The effect of media and social stigma on neurotechnolgies: an invited commentary

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Media and social stigma can influence the patient adaptation to neurotechnologies and DBS

By Daniela Ovadia

Daniela Ovadia is the co-director of the Neuroscience and Society Lab in the Brain and Behavioral Sciences Department of the University of Pavia and is the scientific director of Agenzia Zoe.

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is one of the oldest neuromodulation techniques; it was approved by the FDA in 1997 for the treatment of <a href="http://www navigate to this web-site.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001768/” onclick=”_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’, ‘outbound-article’, ‘http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001768/’, ‘essential tremor’]);” >essential tremor, and a few years later, in 2002, the indication was extended to the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and dystonia (in 2003). In 2009 a new era for DBS started when the FDA also approved it as a therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Some patients experienced a very good outcome, while others were less lucky and experienced side effects such as cognitive, behavioral or psychosocial impairments. DBS is now a common procedure for the treatment of many motor and behavioral impairments.

This is an excerpt of the invited commentary by Daniela Ovadia published on “The Neuroethics Blog” Hosted by the Center for Ethics, Neuroethics Program at Emory University.
Follows at: http://www.theneuroethicsblog.com/2014/12/media-and-social-stigma-can-influence.html

Notes on the 2nd UNESCO South East Europe workshop on science journalism

We are working hard to keep this highly challenging and rewarding experience alive, after the second very succesful UNESCO South East Europe workshop held in Podgorica, Montenegro, in September 2014.

I want to thank the many great people that worked with me to make this esperience unforgettable, starting from Mario Scalet and Rosanna Santesso from the UNESCO Venice Office to the talented and skilled colleagues who shared their knowledge and vision with me and with the attending fellows.
In the picture, some of the trainers of the Podgorica workshop. From left, standing: Slobodan Bubnjević (Serbia), Peter Mayr (Austria), Joost van Kasteren (The Netherlands), Fabio Turone (Italy); from left, sitting : Mićo Tatalović  (Croatia/UK), David Ropeik (United States).

Other colleagues who contributed to the workshops (the first one was held in Belgrade in 2013) and also deserve a huge THANKS are: Connie StLouis (UK), Claudia Di Giorgio (Italy), Hristio Boytchev (Germany), Bora Zivkovic (Serbia, US), Eshan Masood (UK) and of course Daniela Ovadia (Italy).

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Some of the trainers of the UNESCO Podgorica 2014 workshop on science journalism. From left, standing: Slobodan Bubnjević (Serbia), Peter Mayr (Austria), Joost van Kasteren (The Netherlands), Fabio Turone (Italy); from left, sitting : Mićo Tatalović (Croatia/UK), David Ropeik (United States).

 

P.S. Here is the segment broadcast by the Montenegrin State TV, with the interviews to several trainers (including Fabio Turone).

WCSJ Doha 2011

Al 7° Congresso mondiale dei giornalisti scientifici di Doha (Qatar), Daniela Ovadia e Fabio Turone hanno prodotto due sessioni sulla bioetica e sulla comunicazione del rischio. A quel congresso parteciparono anche cinque colleghi lombardi, grazie alle borse di studio messe a disposizione proprio dall’Ordine dei giornalisti della Lombardia su proposta della nostra associazione professionale Science Writers in Italy.

With some of the Italian colleagues in Doha. Con alcuni dei colleghi italiani presenti a Doha. From left/ Da sinistra: Chiara Albicocco, Nicla Panciera, Valentina Murelli, Amelia Beltramini, Daniela Ovadia, Fabio Turone, Giovanni Spataro e Chiara Palmerini.

Daniela Ovadia and Fabio Turone participated in the 7th World Conference of Science Journalists that took place in Doha (Qatar), both producing a panel in which they were  also speakers: Daniela spoke about bioethics, while Fabio spoke about risk.