IBRO Early Career Committee (IBRO-ECC) is composed of scientists in the early stage of their careers, who work as independent principal investigators and have started in their position no longer than 10 years before nomination. Being mostly formed by, but not restricted to, IBRO alumni, the committee aims to strengthen and consolidate IBRO’s alumni community.

The mission of the IBRO-ECC is three-fold:

  • Support networking and scientific exchange between the individual IECC members and their scientific networks
  • Provide visibility for IBRO among similar career staged scientists through coordinated activities and events of the IECC
  • Ensure outreach, engagement and inclusion of ideas and views by the group on behalf of their constituency in IBRO’s decision making and programs.


Gwladys Temkou Ngoupaye
University of Dschang

Loubna Boukhzar
University Cadi Ayyad

Olamide Adebiyi
University of Ibadan


Huong Ha
School of Biomedical Engineering

Jacque Pak Kan Ip
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China

Lin Kooi Ong
University of Southern Queensland


Camila Zold
Institute of Physiology and Biophysics Bernardo Houssay, UBA-CONICET

Manuella Kaster
Federal University of Santa Catarina

Paulino Barragan-Iglesias
Autonomous University of Aguascalientes


Athanasia Papoutsi

Isabel Del Pino
Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe (CIPF)

Srikanth Ramaswamy (Chair)
Newcastle University


Arjun Krishnaswamy
McGill University

Constantina Theofanopoulu
Rockfeller University

Daniel da Silva
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

The IBRO-ECC is starting a new mentorship initiative to gain writing skills. The initiative will recruit PhD students and early postdocs as part of an international group to write commissioned review articles for IBRO journals. A diverse group of up to 6 trainees will undertake specific writing tasks under the guidance of a mentor.

  • Joint first-authorships will be offered for the career development of trainees.
  • The group will meet once a month to discuss the progress.
  • Turnaround times for review articles will be around 6 months from conception to publication
  • Topics could range from cellular, molecular, systems, and computational neuroscience 

More information: please contact Prof. Srikanth Ramaswamy (srikanth.ramaswamy [at] newcastle.ac.uk) or Prof. Harry Steinbusch (h.steinbusch [at] maastrichtuniversity.nl).

NextInNeuro Webinars

The IBRO-ECC NextInNeuro webinar series looks forward and aims to feature some of the most promising neuroscience research and researchers of the future. Four webinars will be offered each year. They will be free, recorded and open to all. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive an e-certificate of attendance. Registration is required.

New targets for mood regulation: CD300f immune receptors in mood disorders
Prof. Manuella Kaster, Associate Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina
7 July 2021 | 14:00 – 15:00 CEST

Dr. Kaster is currently an Associate Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC, Brazil) where she coordinates the Translational Neuroscience group since 2014. The group integrates basic and clinical neuroscience to elucidate molecular and behavioral mechanisms associated with stress resilience and mood disorders, including neuro-immune dysfunction and purinergic modulation. Dr. Kaster published 67 papers (2596 citations – Scopus) and 6 book chapters. Currently she is an affiliated member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (2018-2021) and a Young Global Leader from the World Economic Forum (2020-2025).

Altered microglial function has been shown to contribute to different psychiatric disorders. Regulation of microglial phenotype by immune receptors has become a central topic in many neurological conditions. 

However, despite the importance of immune receptors on microglial function, many of them have not been studied in detail. Our research explored the participation of the CD300f immune receptors, which are expressed in the Central Nervous System by myeloid cells, including microglia and perivascular macrophages, in the control of neuroinflammation, microglial phenotype as well as its involvement in behavioral alterations relevant for major depressive disorder.

The retinal basis of colour vision: from fish to humans
Prof. Tom Baden, University of Sussex
19 March 2021 | 14:00 – 15:00 CET

Dr. Tom Baden is full professor at the University of Sussex, UK. After his PhD (University of Cambridge), he worked as a postdoc in the laboratory of Prof. Leon Lagnado (MRC-LMB, Cambridge) and later at the University of Tuebingen with Prof. Thomas Euler. His research focuses on understanding the evolution of neuronal computation where the vertebrate retina presents a powerful model system. Looking at animal retinal structure and function in the context of its natural environment and behavioural repertoire, The Baden Lab generates new insights about how neuronal networks can be tuned on evolutionary timescales to attain new capabilities based on a common blueprint. Prof. Baden is also a Founding Director and Trustee of TReND, a non-profit organisation supporting scientific capacity building and biomedical research across Africa. 

Colour vision is based on circuit-level comparison of the signals from spectral distinct types of photoreceptors. In our own eyes, the presence of three types of cones enable trichromatic colour vision. However, many phylogenetically ‘older’ vertebrates have four or more cone types, and in almost all their cases the circuits that enable tetra- or possibly even pentachromatic colour vision are not known. This includes the majority of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and bony fish.

In the lab we study neuronal circuits for colour vision in non-mammalian vertebrates, with a focus on zebrafish, a tetrachromatic surface dwelling species of teleost. I will discuss how in the case of zebrafish, retinal colour computations are implemented in a fundamentally different, and probably much more efficient way compared to how they are thought to work in humans. I will then highlight how these fish circuits might be linked with those in mammals, possibly providing a new way of thinking about how circuits for colour vision are organized in vertebrates.