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Gene therapy as an evolutionary and medical opportunity

Gene therapy as an evolutionary and medical opportunity

“Gene therapy quo vadis?” was the motto of the last Science Nights event of 2014, which took place on December 2 in the Casino Theater in Zug. A question that could not be conclusively settled in view of the complexity of the subject matter and the research work that still has to be done. But for this the 150 guests received invaluable insights and ideas from not a philosophical and a medical point of view on a subject that will move more than just the world of medicine in the years to come. Janine Reichenbach, assistant professor of pediatric immunology specializing in gene therapy, thus argued the case for targeted medical research on and application of gene therapy while keeping a close eye on moral and ethical standards. The philosopher and cultural scientist Peter Sloterdjik endeavored to put the discussion in the historical context of culturally and religiously motivated conflicts of knowledge.

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Setting the tone: how music moves the brain

Setting the tone: how music moves the brain

Almost 100 guests accepted the invitation to the first ScienceNight event of Novartis at the Teufelhof theater in Basel – an event that not only appealed to the acoustical senses of the ears, but also to the plasticity of the brain: The event, which was held under the motto “Where there is music, stay a while…”, was all about the effects of music on the brain. The Prof. Dr. Lutz Jähnke from the University of Zurich, who has pioneered the field of the functional plasticity of the brain, spent over an hour providing us with an extremely interesting and entertaining glimpse into the world – and of course how this world is moved by music.

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«Wunderfitze im Krankenhaus»

«Wunderfitze im Krankenhaus»

This event was hosted in German only. 
For details please refer to the
German language version of our website.
Thank you for your understanding.

Your ScienceNights Team

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«Perception is Reality?»

«Perception is Reality?»

Does our perception match reality? This question was posed more than once at the first ScienceNights event in Zurich. On a magical evening at the Impact Hub, the audience was carried off and spellbound in a world that revolved around notions of perception and the brain. After a brief welcome by Dr.

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“Preserving the Past - Shaping the Future”

“Preserving the Past - Shaping the Future”

“Preserving the Past - Shaping the Future” – this was the subject of the first ScienceNight of this year, which was held on 27 March in a very special place: the St. Gallen Abbey Library. After an introduction by Abbey Librarian Dr. Cornel Dora and an exclusive guided tour through the impressive rooms of the library, Benedikt Würth, a member of St.Gallen governing council, and Pascal Brenneisen, Country President Novartis Switzerland, opened the second part of the evening in the historic Pfalz cellars of the Abbey. Here Dr. Frank Petersen, Head of Natural Substances Research with Novartis, discussed the important role of knowledge gathered over the centuries in research today.

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