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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

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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