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MARRAKECH 2019
Marrakech-2019
7th Conference of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society (MNS)
Marrakech, Morocco, 23-27 June 2019
President: Youssef Anouar, France
Website: https://neurosciencemedite.wixsite.com/mns-2019
Programme: link

The 7th Edition of the Meeting of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society (MNS) took place in Marrakech, Morocco on June 23-27, 2019, with Prof. Youssef Anouar as the main organizer. The 2019 MNS Meeting gathered 467 participants (215 women and 252 men) from 42 different countries, including Canada, USA, Australia, but also Uganda, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, and offered a rich scientific program with 7 Plenary Lecturers, 71 symposia, 36 Oral Communications, 2 Poster Sessions and 1 workshop, including 390 speakers in total (plenaries, symposia, oral communications): 129 women and 261 men. Social events included a welcome cocktail (June 23, evening), a Gala Dinner (June 26, evening) with local music and shows, and excursions to different regions in South of Morocco (Marrakech, Essaouira, Ouzoud falls, Ourika Valley and Ouarzazate) to have a taste of the Moroccan culture and society.

In this meeting, we had an exciting program and the pleasure of welcoming an exceptional lineup of Lecturers from Spain (Agnès Gruart), Italy (Giorgio Racagni), Switzerland (Carmen Sandi), France (Vincent Prévot) and USA (Yasmin Hurd). In addition, a special plenary lecture on the “Neurobiology of adaptations to desert biotope, lessons from camel and goat studies” was given by a local scientist, Pr Khalid El Allali to highlight neuroscience research in the South Mediterranean area. The topics of the Lectures witnessed the interdisciplinary nature of the meeting by encompassing several different topics, including learning and memory, neuroadaptation, neurometabolomics, addiction, antipsychotic drugs and neurodegenerative disease. Plenary Lecturers were partially sponsored by prestigious Scientific Societies such as the European Brain Behaviour Society (EBBS), the French Societies of Neuroendocrinology and Cell Biology, the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) as well as by the Frontiers open-access Journals, the University of Rouen Normandy, the Normandy Region and the European Community.

In line with the scientific interests of symposia organizers and invited speakers, many symposia were focused on the pharmacological modulation of emotional states and behaviour as well as on the neurobiology of neuropsychiatric disorders. Drug and food addiction, pain, mood disorders (mostly anxiety and depression), motor impairment, animal models of neurological and psychiatric diseases, social and play behavior, memory, learning and cognition are only few examples. Indeed, speakers illustrated new advances on the nervous system functioning from molecular and cellular to behavioral level, including pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders, and discussed the development of and novel therapeutic approaches to mental diseases, signaling mechanisms of lipid molecules like endocannabinoids, structural features and physiological roles of ion channels, epigenetic mechanisms in pathological addictions, molecular regulation of neurotransmitter and G-protein coupled receptors, microbiota and brain axis and much more. Particular attention has been given to gender differences in mental health and disease, to translational potentials of latest findings in basic research, to personal genomics in psychiatric disorders, and to the circadian clock as an interface between the physiological processes and the environment. State-of-the art technology has been illustrated in dedicated symposia, along with newest discoveries on the role of brain neurotransmitters in regulating reward, memory, learning, cognition, sleep, motor functions, pain, eating behavior, stress and emotions.

Besides the symposia, four separate sessions of Oral Communications have been dedicated to the latest innovative findings and to youngest researchers (PhD and post-doc students) that have been selected based on the quality of the abstracts of their work (Free Oral Communications). During the Poster Sessions, Poster Presenters (mostly PhD and post doc Students) had the opportunity to present their own work and to discuss data with senior neuroscientists coming from different disciplines and Mediterranean countries. A workshop has been organized on “How to get a paper published, read and cited” where Editors, publishers and reviewers provided ample advice to publish scientific research work. 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.

Thanks to financial support from the International Society of Neurochemistry (ISN), the Pan European Regional Committee for the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO-PERC) and the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology among other sponsors, we have been able to provide 24 Travel Grants to PhD students and Post-docs presenting posters or giving a talk at the 2019 MNS Meeting.

10 article collections in Frontiers in Neuroscience Series were based on different MNS2019 symposia
https://blog.frontiersin.org/2019/06/20/10-article-collections-are-unpacking-the-brain-and-nervous-system/?fbclid=IwAR2bYpFnOylZGVnHralodcciskQmSwZKQK8YdhV8JAIkPX-RdVIldDvEi_s


MNS2019 Frontiers HOT TOPICS

  1. Dendritic Spines: from Biophysics to Neuropathology, led by Menahem Segal, Martine Ammassari-Teule, Carlo Sala.
  2. Brain-Liver Axis and Glutamate Homeostasis, led by Arturo Ortega, Mustapha Najimi.
  3. New GPCR Targets and Modulators to Treat CNS Disorders, led by Giuseppe Di Giovanni, Abdeslam Chagraoui, Philippe De Deurwaerdere, Evgeni Ponimaskin.
  4. The Role of Cellular Senescence in Health and Disease, led by Isabel Varela-Nieto, Ignacio Palmero, Vassilis G Gorgoulis.
  5. The Role of Autophagy and the Unfolded Protein Response (Upr) in Proper and Improper Brain Function, in General, and in the Mechanism of Mood Stabilization, in Particular, led by Galila Agam and Miriam L. Greenberg.
  6. The Therapeutic Potential of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Addiction, led by Marco Diana and Liana Fattore.
  7. Novel Psychoactive Drugs – The Saga Continues... led by Aviv Weinstein and Liana Fattore.
  8. Neurobiology of Exercise: Regulating Factors, Individual Differences and Therapeutic Approaches, led by Mercè Correa and John D Salamone.
  9. Developing Brain in Danger: Critical Periods of Vulnerability from In-utero to Adolescence, led by Carla Cannizzaro, Miriam Melis, Sophie Laye.
  10. Progress in Risk Factors and Development of Parkinson’s Disease, led by Annalisa Pinna, Nicola Simola, Micaela Morelli, Simone Engelender.

Journal of Neuroscience Methods

MNS2019 Mediterranean Neuroscience Methods

  1. Animal models of pain: diversity and benefits, by Marc Landry.
  2. Conditioning Automatic Inhibition Task: Introducing a Novel Task to Associate Automatic Inhibition with Specific Cues, by Shachar Hochman.
  3. Regeneration of the neurogliavascular unit visualized in vivo by transcranial live-cell imaging, by Freddy Jeanneteau.
  4. Protocols for instrumental memory reconsolidation in rodents: a methodological review, by Alessandro Piva.
  5. Phosphoproteomic and bioinformatic methods for analyzing signaling in vertebrate axon growth and regeneration, by Michihiro Igarashi.
  6. A new methodological approach for in vitro determination of the role of DNA methylation on Transcription Factor binding using AlphaScreen® analysis: focus on CREB1 binding at hBDNF promoter IV, by Mariangela Pucci.
  7. Three-dimensional mapping of tyrosine hydroxylase in the transparent brain and adrenal of prenatal and pre-weaning mice: Comprehensive methodological flowchart and quantitative aspects of 3D mapping, by Youssef Anouar.
  8. A non-invasive hidden goal test for spatial orientation deficit detection in subjects with suspected mild cognitive impairment, by Goran Simic.

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

  • President: Youssef Anouar (France)


SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

  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)

LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE

  1. Youssef Anouar (France)
  2. Mohamed Bennis (Morocco)
  3. Loubna Boukhzar (France)
  4. Nicolas Chartel (France)
  5. Hicham Chatoui (Morocco)
  6. Fatiha Chigr (Morocco)
  7. Giuseppe Di Giovanni (Malta)
  8. Khalid El Allali (Morocco)
  9. Mohammed Errami (Morocco)
  10. Liana Fattore (Italy)
  11. Taoufiq Fechtali (Morocco)
  12. Halima Gamrani (Morocco)
  13. Isabelle Lihrmann (France)
  14. Rabia Magoul (Morocco)
  15. Mohamed Merzouki (Morocco)
  16. Maïté Montero-Hadjaje (France)
  17. Mohamed Najimi (Morocco)
  18. Marie Picot (France)
  19. Souad Bamhamed (Morocco)

TRAVEL GRANT AWARDEES

  • Ainani Hassan, Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, Rabat, Morocco
  • Akki Rachid, Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University Abdelmalek Essaa di, Tetouan, Morocco
  • Alkhoury Abboud Cynthia, Université du Saint Esprit Kaslik, Joun ieh, Lebanon
  • Anfal Ahmad AbuHilal, Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem, Palestine
  • Anzilotti Serenella, IRCCS SDN, Napoli, Italy
  • AranzaWille-Bille, INIMEC-CONICET-UNC, Cordoba, Argentina
  • Ayad Youmna Nasser, Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
  • Castelli Valentina, Dipartimento di Biomedicina Sperimentale e Neuroscienze Cliniche, Palermo, Italy
  • Choukairi Zineb, Scho ol of Science and Technology, Mohammedia, Morocco
  • Deidda Gabriele, Department of Physiology & Biochemistry, Malta University, Malta
  • del Mar Reus Garcia Maria, División de Neurociencias, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Spain
  • El Assli Hicham, Laboratory of biological engineering, University Sultan Moulay Slimane, Faculty of Science and Technology, Béni Mellal, Morocco
  • Fois Giulia Raffaela, University of Bordeaux, Neurodegenerative Diseases Institute (IMN), Bordea ux, France
  • Frouni Imane, Montreal Neurological Institute, Montreal, Canada
  • Hammer Niklas, Goethe University, Institute of Neurophysiology, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Hsaini Asmae, Health and Environment Laboratory, Faculty of Sciences. Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra, Morocco
  • Karmon Gidon, Tel Aviv University, Herzeliya, Israel
  • Kokras Nikolaos, Department of Pharmacology, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • Otomo Kanako, Goethe University Frankfurt, Institute of Neurophysiology, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Padovani Laura, University of Verona, Diagnostics and Public Health, Verona, Italy
  • Patricio Patricia, ICVS - Life and Health Sciences Research Institute, Braga, Portugal
  • Salgado- Ferrer Marlène, University of Strasbourg, Faculté des Sciences de la Vie, Strasbourg, France
  • Salman Ayman Ahmad, Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative, Al-Quds University, Nablus, Palestine
  • Stark Tibor, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Stress Neurobiology and Neurogenetics, Münich, Germany


LAST ARTICLES
MNS Best Poster and Best presentation prizes at IBRO-ARC
MNS awarded Best Poster and Best presentation prizes at the third IBRO-ARC workshop "Central Nervous System Developmental Remodeling and Neuroplasticity" Faculty of Science, Alexandria University EGYPT with the support of IBRO and MNS 17 to 19 December 2020 Alexandria University, Egypt Virtual Workshop    
The Workshop The workshop was held over three days from 17 to 19 December 2020 on Zoom platform. A group of young researchers from Egypt, Tunis, Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and India actively participated in this event. Furthermore, the sessions were delivered by distinguished professors from Egypt, France, Malta, Nigeria and South Africa. To maximize the benefit, the lectures were live-streamed over two days through the portals of IBRO and MNS: https://www.facebook.com/IBROarc https://www.facebook.com/MedNeuroSociety/   The workshop curriculum included ten sessions ranging from educational lectures and academic research to the presentation of the opportunities available to students and the current challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak, treatments from cannabinoid-derivatives and its relation with the central nervous system. The workshop also introduced the best methods of scientific publishing, with a commitment to the ethics of scientific research and publication. The workshop reviewed the opportunities available through the participating organizations. The workshop covered three practical sessions on molecular biology techniques, western blotting and brain anatomy. The prizes The workshop also included competitions among young researchers on their research presentations and the design of research posters.   The workshop concluded with a review of the results of the competitions, and MNS President Prof. Giuseppe Di Giovanni awarded a financial prize (€150) funded by MNS to Mustapha Oluwaseun from Nigeria for his excellence in all his contributions. The first best research presentation prize and the first best poster design were also funded by MNS.   The best research presentation prize The first prize (€150) was awarded to Fatma Ahmed from Lebanon The second prize was awarded to Nour-Eddine Kaikai from Morocco as a certificate of appreciation The third prize was awarded to Islam Ayman from Egypt and as a certificate of appreciation The best poster designs. The first prize (€150) was awarded to Sarah Mahfouz from Egypt The second prize was awarded to Isaac Henneh from Ghana as a certificate of appreciation The third prize was awarded to Yvette Nguizeye from Cameroon as a certificate of appreciation The workshop concluded with congratulating on the success of the workshop and thanking all funding organizations, lecturers, organizing committees, participants and wishes of a happy new year.
3rd IBRO-ARC Virtual workshop: Central Nervous System Developmental Remodeling and Neuroplasticity.
As President of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society I am honored to invite you to join the virtual meeting of the 3rd IBRO (International Brain Research Organization) IBRO Africa Regional Committee workshop: Central Nervous System Developmental Remodeling and Neuroplasticity.The workshop will be hosted by Faculty of Science in #Alexandria University, #Egypt between 17-18 December 2020. Part of the program will be shared live as indicated in the attached program. Please save the dates and join US according to the timeline… We want to thank Amira Zaky for its organization and her valuable support.Join us through the following channels: - https://www.facebook.com/IBROarc/- https://www.facebook.com/MedNeuroSociety/https://fb.me/e/a5NVAKMMq
Giuseppe Di GiovanniMNS President
Postdoctoral Researcher Bioinformatics/Neuroscience University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego)
Expires on January 02, 2021
Postdoctoral Researcher Bioinformatics/NeuroscienceUniversity of California, San Diego (UC San Diego)La Jolla, United StatesWe are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the labs of Drs. Christopher Benner and Francesca Telese in the Department of Medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary environment at the intersection of bioinformatics and neurobiology, using cutting edge genomics profiling and analysis techniques to understand subsistence abuse disorders and addiction.Dr. Benner’s research program is largely focused on decoding the regulatory functions of the genome by developing and applying NGS methods and computational analysis across different biological systems. A major goal of the lab is to study the role of enhancer elements in transcriptional regulation and to investigate disease-associated genetic variation on enhancer function to better understand the impact that non-coding DNA has on regulatory networks.Dr. Telese’s research program is primarily focused on using molecular and next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods to study tissue- and cell type-specific gene regulatory mechanisms that contribute to susceptibility and development of substance use disorders, using animal models. A major goal of the lab is to generate novel hypotheses that can be tested using functional genetic tools to elucidate unknown disease mechanisms and to identify novel therapeutic targets.Successful candidates will be expected to lead a project investigating the molecular and genetic underpinnings of addiction. Using single cell technologies and other advanced NGS techniques, the candidate will be responsible for both data acquisition and analysis, with the goal of elucidating transcriptional networks in the brain and verifying their findings. The candidate will have direct access to an Illumina NextSeq sequencer and extensive computational resources. The candidate will receive training in both laboratories, which will include working on novel NGS techniques and the development of new bioinformatics software and tools to characterize changes in transcription, chromatin states and genome structure during different stages of addiction development. This project is funded by an NIH U01 grant. Candidates should have a strong background in genomics, and serious scientists that specialize in either experimental and/or computational work will be considered for the position.UCSD is part of a vibrant scientific community in Southern California and is committed to build a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from female and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.Please send a cover letter describing research interest and fit for this position, a recent CV, and contact information of at least two references to Drs. Telese Francesca ftelese@ucsd.edu and Chris Benner cbenner@ucsd.edu  
MNS2021 - Canceled and Rescheduled  - President's Message
Dear MNS Members,
The Mediterranean Neuroscience Society is closely monitoring developments related to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our members is the number one priority of our society. Several other conferences and workshops have already made the decision to move to web-hosted events, while other conferences have decided to either change venues, reschedule the event, or to stay the course for now. Due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of having an in-presence conference according the MNS’ aims, we have decided to cancel MNS2021, in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The conference has been rescheduled to May 29-June 2, 2022 and will still be held in Dubrovnik. We want to keep all of you informed as best as possible, please continue to check our website for updates about upcoming conference and events.   Wishing you the very best,   Giuseppe Di Giovanni   Mediterranean Neuroscience Society President
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