for intervention in the biological make-up of human beings in the making?

4. Neuroscience and ‘biological citizenship’

How are conceptions of citizenship and of the political transformed as the biological has become a field of contention and regulation? What are the emerging forms of governing life? What new institutions and public spaces are emerging?

5. Neuropolicy- governing through the brain

What historical, conceptual, technological frameworks have caused a neuro-centric reformulation of the individual? What kinds of circulating knowledge facilitates the identification of our ‘selves’ with the brain? What groups and types of conducts are targets of neuro-based interventions?

6. Neuroscience and global mental health

What is the current global burden of mental health care and what are the main strategies used to deal with it? What geographical biases exist in the distribution of mental health care? What lessons can be learnt from specific national contexts? We are particularly keen in exploring these issues in a variety of national realities and we encourage papers from non-Western countries.

 

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