BRAIN AND COVID
We are announcing the online forum “BRAIN AND COVID-19” which will be held on Thursday 18. March 2021. from 17.00 to 18.30 on the platform of the Faculty of Medicine, under the auspices and organized by the Committee for Neuroscience and Brain Diseases of the Department of Medical Sciences of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Scientific Center of Excellence for Basic, Clinical and Translational Neuroscience, International Institute of Brain Health (MIZMO) (HDN) and the Croatian Institute for Brain Research (HIIM) of the Medical Faculty (MEF) of the University of Zagreb. This panel will be attended by experts from various fields who will present the latest knowledge on various aspects of the impact of coronavirus on the brain: prof. dr. sc. Neven Henigsberg, prof. dr. sc. Alemka Markotić, prof. dr. sc. Marija Santini, prof. dr. sc. Milan Radoš, prof. dr. sc. Marko Radoš, prof. dr. sc. Dimitri Krainc, prof. dr. sc. Miro Jakovljević, prof. dr. sc. Stipan Jonjić, prof. dr. sc. Zoran Đogaš, doc. prim. dr. sc. Hrvoje Budinčević. The scientific coordinator of the forum is academician Norman Sartorius, spec. psychiatrist, and organizational coordinator prof. dr. sc. Željka Krsnik. Introductory words will be given by academician Vida Demarin, dean of the Medical Faculty of the University of Zagreb and president of HDN prof. dr. sc. Marijan Klarica, President of the Committee for Neuroscience and Brain Diseases of the Department of Medical Sciences of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Academician Ivica Kostović. At the end of the panel “Brain and COVID-19”, academician Norman Sartorius will present a summary, conclusions and main messages. The public forum will be held on the platform of the Medical Faculty of the University of Zagreb.
THE INFLUENCE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES ON BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND WORK
During this year’s Brain Week, we will provide a better understanding of the evolution of the human brain (homo sapiens), with an emphasis on specific human brain traits and behaviors – those that make us human, such as language and symbolic thinking, morality, self-awareness, thinking about God. . Furthermore, understanding the evolution of the human brain is also important for understanding specifically human brain diseases (e.g., schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, autism). The most common question is what is special about the biological structure of the human brain. Although the human brain is almost 3 times larger than the chimpanzee’s brain, the size and number of neurons alone cannot explain the unique properties of human cognition and behavior. Scientists agree that the secret of the human brain’s ability to form an evolutionarily new part of the cerebral cortex – the neocortex, which is formed during development by a special spatial and temporal sequence of gene expression.
One of the consequences of the pandemic is the increased use of the Internet and digital media for everyday tasks (learning, socializing, work, etc.). Therefore, the question arises as to how digital media and technologies affect our brains, experience the world around us and process information, and what is the impact of new technologies on our health. Do digital media and technologies influence the development and evolution of the human brain, can digital technologies lead to changes in human behavior in the future? All these issues will be discussed by a group of our esteemed experts in an online forum jointly organized by the Croatian Society for Neuroscience and Scientific Center of Excellence for Basic, Clinical and Translational Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zagreb, on Tuesday 16. March 2021. from 16.00 to 18.00.