Research in the field of neuroscience, the multidisciplinary science that studies the nervous system, the mind and the interactions of the brain with its environment, now represents the essential basis on which to build treatment paths; scientific knowledge, in fact, allows us to intervene with early and increasingly targeted choices and interventions, a fundamental approach especially in young people. In fact, it is essential to promptly recognize signs of discomfort and clinically significant symptoms that can influence functioning and quality of life from an early age. A personalized, integrated multidisciplinary therapeutic approach is essential to prevent the chronicity and pervasiveness of symptoms.
What are the most widespread disorders and the sectors on which scientific research should be directed? How to identify risk and protective factors? What are the current technologically innovative interventions for people with disabilities? To answer these and other questions in light of the scientific knowledge provided by the research, the ‘Second international congress on neurodevelopmental disorders, disabilities and neurosciences’ will be held at the Seraphic Institute of Assisi on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd, in which some will take part. among the most renowned national and international researchers and clinicians, including Marc Tassé of the Ohio State University (USA), Nicolas Zdanowicz of the University of Louvain, Stefano Vicari of the Catholic University of Rome. In a multidisciplinary context, we will talk about the current state of the art of social and health care for people living with different forms of disability and applied clinical research.
“We are proud – explains the president of Serafico Francesca Di Maolo – that the Institute in these two days is at the center of an international scientific discussion in the field of neuroscience, because in the face of various forms of disability or behavioral disorders it is necessary give concrete answers and at the same time look to the future through scientific innovations. But to do this it is necessary to abandon the welfare vision towards the most fragile, which has accompanied the last decades, and promote a culture in which the person returns to the center, not only for his assistance needs, but also for his fundamental rights : health, study, work, freedom of choice, participation in social life. This culture – Di Maolo added – will only be able to make headway if we are able to recognize the dignity of every person and the intrinsic value of every human life. Because fundamental rights, in order not to be just beautiful principles written in laws, require excellent scientists who constantly work to develop research paths and scientific methods that know how to cultivate life and make it flourish in all its aspects”.
Scientific research and studies in the field of technological innovation applied to care, especially in recent years, have given us new tools and methodologies to apply in care relationships; this is why this meeting “represents an important milestone to explore and deepen them in view of the new global health challenges that await us” added Sandro Elisei, health director of the Seraphic Institute and promoter of the conference. “To deal with new health emergencies, every operator who takes care of people with special needs must have continuously evolving professional skills, the result of the integration of specific skills, experience, humanity, but also of a scientific culture that only knowledge of clinical research results can provide.” According to one of the latest reports from the World Health Organization, over a billion people, equal to 15% of the world population, live with a form of disability; in Italy alone there are around three million; “These data – concludes Elisei – must make us reflect on how urgent it is to collaborate in a multidisciplinary and synergistic way, primarily involving the institutions, to guarantee these people the right to enjoy the highest possible standards of health and to access a assistance without discrimination; this is a challenge that we can no longer postpone.”
At the meeting, which will begin on Friday at 9 am, in addition to the president Francesca Di Maolo, Msgr. Domenico Sorrentino, bishop of Assisi Gualdo Tadino Nocera Umbra Foligno; Stefania Proietti, mayor of Assisi; Luca Coletto, councilor for health and social policies of the Umbria region; Maurizio Oliviero, rector of the University of Perugia; Don Massimo Angelelli, director of the National Office for Health Pastoral Care of the CEI.