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[EVENT IN ENGLISH] Our brain is a wonder of nature: when it is healthy, it controls how we think, how we experience the world, and how we view ourselves. It also manages vital processes that keep us alive. When it isn't healthy, it can affect every aspect of our lives and how we interact with others and the world around us. Our three speakers will guide you into the wonderful world of neuroscience, where you’ll explore what we know, what we’re learning, and to what extent science shows how, with a little help from us, our brain has the potential to heal itself.
Exercise Your Heart, Exercise Your Brain! - Aerobic Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease
Yula Milshteyn (PhD Candidate in Psychology)
Parkinson’s (PD) is one of the most common slowly progressive, neurodegenerative movement diseases that primarily affect the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Preliminary evidence suggests that a complex aerobic training program can be especially beneficial for slowing the progression of such diseases. This talk will explore the exercise-brain-cognition relationship and potential benefits of physical exercise, specifically kickboxing, for Parkinson’s disease.
Neuroscience in everything
Patrick Bachmann (Medical Diploma Student in the Human Medicine Diploma Programme, Department of Neurology, Medical University of Innsbruck)
“Neuroscience” is probably one of the most intimidating words in all of research. The brain controls everything we do, think, feel, or imagine. But how can we aim to understand its inner workings using the brain itself? We’ll explore some of what we do and don’t know about the non-diseased brain and how it works from the perspective of a non-expert medical student on the adventure of a lifetime…
The vulnerability of the brain
Miguel Lemos (Postdoctoral researcher at Medizinische Universität Innsbruck)
Our brain is a remarkable organ, and it is also vulnerable and fragile, as neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s make all too clear. We understand the mechanisms that contribute to the progression of diseases like these but it is still unclear what triggers these diseases and when they start affecting our brain. Research into brain vulnerability and questions like these is progressing at speed, and we are looking for answers to a big question: Can our brain find ways to heal itself?
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