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Launch of “Health in Questions”, a new series of public conferences providing a fresh debate into health issues between the general public, civil society and scientists

Press release | 13 Mar 2012 - 15h52 | By INSERM PRESS OFFICE
Public health

With a view to strengthening dialogue into “science and society”, Inserm, in partnership with Universcience (1) and players from regional scientific and technical sectors, has launched “Health in questions”, a series of public conferences. The objective is to encourage interactivity with the public and to provide a platform for public information, reaction, expression and personal accounts; the participative conferences propose several annual events held on national or international health days. As such, these events will highlight an issue from health-related current affairs and then debate it in the presence of experts (researchers, doctors, sociologists, etc.) and representatives from civil society (patient associations, political groups, etc.).

Knowledge acquired in life sciences and health sectors helps produce treatments to combat disease; but this progress also has ethical, societal and economic consequences.

During the ‘Week of the Brain’, Inserm, Unverscience and their partners are pleased to invite you to join in discussions on:

“Parkinson’s disease: can we regenerate the brain?”

Thursday, 15 March, from 6.30pm to 8pm

at the Palais de la découverte, a Universcience venue in Paris

with live link-ups with the La Coupole theatre in Saint-Louis.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the progressive loss of a single type of brain cell. Is transplanting healthy cells produced by induced pluripotent stem cells the solution?


  • Marianne Kuhn, Chairwoman of the France Parkinson Alsace association – // +33 (0)3 89 40 29 90
  • Pr Philippe Remy, neurology dept. at the Hôpital Henri Mondor in Créteil and leader of the “Clinical imaging of neurodegenerative diseases” research team, MIRCen, Orsay – // +33 (0)6 61 79 37 90
  • Dr Christine Tranchant, Neurology dept., Hôpitaux Universitaires, Strasbourg – // +33 (0)3 88 12 85 31

Debate chaired by Jean-Philippe Braly (La Recherche).

This first conference from the “Health in Questions” series will be inaugurated by Claudie Haigneré, Chairwoman of Universcience and Pr. André Syrota, Inserm Chairman and CEO, at the Palais de la découverte in Paris. Inaugurations will also be led by Gérard Binder, Chairman of the Nef des sciences in Mulhouse and Gilles Block, Inserm Grand Est Regional delegate, at the La Coupole theatre in Saint-Louis. This conference is part of a general partnership agreement that will be signed, during the event, by Inserm and Universcience.

(1) Public establishment run by the Palais de la découverte and the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie.

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The first conference in the "Health in Questions" series


A blog is available providing access to documentary resources into the subject, as well as practical information. It will also make it possible for the public to submit questions or personal accounts, and to watch the conference live online. Please visit: To register (reservations recommended but not compulsory) - At the Palais de la découverte in Paris: At the La Coupole theatre in Saint-Louis: Upcoming conferences - 31 May - Asthma in children: what is the effect of cigarette smoke? Are children exposed early to cigarette smoke genetically predisposed to asthma? What consequences are to be highlighted in terms of prevention? - World No Smoking Day - 14 June - Progeria, a very rare disease that holds one of the keys to understanding aging Progeria is a rare premature aging disease. Research that aims to improve care for young patients suffering from Progeria also opens up new avenues for some cancers, AIDS and aging. - National day to combat neglected diseases.

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