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PULA (SARDINIA) 2015
Pula-Sardinia-2015
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.



ORGANISING COMMITTEE

  • President: Liana Fattore, Italy


SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

    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)

LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE

  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)

TRAVEL GRANT AWARDEES

  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)


LAST ARTICLES
Female Pioneers from Ancient Egypt and the Middle East
Newly published book https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789811614125, about the appreciation of women who played vital roles in the evolution of science from the East. This book verifies that knowing about Eastern female pioneers' historical contributions in science, politics, and arts can advance today's gender roles in Middle Eastern countries and encourage young women living in Western societies with Eastern migration backgrounds.Broadening the public perception of these significant historical figures, therefore, has very high societal relevance. This knowledge offers a detailed evaluation of women's gender roles in Ancient Egypt and the Middle East, outlining their prominence and influence. It also discusses the possible psychological and social impact of this knowledge on today's gender roles. The evaluation involves crossing disciplines such as natural sciences, neuroscience, psychology, sociology, Islamic theology, history and arts, including diverse geographical regions worldwide.
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; https://innova.gva.es/documents/161863198/172397122/Orden+de+Bases.pdf/29356ab2-3118-49af-9e2d-60e117561784)Candidates 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 (escastil@uji.es)Dr. Francisco Olucha (folucha@uji.es)Dr. Francisco Ros (fros@uji.es)
For more information about us:https://www.uji.es/serveis/ocit/base/grupsinvestigacio/detall?codi=317
https://www.uji.es/serveis/ocit/base/grupsinvestigacio/detall?codi=307https://www.uji.es/serveis/ocit/base/grupsinvestigacio/detall?codi=319
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:
https://www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/458044/FTRSOIII-EPILEPSY-16.02.2021.pdf Office of the University, Msida, 16 February 2021

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