We dare you to stop for a moment and think. What would the world be like if you had no senses? Absolutely no ability to feel, neither to connect with the surroundings nor with your loved ones… What would be the meaning of Life without the ability to see, touch, hear, smell or taste?

Each of us sees the world differently, in our own way. However, what if we couldn´t see it at all? 1.3 billion people live with vision impairment and 80% of it could have been avoided. Although you might know someone who doesn´t see accurately, what about those who doesn’t smell? Who doesn’t feel? How much do you know about how they see the world, their adaptation mechanisms?

Pain makes us feel alive, as much as tasting our favorite food or listening to a heart-breaking song. Don´t ever take things for granted. Enjoy life, explore with your senses! Come with us and feel what you have never felt because the beauty of our world is All Around Us.

Speakers

Sergio Arteaga, PhD

Optometrist; Researcher; Health Sciences PhD at Alicante University; Professor at the University of Lurio, Mozambique; Leader of Peek’s vision Program in Pakistan

Sergio Latorre Arteaga is a well-known optometrist, researcher and Assistant Professor in the Optometry Department of the University of Lurio in Mozambique. Prof. Arteaga has a PhD in Health Sciences and a Masters in Sustainability and Social Responsibility, making him the right choice to lead the intervention of Peek Vision in Pakistan, the world’s sixth-most populous country in the world in which health care support still has a long way to go. As Dr. Andrew Bastawrous, CEO of Peek Vision, his main focus is supporting the delivery of eye health programmes in several countries giving hope to children with vision problems, throughout early diagnosis of preventable and curable diseases that may lead to severe impairments such as blindness. Also, his research has been published in numerous scientific journals including the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation.

Jessica Grahn, PhD

Prof. Jessica Grahn is a cognitive neuroscientist and an Associate Professor in the Brain and Mind Institute and the Department of Psychology at Western University, in London, Ontario, since 2011. Before that, she was an Investigator at the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, England, and an Associate Lecturer in Biological Psychology with the Open University. Dr. Grahn currently runs the Music and Neuroscience Lab.

Prof. Jessica Grahn, a cognitive neuroscientist who runs the Music and Neuroscience Lab, chases the musical mysteries of the mind. This Associate Professor in the Brain and Mind Institute and the Department of Psychology at Western University, in London, is inspired by music and its connection with the brain when it comes to asking how and why does this form of art make us move.

Her goal is to answer two big questions: How does music influence different types of movement, and how could we optimize this effect to help patients with neurological disorders? Dr. Grahn, a musician herself, is curious about why humans have developed a musical culture and how does musical or rhythmic ability relate to movement and language ability. She is using her neuro-musical insights to explore the age-old mystery of why some people can ‘feel the beat’, while others have two left feet.

Oliver Kaschke, MD, PhD

Chief of the Otorhinolaryngology Department and Head and Neck Plastic Surgery Department in Sankt Gertrauden Hospital in Berlin; Professor at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin; Coordinator of ENT Masterclasses in Europe

Professor Oliver Kaschke is a chief consultant of otorhinolaryngology in Sankt Gertrauden Hospital in Berlin. Amongst his specialties, we can find different challenging types of surgeries such as ear, tracheal and laryngeal stenosis, and nose functional-esthetic surgery. However, it is in the field of microendoscopic surgery that his work is more remarkable, performing unique targeted surgeries by Scopis method to the nasal sinuses and the anterior base of the skull.

Currently, besides his clinical and surgery work he has been a Professor at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Furthermore, he is one of the coordinators and professors of the ENT Masterclasses, a novel concept to provide high-quality training in Otorhinolaryngology across the five continents. For the past 20 years, he has been the Chief of the Otorhinolaryngology Department and Head and Neck Plastic Surgery Department, and since 2012 the Clinical director of the Hospital Sankt Gertrauden in Berlin, making him a reference in Otorhinolaryngology and Microsurgery not only in Germany, but worldwide.

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