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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

Two Postdoc positions available in the Neuropsychopharmacology lab at the European Center for Brain Research (CERC), Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome, Italy
PIs: Prof. Patrizia Campolongo & Dr. Maria Morena.

The lab has expertise in clinical and preclinical (rats) research on mechanisms of hypermemory and cognitive decline and related neurological disorder, such as Alzheimer’s Disease and on the influence of stress and arousal systems (including glucocorticoids, catecholamines and endocannabinoids) on learning and memory processes to elucidate mechanisms of stress-related psychiatric disorders at different developmental ages.

Postdocs are expected to work on the preclinical research part of the following funded projects: 1. “Leveraging the neural circuits of hypermemory to ameliorate memory dysfunction in prodromal Alzheimer's disease” 2. “Integrating cannabinoids into the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: exploring mechanisms of amygdala-hippocampal communication during information contextualization” We encourage applications for well-motivated National or International Postdocs with:Background in neuropharmacology/neuroscience.Experience in all (or some) of the following techniques: behavioral pharmacology, electrophysiology (in vivo, ex vivo-whole cell patch clamp recordings), optogenetics, fiber photometry, stereotaxic surgery, immunohistochemistry, molecular biology.Experience in paper and grant writing.Good knowledge of English (spoken and written).Good networking ability. Contract length: One year (can be renewed for a further two years) Starting date:  October/December2022

 If interested, please send a motivation letter and a CV to or

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
Results MNS Extraordinary General Assembly Virtual Vote
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,
We hope you will help us to make your Society better and to see you in Dubrovnik soon! Giuseppe Di Giovanni On behalf of the MNS Council
Extended Deadline for Oral/Poster Abstract submission to MNS2022

IMPORTANT NOTICEDeadline for Oral/Poster Abstract submission (including symposium proposals abstracts) & Travel Grants submission is extended until March 15, 2022

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