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
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,
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MNS received with great sadness and sorrow the news of the death of one of its founders and Professor at the University of Sultan My Slimane, Morocco.Prof Mohammed Najimi (on the right of the picture representing the MNS Council, standing up) was an excellent neuroscientist and was one of the greats of neuroscience in Morocco and as most know, he was director of the Functional and Pathological Biology laboratory at Moulay Slimane University in Beni-Mellal. He represented his laboratory in the GDRI Neuro, the European Neuromed Network, the Moroccan Neuroscience Competence Center and among the founders of our Mediterranean Society ofNeurosciences of which he was a the Vice-Treasurer and member of its Council board. He participated in the schools of the IBRO and the Kemali School (Rabat and in Italy) and in the organization of several scientific meetings. He was also a member of several learned societies, including IBRO, FENS, FSN, MNS, etc.The entire Neuroscience community has lost a man of value, excellence and honesty both in terms of teaching and in terms of scientific research.You will always be in our memories and our hearts.Your MNS friends