Navigating Evidence and Ethics in Translational Neuroscience @ Schloss Herrenhausen Hannover, Hanover [vom 14. bis 16. Februar]

Navigating Evidence and Ethics in Translational Neuroscience

14. - 16.
13:00 - 13:00

Schloss Herrenhausen Hannover
Herrenhäuser Straße 5, 30419 Hannover
The Herrenhausen Conference «Lost in the Maze? Navigating Evidence and Ethics in Translational Neuroscience» focuses on major scientific and ethical challenges of novel neurological interventions and how they can be overcome. Participants will explore how critically needed trials of new treatment modalities can be launched safely and conducted ethically. Travel grants available!

Since most major neurological disorders like Alzheimer's, traumatic brain injuries, Amyothrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and many others have no cure, the despair of patients means they often fail to consider the major risks intrinsic to early clinical trials of novel modalities such as stem cell interventions and gene therapy. While these new pathways to potential treatments need to be pursued, they are being developed in a climate that often is not conducive to good science. Factors such as concerns about irreproducible research results, researchers' needs to divide their time between their research and pursuing funding, and the inflated expectations produced by science hype can all hinder efforts to conduct investigations carefully and responsibly.
To help improve this problematic climate, the Herrenhausen Conference will address:

1. The personal despair and public hype that frame contemporary scientific research in neurological disease.
2. Deficiencies in pre-clinical neurological research and how to overcome them in order to increase the safety and predictive value of early trials of novel neurological interventions.
3. Strategies that can improve the informed consent processes for trials of these novel interventions.

The conference will seek clear deliverables to improve the robustness and positive predictive value of pre-clinical research, protect the welfare of research participants, and develop more effective informed consent processes.

We invite all researchers and experts working in this field. There is no fee for the attendance, but registration is essential.

Herrenhausen Conference
«Lost in the Maze? Navigating Evidence and Ethics in Translational Neuroscience»
February 14 — 16, 2018
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dirnagl, Charité Berlin, Germany
Dr. Mark Yarborough, UC Davis, USA

A detailed program can be found on our website:

Approved as «Fortbildungsveranstaltung gemäß der Fortbildungsordnung der Ärztekammer Niedersachsen» Veranstaltungsnummer:

Alison Abbott (Nature Publishing Group/USA), Enrica Alteri (European Medicines Agency (EMA), London/UK), Christopher Baum (Medizinische Hochschule Hannover/Germany), Julie Belluz (, Annelien Bredenoord (Utrecht University/The Netherlands), Dominique Brossard (University of Wisconsin-Madison/USA), Leena Bruckner-Tuderman (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft/Germany), Virginie Bros-Facer (EURORDIS — European Rare Diseases Organisation/France), Alex Capron (University of Southern California/USA), Timothy Caulfield (University of Alberta/Canada), Iain Chalmers (Cochrane Collaboration/UK), Katherine Cowan (University of Southampton/UK), Ulrich Dirnagl (Charité Berlin/Germany), Cornelius Frömmek (Charité Berlin/Germany), Jodi Halpern (UC Berkeley/USA), Insoo Hyun (Case Western Reserve University/USA), John Ioannidis (Stanford University/USA), Sharon McClellan Thomason (Help 4 HD International/USA), Nanette Joyce (UC Davis/USA), Scott Kim (National Institutes of Health (NIH)/USA), Jonathan Kimmelman (McGill University/Canada), Paul Knoepfler (UC Davis/USA), Alex Kolodkin (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine/USA), Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg (Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit (Official) Central Institute of Mental Health/Germany), Frank Miedema (UMC Utrecht/The Netherlands), Jeffrey Mogil (McGill University/Canada), Ubaka Ogbogu (University of Alberta/Canada), Sarah Perrault (UC Davis/USA), Laurent Pradier (Sanofi/USA), Bernard Ravina (Voyager Therapeutics/USA), Michael Rieder (Concerned parent/Germany), Emily Sena (The University of Edinburgh/UK), Shai Silberberg (National Institutes of Health (NIH)/USA), Thomas Streckler (Janssen Pharmaceutica/Belgium), Daniel Strech (Medizinische Hochschule Hannover/Germany), Vicki Wheelock (UC Davis/USA), Hanno Würbel (Universität Bern/Switzerland), Mark Yarborough (UC Davis/USA)

There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential. If you would like to attend the conference, please register by clicking on the registration link


The conference language is English.

The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace, a modern conference center in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by tram: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at «Herrenhäuser Gärten».

Please note that you are responsible for booking your accommodation. As Hannover is a city that hosts many fairs, we recommend booking a hotel as soon as you register.

Please cancel your registration if you cannot attend the conference. We have a waiting list for the meeting and can offer your place to another person if you cannot attend. Simply use the registration tool to cancel or send us an email [email protected]

With its Herrenhausen Conferences the Volkswagen Foundation provides international experts as well as junior researchers with a platform for an intense interdisciplinary dialogue on exciting new areas of research and innovative methodological approaches. The main focus of the conferences does lie on the current challenges faced by each research area rather than on further in-depth discussions and analyses of individual well-established topics. We are interested in unanswered questions and unsolved problems — and in the respective research field's relevance for society.

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