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3rd Mediterranean Conference of Neuroscience Conference
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt 13-19 December 2013
President: Marie Moftah, Egypt
Programme: link

The 3rd Mediterranean Conference of Neuroscience was a great success. It gathered more than 250 participants from not only Mediterranean countries but also from Asia, northern Europe and the Americas. It was preceded by a 3-day mini-school of Neuroscience sponsored by the NFBRIE (Neuroinsight Foundation for Brain Research Initiatives in Egypt: Cherine Fahim). Many Neuroscience societies were represented: The French Neuroscience Society (Mohamed Jaber), the International Brain Research Organization (Marina Bentivoglio), the South-Mediterranean Neuroendocrine group (Mohamed Bennis), the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (Nouria Lakhdar Ghazal), the Société de Neuroendocrinologie (several representatives) and the International Neuroendocrine Federation (William Rostene). A total of 25 Symposia, 10 plenary lectures, 16 oral and 56 poster presentations were discussed during the meeting and published on Frontiers website.

The main achieved goal of this conference was to bring together top scientists to share their knowledge on how the brain works, how it guides our behaviour and the role played by the endocrine system in this amazing process. The far-reaching aim, however, was to build a collaborative network in Neuroscience, with much emphasis on structuring the Mediterranean research area. During the closing ceremony of the conference, a Mediterranean Neuroscience Society (MNS) has been created and an executive bureau elected. It was agreed to make its base in France and the presidency turning around Mediterranean countries; the 1st elected president was French, Driss Boussaoud, and the 1st elected vice-president was Egyptian, Marie Moftah.

A satellite event also took place during the conference. The first Strategic Management Committee meeting of the N€uroMed project was scheduled to gather the seven Euro-Mediterranean partners (Algeria, Egypt, France, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Turkey) around the table, where they discussed activities, workplans and workshops to be accomplished in the three upcoming years. This European project (FP7) aims at creating a Euro-Mediterranean network of Neuroscience, thus rejoining and supporting the creation of the MNS.

Abstracts are available at Frontiers website


  • President: Marie Moftah (Egypt)


  1. Ismaïl Sabry (Alexandria, Egypt)
  2. Yehezkel Ben-Ari (Marseille, France)
  3. Wail Benjelloun (Rabat, Morocco)
  4. Mohamed Bennis (Marrakech, Morocco)
  5. Marina Bentivoglio (Verona, Italy)
  6. Driss Boussaoud (Marseille, France)
  7. André Calas (Bordeaux, France)
  8. Mohamed Jaber (France)
  9. Gwendal Le Masson (Bordeaux, France)
  10. Marc Landry (Bordeaux, France)
  11. Guadalupe Mengod (Barcelona, Spain)
  12. André Nieoullon (Marseille, France)


  1. Marie Moftah (Alexandria, Egypt)
  2. Hedayat Abdel Ghafar (Alexandria, Egypt)
  3. Mona El Tewessy (Alexandria, Egypt)
  4. Omar Shalaby (Alexandria, Egypt)
  5. Lamiaa Mostafa (Alexandria, Egypt)
  6. Wessam Abdel Wahab (Alexandria, Egypt)
  7. Sherine Abdel Salam (Alexandria, Egypt)
  8. Nagwa El Refai (Alexandria, Egypt)
  9. Mariam Osmane (Alexandria, Egypt)
  10. Mayada Aly (Alexandria, Egypt)
  11. Reda Gamal (Alexandria, Egypt)
  12. Sarah Elramah (Alexandria, Egypt)
  13. Eiman Abbas (Alexandria, Egypt)
  14. Salma El Shewemy (Alexandria, Egypt)
  15. Eman Hashem (Alexandria, Egypt)
  16. Heba Elsaidy (Alexandria, Egypt)
  17. Khaled Salem (Alexandria, Egypt)


  1. Hind Mamdouh HANAFY, President of Alexandria University
  2. Essam KHAMIS, Vice-President of Alexandria University
  3. Mahmoud GABR, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Alexandria University
  4. Mohamed ISMAÏL, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science, Alexandria University

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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