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4th Conference of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society (MNS)
Istanbul, Turkey, 30 September - 3 October 2012
Military Museum and Culture Centre, Harbiye-Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey
President: Yasin Temel (Turkey/Netherlands)
Programme: link

The 4th Conference of the Meeting of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society (MNS) took place in Istanbul, Turkey, 30 September - 3 October 2012 with Dr. Yasin Temel as the President of the conference. The 2012 MNS Conference gathered multiple participants from various countries and offered a rich scientific program with 5 Plenary Lecturers, 12 symposia, and 2 Poster Sessions. Social events included an opening reception (September 30, evening), Lunch Poster Session (October 01, 02 and 03, afternoon) and the Gala Dinner (October 02, evening).
As detailed reported in the scientific programme, in this meeting we had the pleasure of welcoming an exceptional lineup of Lecturers from France (G. Marsicano), Turkey (M. Erme), France (J. Epelbaum), Italy (G. Rizzolatti) and UK (W. Schultz). The topics of the Lectures witnessed the interdisciplinary nature of the conference by encompassing different fields of Neuroscience, such as Molecular, Clinical, Cognitive, Computational, and Neuroendocrinology.
Topics included cannabinoid signaling, memory and emotions, circadian rhythms and regulations, update on Alzheimer’s disease, neuroendocrine aging and regulations, neuroglia functions, chronic pain, neuroimaging and brain functions, serotonin and neuropsychiatric disorders, reward, risks and decision making.
During the two Lunch Poster Sessions, Poster Presenters (mostly PhD and post-doc Students) had the opportunity to present their work and to discuss data with senior neuroscientists coming from different disciplines and Mediterranean countries. The meetings have proved to be highly beneficial, not only for the scientific exchanges but also in terms of training opportunities for students and young researchers.

Abstracts are available at Frontiers website


  1. President: Yasin Temel (Turkey/Netherlands)
  2. Vice-Presidents: Abdelhamid Benazzouz (France) and Hagai Bergman (Israel)


  1. Hedayat Abdel Ghaffar (Egypt)
  2. Nora Abrous (France)
  3. Thomas Boraud (France)
  4. Driss Boussaoud (France)
  5. Fatiha Chigr (Morocco)
  6. Gustavo Deco (Spain)
  7. Marc Landry (France)
  8. Olivier Manzoni (France)
  9. Marie Moftah (Egypt)
  10. Mohamed Najimi (Morocco)
  11. Paul Pévet (France)


  1. Feridun Acar, Denizli
  2. Nazan Aydin, Erzurum
  3. Koray Basar, Ankara
  4. Cengiz Cokluk, Samsun
  5. Suleyman Kaplan, Samsun
  6. Bunyamin Unal, Erzurum
  7. Melike Sahiner, Istanbul
  8. Turker Sahiner, Istanbul
  9. Ali Savas, Ankara

Female Pioneers from Ancient Egypt and the Middle East
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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