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Epilepsy, neurodevelopment and neurogenetics are deeply interconnected fields. Human neurodevelopment is a dynamic and extensive process, beginning at the pre-natal stages, driven by genetic information, and influenced by many environmental factors. The alteration of this process at different levels can lead to neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and epilepsy. Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases globally. Its etiologies cover a wide range, from genetics to traumas, auto-immunity, and tumors, and available therapeutics only treat symptoms but not the root cause of the disease. This complexity has pushed epilepsy research to embrace many different fields of neuroscience, in order to discover the pathophysiological processes that cause and sustain seizures, and potential therapeutic targets. In this session we discuss how new insights from the fields of epilepsy research, developmental disorder and neurogenetics can improve our understanding of the human brain and contribute to novel therapeutic perspectives.
Clinical neuroscience is a translational field in which neuroscience data and basic research are coupled with clinical neurology to better understand the neural underpinnings of nervous system disorders, and to improve their diagnosis and treatment. In this session we encourage the submission of data with a clear translational significance and real-world clinical applications. We will discuss patient-related observations derived from experimental research, clinical research, and clinical trials, focusing especially on the potential role and use of biomarkers in the clinical setting and on new treatments for neurological diseases. We also welcome works describing clinical cases (or case-series) that directly discuss the application of new therapies or novel biomarkers in a clinical population.
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We were saddened by the news of the untimely death of our colleague Placido Iliano. Placido was a brilliant young neuroscientist working at the University of Miami. After participating to the first two BraYn editions, he embraced the BraYn project and joined our team, thus contributing to the successful realisation of BraYn 2020 and 2021. We will never forget the wonderful Placido's smile, his enthusiasm and commitment to improve the organisation of the congress.
Our hearts are saddened by the loss of Placido and the whole BraYn team wishes peace and comfort to Placido's family and to all the people that knew him.