Dear MNS Member,We are striving to facilitate the progress of MNS and paving the way for the strategic development of our Society. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed and will continue to change, the world and the way we work. Therefore, we are developing a new website that will be a remote window on the MNS, where you can easily find all the information you could need, including our Conferences, Schools and Newsletters. Registered members now have access to a member panel from which, with the utmost security, they can pay the membership fee, submit a Symposium or Abstract proposal, pay the registration for our biennial Conference, and cast their vote for the General Assembly (GA) and the election of the new Vice President, and Council members. This will greatly simplify all these procedures.Moreover, to increase the transparency and openness of the Society matters it will be possible to access the Minutes of the Council Meetings, the Financial statements, and the agendas of the Meetings. I, as the President, and the rest of the Council, want to ensure access to all to necessary information.Since the last GA in Marrakesh, the Council has worked on revising the Bylaws and Rule Book according to the suggestions of the Members at the GA. After various remote and in loco meetings the Council has produced new drafts to help ease the future work of the MNS.During these difficult times, virtual voting and even virtual meetings have helped members of different societies to keep their sense of affiliation and belonging. Virtual GAs are one step further in that direction. Therefore, as the MNS President, I am calling an extraordinary GA vote to gather the confirmation of MNS members on the adoption of the revised Bylaws and Rule Book. Once the Bylaws and Rule Book are accepted, the MNS will be more open and ready for opportunities and challenges to improve and facilitate truly engaging activities among its members.General Assembly Vote will be held virtually on November the 2nd 2020. The Bylaws and Rule Book will have to be approved by the majority of the MNS members voting on the election day.
You will be able to vote all day on November the 2nd 2020.
To be able to vote, you must be registered and have paid the annual membership fee.
We hope you will help us to make your Society better!
Professor Giuseppe Di Giovanni
Mediterranean Neurosciences Society
Post-doc position for an in vitro electrophysiologist available at Giuseppe Di Giovanni's laboratory at the University of Malta for a collaborative research project with Professor Vincenzo Crunelli, Cardiff University, to investigate the role of serotonin 5-HT2C receptors in absence-epilepsy.
Job descriptionCALL FOR APPLICATIONS (Call ID: 37/2021)
Post/s of Full-Time Research Support Officer III
Project – “Lorcaserin as New Treatment for Absence Epilepsy – A Preclinical Study to pave the way for the
And any other projects undertaken by the Department of Physiology & Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine &
1. Applications are invited for the post of Research Support Officer to carry out duties in relation to the Lorcaserin as New Treatment for Absence Epilepsy – A Preclinical Study to pave the way for the clinical trial project funded by the University of Malta’s Internal Research Fund. The Research Support Officer may also be required to work on other projects undertaken by the Department of Physiology &
Biochemistry within the Faculty of Medicine & Surgery.
2. Applicants should be in possession of a PhD in the area of Neuroscience.
The University of Malta is an Equal Opportunity employer.
3. Applicants must be willing and able to work in Malta.
4. The full-time post is for a period of 12 months and carries an initial remuneration of €31,200 per annum.
5. Candidates must submit their covering letter, a copy of their curriculum vitae, a scanned copy of their certificates (certificates of degrees must be submitted in English), and contact details of at least two referees. Applications must be sent by e-mail by not later than Friday, 30 April 2021.
Late applications will not be considered.
6. Further information about the vacancy may be obtained from:
Office of the University,
Msida, 16 February 2021
MNS awarded Best Poster and Best presentation prizes at the third IBRO-ARC workshop
"Central Nervous System Developmental Remodeling and
Faculty of Science, Alexandria University
EGYPT with the support of IBRO and MNS
17 to 19 December 2020
Alexandria University, Egypt
The workshop was held over three days from 17 to 19 December
2020 on Zoom platform. A group of young researchers from Egypt, Tunis, Morocco,
Lebanon, Jordan, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and India actively participated in
Furthermore, the sessions were delivered by distinguished
professors from Egypt, France, Malta, Nigeria and South Africa.
To maximize the benefit, the lectures were live-streamed over
two days through the portals of IBRO and MNS:
curriculum included ten sessions ranging from educational lectures and academic
research to the presentation of the opportunities available to students and the
current challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak, treatments from
cannabinoid-derivatives and its relation with the central nervous system.
also introduced the best methods of scientific publishing, with a commitment to
the ethics of scientific research and publication.
reviewed the opportunities available through the participating organizations.
covered three practical sessions on molecular biology techniques, western
blotting and brain anatomy.
also included competitions among young researchers on their research
presentations and the design of research posters.
concluded with a review of the results of the competitions, and MNS President
Prof. Giuseppe Di Giovanni awarded a financial prize (€150) funded by MNS to Mustapha
Oluwaseun from Nigeria for his excellence in all his contributions.
The first best
research presentation prize and the first best poster design were also funded
The best research presentation prize
The first prize (€150) was awarded
to Fatma Ahmed from Lebanon
The second prize was awarded to Nour-Eddine
Kaikai from Morocco as a certificate of appreciation
The third prize was awarded to Islam
Ayman from Egypt and as a certificate of appreciation
The best poster designs.
The first prize (€150) was awarded
to Sarah Mahfouz from Egypt
The second prize was awarded to Isaac
Henneh from Ghana as a certificate of appreciation
The third prize was awarded to Yvette
Nguizeye from Cameroon as a certificate of appreciation
concluded with congratulating on the success of the workshop and thanking all
funding organizations, lecturers, organizing committees, participants and
wishes of a happy new year.
As President of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society I am honored to invite you to join the virtual meeting of the 3rd IBRO (International Brain Research Organization) IBRO Africa Regional Committee workshop: Central Nervous System Developmental Remodeling and Neuroplasticity.The workshop will be hosted by Faculty of Science in #Alexandria University, #Egypt between 17-18 December 2020. Part of the program will be shared live as indicated in the attached program. Please save the dates and join US according to the timeline… We want to thank Amira Zaky for its organization and her valuable support.Join us through the following channels: - https://www.facebook.com/IBROarc/- https://www.facebook.com/MedNeuroSociety/https://fb.me/e/a5NVAKMMq
Giuseppe Di GiovanniMNS President
Expires on January 02, 2021
Postdoctoral Researcher Bioinformatics/NeuroscienceUniversity of California, San Diego (UC San Diego)La Jolla, United StatesWe are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the labs of Drs. Christopher Benner and Francesca Telese in the Department of Medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary environment at the intersection of bioinformatics and neurobiology, using cutting edge genomics profiling and analysis techniques to understand subsistence abuse disorders and addiction.Dr. Benner’s research program is largely focused on decoding the regulatory functions of the genome by developing and applying NGS methods and computational analysis across different biological systems. A major goal of the lab is to study the role of enhancer elements in transcriptional regulation and to investigate disease-associated genetic variation on enhancer function to better understand the impact that non-coding DNA has on regulatory networks.Dr. Telese’s research program is primarily focused on using molecular and next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods to study tissue- and cell type-specific gene regulatory mechanisms that contribute to susceptibility and development of substance use disorders, using animal models. A major goal of the lab is to generate novel hypotheses that can be tested using functional genetic tools to elucidate unknown disease mechanisms and to identify novel therapeutic targets.Successful candidates will be expected to lead a project investigating the molecular and genetic underpinnings of addiction. Using single cell technologies and other advanced NGS techniques, the candidate will be responsible for both data acquisition and analysis, with the goal of elucidating transcriptional networks in the brain and verifying their findings. The candidate will have direct access to an Illumina NextSeq sequencer and extensive computational resources. The candidate will receive training in both laboratories, which will include working on novel NGS techniques and the development of new bioinformatics software and tools to characterize changes in transcription, chromatin states and genome structure during different stages of addiction development. This project is funded by an NIH U01 grant. Candidates should have a strong background in genomics, and serious scientists that specialize in either experimental and/or computational work will be considered for the position.UCSD is part of a vibrant scientific community in Southern California and is committed to build a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from female and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.Please send a cover letter describing research interest and fit for this position, a recent CV, and contact information of at least two references to Drs. Telese Francesca email@example.com and Chris Benner firstname.lastname@example.org