Dubrovnik-2022 8th Conference of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society (MNS)
Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 29-June 2, 2022
President: Goran Šimić, Croatia
Program of the conference: link
Full Conference Proceedings: link

The 8th Edition of the Meeting of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society (MNS) took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from May 29 to 2 June 2022, with Prof. Goran Šimić as the President of the conference. The event was a great success, after the troublesome two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. It gathered 328 participants from 35 different countries, including the USA, Canada and Australia, and offered a rich scientific program with 7 keynote lectures, 62 selected contributed symposia, and 53 posters. Additional 20 attendees participated online and gave their talk virtually.

MNS2022 Number of participants for countries
The 8th MNS meeting Opening Ceremony

As it may be found in the scientific program and book of abstracts (as a special issue of Xjenza Online journal), during the meeting we had the pleasure of welcoming an exceptional lineup of keynote lectures: Tracy Bale (IBRO president, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA), Jean-Antoine Girault (FENS president, Sorbonne University, Paris, France), George Paxinos (University of New South Wales, Sidney, Australia), Laszlo Zaborszky (Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA), Fiorenzo Conti (University of Ancona, Italy), Ivana Delalle (Brown University, Providence, RI, USA), Ira Milošević (University of Oxford, UK).

An additional special ALBA networking session was preceded by the lecture featuring Christina Dalla (University of Athens, Athens, Greece).

The topics of the lectures witnessed the interdisciplinary nature of the meeting by encompassing cholinergic and catecholaminergic neurotransmission, synaptic function, neuroplasticity, neuroglia, extracellular vesicles, tunneling nanotubes, endocannabinoids, thalamocortical interactions, innovative therapies in translational medicine, neuropeptide modulation, signaling and gene regulation in neurological and psychiatric disorders, and many more. There was an exciting program, as shown by the conference proceedings.

The official journals for the 8th International Conference of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society were:

MDPI’s International Journal of Molecular Sciences,

CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics by Wiley,

Elsevier’s Journal of Neuroscience Methods,

Frontiers Journals,

and The Receptors series of books by Springer.

Different Special Issues are currently receiving manuscripts from the MNS participants (see Call for Papers below)

Edited By: Jun Chen
Impact factor (2021):7.035
Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate, 2022): 44/274 (Neurosciences)30/279 (Pharmacology & Pharmacy)
Online ISSN:1755-5949
John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Prof. Goran Simic and Prof Giuseppe Di Giovanni are the guest-editor for the SI “Interdisciplinary approaches for neuropathology 2022” in CNS Neurology and Therapeutics by Willey.https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/17555949, IF 5.24 It is Open Access with a fee pf €2300.

This special issue of CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics will comprise some of the best works presented at the last Mediterranean Conference of Neuroscience that will be organized in 2022 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. This follows the successful SI “Interdisciplinary approaches for neuropathology (Di Giovanni, G, Crunelli, V, Rizzolatti, G.CNS Neurosci Ther. 2018; 24: 665– 668) published on the papers presented in MNS2017.

The 8th Mediterranean Neuroscience Society Meeting MNS 2022 CROATIA will be a forum to discuss modern experimental and interdisciplinary approaches that have led to important new insights on the pathogenesis and treatment of diseases of the human central and peripheral nervous systems and explore new avenues for understanding the brain. This SI will be a showcase for the latest developments of research in this field presented at MNS2022.

The CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics by Wiley provides a medium for rapid publication of original clinical, experimental, and translational research papers, timely reviews and reports of novel findings of therapeutic relevance to the central nervous system, as well as papers related to clinical pharmacology, drug development and novel methodologies for drug evaluation. The journal focuses on neurological and psychiatric diseases such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, schizophrenia, epilepsy, and drug abuse.

Have you developed a new Method that will be presented at MNS2022?

Neuroscience is continuously evolving, as technologies and analytical approaches, from the molecular and cellular levels to the systems and behavioral levels, open up previously inaccessible research questions and strategies

We invite you to submit your work presented at MNS2022 as Review/Research manuscripts to the Journal of Neuroscience Methods by Elsevier Neuroscience Researchers https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/journal-of-neuroscience-methods
MNS is editing a special issue that highlights advances in methods, analyses and practices across scales of investigation and subfields of neuroscience from the MNS members.

Editors: Christina Dalla, Goran Simic and Giuseppe Di Giovanni

Title "Mediterranean Neuroscience Society (MNS) Conference 2022".
The submission website is located at https://www.editorialmanager.com/jneumeth/. To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion in the special issue, it is important that authors select VSI: MNS2022 when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.

Looking forward to reading from you!

We also invite you to submit proposals for Edited Books for the prestigious Book Series “The Receptors” by Springer.

Also MNS2022 attendees have 20% Discount for Books in The Receptors Series!
Giuseppe Di Giovanni, Editor-in-Chief

The Receptors book series is a broad-based, well-respected series on all aspects of receptor neurophysiology. The series presents published volumes that comprehensively review neural receptors for a specific hormone or neurotransmitter by invited leading specialists. Enter the code MSN2022 into the link of the series site https://www.springer.com/series/7668 to receive a 20% discount on hardcover or ebooks on the following titles:

Ngomba: mGLU Receptors
Colombo: GABAB Receptors
Blandina: Histamine Receptors
Maroteaux: 5-HT2B Receptors
Guiard: 5-HT2A Receptors in the Central Nervous System
Borea: The Adenosine Receptors
Herrick: G-Protein-Coupled Receptor Dimers
Hashimoto: The NMDA Receptors
Blandina: Histamine Receptors

The Receptors book Series, founded in the 1980’s, is a broad-based and well-respected series on all aspects of receptor neurophysiology. The series presents published volumes that comprehensively review neural receptors for a specific hormone or neurotransmitter by invited leading specialists. Particular attention is paid to in-depth studies of receptors’ role in health and neuropathological processes. Recent volumes in the series cover chemical, physical, modeling, biological, pharmacological, anatomical aspects and drug discovery regarding different receptors. All books in this series have, with a rigorous editing, a strong reference value and provide essential up-to-date resources for neuroscience researchers, lecturers, students and pharmaceutical research.


  1. Šimić GORAN (HR)
  2. Giuseppe DI GIOVANNI (MT)
  3. Liana FATTORE (IT)
  4. Christina DALLA (GR)
  5. Isabel VARELA NIETO, Vice Secretary (ES)
  7. Mohamed NAJIMI (MA)
  8. Patrick VUILLEZ (FR)
  9. Aviv WEINSTEIN (IL)
  10. Jacques NOEL (FR)
  12. Nuno SOUSA (PT)
  13. Amira ZAKY (EG)
  14. Patrizia CAMPOLONGO (IT)
  15. Khalid EL ALLALI (MA)


  1. Mirjana Babić Leko (Croatia)
  2. Mirta Boban (Croatia)
  3. Anja Bukovac (Croatia)
  4. Christina Dalla (Greece, MNS Vice-President)
  5. Giuseppe Di Giovanni (Malta, MNS President)
  6. Lea Langer Horvat (Croatia)
  7. Marijan Klarica (Croatia)
  8. Marc Landry (France, Past MNS President)
  9. Goran Šimić (Croatia) President
  10. Ena Španić (Croatia)
  11. Sara Trnski (Croatia)
  12. Klara Zubčić (Croatia)


  1. Samuel Alberquilla Martínez M Spain
  2. Charalampos Brakatselos M Greece
  3. Ozge Selin Cevik F Turkey
  4. Evelini Placido F Brasil
  5. Jasmine Jade Butler F Australia
  6. Jean Claude Scicluna M Malta
  7. Anna Terem (Nudler) F Israel
  8. Rodrigo Andrés Mira Guzmán, M Chile
  9. Tatiana Pinto Morais F Portugal
  10. Anemari Horvat F, Slovenia
  11. Adriano Lama M, Italy
  12. Giulia Federica Mancini F, Netherland
  13. Anna Brancato, Italy
  14. Liubov S. Kalinichenko, Germany
  15. Virginia Delli F France


Marta Ramos (SE)
Melodie Devere (FR)

Lior BAR (IL)
Timothy McCulloch (USA)

Springer/Nature - The Receptors series
Jania Kopic (CZ)
Rafał Ryguła (PL)
Barbara Eramo (IT)

Elsevier Journal Neurosicence Methods
Sara Exposito (ES)
Martina Rincic (HR)
Tim Cebulla (DE)