The conference will be accompanied by the Educational Workshop on Placebo Effect (EWPE). The Workshop is primarily designed for psychiatry and neurology residents and clinical psychologists in training, however students and interested professionals are welcome to attend as well.
The Workshop will cover a wide array of topics spread over three sessions, time-coordinated with the scientific programme of the SNC'13, to enable EWPE participants' attendance at plenary talks and their socialising with the SNC'13 participants during the lunch break by the posters.
Placebo response is often defined as an improvement in a subject's state and function, brought about by an inherently inert substance or intervention, purposefully used to elicit such a response through deceit. However, when so defined the response to placebo inevitably yields a large explanatory gap and an even larger ethical dilemma.
Over the last two decades new research approaches have contributed significantly to a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying the placebo response. The aim of the Educational Workshop is to present and discuss some of the recent findings that allow us to redefine and reappraise the response to placebo. This new understanding may lead to better designs of new treatment studies as well as to added therapeutic benefit in clinical practice, thus possibly resolving both the explanatory gap and the ethical dilemma.
(Work in small groups planned during all three days for pre-registered applicants only.)
Saturday, 28 September 2013
8:30 - 10:30
Session I INTRODUCTION TO THE PLACEBO EFFECT
Definition, research methods, and overview of the workshop
General mechanisms across (patho)physiological conditions
14:30 - 16:30
Session II MECHANISMS IN SPECIFIC CONDITIONS
17:00 - 19:00
Session III CLINICAL AND ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS
Use of placebo in clinical trials
Use of placebo in clinical practice
Ethical guidelines on the use of placebo in clinical research and practice
19:00 - 20:30
Neuroscience and Society Event: Ethical challenges in exploring and exploiting the response to placebo
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Page last updated: Friday, September 20th 2013
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