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Forum of Global Fora 2016 Washington D.C. to Announce Landmark ‘Mini-Brain’ & ‘Chemical Mapping’ Research

This year’s thematic guest lecture will include first insights into ground-breaking research conducted by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The creation of ‘mini brains’ in a JHU lab could prove instrumental in our efforts to study neurological diseases. By using human derived structures, scientists hope for better research and reduced animal testing.

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Ban-ki Moon’s Health Envoy to partner with SciCom – Making Sense of Science

Prof. Michel Kazatchkine, Member of the Global Commission on Drugs Policy headed by Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, Ban-ki Moon’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and Former Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis & Malaria is teaming up with SciCom at the AAAS Annual Meeting being held in Washington D.C. from 11 – 15 February next.

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Science Races to Catch Up to E-Cigarettes' Popularity

By Leigh Cooper

SAN JOSE, California — Science has firmly labeled tobacco products hazardous to human health, but the consequences of using e-cigarettes are still hazy. While the popularity of these battery-powered devices that produce nicotine vapor explodes, scientists are hurrying to gather data on the use of e-cigarettes and their health effects. Meanwhile, e-cigarette companies and consumers are waiting for governments to create regulations using the limited science that is available. "E-cigarettes show tremendous promise as a tool for helping confirmed smokers that don't respond to other approaches to quitting smoking," said Wilson Compton, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse during a 13 February press conference on the health effects of e-cigarettes at the AAAS Annual Meeting. "But for non-smokers and particularly adolescent non-smokers, e-cigarettes are not without some risks and concerns."

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AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting: Science Diplomats Tackling Our Lifestyle Killers

Science-based issues are crucial to the conduct of foreign policy. Countries large and small, developed and developing, express a clear interest in implementing science diplomacy through politics. This is for the purpose of representation, cooperation, resolving disputes, improving systems, and securing the right to science for citizens and our most vulnerable populations. The same applies to global companies and institutions operating in a complex matrix of technical and relational challenges. This symposium will test this theory against the successes and failures of health diplomacy strategies around two challenging issues: global responses to HIV/Aids and harm reduction science linked to lifestyle.Click to see the full session info here

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AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting: E-cigarettes: Killing Me Softly or Our Greatest Public Health Opportunity?

Not since the Internet has society seen a comparative disruptive technology with the capacity to so fundamentally impact lives as the electronic cigarette. Hundreds of versions have sprung up, online sales are sky-rocketing and specialized e-cig shops cannot be built fast enough. Tens of millions of smokers have made the switch in a tidal-wave of support. Yet, are e-cigs ‘safe’ or simply ‘safer’ than classical cigarettes. If the former, shouldn’t all harm reduction advocates welcome them? Or does their nicotine-infused vapor risk developing cancer in certain types of human cells much in the same way that tobacco smoke does? Are they child-proof enough?Click to see the full session info here

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Photos from the SciCom Sessions at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Annual Meeting 2014, 13-17 February, Chicago

SciCom was co-organiser of the following sessions that took place during the Annual AAAS meeting: Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation

Building Global Partnerships: Sharing Discovery & Innovation; Protecting Difference & CompetitionResolving Our Greatest Public Health Challenges Via Science DiplomacyAddiction: Our Compulsions and Brain Reward Systems

The photos can be seen in our gallery.

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Building Global Partnerships: Sharing Discovery & Innovation; Protecting Difference & Competition

Organised by Dr Phil Mjwara, Director-General of the Department of Science and Technology, South African Ministry for Science and Technology & Co-organised by Aidan Gilligan, SciCom Sunday 16 February, 15h00 PM – 16h30 PM, (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Annual Meeting 2014, 13-17 February, ChicagoMeeting Global Challenges: Discovery and InnovationSession Description

A global village, an inter-connected world, a harmonious scientific community: these are some of the well-quoted end points of science diplomacy. As we strive to understand and mitigate challenges in climate change, energy and resource efficiency, health and demographic change, food security, and the digital divide, global partnerships must be built and sustained. It is not easy. Neither is a one-size-fits-all approach always the best option. Protecting difference and promoting winner-takes-all scientific competition is equally important. This high-profile session spotlights decision-makers from Brussels, Cape Town, and Washington responsible for striking this balance and influencing the largest budgets in global science.Read more: Building Global Partnerships: Sharing Discovery & Innovation; Protecting Difference & Competition

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JAN
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Resolving Our Greatest Public Health Challenges Via Science Diplomacy

Organised by Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, UN Secretary General’s Ban-Ki Moon’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia & Co-organised by Aidan Gilligan, SciCom Sunday 16 February, 13h00 AM – 14h30 AM, (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Annual Meeting 2014, 13-17 February, ChicagoMeeting Global Challenges: Discovery and InnovationSession Description

Science-based issues are crucial to the conduct of foreign policy. Countries large and small, developed and developing, express a clear interest in implementing science diplomacy through politics. This is for the purpose of representation, cooperation, resolving disputes, improving systems, and securing the right to science for citizens and our most vulnerable populations. The same applies to global companies and institutions operating in a complex matrix of technical and relational challenges. This symposium will test this theory against the successes and failures of health diplomacy strategies around two challenging issues: global responses to HIV/AIDS; and harm reduction science linked to lifestyle.Read more: Resolving Our Greatest Public Health Challenges Via Science Diplomacy

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Addiction: Our Compulsions and Brain Reward Systems

Organised by Wilson M. Compton, NIDA & Co-organised by Aidan Gilligan, SciCom Friday 14 February, 08h00 AM – 09h30 AM, Regency (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Annual Meeting 2014, 13-17 February, ChicagoMeeting Global Challenges: Discovery and InnovationSession Description

Wouldn't it be wonderful to attribute our compulsion for addictive damaging activities, such as overeating, taking illicit drugs or smoking, wholly to our genetic makeup? Then we could blame our parents for everything! We know it is bad for us but we still do it. Why? This session explores the latest scientific evidence behind compulsive behaviour. Personalised medicine provides plenty of research linking genetics and disease, but establishing a relationship between genetic variation and behaviour is trickier. How does over-consumption of high-fat food trigger addiction-like neuro adaptive responses in our brain-reward circuitry?Read more: Addiction: Our Compulsions and Brain Reward Systems

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Key Principles Emerge in Health Science Diplomacy


As health science diplomacy becomes further established as an effective way to bring nations together to address local and regional health challenges, key principles are taking shape, said Alan I. Leshner, the chief executive officer of AAAS and the executive publisher of the journal Science, at the sixth World Science Forum, held this year in Rio de Janeiro.

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SciCom well represented following competitive selection for thematic sessions at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Annual Meeting (AAAS): Meeting Global Challenges – Discovery & Innovation, 13 – 17 February, 2014, Chicago


Addiction: Our Compulsions and Brain Reward Systems

Friday 14th February, 08h00 – 09h30

Session Description:
Wouldn't it be wonderful to attribute our compulsion for addictive damaging activities, such as overeating, taking illicit drugs or smoking, wholly to our genetic make up? Then we could blame our parents for everything! We know it is bad for us but we still do it. Why? This session explores the latest scientific evidence behind compulsive behaviour. 

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