The Gulbenkian Health Forum 2012 “”


This volume compiled the keynote lectures and several related commentaries delivered in the Gulbenkian Health Forum 2012 devoted to research progresses in brain functions.

Dedicated to the progress and evolution in scientific research on the brain and its functioning, the 2012 Health Forum, held over two consecutive days, consisted of a range of conferences and debates, bringing national and international neuroscience specialists to the Foundation.

The eight sessions that made up the program discussed and debated a diverse range of themes: consciousness and dreams, the relationship between the brain and morality, technology and issues of gender as well as themes interrelating with music, beauty and art.

In keeping with the precedent set in previous years, the scientific program was accompanied by an exhibition – The Colours of Thought – with its thematic concept stemming from a facet inherent to the annual organisation of the forums: demonstrating the interrelationship between medicine, science and art.

Tuesday, 9 october
Opening session
Artur Santos Silva, President of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

The Neuroscience of Consciousness
Susan Greenfield, University of Oxford, UK

Commentator: Rui Costa Fundação Champalimaud
Moderator: Nuno Sousa

Moderator: João Lobo Antunes
Why we Sleep?
Matt Walker University of California, Berkeley, USA

Commentator: João Bessa Escola de Ciências da Saúde, UM

What Makes us Moral?
Patricia Churchland University of California, San Diego, USA

Commentator: Luís Sobrinho S. Endocrinologia, IPOFG-Lisboa

When the Brain Plays Music
Robert Zatorre McGill University, Canada

Commentator: Rui vieira Nery Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Quarta 10 outubro
Moderator: Miguel Castelo Branco

Neuroaesthetics: Brain, Beauty and Art
Marcos Nadal Roberts University of the Balearic Islands, Spain

Commentator: Vitor dos Reis Faculdade de Belas Artes, UL

Can we Copy the Human Brain in the Computer?
Idan Segev Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Commentator: Luís Moniz Pereira Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, UNL

Moderator: Idan Segev
Your Brain has a Gender?

Melissa Hines University of Cambridge, UK

Commentator: Christina Dalla Medical School, University of Athens

Because the Brain is Different – The New Ethical Challenges
João Lobo Antunes Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Commentator: Danièle Cohn Centre d’Esthétique de Philosophie de l’Art, Université Paris 1, Panthéon- Sorbonne, France

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Updated on 22 march 2021

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