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01-11-2006, 01:11 PM
In light of recent events in Korea, this congress in Rome in February could prove to be very interesting.


Scientists, advocates, patients and decision-makers will meet in Rome to discuss freedom of scientific research
Draft, draft, draft Programme

The First session of the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research will take place in Rome at the Capitol Hill from 16 to 18 February 2006. The meeting, promoted by a renowned group of italian researchers and University Professors, will involve scientists, advocates, patients and decision-makers in a transnational debate to address issues related to science, society, politics, law, ethics of scientific research, technology and economy as well as the latest developments concerning stem cells. The Congress is aimed to discuss emerging threats against research, and to indicate possible initiatives to counter them.

The event is organized by the Luca Coscioni Association together with prominent Italian scientists from different disciplines and is the culmination of a process launched in October 2004 in Rome, at a founding session where dozens of representatives of several Academies of Sciences voiced their concerns about the proposal to adopt a convention at the UN General Assembly that would have prohibited all forms of cloning. A petition adopted at the gathering was signed by 77 Nobel Prize winners and endorsed by the U.S. Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research.

The promoters include Prof. Elena Cattaneo PhD (Department of Pharmacological Sciences and Center of Excellence on Neurodegenerative Diseases, University of Milano), Prof. Giulio Cossu (Director of Stem Cell Research Institute Dibit, H. San Raffaele), Prof. Antonino Forabosco (Medical Genetics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Prof. Piergiorgio Strata (Director of 'Rita Levi Montalcini Center for Brain Repair'), Prof. Gilberto Corbellini (History of Medicine and Bioethics, University of Rome "La Sapienza"), former MEP Marco Cappato (Executive Director, Luca Coscioni Association).

Participants include Nobel Laureate Zhores Alferov, Prof. Michael Gazzaniga (US President's Committee on Bioethics), Michael Sandel (Professor at Harvard), Colin Blakemore (Executive Director of the UK Medical Research Council), Bernat Soria (Director of CABIMER - the Andalusian Center for Molecular Biology and Regenerative Medicine - Sevilla, Spain), MEP Philippe Busquin (former EU Commissioner for Science and Research, Emma Bonino (MEP, Former European Commissioner), Antoine Duquesne (MEP). International patients associations will intervene, as well as representatives from national and regional governments (among them, the regional Minister for Health of Andalusia Marìa Jesùs Montero) and legislators from parliaments around the world.

The Congress is open to the public. Registration fees are 60 euros, 30 for students and those that will pre-register and will include meals, 10 euros simple attendance.

Fore more information, send an email to: WCFSR@associazionecoscioni.org
Contact person: Carmen Sorrentino, +39 06 68979378; +39 3498121073