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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

Two Postdoc positions available in the Neuropsychopharmacology lab at the European Center for Brain Research (CERC), Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome, Italy
PIs: Prof. Patrizia Campolongo & Dr. Maria Morena.

The lab has expertise in clinical and preclinical (rats) research on mechanisms of hypermemory and cognitive decline and related neurological disorder, such as Alzheimer’s Disease and on the influence of stress and arousal systems (including glucocorticoids, catecholamines and endocannabinoids) on learning and memory processes to elucidate mechanisms of stress-related psychiatric disorders at different developmental ages.

Postdocs are expected to work on the preclinical research part of the following funded projects: 1. “Leveraging the neural circuits of hypermemory to ameliorate memory dysfunction in prodromal Alzheimer's disease” 2. “Integrating cannabinoids into the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: exploring mechanisms of amygdala-hippocampal communication during information contextualization” We encourage applications for well-motivated National or International Postdocs with:Background in neuropharmacology/neuroscience.Experience in all (or some) of the following techniques: behavioral pharmacology, electrophysiology (in vivo, ex vivo-whole cell patch clamp recordings), optogenetics, fiber photometry, stereotaxic surgery, immunohistochemistry, molecular biology.Experience in paper and grant writing.Good knowledge of English (spoken and written).Good networking ability. Contract length: One year (can be renewed for a further two years) Starting date:  October/December2022

 If interested, please send a motivation letter and a CV to or

Committee on Animals in Research in the Mediterranean Area (CARMA)
Members of CARMA are the Councillors of MNS with the President as the Chairman 

CARMA advises MNS on the responsible use of animals in neuroscience research, supports the development of relevant resources on animals in research and promotes public education in matters related to the use of animals in neuroscience in the Mediterranean area.
"Animals are commonly used for scientific purposes in North Africa and the Middle East. However, this field is often inadequately regulated, with many countries lacking national legislation, policies, or guidelines for the care and use of animals used for research, testing, or education. This results in an essentially uncontrolled system where scientific quality and animal wellbeing cannot robustly be guaranteed, which may hinder acceptance (i.e., publication) of results by the scientific community and limit public confidence. An overarching system is needed to oversee the efficient promotion of scientific and ethical standards and the dissemination of information on laboratory animal science in North Africa and the Middle East, while each country should remain able to maintain a system of oversight that reflects its own cultures, traditions, religions, laws, and regulations." Mohr BJ, Fakoya FA, Hau J, Souilem O, Anestidou L. The Governance of Animal Care and Use for Scientific Purposes in Africa and the Middle East. ILAR J. 2016 May 1;57(3):333-346. doi: 10.1093/ilar/ilw035. PMID: 29117404.

The mission of CARMA falls within the following areas:
Organizing the first Survey on Animals in Research in the Mediterranean AreaMonitoring and adviceEducation and outreachTraining and support
Results MNS Extraordinary General Assembly Virtual Vote
Dear MNS Member,
Thank you for your trust and support for the present Council.According to the results of the GA vote, the Council will remain as it is until MNS2023 when a new election will be called.Please find the results of the vote below,
We hope you will help us to make your Society better and to see you in Dubrovnik soon! Giuseppe Di Giovanni On behalf of the MNS Council
Extended Deadline for Oral/Poster Abstract submission to MNS2022

IMPORTANT NOTICEDeadline for Oral/Poster Abstract submission (including symposium proposals abstracts) & Travel Grants submission is extended until March 15, 2022

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