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Harvard Medical School and EPFL launch program targeting neurological disabilities
Date:10/24/2011

Two of the world's leading universities are joining forces to combine neuroscience and engineering in order to alleviate human suffering caused by such neurological disabilities as paralysis and deafness. Scientists, engineers, and clinicians at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Ecole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne (EPFL) will collaborate on six pioneering neuroengineering projects made possible thanks to a $3.6 million grant from the Bertarelli Foundation. Bringing together the best of U.S. medical science and Swiss bioengineering expertise, the researchers will employ the latest technologies in gene therapy, flexible electronics, optical imaging and human-machine interfaces to repair spinal injuries and hearing loss.

For scientific journalists only, an intimate roundtable with the scientists from EPFL and HMS has been planned for the morning of the 28th, from 9:30 to 11:00 at swissnex Boston. For more information and to RSVP, contact michael.mitchell@epfl.ch (see end of release for more details)

The collaboration launch will be celebrated at Harvard this weekend, the 28th and 29th of October, with a scientific symposium called "Neuroengineering Approaches to Sensory and Motor Disorders" that will bring together some of the world's pioneers in the field.

"There have been huge advances in our basic understanding of the brain and the senses," said David Corey, Director of the Bertarelli Program at Harvard Medical School, "but they have not been applied to neurological problems as quickly as we would like. This unique program will combine research advances in neuroscience with the special technologies and strategies of engineers, to speed new treatments to the clinic."

"This is a unique chance to bring bioengineering solutions to clinical trials by combining HMS's vast resources and skills at their university hospitals and EPFL's distinctive combination of life science and en
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Contact: David Cameron
david_cameron@hms.harvard.edu
617-432-0441
Harvard Medical School
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