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5th Conference of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society (MNS)
Pula (CA), Sardinia, Italy, 12-15 June 2015
President: Liana Fattore, Italy
Programme: link

The 5th Edition of the Meeting of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society (MNS) took place in Santa Margherita di Pula (CA), Sardinia, Italy, on June 12-25, 2015 with Prof. Liana Fattore as the President of the conference. The 2015 MNS Meeting gathered 398 participants from 34 different countries, including Canada, USA and Australia, and offered a rich scientific program with 6 Plenary Lecturers, 40 symposia, 1 Hot Topic Communications Session, 3 Oral Free Communication Sessions and 2 Poster Sessions. Social events included a welcome cocktail (June 12, afternoon), Wine & Cheese Poster Session (June 13 and 14, afternoon) and the Gala Dinner (June 14, evening) with folk music and dancing.

As detailed reported in the scientific program, in this meeting we had the pleasure of welcoming an exceptional lineup of Lecturers from Spain (Carlos Belmonte), Italy (Gaetano Di Chiara), Sweden (Abdeljabbar El Manira), UK (Barry J Everitt) and USA (René Hen from Columbia University, and John Bruno from The Ohio University). The topics of the Lectures witnessed the interdisciplinary nature of the meeting by encompassing TRP channels, Dopamine and Reward, Neural circuits for motor behavior, Compulsive drug-seeking habits in addiction, Hippocampal neurogenesis and Schizophrenia. The six Plenary Lecturers were partially sponsored by prestigious and Scientific Societies such as the European Brain Behaviour Society (EBBS), the Italian Society of Drug Addiction (SITD), the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC) as well as by the Frontiers open-access Journals, the University of Cagliari (UNICA) and the local no-profit Organization NeuroSardynia. For the first time in MNS Meeting history, we had 2 Joint Symposia with COST Actions, the COST Action CM1103 and the COST Action FA1301– CephsInAction, along with a ISIS – NEUREN Joint Meeting.

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 K+ channels, epigenetic mechanisms in pathological addictions, molecular regulation of the GABA-B receptor 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 (Hot Topic Session) 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 two Wine & Cheese 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. 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) and the Pan European Regional Committee for the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO-PERC), we have been able to provide 21 Travel Grants (500 euro each) to Young Researchers presenting a posters or giving a talk at the 2015 MNS Meeting.


  • President: Liana Fattore, Italy


    Marie Moftah (Egypt
  1. Marc Landry (France)
  2. Nora Abrous (France)
  3. Hagai Bergman (Israel)
  4. Abdelhamid Benazzouz (France)
  5. Yasin Temel (The Netherlands)
  6. Hedayat Abdek Ghaffar (Egypt)
  7. Latifa Dorbani-Mamine (Algeria)
  8. Mohammed Errami (Morocco)
  9. Liana Fattore (Italy)
  10. Patrizia Fattori (Italy)
  11. Suleyman Kaplan (Turkey)
  12. Mohammed Najimi (Morocco)
  13. Maria-Paz Viveros (Spain)


  1. Liana Fattore (Italy)
  2. Cristina Cadoni (Italy)
  3. Anna Carta (Italy)
  4. Marco Diana (Sardinia)
  5. Miriam Melis (Italy)
  6. Annalisa Pinna (Italy)
  7. Valentina Valentini (Italy)
  8. Patrizia Campolongo (Italy)
  9. Carla Cannizzaro (Italy)
  10. Paola Fadda (Italy)
  11. Patrizia Fattori (Italy)
  12. Walter Fratta (Italy)
  13. Micaela Morelli (Italy)


  1. Mano Aliczki (Budapest, Hungary)
  2. Babinska Zuzana (Brno, Czech republic)
  3. Balogh Zoltan (Budapest, Hungary)
  4. Biro Laszlo (Budapest, Hungary)
  5. Enright Kaitlyn (Montreal, Canada)
  6. Harrington Lauriane (Paris, France)
  7. Kucerova Jana (Brno, Czech Republic)
  8. Lecca Salvatore (Paris, France)
  9. Manduca Antonia (Marseille, France)
  10. Marchant Nathan (Baltimore, USA)
  11. Martí-Prats Lucia (Burjassot, Spain)
  12. Rosen Laura (London, Ontario, Canada)
  13. Schipper Sandra (Maastricht, The Netherlands)
  14. Sellami Azza (Bordeaux, France)

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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