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What if mini-brains could help us understand dementia?

05-12-2017

Organoids are artificially grown organs that mimic the properties of real organs. What new possibilities for treating diseases, drug development, and personalised and regenerative medicine do organoids provide?

Organoids are artificially grown organs that mimic the properties of real organs. What new possibilities for treating diseases, drug development, and personalised and regenerative medicine do organoids provide?

Proceedings of the Workshop on "Organ Harvesting in China"

12-04-2016

This workshop raised awareness on this issue and opens a debate on future transparent investigation by the European Union into organ transplant practice. The workshop consisted of different presentations and an exchange of views between MEPs and established experts in transplantation of organs, organ trafficking and international crime. The current organ trafficking around the world has created a substantial health risk contributing to a serious abuse of human rights, particularly of the right to ...

This workshop raised awareness on this issue and opens a debate on future transparent investigation by the European Union into organ transplant practice. The workshop consisted of different presentations and an exchange of views between MEPs and established experts in transplantation of organs, organ trafficking and international crime. The current organ trafficking around the world has created a substantial health risk contributing to a serious abuse of human rights, particularly of the right to life. This document reviews the scope for creating a fair system of organ donation and for the use of a more efficient and transparent organ database accessible to EU and eventually to global citizens. This document was provided by Policy Department A for the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

Ekstern forfatter

Joëlle Hivonnet, Stefaan Van der Spiegel, Beatriz Dominguez, Marta Lopez Fraga, Francis L. Delmonico, David Kilgour, Marie Charlotte Bouesseau and Huige Li

What if others could read your mind?

08-04-2016

Brain-computer interface technology has been advancing rapidly and will continue to do so as our knowledge of how the brain works increases. Could this transform our understanding of life as we know it? A brain-computer interface (BCI) is a direct communication pathway between the brain and an external device. This technology can be used to restore motor and sensory capacities which may have been lost through trauma, disease or congenital conditions. For example, combined with limb-replacement ...

Brain-computer interface technology has been advancing rapidly and will continue to do so as our knowledge of how the brain works increases. Could this transform our understanding of life as we know it? A brain-computer interface (BCI) is a direct communication pathway between the brain and an external device. This technology can be used to restore motor and sensory capacities which may have been lost through trauma, disease or congenital conditions. For example, combined with limb-replacement technology, BCI may allow patients not only to move prosthetic limbs, but also to feel the sensation of touch. The technology can either be implanted (invasive) or used externally (non-invasive). Invasive BCIs, including neuroprosthetics and brain implants, are devices which connect directly to the brain and are placed on its surface or attached to the cortex. A key application area for contemporary brain implant research is the development of biomedical prostheses to circumvent areas of the brain that have become dysfunctional after a stroke or other trauma. With deep brain stimulation, a 'brain pacemaker' sends electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain for the treatment of disorders such as Parkinson's disease, dystonia and major depression. Non-invasive BCIs consist of a range of technological devices which provide a similar interface between the brain and other machines without the need for surgery. There are several technologies capable of measuring and recording brain activity, although the signal quality may be weaker than is possible with implanted devices. Nonetheless, non-invasive BCIs have been used effectively, for example to control prosthetic hands.

Medical Devices and In-Vitro Medical Devices: Initial Appraisal of the European Commission's Impact Assessment

15-01-2013

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment accompanying the Commission proposals on Medical Devices and on In Vitro Medical Devices.

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment accompanying the Commission proposals on Medical Devices and on In Vitro Medical Devices.

Workshop Report on "Voluntary and Unpaid Donation of Tissues and Cells"

16-01-2012

This report summarises the presentations and discussions at the Workshop on Voluntary and Unpaid Donation of Tissues and Cells held at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday 20 December 2011. The aim of the workshop was to gather input from specialists in different fields related to tissues and cell donation in order to learn more from their work and perspectives. The workshop was chaired by Marina YANNAKOUDAKIS, MEP.

This report summarises the presentations and discussions at the Workshop on Voluntary and Unpaid Donation of Tissues and Cells held at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday 20 December 2011. The aim of the workshop was to gather input from specialists in different fields related to tissues and cell donation in order to learn more from their work and perspectives. The workshop was chaired by Marina YANNAKOUDAKIS, MEP.

Ekstern forfatter

Stefaan Van der Spiegel (Directorate D, DG SANCO) , Dietger Niederwieser (Worldwide Network for Blood & Marrow Transplantation) , Katharine Wright (Nuffield Council on Bioethics) , David Price (Faculty of Business and Law) , Rui Maio (University of Lisboa) , Rafael Matesanz (National Organisation for Transplants) and Alessandro Nanni Costa (Italian National Transplant Centre - CNT)

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products and Amending Directive 2001/83/EC & Regulation (EC)

01-03-2006

Ekstern forfatter

Dr. David Earnshaw, Brussels, Belgium

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