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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

Female Pioneers from Ancient Egypt and the Middle East
Newly published book, about the appreciation of women who played vital roles in the evolution of science from the East. This book verifies that knowing about Eastern female pioneers' historical contributions in science, politics, and arts can advance today's gender roles in Middle Eastern countries and encourage young women living in Western societies with Eastern migration backgrounds.Broadening the public perception of these significant historical figures, therefore, has very high societal relevance. This knowledge offers a detailed evaluation of women's gender roles in Ancient Egypt and the Middle East, outlining their prominence and influence. It also discusses the possible psychological and social impact of this knowledge on today's gender roles. The evaluation involves crossing disciplines such as natural sciences, neuroscience, psychology, sociology, Islamic theology, history and arts, including diverse geographical regions worldwide.
Prestigious Italian Honour of ‘Knight’ for MNS President Giuseppe Di Giovanni
Congratulations Sir!!! Our President Giuseppe Di Giovanni has been awarded the honour of Cavaliere of the Order of the Star of Italy by the President of the Italian Republic Mattarella. The award included a diploma signed by the President of the Italian Republic and a Knight pin.The Ordine della Stella d’Italia recognises President Di Giovanni’s efforts to develop cooperation between Italy and Malta in the fields of science and culture.
The decoration is awarded to Italian and foreign citizens for their “extraordinary achievements in promoting friendly relations between Italy and other countries”.
“I am deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award,” said President Di Giovanni. This reflects Prof. Di Giovanni’s growing reputation for excellence in professional education and research as well as the international culture.
Throughout the years, President Di Giovanni has supported cultural exchanges strongly associated with Italy.
This award represents another significant honour for our President.
PhD studentship at the Medicine Department, University Jaume I de Castelló (UJI).
Applications are invited for a PhD studentship at the Medicine Department, University Jaume I de Castelló (UJI).The PhD candidate will be granted for a period of 4 years with a planned start between September 2021/January 2022 upon agreement with the successful candidate (Santiago Grisolia's Program from the Generalitat Valenciana; must be enrolled in a master program and hold a BsC in Biology, Biomedicine, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Psychology or related disciplines issued by a non-EU University or Institution. Neuroscience MsC is strongly desirable but not mandatory. The PhD project will aim at understanding the role of peptidergic transmission in pathological aggression related to alcohol abuse. During these 4 years, the candidate will work with two transgenic mouse lines and will be skilled in stereotaxic surgery, pharmacogenetics, optogenetics, behavioral paradigms, immunohistochemistry, cell culture, molecular neurobiology, confocal microscopy, RNAscope, ....To apply, please send your CV and a motivation letter (max. 2 pages) before 10 June 2021 to:Dr. Esther Castillo-Gómez ( Francisco Olucha ( Francisco Ros (
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Post-doc position for an in vitro electrophysiologist @ Crunelli/Di Giovanni Lab
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 clinical trial” And any other projects undertaken by the Department of Physiology & Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine & Surgery 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