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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Chris Benner email@example.com