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The Monaco Philosophical Encounters hosted an important and successful lecture on the topic of "Childhood and Violence", given by Boris Cyrulnik, at the Princess Grace Theatre on Wednesday, February 14.
After a presentation by Charlotte Casiraghi, founding Member of Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco, the French neuro-psychiatrist discussed the evolution of violence in history as well as the dangers of emotional neglect and the different types of attacks – verbal, psychological, and physical, which can damage the child's relationship to the world and damage its brain.
Recalling that the repercussions of violence can be detected in utero, Boris Cyrulnik, through the concept of "sensory niche", emphasised the need to develop as soon as possible a secure attachment with the child, which will induce him or her to develop strong self-confidence and self-esteem.
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In front of a passionate audience, with whom he largely interacted, he concluded his presentation with an extension of the conference’s theme by evoking the obvious links between violence and deculturation, violence and eroticism, violence and authority.
Dr Cyrulnik’s interest in psychiatry, particularly psychological resilience, stems from his own childhood during WWII. As a Jewish child, both his parents were arrested and killed. In 1943, young Boris was captured by Nazis in Bordeaux but managed to avoid detention by hiding in restrooms and later living as a farm boy – Jean Laborde – until the end of the war.
The funds raised during the evening will be fully donated to the Monegasque Association "Jeune J'écoute".
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On Thursday, February 15, the Palace brightly displayed the colour orange, as special lights illuminated the building in a tribute International Childhood Cancer Day.
This was an initiative of the Monaco-based Fondation Flavien, which had gathered several hundred people at the Place du Palais for a symbolic march to raise awareness about paediatric cancers.
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According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), every three minutes a child dies of cancer, but children have a signifcicantly higher surivival rate than adults, which in high-income countries reach an average of 84 percent.
The Fondation Flavien aims to help and support the fight against childhood cancers, rare diseases in children and the families affected by these types of diseases. This is done through research, preventive action, care and support for families as well as the medical profession. The Foundation therefore works hand in hand with the Scientific Center of Monaco – led by Professor Rampal, Scientific Director Denis German and Research Director, Gilles Pagès.
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The most used therapeutic model in the treatment of childhood cancers combines surgery followed by chemotherapy and then conventional radiotherapy. In Nice, the technical platform will soon be equipped with a proton therapy device, only the second in France. This is a very precise radiotherapy that can irradiate the tumour by sparing the neighbouring organs to significantly reduce adverse effects.
However, the response of paediatric cancer cells to this type of therapy is still poorly understood and needs to be compared to conventional treatment in order to better appreciate the therapeutic benefits. Although the treatment permits stabilisation of the disease at first, relapses related to an ability to form blood and lymphatic vessels and high metabolic (energetic) activity of residual tumour cells can be observed. These mechanisms, already well known in adult tumours can be countered with new anti-cancer therapies, called "targeted therapies", not yet used in children for lack of studies and funding.
In 2015, IARC reported worldwide incidence of childhood cancer increased “from 165,000 new cases annually to 215,000 cases for children 14 years and younger” and 85,000 new cases for 15-19 year-olds.
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Organisers of Venice in Monte-Carlo, which includes the Grand Masked Ball on Saturday, February 17, have announced that part of the benefits of the evening will be donated to the Foyer de l'Enfance Princesse Charlene (the Princess Charlene Home for Children).
The Princess Charlene Home for Children officially opened on February 1, 2012, in the presence of the Prince and Princess, and then Minister of State Michel Roger, along with members of the government.
Located at 9 rue Bellevue, the building was built on the site where the former Dominican convent once stood. Each year, around thirty children and teenagers from Monaco live at the Home for Children, which aims to help to protect minors in danger, and to help parents reinvest in their parental duties.
"In 2015, 44 children were welcomed,” Huguette Woodroffe, Deputy Director, told l’Obervateur de Monaco in April 2016. “The average placement is two to three years. But it can go from a few hours ... to several years.”
Of the 30 minors, most are between the ages of 14 and 18, with one-third being Monegasques, one-third French, and the other third a mix of nationalities.
“And behind every child placed lurks a story of a family in crisis. Sometimes conjugal violence or psychological difficulties. Sometimes health problems or single parenting situations that are difficult to live with.”
The Princess Charlene Home for Children project was implemented by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in cooperation with the Ministry for Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development, and demonstrates a commitment to continue to make Monaco a model country in the social sector.
Under the High Patronage of Prince Albert, Venice Monte-Carlo will take place later this month, and the Grand Masked Ball – complete with period costumes and “a sumptuous and dreamlike show” – will be held at the Salle des Étoiles.
More than 70 artists, musicians, acrobats and dancers will host the Grand Ball, which will pay tribute to the City of Venice and the Principality of Monaco, and see economic players, members of royal families, philanthropists, celebrities, opinion leaders, distinguished academics and representatives of the world media all gather to recreate the atmosphere of this golden age.