INTERNATIONAL MEETING STRENGTHENED THE NEUROSCIENCE AREA

THE ACTIVITY WAS ATTENDED BY ACADEMICS AND FOREIGN GUESTS WHO REFLECTED ON THE RESULTS OBTAINED IN THE AREA.



September 9, 2016

The First Conference on Neuroscience and Human Movement gathered academics and students from the central zone of the country, to meet and reflect on the work of national e international researchers and strengthen the collaborative networks in that area.

The activity was held in the Auditorium of the School of Medicine, organized by the Human Motor Control Lab of the University, headed by academic Valeska Gatica. Different subjects were presented that updated the knowledge in Neurosciences and human movement that students could approach in order to incorporate them later in their professional future, according to Professor Gatica.

She added that the event allowed addressing aspects of great importance, such as the works that are being developed in Australia, Italy or America. "What will be published in two more years was presented in this meeting", she said, highlighting the relevance of what was exposed.

Valeska Gatica said that the conference is part of a project and she indicated that the guest researchers will stay about a month in our University to register and make experiments that will be part of future publications in mainstream journals.

The Dean of the Department of Health Sciences, Carlos Padilla, said that the meeting is of great importance for the country, the University and the Region. "This initiative is part of the 2020 Strategic Development Plan, in the sense of training highly qualified human resources," he said and stressed that, since 2015, the systematic development of the area of neuroscience began.

On that particular topic, he stated that in the context of the PhD program in Biomedical Sciences, two researchers of recognized world level in the area of neuroscience were hired, Monica Carrasco and Juan Carlos Tapia. "The purpose is that they provide and strengthen the Group of Valeska Gatica and other professors, generating a space in association with people from the University and external, so they can achieve a systematic and sustainable development in that area", he stressed.

For his part, Iván Palomo, Director of Research for our Academic Institution, said that, since the University is moving towards complexity, it seeks that its academics and students make contact with researchers at the best level possible. "That way, networks of collaboration are generated at national e international levels, and these networks aim at improving the academic qualification of the professors and students", he noted.

For Monica Carrasco, Professor from the Faculty of Health Sciences, it is very necessary to generate this type of events, especially for those who are starting in the area of neuroscience. "We want the community to see that there are these research laboratories. We want to receive both undergraduates and graduate students to get involved in all that is related to doing research from the Regions", she said, and then added that it is of great interest for these works to reach both men and women. "We have to promote that in Chile, science made from the point of view of women", she said.



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