The Second Interdisciplinary Seminar on Brain and Cognition, Shiraz, Iran

Abolfazl Alipour
2016 Journal of Advanced Medical Sciences and Applied Technologies  
Recent global strategic initiatives on human brain have prompted policy makers to develop medium to long-term views and an analysis of future research developments with the aim of defining research agendas in neuroscience and cognitive science. With all ongoing efforts from Iranian neuroscientists, this has recently been the case in our community as well. As with all strategic activities, the Iranian Cognitive Science and Technologies Council and related authorities consider this topic timely
more » ... the advancement of science and of high-priority interest to the disciplines involved. In this respect the present communication highlights five key opportunities for advancing our understanding of the human brain including: 1-the development of integrated neuropsychotherapeutic approaches to the treatment of psychiatric disorders; 2-the development of more valid disease models for research in to psychiatric disorders' 3-an improved understanding of the underlying mechanisms of the relationship between biology and environment; 3-more comparative and cross-disciplinary studies to explore how scientific concepts relating to the human brain are received and understood in different sociocultural context; and 5-research into the legal and ethical implications of recent developments in the brain sciences, including behavioral screening and manipulation, and emerging neurotechnologies. Abstract Recent advances in brain and cognitive science studies have revolutionized concepts in neural dynamics, regulating mechanisms, coding systems and information processing networks which govern our function and behavior. Hidden aspects of neurological and psychiatric diseases are being understood and hopes for their treatment are emerging. As such, advancing neuroscience knowledge and its innovative applications should be fostered to empower both scientists and practitioners in serving the public by optimizing self-regulatory brain function. To reach the above, a key initiative has been "organizing interdisciplinary seminars on neuroscience" at SUMS. The second Interdisciplinary Seminar on Brain and Cognition (ISBC-2) was held on June 5, 2016 at SUMS. The conference, as the theme suggests, aimed to bring forward the interdisciplinary dialogue between neuroscience, cognitive and also computational approaches in study of Brain and Cognition. This paper is a brief report of the discussed topics in the four panels of ISBC-2, namely cognitive, systems, computational and clinical neuroscience.
doi:10.18869/nrip.jamsat.2.2.238 fatcat:mzia32dkbfbcvf4jeantyvkoji