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Although "The knowledge necessary to reconnect a brain does not exist yet in the galaxy"(Mr.Spock, Star Trek), we do begin to understand the basis of some of the brains functions: The Nobel Prize for Medicine 2004 was given once again to two Neurobiologists; Richard Axel and Linda Buck received the award for their discovery of the huge family of odour receptor genes.
In the "Neurobiology" session we want to shed light on three areas of current Brain Research: "How can new technologies influence our perception of the world?", exemplified by the usage of cochela implants to deaf people to hear. "How do drugs influence behaviour?", with a focus on alcoholism and "How can communication influence other individuals?", - with a talk on the genetic basis of language. From the ancient world of Hippocrates to Jimi Hendrix ("Purple haze was in my brain, Lately things don't seem the same, Actin' funny, but I don't know why, 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky", Purple Haze, 1967) the brain and its functions have not ceased to captivate peoples attention - and we hope they will not fail to attract our participants in December 2005!
• Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. R. Laszig - 20 Years Experience with Cochlear Implants
• Prof. Dr. Rainer Spanagel - Neurobiology of Drug Addiction
• Prof. Dr. Constance Scharff - Language, Genes and Songbirds