A multidisciplinary view of human hand function and its recovery

The Hand: Perception, Cognition, Action edited by Marta Bertolaso and Nicola Di Stefano has been published by Springer.

Drawing on shared research experiences and collaborative projects, this book offers a broad and timely perspective on research on the hand and its current challenges. It especially emphasizes the interdisciplinary context in which researchers need to be trained in contemporary science. From language to psychology, from neurology to the social sciences, and from art to philosophy and religion, the chapters discuss various aspects involved in hand research and therapy. On the basis of concrete and validated case studies, they approach hand function and gestures from different perspectives – not only neurological and medical, but also philosophical, evolutionary and anthropological. By highlighting the overlaps between different areas of research, the book seeks to foster better communication between researchers, and ultimately a better understanding of hand function and its recovery. It offers essential information and inspirations for students, researchers and practitioners in the fields of psychology, epistemology, bioengineering, neuroscience, anthropology and bioethics.

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Table of Contents

The Cognitive Properties of the Motor System and Mirror Neurons
Fogassi, Leonardo

Children’s Object Manipulation: A Tool for Knowing the External World and for Communicative Development
Focaroli, Valentina (et al.)

Hands Shaping Communication: From Gestures to Signs
Sparaci, Laura (et al.)

Primates’ Propensity to Explore Objects: How Manual Actions Affect Learning in Children and Capuchin Monkeys
Taffoni, Fabrizio (et al.)

Current Achievements and Future Directions of Hand Prostheses Controlled via Peripheral Nervous System
Ciancio, Anna Lisa (et al.)

The Human Hand as a Microcosm. A Philosophical Overview on the Hand and Its Role in the Processes of Perception, Action, and Cognition
Russo, Maria Teresa

Ready-to-Hand in Heidegger. Philosophy as an Everyday Understanding of the World and the Question Concerning Technology
Chillón, José Manuel

The Therapeutic Hand
Escribano, Xavier (et al.)

Cooking and Human Evolution
Chirinos, Maria Pia

Essential to Art
Castro, Sixto J.

On the Role of the Hand in the Expression of Music
Leman, Marc (et al.)

Will Science Remain Human? Experts Meeting

STI Experts Meetings are meetings with more or less a dozen top scholars from a variety of disciplines who discuss specific issues of current social significance. The “Will Science Remain Human?” Experts Meeting will discuss an incredibly topical and important issue for the future of science and our human societies: Frontiers of the Incorporation of Technological Innovations in the Biomedical Sciences.

Venue: Rome, University Campus Bio-Medico

Supporting Institution: Social Trends Institute

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Quo Vadis Science?

IMG_1311At Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, a series of Lunchtime Meetings on the emerging orientations of scientific research.

Since the academic year 2015/2016, Lunchtime Meetings take place on Fridays h 12:30 – 14:30. Continue reading Quo Vadis Science?

Call for applications for a temporary research fellowship: Self-on-a-Chip

A public call for applications is issued for the award of 1 temporary research fellowship for research activities within the “Self-on-Chip: A Study of Embodiment in Innovative 3D Cell-Culture Models” project (April 2016 – April 2017).

Deadline for applications: August 30, 2016

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In Silico Modeling: the Human Factor

HumanaMente_Issue30_Cover3Marta Bertolaso and Miles MacLeod are editors of Issue 30 (April 2016) of Humana.Mente — Journal of Philosophical Studies, entitled “In Silico Modeling: the Human Factor”. The issue reflects on the human dimensions inherent to bio-medical and social applications of in silico modelling, as well as on general issues pertaining the relationship between in silico modelling technologies and the human factor (HF). In fact, the challenges related to in silico modeling ask for a reflection on the intrinsic relationship among new technologies, which allow us to manage big data and to model biological functions, and the HF in bio-medical practice. Continue reading In Silico Modeling: the Human Factor

Self-on-a-Chip: A Study of Embodiment in Innovative 3D Cell-Culture Models

Conceptual_Schematic_of_a_Human-on-a-ChipA science-philosophy research project funded by the Institute for Philosophy of Scientific and Technological Practice (FAST) at University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome.

Start: April 2016

Duration: 1+1 years Continue reading Self-on-a-Chip: A Study of Embodiment in Innovative 3D Cell-Culture Models

Global Home Index

University Campus Bio-Medico is helping the Home Renaissance Foundation, IAE Business School and INALDE Business School for an international project on the relevance of the domestic environment for a balanced society.

ghiThe Global Home Index (GHI) project seeks to evaluate how housework is understood and valued throughout the world.

People all over the world take a 15 minutes survey available in several languages. The data will provide an assessment on how and where you can improve your home life and will provide you with recommendations for making your home a better place to live. Partner organizations from around the world have joined the initiative.

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Robustness in Neurological Systems

robust1UPAn Interdisciplinary Workshop held on 2015, November 13-15 at the University of Pittsburgh. The brain is the poster child for plasticity in biology. Neurons and networks constantly rebuild themselves in response to the continual and ongoing change in component ion channels and receptors that are necessary for neuronal signaling.  In addition external changes drive homeostatic responses.  These are way in which robust responses can be triggered.  Recent modeling and experimental work have described the mechanisms, constraints, and outcomes of robust dynamics in the brain.  This workshop is designed to maximize productive interaction in large and small groups among scientists and philosophers.  Such engagement can “test” and refine philosophical analyses of robustness as in current scientific practice. At the same time, scientists can reflect on their practices with the tools that philosophers bring to the discussion. Continue reading Robustness in Neurological Systems

In silico Medicine Workshop

Barcelona, June 3, 2015, h 13:30-18:30.

In silico modeling promises to overcome the limitations of the in vitro and in vivo experimental models used to represent human biological systems, but also the limits on our cognitive capacities to store, analyze and represent the enormous amount of information needed to reliably and accurately capture system complexity and variability. The Avicenna project, a leading group for in silico clinical trials, will hold its 5th meeting in Barcelona on 4th – 5th June 2015. Taking this opportunity, our workshop – organized by Bio-Techno-Practice network in collaboration with IESE – will reflect on the philosophical foundations of in silico modeling and on the various implications of its biomedical applications: drugs, devices, and clinical trials.

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Bio-Techno-Logos: The Future of Scientific Practice

Future of scientific practiceThe Future of Scientific Practice: ‘Bio-Techno-Logos’ ed. by Marta Bertolaso is an early book-length product of the network that resulted into the Bio-Techno-Practice hub.

The collection makes a strong contribution to current debates in the philosophy of science and the changing role of scientific practice. The book explores the interplay between biological, technological and theoretical ways of thinking by focusing on cell dynamics, molecular medicine and robotics. The direction of modern science means that these areas can no longer be explored independently but must be integrated if we are to better understand the world. Continue reading Bio-Techno-Logos: The Future of Scientific Practice