Closed| 22 June – 22 July, 2024 |

The objective of the 2nd School on Neuropharmacology Research and Drug Development is to provide the attendees with basic knowledge on pharmacological principles and practices relevant in studying potential neuroactive compounds. Ultimately, the school aims at developing capacity of participants by providing relevant toolkit for moving natural compounds from community-based use to efficacious therapeutic agents.


This school supports IBRO’s mission to assist in educating neuroscientists and promote dissemination of information relating to brain research. We will achieve this by providing rich content on the subject for the many neuroscientists who are without a pharmacology background yet, engaging in research involving pharmacological actions of neuroactive agents from nature.

This basic school is organised by Dr. Robert Peter Biney, University of Cape Coast, Ghana and Prof Martha I. Davila-Garcia, Howard University, USA. It is a 5-day residential training which will employ a variety of active learning new pedagogies such as team-based learning (TBL), problem based-learning (PBL), and active discussions on the attendee’s own research. This aims to develop participants to have a clear and solid foundation of best practices on how to find, prepare, extract and develop potentially active natural compounds that exert neuropharmacological properties.

There will be extensive discussion regarding the use of in vitro and in vivo studies used to characterise affinity of compounds, their target molecules, and their physiological effects, potency and efficacy of compounds, as well as studying their pharmacokinetics and their potential secondary effects and toxicity. Further, the school provides the attendees with a solid foundation in the best animal models to use for various neurological or mental health disorders when studying new compounds. Finally, the school also emphasises networking and collaboration to enhance research capabilities and resources especially in resource-limited environments.

Application period:
22 June – 22 July, 2024

School dates:
22-26 November, 2024

School location:
University of Zimbabwe,
School of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmacology,
Central, 628X+6R6

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  • Neuroscientists who pharmacologically characterize potential neuroactive natural compounds and extracts but do not have a firm grounding in pharmacological principles.
  • Postgraduate students and early-career scientists without any pharmacology or pharmacy background are particularly encouraged to apply.


  • Travel
  • Accommodation and meals


Apply HERE by 22 July 2024.

Please note you will be redirected to the IBRO Grants Portal.