How is neuroscience reshaping society? What can policymakers learn from recent advances in sensory research? What’s missing in our conversations about brain health? Where do we go from here?
The last few years have been a wakeup call for the importance of brain health. The Covid pandemic had lasting impacts on the brain development of young and old alike. At the same time, with increasing rates of neurodivergent diagnoses and growing recognition of neurodiversity, brain and sensory health have become part of a wider conversation about accessibility throughout our societies, especially with respect to childhood development.
Join Swissnex and Swiss research center The Sense for a participative discussion on the implications of neuroscience on education, policy, accessibility, and more.
- 5:30pm – Doors open
- 6:00pm – Opening remarks
- 6:15pm – Panelist presentations
- 7:00pm – Q&A
- 7:30pm – Networking starts
- 9:00pm – End
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Katia SteinfeldMd-PhD student at the LINE, CHUV
Dr. Katia Steinfeld, MD is a medical doctor and MD-PhD candidate at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Her research focuses primarily on the long-term cortical consequences of myopia, using novel electroencephalography brain mapping techniques. She is also develops gamified screening tools, adaptable for use in diverse settings from the laboratory, to clinical settings and in the field. Outside of the lab, she directs and founded Escolhares, an NGO active in Brazil offering vision screening and eyeglasses to schoolchildren in underprivileged areas of Rio de Janeiro. In addition to the on-site team, each year, Escolhares engages a delegation of medical students from the University of Lausanne in its fieldwork. Since its creation in 2017, Escolhares has donated over 1000 pairs of glasses and currently ensures eye care to over 3000 children per year.
Paul MatuszAssistant professor and a PhysioLab coordinator at HES-SO Valais
Dr. Paul Matusz, PhD is an assistant professor and a PhysioLab coordinator at the School of Health Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais). At The Sense Innovation and Research Center, he is a principal investigator in the Real-World Neuroscience Unit. Dr. Matusz completed his Ph.D. at Birbeck College London and post-doctoral fellowships at Oxford University as well as The Lausanne University Hospital and University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Matusz’s research combines behavior and electroencephalography (EEG) to study how attentional skills and multisensory processes interact to contribute to childhood learning. His research brings the rigor of laboratory-based research into real-world settings to ascertain if models based on laboratory research extend to everyday environments and contexts. Dr. Matusz is a co-founder and board member of the Swiss Society for Early Childhood Research, where he coordinates the Neurodevelopment special-interest group. Since 2023, he is Editor-in-Chief of Mind, Brain & Education, a flagship journal of The Internal Mind, Brain, and Education Society – the only international association devoted to educational neuroscience.
Gabriel Lázaro-MuñozAssistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School & MGH Psychiatry
Dr. Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz, PhD, JD is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Lázaro-Muñoz combines his background in neuroscience, law, and bioethics to examine the implications of emerging biomedical technologies in neuroscience and genomics. He is the principal investigator of studies funded by the BRAIN Initiative-National institutes of Health, the National Human Genome Research Institute, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Lázaro-Muñoz’s current studies examine the ethical and social implications of integrating psychiatric genomics into clinical care, polygenic embryo screening, the development of neurotechnologies such as adaptive deep brain stimulation systems, and the use of deep brain stimulation in children. Dr. Lázaro-Muñoz received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from New York University; his J.D. and Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, and his BA in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico.
Micah MurrayFounding Scientific and Academic Director at The Sense
Micah M. Murray is an American-Swiss neuroscientist and the founding Scientific and Academic Director of The Sense Innovation and Research Center in Switzerland. He earned a double BA from Johns Hopkins University in 1995. In 2002, he received his PhD with honors in neuroscience from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University. In 2003, was recruited to a faculty position at the University Hospital Center and the University of
Lausanne, Switzerland . He also holds an adjunct professorship at Vanderbilt University. He is the laureate of awards from the Leenaards Foundation, the Swiss Society for Biological Psychiatry, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the Swiss Brain League. Professor Murray’s scientific output includes more than 200 articles and book chapters. He has spearheaded advancements allowing EEG to be used as a true neuroimaging technique. He has been a pioneer in characterizing brain mechanisms of human perception and in particular, the ways that the senses appropriately combine information. This has led to a new schema of the functional organization of the brain and new approaches for screening and rehabilitation.
The Sense is an academic research center dedicated to innovation, research, and training in sensory systems. The center is a collaboration between three Swiss academic partners: the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland – Valais/Wallis (HES-SO Valais/Wallis), the University of Lausanne (UNIL), and the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV).