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Birgit Rausing - Segerfalk Conference

May 4th, 2022, 08:45 - 17:30

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The Neuroscience of Empathy and Compassion Conference

Venue: Grand Hotel (Piratensalen), Bantorget 1, LUND

Relationships between individuals are the fabric of human civilization. The quality of these relationships depends to a large extent on our empathy and compassion for each other. These abilities are also crucial to professions and institutions that are foundational to modern society – healthcare, education, judiciary systems and law enforcement.
Despite the complexity of human empathy and compassion, substantial progress has been made in recent years regarding the understanding of their neurobiological basis. This progress is supported by a variety of approaches, methodologies, levels of analysis and perspectives that contribute to unravelling the functions and neural correlates of empathy and compassion.
The Neuroscience of empathy and compassion conference, May 4th, 2022, will bring together some of the top scientists from various facets of this broad research field, to elucidate our current understanding and discuss future directions.
The conference is aimed at a wide audience, encompassing all those with expertise relevant to the study or professional practice of empathy or compassion. Neuroscientists, psychologists, physicians and other healthcare professionals as well as researchers in social sciences and the humanities with an interest in these topics are welcome!
The Neuroscience of Empathy and Compassion conference is supported by the Segerfalk Foundation, and by the Birgit Rausing Foundation for Medical Humanities. It is organized by the Birgit Rausing Centre for Medical Humanities.


Organizing committee:
Martin Garwicz, Lund University
Director, Birgit Rausing Centre for Medical Humanities
Assistant director, Neuronano Research Centre

Philippe Goldin, University of California, Davis
Director, Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience Laboratory

Johan Mårtensson, Lund University
Head of office, Division of Logopaedics, Phoniatrics, and Audiology

Åsa Thormählen, Lund University
Administrative coordinator, Birgit Rausing Centre for Medical Humanities


Funded by The Thorsten and Elsa Segerfalk Foundation and Birgit Rausing Foundation for Medical Humanities.

In case of any questions, please contact martin [dot] garwicz [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (subject: Segerfalk%20Symposium) (Martin Garwicz).