July 13, 2003
MELBOURNE has won the right to host the 2008 International Conference on Human Brain Mapping, the state government announced today.
Innovation Minister John Brumby said the event was expected to generate more than $12 million for the Victorian economy.
"The conference will draw around 2000 national and international scientists to Melbourne to present cutting-edge research into human brain mapping," he said.
"It is hoped this research will lead to major breakthroughs in treating debilitating conditions such as multiple sclerosis, alzheimer's, epilepsy, stroke and parkinson's disease."
The week-long conference is organised by the Organisation for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) and was first held in Paris in 1995.
It will be the first time the event has been held in Australia.
Dr Gary Egan, Senior Research Fellow and leader of the neuro-imaging group at Melbourne University, welcomed the announcement.
"Understanding how the human brain functions is the last frontier of
science and this conference will propel Melbourne to the forefront of these
endeavours," he said.
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