IMAGING- Theoretical Training meeting Venice 2007

In the framework of this project, workshops and theoretical training will address the major challenges of this fundamental research in terms of research hypotheses and technological tools.

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HEARING AND SEEING : Joined European efforts for fighting sensory disabilities

Paris, France, July 2nd - 3rd 2007

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Sensory impairments vision and audition are major causes of disabilities.
When considering the “Disability –adjusted – life – year – (DAILY), hearing loss ranks 9th and vision loss ranks 10th underlying the substantial social economic impact.
Addressing these issues in scientific terms is achievable challenges taking into account the recent trends and successes in the fields in the recent years.

Blindness is the most feared sensory health threat in our society. Visual loss has a devastating impact on physical social and mental well-being and is recognised as major economic burden. A variety of retinal degenerative diseases cause visual impairment in millions of people in Europe. A sizeable proportion of the visually impaired suffer from hereditary retinal disorders. However with the ageing demographics of the European population, AMD) is now the commonest cause of visual handicap in the majority of those registered as visually impaired.

Worldwide a staggering 50 million people are blind and this is projected to rise to 75 million over the next twenty years. In Europe as a whole the population of people over 60 in the United Nations estimate for 2003 is 145.2 million. Restricting this to the 27 countries that will be EU members in 2007 still gives 96.4 million people. Age related macular disease alone affects 8.6% of this group, and this translates into 12.5 million people in Europe as a whole and 8.3 million people in the EU.

Hearing impairment affects more than 1 child out of 1000 either at birth or during early childhood. Early diagnosis and counselling is critical for the development of deaf children.

For the elderly, presbycusis is the most common defect. After the age of 75, close to 40% of the population has some hearing loss. Since hearing handicap becomes particularly significant in situations involving communication with people, hearing impairment often leads to a deficit in social skills and withdrawal of social network. In parallel, the inability to hear danger signals leads eventually to loss of independence.

Improving the quality of life through understanding the pathogenesis underlying the handicap, either vision or hearing, is the main theme of the European research consortia EVI Genoret and EuroHear. Both projects are funded from the EU's Research Framework Programme.
From the state of the art in the different fields of research, the panel of experts will envision which research and implementation would speed up translating fundamental scientific breakthroughs into clinical applications.

The meeting will center around:
1. Scientific lectures, which will cover the main results of the past decade and the projection of a forward-looking strategy for translating research into the clinics and identification of bottlenecks. The scientific lectures will deal with hearing, seeing, and combined disabilities of sensory processes, early onset defects in young adults, late onset defects, therapies, prostheses, pharmacology and gene therapy.
2. An open debate on how to leverage research activity and accelerate implementation.
3. A press conference with Christian Bréchot, Octavi Quintana Trias, Christine Petit, José Sahel and other scientific lecturers.
4. Information for patient associations on current research and new directions.

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This event is supported by the Ile-de-France Regional Council, the French National Research Program, the Seeing and Hearing Foundation and the European Commission.

Registrations are now closed