Public engagement and neurology: An update

Luigi Lavorgna, Francesco Brigo, Sabrina Esposito, Gianmarco Abbadessa, Maddalena Sparaco, Roberta Lanzillo, Marcello Moccia, Matilde Inglese, Luca Bonfanti, Francesca Trojsi, Emanuele Spina, Antonio Russo, Pasquale De Micco, Marinella Clerico, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Simona Bonavita

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Abstract

Background: Public engagement (PE) is defined as the involvement of “specialists who listen, develop their understanding, and interact with non-specialists in non-profit activities of educational, cultural, and social nature to engage the public in science-related matters”. The public health relevance of PE consists in building up a scientifically literate society, able to participate in and support scientific and technological developments and their implications for educational settings. Neurological disorders account for 35% of all diseases. PE could have a positive impact on the lives of people affected by neurological diseases. Method: This review evaluates the role of PE in dementia, stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, migraine, neurogenetics, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Results and Conclusions: PE can provide accessible information, support research activities and prevention through appropriate lifestyles, and increase knowledge and awareness of neurological disorders, improving their diagnosis and treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number429
JournalBrain Sciences
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Associa-tion
  • Awareness
  • Campaign
  • Educational
  • Foundation
  • Fundraising
  • Prevention
  • Public engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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