2014-04-01 14:24:24 - Brussels: The Neuromed-led project “Neurobiotech”, aimed at setting up an International Research and Innovation Community on Neuroscience, will be launched on April 2 at the European Parliament.
Neuromed and ISC are hosting the press conference to introduce media and interested stakeholders to the project Neurobiotech. In addition, the press conference will brief European media about the R&D and innovation capabilities of Neuromed.
Neuromed is a research centre recognized by the Italian Ministry of Health as a highly qualified research and clinical organization specialized in Neuroscience in cooperation with the Molise Regional Government, the Italian National Research Council, the Universities of Rome Sapienza, Tor Vergata and Molise. Several foreign research centres and companies have also agreed to participate in the cluster.
With Horizon 2020 as a platform, Neurobiotech aims to combine research, innovation, technology transfer and training to focus on the common goal of sharing and integrating knowledge, stimulating research
activities in the field of Neuroscience while applying a multidisciplinary approach. Hence, research, exchange of know-how, intensive interaction and the joint use of infrastructures, facilities and services with high added value are encouraged.
Speakers at the Press Conference will include:
• Aldo Patriciello, MEP
• Jacopo Meldolesi, Chief Scientific Officer Neurobiotech Project
• Paolo di Laura Frattura, President of Molise Region
• Antonio Simeone, CNR President Delegate, IGB Director
• Luigi Frati, University of Rome La Sapienza
• Declan Kirrane, ISC Intelligence in Science
• Gianmaria Palmieri, Rector of University of Molise
• Carla Andreani, University of Roma Tor Vergata, Rector Delegate for Research Infrastructures
• Emilia Belfiore, Head of R&D Office Neuromed
Highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of the project Mr Meldolesi said, "We start this project from a broad base of knowledge, ensured by Neuromed. The environment offered by this institute, truly interdisciplinary and translational-oriented by its very nature, is ideal to gather interests coming from different institutions. But the main point is that our approach will never be arrogant, something already defined to which one can only join. On the contrary, what we are proposing is a true partnership in which everything will be decided together by partners. Research strategies, practical applications, technological developments, all these goals will be discussed and defined on the basis of partners' competences and aspirations".
As a partner of the project, the Molise Regional Government will consider the proposal as a pilot project for the definition of the strategic framework of the regional cohesion policy. Within the framework of the Neurobiotech cluster, the Molise region has set aside financial resources for companies and research centres wishing to invest in Molise, therefore contributing to a knowledge-based economy. It will be the first experiment in integrating European resources managed both by the European Commission as well as local authorities.
"Our model will be a bottom-up one. We will not give directives and projects from above: we have knowledge, we have facilities, we have capability to build a network. We simply invite those willing to work in this direction to join us. And we do not want to limit ourselves only to academic world. Enterprises, especially small and medium ones, have ideas to develop in the fields that characterize Neurobiotech. Our call is for them," said Meldolesi.
The research and innovation activities will focus on the development of the following fields:
• Cutting-edge Neuroscience and Biotechnology;
• Stem cells, Tissue Engineering and Cell Biology;
• Nanotechnology and Biomaterials;
• Biomechanics and Robotics;
• Human Brain Interface;
• Telemedicine and Telediagnostics;
• Advanced Imaging.
The press conference will be an excellent platform for media and interested stakeholders to learn about the R&D and innovation capabilities of Neuromed in general, and Neurobiotech specifically. Media will also have the opportunity to ask questions and conduct interviews.
A networking lunch for media and speakers will take place from 13h00 to 14h00 at the European Parliament, in front of Menuhin Room in the PHS building.
Date and Time: April 2, 14.00 - 15.00
Location: European Parliament, Room PHS A50
To register: iscintelligence.com/event.php?id=161
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The Neuromed Institute is a centre dedicated exclusively to monospecialist Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neurorehabilitation. At the clinic, specialists of the afore mentioned disciplines work in synergy and conduct collaborative scientific research activities.
Further information: www.neuromed.it/?lang=en
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
Further information: ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020