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

The programme of the Erice International School of Science Journalism 2015 is online

With the Director of the School Enzo Iarocci and the co-Director of the course Umberto Dosselli we have just announced the programme of the 6th course of the Erice International School of Science Journalism and Communication, on “The Science of Light”  (click the image to enlarge).

I have been a speaker for the three first editions of the Erice International School, when it was co-directed by Barbara Gallavotti and Enzo Iarocci, then I was named co-director.

Daniela Ovadia was also frequently present as a speaker in the school, and helped draft the programme on Cognitive Neuroscience of the 2013 edition.

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The programme of the 2015 course (click to enlarge).

 

Daniela Ovadia lecturing about controversies in neurosciences in the 2014 edition of the Erice International School of Science Journalism

Daniela Ovadia lecturing about controversies in neuroscience in the 2014 edition of the Erice International School of Science Journalism