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Prof Mohammed Errami died
Prof Mohammed Errami died

Professor Mohammed Errami has just died suddenly in his 62nd year. It is obviously too early for this big friend of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society, recognized as one of the best neuroscientists of Morocco if not the best of his generation. A year and half ago, he was elected President of the University Abdelmalek Essaadi of Tanger-Tetouan-Alhoceima in the North of Morocco, thus consecrating his long academic experience in one of the largest universities of Morocco. In the faculty of Sciences of this University, he headed a research laboratory of “Physiology and Pathology” focused on food intake control and biological rhythms.

Mohammed performed his university studies in the Faculty of Science of Rabat and started his scientific career in the eighties after he obtained his PhD in Neurosciences at the University of Marseille, France, in 1987, under the supervision of Professor André Niéoullon. Mohammed Errami was teaching at the Faculty of Science of Tetouan since 1987 where he acted as head of the Biology department and vice-Dean in charge of research and cooperation before he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science between 2009 and 2018. Mohammed was one of the pioneers and founders of the Euro-Mediterranean Neuroscience networks including the France-Morocco GDRI of Neuroscience and the Euro-Mediterranean Neuromed and NEUREN networks for collaborative research, but he was also very active in developing international teaching through the implementation of the EMN-Online master of Neuroscience. Mohammed also served on the board of the MNS Council between 2012-2017 and was a member of the local organizing committee of the 7th MNS meeting held in 2019 in Marrakech, Morocco. He had joined PhD students with some of us and he developed an inspiring vision of science and its development in his country. 

There is no doubt that if his heart had continued to beat, he would have continued to defend Mediterranean Neuroscience. Mohammed was close to several members of MNS: Youssef Anouar, Abdelhamid Benazzouz, Mohammed Bennis, Loubna Boukhzar, Driss Boussaoud, Fatiha Chigr, Giuseppe Di Giovanni, Khalid El Allali, Abdelilah Elalaoui, Liana Fattore, Hanaa Hoddah, Nouria Lakhdar-Ghazal, Marc Landry, Rabia Magoul, Marie Moftah, Mohammed Najimi, Francisco Olucha, Paul Pevet, among many others.

Dear Mohammed, we are wholeheartedly with your loved ones and we wish with this “post” to send you all our thanks for your immense work and to bear witness to the affliction of all your friends, scientists or not, for your premature and so unfair departure.

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