IBRO Newsletter 2019

Message from the President

Dear IBRO community,

As my 6-year tenure as IBRO President comes to an end, I will remember this period as one of the most enriching experiences of my career. Also serving previously as IBRO Secretary General, it has been a genuine pleasure to support IBRO’s growth and see it fulfill its mission and objectives by reinforcing long-term activities and establishing new ones to fill crucial gaps in awareness, capacity building and training. Our international and regional training and education programs have experienced increased success and popularity. A neuroethics component has been implemented into all IBRO schools by our neuroethics task force. Advanced training centers in Africa and Asia now complement our partnership efforts with the Cajal Programme in Europe.

Young IBRO was formed in 2018 to give a global voice to early career researchers and to address their needs. We have revitalized our relationship with UNESCO through Science of Learning fellowships with its International Bureau of Education and the promotion of basic scientific research with its International Basic Sciences Programme. We have committed our support to the International Brain Initiative, the European Brain Council, the International Brain Bee, the ALBA Network, the Global Engagement Initiative and established new grants for Brain Awareness Week with the Dana Foundation. We have also partnered with FENS to develop the Global Brain Museum online resource to preserve brain archives, history and heritage worldwide.

In summary, IBRO has become now more then ever a global engine for neuroscience activities worldwide in collaboration with other national and international institutions. Finally, it was wonderful to support and participate in the 10th IBRO World Congress in Daegu, South Korea, this year. Thanks to the tireless commitment of the local organizing committee and our host societies, the Korea Brain Research Institute and the Korean Society for Brain and Neuroscience, it was the most successful Congress yet. I now eagerly anticipate the next one taking place in 2023 in Granada, Spain, to be hosted by the Spanish Neuroscience Society. Although much has been accomplished, there are still many more opportunities for action on the horizon and I look forward to seeing how IBRO develops them. I would like to end by expressing my deepest appreciation for IBRO’s volunteer leadership, the Editors-in-Chief of our journals Neuroscience and IBRO Reports whose work funds all of our activities, our administrative staff in Paris and the worldwide IBRO community whom I hope will continue to benefit from and promote our work far into the future.

Pierre Magistretti
IBRO President

Message from the Secretary General 

Dear IBRO community,

IBRO has continued to make great progress in 2019. The IBRO World Congress was held in Daegu, South Korea, in September with over 4000 attendees. The next IBRO World Congress will be held in Granada, Spain in 2023. This year we welcomed the International Regulatory Peptide Society and the Malian Society of Neuroscience, into IBRO.  We have established two new permanent training centers in Asia, one at the Institute of Neurosciences (ION), in Shanghai, China, and a second at the RIKEN Center for Brain Science (RIKEN CBS) in Saitama, Japan, adding to the Cajal Program in Europe and the African Centers. IBRO also supported young scientists with return home grants, various exchange programs, and travel awards. In addition to the existing Global Engagement Grants, we initiated grants specific to Brain Awareness Week activities with support from the Dana Foundation.

As for the leadership, Pierre Magistretti will complete his second 3-year term as President and Hans-Joachim Pflüger his 3-year term as the Treasurer, each at the end of December. We thank them for their devoted work with all our heart. Meanwhile, we welcome Tracy Bale as the incoming President, Jerome Sanes as the incoming Treasurer and Sung-Jin Jeong as the Secretary General Elect. They will introduce new ideas and energy. Finally, I hope that you all continue to enjoy and support the spirit of IBRO, the promotion of top-level brain science by global collaboration.

Keiji Tanaka
IBRO Secretary General

Message from the Treasurer

Dear IBRO community,

It was a pleasure to have served as IBRO Treasurer for the last three years and to secure the many important programs in neuroscience which IBRO supports in all parts of the world. One of the guidelines for the Treasurer was to support IBRO’s Regional Committees in the best way, and also to give support to young neuroscientists with travel grants and stipends as much as is possible by IBRO’s budget. The Treasurer always had an “open ear” for well justified additional requests.

The second guideline was to secure IBRO’s investment and, hopefully, its increase each year. This was a rather difficult task because IBRO’s main income from the journal “Neuroscience” comes in GBP. Therefore, we are affected by international politics such as “Brexit.”

In addition, the publishing business is undergoing profound and difficult-to-anticipate changes but, in any case, they will eventually lead to a drop in revenues and, thus, there is an increasing need for IBRO’s investment to generate some income. Therefore, a Finance Committee was established whose task is to advise IBRO on the best policy for its investment. The Treasurer was also involved in implementing some of the suggestions of the consultant firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers which evaluated IBRO’s administration and general business principles. A task to make IBRO more transparent in its decisions and business principles admittedly was only partially achieved. In any case, the Treasurer is proud to say that, in general, IBRO’s finances are solid and IBRO is “in good shape.” I wish the incoming Treasurer, Jerome Sanes, all the best for his task and I am sure that all treasurers work in the best interest of IBRO.

Hans-Joachim Pflüger
IBRO Treasurer

Message from the Incoming Leadership

Dear IBRO Community,

We thank the IBRO Governing Council in electing us as the incoming officers. We look forward to working with the members of the Executive Committee and the Governing Council and others in our invaluable global community, including IBRO’s regional committees, other supporting committees, grant awardees, school and event organizers, alumni, professional societies, and academic and private partners in advancing IBRO’s mission to enhance neuroscience knowledge, resources, outreach and training worldwide.

We also thank the outgoing President, Pierre Magistretti, for his outstanding service to IBRO, first as Secretary General and now as President. We also thank Hans-Joachim Pflüger for his stewardship of IBRO’s financial resources in his role as Treasurer. We look forward to working with Keiji Tanaka, Secretary General, as he enters his last year of service.

In the New Year, the Leadership Team will begin engaging our Community in a conversation to develop ideas and strategies taking IBRO into the next decade, seeking your input as to IBRO’s strengths and focusing attention on areas we can improve. Our goal is to learn how we can continue to advance IBRO’s mission in the most effective, efficient and productive manner. 

Tracy L. Bale, President-elect
Sung-Jin Jeong, Secretary General-elect
Jerome N. Sanes, Treasurer-elect

IBRO World Congresses 
The 10th IBRO World Congress took place in Daegu, South Korea, from 21-25 September 2019. It was the most successful Congress yet, with 4,385 delegates, 125 exhibitors and the best of global neuroscience featured in 11 invited lectures, 40 symposia, 4 special programs, 4 poster sessions with a total of 1,550 posters, 2 workshops, 19 socials and 6 satellite events. It was sponsored in major part by the Ministry of Science and ICT, Daegu City, and organized by the host societies – the Korea Brain Research Institute and the Korean Society for Brain and Neuroscience. The International Brain Bee World Competition also took place and the participants and winners were awarded during the Opening Ceremony. The biennial Congress of the Federation of Asian-Oceanian Neuroscience Societies (FAONS), the Global Neuroethics Summit, the International Brain Initiative Coordinating Body Meeting, the launch of the China-Japan-Korea (CJK) Consortium and the first ever High Level Forum on the Neuroscience of Learning between Ministers of Education and neuroscientists organized by IBRO and IBE-UNESCO also made this Congress a truly special, milestone event for our global community.

The 11th IBRO World Congress will be hosted by the Spanish Neuroscience Society (SENC, Sociedad Española de Neurociencia) at the Granada Exhibition and Conference Centre (Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos de Granada) in 2023. Updates will be shared on the IBRO website and social media so stay tuned for more details.

IBRO Journals
In these last four years, we wanted to ensure that Neuroscience remains at the fore in our constantly evolving field. For this purpose, we undertook certain changes such as improving paper layout, introducing new sections, and partially renewing and enhancing our editorial board and the team of Section Editors who oversee a fair and transparent peer review process. As a Society journal, Neuroscience is strongly committed to serving its community by increasing transparency in the decision-making process.

Going forward, we want to reinforce openness in peer-review, a pillar of the system representing a strictly required quality control. For this reason, we plan to make public the referees’ comments and all the correspondence maintained during the editorial process along with all papers published, continuing to keep the referees’ names confidential, unless otherwise expressed by the reviewers. We are also changing our editorial policy of not accepting supplementary material and from 2020 will allow inclusion of supplementary figures and tables strictly needed to enrich the scientific content of the manuscript. We also have decided to remove the thematic sections in which the journal was divided, acknowledging that neuroscience research often crosses barriers between sub-disciplines.  We expect authors and readers of the IBRO journal will enjoy these changes and continue submitting their best research to Neuroscience.

Juan Lerma, Editor-in-Chief
Jerome Sanes, Associate Editor-in-Chief

IBRO Reports is IBRO’s fully Open Access journal which publishes papers describing the results of original research on any aspect of the scientific study of the nervous system. It welcomes preliminary, descriptive and small-scale results if they have the potential to stimulate and/or contribute to future research, leading to new insights or hypotheses. The primary criterion for acceptance is that the work is original, scientifically and technically sound, and valuable to the advancement of neuroscience research. The journal is now indexed in PubMed Central and has published supplements in 2019 featuring abstracts from the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA) Conference and the 10th IBRO World Congress. There was also a special issue published on mood disorders that included 6 articles and it is ranked top so far in terms of highest downloads and citations. More positive growth is planned and expected in the new year.

Ying Shing (Y.S.) Chan

IBRO Regional Committee News
Africa Regional Committee (ARC)

With seven workshops, one school, four research bursaries and the 14th Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA) Biennial Conference, ARC has had another active and successful year in 2019.

We are especially pleased with the SONA Conference in Lagos, Nigeria, which set the record for the highest attendance and participation – more than 300 people came to discuss the latest developments in African neuroscience. We’ve had numerous successful partnerships, we jointly organized the Regional Teaching Course with the European Academy of Neurology and the World Federation of Neurology. We also partnered with the International League Against Epilepsy for the IBRO/ILAE Symposium on Epilepsy and Parasitic Diseases. ARC intends to encourage and maintain efforts and partnerships such as these as long as possible.

Pierre Luabeya
ARC Chair

Asia/Pacific Regional Committee (APRC)

2019 was a busy year for APRC, especially since the IBRO World Congress (IBRO 2019) was being held in the region. Activities included the regular annual grant programs and three special grants. We’ve held two APRC Schools in India, one Advanced School in Malaysia and seven Associate Schools in the APRC Region. We supported six young PI’s with the Lecturer Exchange Program and supported four researchers with Exchange Fellowships. Seven young researcher were awarded Travel and Short Stay Grants and the Diversity Promotion Program provided funding for on-site childcare for the Annual Meetings of the Japanese Neuroscience Society (Neuro 2019) and the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS 2019). And last but not least, there were three special grants this year. We enabled 45 students to spend 5 days in South Korean labs before attending IBRO2019 with the Young Investigator Training Program (YITP). We supported seven Federation of Asian-Oceanian Neuroscience Societies (FAONS), 1 mini-symposium and 12 China/Japan/Korea Consortium (CJK) symposia at IBRO2019, and funded a plenary lecturer at the biennial meeting of the Chinese Neuroscience Society.

Bong-Kiun Kaang
APRC Chair

Latin America Regional Committee (LARC) 

LARC members have been very active this year. In 2019, LARC activities covered regular annual grant programs and a few new items: Two Special grants for Neuroscience Societies; 3 LARC/FALAN Symposia; 7 LARC Schools; 5 exchanges supported by the Interregional Laboratory Exchange Program (PROLAB); the Latin American Training Program, a jointly funded activity with SfN and the Grass Foundation, supported the annual Fellows Course (for 15 select students); 13 short courses, workshops and symposia12 short stays within the region; 15 travel grants within the region; 3 short stays outside the region; regional diversity was supported by a new project between LARC and ECLAC (the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) to gather information about gender balance among Latin American neuroscientists; and another new program called Seeding Neuroscience was established to help underrepresented countries of the region to promote research in the field of Neuroscience and integrate them into the various actions promoted by IBRO-LARC. The first course under this program will be held in January 2020 at the Instituto de Investigaciones Científicas y Servicios de Alta Tecnología (INDICASAT-AIP), Panama City.

Lastly, the 3rd FALAN Congress will take place from 14-17 September 2020 in Belém, Brazil. Invited speakers include Peter Hegemann (Humboldt University of Berlin), Carmen Sandi (FENS President) and Edvard Moser (2014 Medicine and Physiology Nobel Prize winner). Everyone is encouraged to attend!

Cecilia Bouzat
LARC Chair

Middle East/North Africa Sub-regional Committee (MENA)

The IBRO-MENA Sub-regional Committee further developed its activities in 2019 with a newly elected leadership of Dr. Firas Kobeissy (IBRO-MENA Chair), Drs. Mohammad Salamah and Samia BenSassi (Co-Chairs) and Dr. Karem Al Zoubi (member). The annual International IBRO-MENA Conference took place at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, between 4-8 October 2019. IBRO President Pierre Magistretti participated in giving a keynote lecture. The other keynote lecturer was Huda Akil from the University of Michigan and Samia Khoury from Lebanon. Alongside the conference, there was an Advanced Neuroscience School on Trauma, Stress, and Neurodegeneration: Molecular, Cellular & Behavioral Perspectives. It included 20-25 graduate students representing the MENA region. There have also been IBRO-MENA Exchange Fellowships awarded this year to three young researchers: Hajar Benhammed (Morocco), Fatima Kacimi (Morocco) and Mai Anwar (Egypt). In 2020, the annual conference will take place at the American University of Cairo, Egypt, in March, a mini symposium on Trauma and Neurophysiological Changes will be held at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, in June, and a school on Neurogenetics will be held in Tunisia in October. The Exchange Fellowships will also be awarded to support young scientists who want to spend 2-3 months in a host laboratory in the MENA region and Europe in order to conduct specific experiments or learn and transfer technical expertise to their home countries.

Firas Kobeissy
MENA Sub-regional Committee Chair

Pan-European Regional Committee (PERC)

It was a very productive year for the Pan-European Regional Committee (PERC) members. Regular programs were funded and close collaborative work with FENS also continued, including the allocation of 32,500 Euros for travel grants to young scientists to attend the FENS Regional Meeting (FRM) in Belgrade, Serbia, this year. Other activities included the following: 8 InEurope Short Stay Grants; Support for 17 workshops, meetings and symposia; 3 diversity stipends; FENS/PERC slots in national schools/courses (5 schools/4 slots); 10 FENS/PERC Brain Conference stipends; and support for the Transylvanian Experimental Neuroscience Summer School (TENNS) and the European Brain Council.

On a personal note, I am ending my 2-term tenure as PERC member and Committee Chair at the end of the year, and would like to thank all of the other members for their commitment and belief in our regional efforts. It was a great pleasure working with you, as well as IBRO leadership and staff. Lastly, I am happy to inform everyone that I leave PERC in good hands, under the chairmanship of current PERC member, Fabio Blandini, starting in January.

Robert Gabriel
PERC Chair

US/Canada Regional Committee (USCRC) 

Among several new programs started last year, USCRC initiated a program at the University of British Columbia (Canada) to promote neuroscience education to students from indigenous communities. These include summer internships for indigenous undergraduates to participate in research programs. By exposing students to hands-on research, these internships provide basic lab skills, training in critical thinking, discussions of career opportunities in science and more. We also targeted younger students through community outreach, including a workshop on brain science for 8-12-year-old indigenous students conducted by indigenous undergraduates in the internship program. This initiative has been received enthusiastically.

Samuel David, USCRC Chair
Anne Etgen, USCRC Co-Chair

Young IBRO
Young IBRO launches activities in 2019

In 2019, the recently established Young IBRO committee (top left photo) supported the following new initiatives: Young IBRO Regions Connecting Awards, Young IBRO Hackathon and Open Neuroscience Initiative and the Young IBRO–ALBA Network Partnership. The aim of the Young IBRO Regions Connecting Award is to foster international scientific collaboration and development of human resources across IBRO regions and between emerging research groups. The Young IBRO Hackathon and Open Neuroscience initiative was established to provide an open resource repository on the IBRO website and support operating expenses to run an equipment assembly workshop.

An IBRO lab course and an IBRO Maker’s School were organized as part of the CAN/ACN-IBRO Neuroscience School which was organized by Young IBRO member, Arjun Krishnaswamy. Finally, the recently established ALBA Network (bottom left photo) shares objectives that correspond with Young IBRO’s interest in supporting diversity and equality in brain research. Therefore, Young IBRO’s partnership with the ALBA Network supported several initiatives, mainly for the development of mentoring and career development training for young PIs, including networking at major neuroscience meetings. One of them was a panel entitled “Diversity: Region-specific challenges and solutions” that took place at the 10th IBRO World Congress and was organized by Young IBRO Committee Chair and ALBA Network Steering Committee member, Zeljka Krsnik. Speakers represented 5 different IBRO regions.

Zeljka Krsnik
Young IBRO Chair

IBRO-Kemali Foundation
The 12th International IBRO-Kemali Prize for Research in the Field of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience was awarded to Dr. Hailan Hu for her outstanding work on the fundamental neurobiological mechanisms of emotional and affective behaviors based on very advanced, state-of-the-art methodologies. Dr. Hu is a professor at the Center for Neuroscience, School of Medicine at Zheijiang University in Hangzhou, China. This was the first time that the Prize was awarded to a scientist outside of Europe and North America since it was established in 1998. She will be awarded the IBRO-Kemali Prize in person at the 12th FENS Forum in Glasgow in 2020, where she will also give the featured IBRO-Kemali lecture. In addition, the 6th IBRO Kemali Mediterranean School of Neuroscience on neuroinflammation and intercellular communication took place this year in Rabat, Morocco, at Mohamed V University, one of the African Centers of Advanced Training in Neuroscience, and was organized by Dr. Roberto Furlan from the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, Italy.

One other feature overseen by the Foundation is the IBRO-Kemali apartment in Naples. It is a perfect location for scholars who would like to spend time (up to 4 weeks) writing reviews, monographs or other publications, and for small groups (up to 25 people) who would like to organize workshops, receptions, networking/mentoring events, brainstorming sessions or other committee/board meetings. Even neuro/brain artists-in-residence could be considered as well. It will be advertised as a kind of neurothought incubator, or a free multi-use out-of-the-lab space dedicated to supporting the generation of creative ideas, work and activities for researchers interested in the brain and central nervous system.

2019 Return Home Fellows 
Arnab Barik focuses his research on brainstem-spinal cord circuits in nocifensive behaviors. He has been working with Dr. Alexander Chesler, Postdoctoral Fellow, at the NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, in the United States, and will return to his home country of India to establish his lab at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. He will be working with Dr. Aditya Murthy, Chair of the Centre for Neuroscience.
Joshua Owolabi focuses his research on the effectiveness of African medicinal herbs on temporal and frontal lobe epilepsy. He has been working with Dr. Kristina Talbert-Slagle, Assistant Professor at Yale University, in the United States, and will return to his home country of Nigeria to establish his lab at Babcock University in Ilishan-Remo. He will be working with Dr. Philip Ogunnaike, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator at the same university.
Florencia Assaneo focuses her research on speech perception and production. She has been working with Dr. David Poeppel, Postdoc, at New York University, in the United States, and will return to her home country of Mexico to establish her lab at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Juriquilla. She will be working with Dr. Ataulfo Martinez Torres, Principal Investigator and Academic Coordinator at the same university.
Olamide Adebiyi focuses her research on the role of A1 and A2A adenosine receptors in myelination, remyelination and demyelination in cuprizone model of multiple sclerosis. She has been working with Dr. Margaret Bynoe, Professor at Cornell University, in the United States, and will return to her home country of Nigeria to establish her lab at the University of Ibadan. She will be working with Dr. Kehinde Soetan, Head of the Department of Veterniary Physiology and Biochemistry.
Paulino Barragan-Iglesias focuses his research on the neurobiological basis of chronic pain. He has been working with Dr. Theodore J. Price, Professor at the University of Texas at Dalles, in the United States, and will return to his home country of Mexico to establish his lab at the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes. He will be working with Dr. Bruno A. Marichal-Cancino, Head of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.
Rakesh Kumar focuses his research on the role of Schwann cells in pain genesis. He has been working with Dr. Patrik Ernfors, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Karolinska Insitute, in Sweden, and will return to his home country of India to establish his lab at Ravenshaw University Cuttack in Odisha. He will be working with Dr. Ishan Kumar Patro, Vice Chancellor of the University.
Robertas Guzulaitis focuses his research on correlates of motor activity in the primary somatosensory cortex. He has been working with Dr. Lucy Palmer, Postdoc at the University of Melbourne, in Australia, and will return to his home country of Lithuania to establish his lab at Vilnius University. He will be working with Dr. Juozas Lazutka, Director of the Institute of Biosciences.
Susanna Molas Casacuberta focuses her research on the role of ventral tegmental area dopaminergic activity in Fragile X syndrome. She has been working with Dr. Andrew R. Tapper, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in the United States, and will return to her home country of Spain to establish her lab at the Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience in Leioa. She will be working with Dr. Carlos Matute, Director of the Institute.
IBRO Grant Opportunities
Find updated information on our grants and activities at the links below.

IBRO Annual Grants Calendar: https://ibro.org/ibro-grants-calendar/

Application Deadlines approaching: http://ibro.org/open-grants/

General Information about all grants: https://ibro.org/grants/ 

Community News from Members & Partners 

Australasian Neuroscience
The Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS) is very pleased to report that it has formalised agreements with the Japanese Neuroscience Society and the Canadian Association for Neuroscience to enable each other’s members to attend their meetings at member rates. This adds to the similar agreement we have with FENS. ANS welcomes all international delegates to its annual conference, especially those from countries with which we are partnered. The next ANS annual meeting will be in Perth, 8-11 December 2020.
Over the past five years, Aprones has faced many difficulties and has just organized its first congress after this difficult period on the risks to which the African child’s brain is exposed. These multiple risks constitute a major exposure that affects sustainable development in Africa. We hope that the new 2020 will be a successful year for us and all IBRO members.

Canadian Association for

The 14th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting | May 31 – June 3, 2020 |Montreal, Canada.

Organised yearly by the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, the meeting features cutting edge research in all areas of neuroscience. It is an excellent networking opportunity that includes social events and sessions about career development, funding and science advocacy that allow attendees to share the issues that matter to them, and to build relationships with the Canadian neuroscience community.


British Neuroscience Association

The BNA’s high-profile programme, ‘Credibility in Neuroscience’ has just officially launched its Manifesto, at London’s Palace of Westminster, outlining our vision and commitments to creating an exciting and sustainable future for 21st century neuroscience.

This is a manifesto built for action, to ensure the credibility of research – that it is reproducible, replicable, and reliable. Our aim is to support everyone to make changes, embrace new practices, and be InCredible. Find out more at: bnacredibility.org.uk

Bulgarian Society of Neurology
The Bulgarian Society of Neurology is a leading scientific organization of Bulgarian neurologists. This year we celebrate its 90-year Anniversary. Nowadays there are around 800 neurologists in Bulgaria, more than 500 being regular members of the Bulgarian Neurological Society. The Society is an organization that has scientific and practical purposes. The mission of the society is to become an organization that conducts a policy in the field of neurology and health. The priority tasks are to establish regional structures of the company and to protect the interests of neurologists, to organize the continuous training of neurologists according to the European standards, to organize training for general practitioners, to strengthen the contacts with other Neurological Societies in the world and to present the problems of neurologists to the healthcare institutions in order to improve working conditions.
Chilean Society for Neuroscience
The Sociedad Chilena de Neurociencia (Chilean Society for Neuroscience) gathers scientists from the basic to the applied neurosciences fostering interdisciplinary collaboration. We organize and sponsor different scientific and outreach activities, of which the highlight is our Annual Meeting. In 2020, we will join the Latin-American Societies in the 3rd FALAN Meeting. Also, we invite you to the South Connectome meeting in March 2020. More info at www.socneurociencia.cl.
Chinese Neuroscience Society 
The 13th Biennial Conference of Chinese Neuroscience Society (CNS 2019) has been held in Suzhou, China, in October. Drs. Abdel El Manira, Trevor W. Robbins, Ronald Stanton Duman, Junying Yuan, Haruhiko Bito, Jiulin Du, and Xiaoming Li have been invited to give plenary lectures. There are 47 symposiums including Synaptic Mechanisms, Neural Circuits, Brain Disorders, Cognitive Functions, Neuroimaging Techniques and others. More than 3700 participants attended the conference. At the same time, the 7th council of CNS has been established. Dr. Xu Zhang has been elected as the new president of CNS. 
Danish Society for Neuroscience

The Danish Society for Neuroscience – Spring meeting 2020

Brain states: transformation of neural circuit dynamics and functions

March 19 – 20, 2020

The Ceremonial Hall (Festsalen), University of Copenhagen

Including the Announcement of The Brain Winners 2020

Thursday 19. March 15:00

Registration is free, but required

Professor Hajime Hirase
Associate Professor Nicolas Caesar Petersen

European Brain and Behaviour

√ Mini conference FENS Forum of Neuroscience Glasgow 2020Behavioural neuroscience for the next decade: Why behaviour matters to brain science”
The European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS), European Behavioural Pharmacology Society (EBPS), European Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (EMCCS) and International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS) invite you to our jointly organised mini conference. A variety of topics will be covered, focusing on the role of behaviour in Neuroscience and the translatability of animal models to human traits and psychiatric disorders.

Registration is open!
Click here to visit the website.

√ Early calendar marking! The next EBBS meeting in 2021 will take place in Lausanne on September 6th to 9th, 2021. Hope to see you there!

European Brain Council
Launch Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Detect and Prevent Newsletter

The first AD Detect and Prevent newsletter will soon go out. Subscribe now through the following form: https://www.addp.eu/newsletter/

AD Detect and Prevent is pursuing the ambitious aim of developing a digital tool to improve the early detection of subtle cognitive signs associated with AD prior to the possible onset of AD dementia. The involved partners are Brain+, University of Oxford, Aarhus University, University of Nottingham, Alzheimer Europe and the European Brain Council.

Egyptian Network for
Neurodegenerative Disorders 
This year, ENND is leading a new initiative to launch A Longitudinal Study of Egyptian Healthy Aging: (AL-SEHA) through different stakeholders meetings, starting 24th of November by a meeting of Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan coordinator of the European SHARE, then the first meeting in MENA for the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) at 2 and 3 February, 2020 followed by the first workshop of the International Parkinson’s Disease Genome Consortium (IPDGC) in Africa at the end of March.
European Society for
Federation of Latin American and
Caribbean Societies of Neuroscience

It is with great pleasure for the Federation of Latin American and Caribbean Societies for Neuroscience (FALAN) committee to invite all the neuroscientist communities from all over the world to the 3rd FALAN congress – FALAN2020 – to be held in Belem do Para (Amazon-Brazil) from 14 to 17 September, 2020. 

We are delighted to inform you that the Sociedade Brasileira de Neurociências e Comportamento (SBNeC) will host FALAN2020 in the city of Belém do Pará, in the Amazon. The aim of the Congress is to promote neuroscience in the region and at the same time provide the Latin-American neuroscience community with an environment where the search and sharing of ideas and techniques will pave the way for more interaction between Latin-American scientists.

The meetings of the Sociedad Chilena de Neurociencias, the Sociedad de Neurociencias del Uruguay and the Sociedad Argentina de Investigación en Neurociencias will be held in conjunction with FALAN2020.

Federation of European
Neuroscience Societies
FENS Forum 2020: registration and call for abstracts now open
Early registration and abstract submission for the 12th FENS Forum of Neuroscience now open!
The high-quality of the scientific programme will showcase the front lines of science, giving the floor to renowned speakers and the most up-to-date discoveries. With 56 parallel symposia, more than 3,500 abstracts and 20 plenary and special lectures, the Forum provides a great platform to discuss science and network. From cellular to molecular neuroscience, epigenetics and brain disorders, there will be something for everyone!
Travel grants are available for eligible early career scientists. Find out more on the FENS Forum 2020 website!
French Neuroscience Society 

German Neuroscience Society 

Hellenic Society for Neuroscience
The Hellenic Society for Neuroscience (HSfN) organized its biannual meeting at the FORTH Institute in Heraklio, Greece, 4-6 October 2019. More than 300 people attended the meeting, which featured plenary talks from well-known neuroscientists around Europe, such as Carmen Sandi (EPFL), Eero Castren (University of Helsinki), Julie Bakker (University of Liege), Rosa Cossart (INMED-INSERM) and Gregoire Courtinne (EPFL). Winners of the best presented posters received travel awards to attend the FENS forum in Glasgow.
International Behavioral
Neuroscience Society 
INCF is excited to announce that we now accept individuals, institutions, and companies as members! Benefits range from priority access to events and training courses, discounted fees on products & services to influencing decision making for global neuroinformatics. Find out more and join today at incf.org/join!

We are also very proud of our new video showing why INCF is so important and why you should be a part of our neuroinformagical community: youtube.com/INCForg

Indian Academy of Neurosciences
Ever since its inception, the Indian Academy of Neurosciences (IAN) has been active in promoting neurosciences as one of the major initiatives. The IAN has a strong network of neuroscientists from the premier institutions of a country with an excellent amalgamation of basic and clinical researchers and thus provides a unique forum and platform for interaction among the neuroscientists from India and abroad. The XXXVII annual meeting of Indian Academy of Neurosciences (IAN – 2019) organized at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India from November 19 – 21, 2019 was a grand success. Please save the dates for IAN – 2020.
International Regulatory Peptide
Italian Society of Neuroscience
Neuroscience PhD Meeting 

The conference entitled “New Perspectives of Neuroscience” will gather PhD students to allow them to present their research on Neuroscience as oral communications or posters. The conference, 13 March 2020, held at the University of Naples, is organized by the Division of Pharmacology of the Department of Neuroscience of the Federico II University under the auspices of the Italian Society of Neuroscience. The official language will be English.

Japan Neuroscience Society
Kobe 2020, the 43rd Japan Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, will be held in Kobe City, from July 29th to August 1st, 2020. “Theories of the Brain” is the theme of the meeting. The emblem, which incorporated a traditional Japanese checker pattern, symbolizes the process of the multi-disciplinary “theories” revealing multi-dimensional shapes of the brain. Pre-registration and abstract submission sites are now open. For more information, visit https://neuroscience2020.jnss.org/en/index.html. Let’s come together and enjoy neuroscience in Kobe!
Kenya Neuroscience Society
The Ubongo Brain Awareness Campaign 2020, will be held on 21 March 2020 in
Nairobi, Kenya. This is the Kenyan Chapter of the annual International Brain Awareness
Week which aims to increase awareness about the functioning of the brain among the general
public, and to generate interest in neuroscience research among students.
A series of events including public lectures, practical laboratory sessions, career guidance
and mentorship sessions will be held during the Brain Awareness Week.
Korean Society for Brain and
Neural Sciences
We welcome you to the 23rd Annual meeting of the Korean Society for Brain and Neural Sciences between 27th- 28th of August, 2020 at Grand Hilton Seoul, Korea. World-renowned experts, including Dr. Okihide Hikosaka, plenary lecturer this year, will explore a wide variety of pertinent issues and technological advances in all fields of neuroscience throughout the meeting. We invite you to enjoy this exciting scientific meeting as well as many historical attractions and unique cultures of Korea as a part of your meeting experience.
Neuroscience Society of Nigeria

Pakistan Society of Basic &
Applied Neuroscience 

Photo of the 5th Annual Neuroscience Conference held by the Pakistan Society of Applied and Basic Neurosciences.
Serbian Neuroscience Society  

The Serbian Neuroscience Society and its Student Section had a very successful 2019 in promotion of neuroscience, and organization of the 6th FENS Regional Meeting in Belgrade. 

In 2020, the Serbian Neuroscience Society will make early preparations for the National Meeting in 2021, while the Student Section continues with the organization of the Brain Awareness Week. The next years’ BAW topic is: emotions. For neuroscience enthusiasts, we are preparing an interactive exhibition, workshops and popular lectures.

Society for Neuroscience

Propose a Session or Event for SfN’s 50th Annual Meeting

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is starting to plan for Neuroscience 2020, and we want your ideas for the program!

Submit a proposal for Symposia, Professional Development Workshops, Socials and more by Tuesday, January 7.

Society for Neuroscience of Peru

The Society for Neuroscience of Peru (SONEP) is a non-profit society founded in 2003 as interdisciplinary support in the initiation, development and advancement of neuroscience in Peru.
SONEP is made up of professionals from various disciplines who study the nervous system and behavior from molecular terms to its external manifestation through behavior. It covers basic and clinical researchers from various research and teaching centers in Peru.

Society of Neuroscientists of

Uruguayan Society for

Latin American Societies and Institutions come together to unravel the mysteries of the Brain

The Uruguayan Society for Neuroscience organized a meeting in Montevideo, which was attended by neuroscientist members and representatives of several Latin American societies and institutions studying the brain. The participants prepared a Declaration of Intent to create the Latin American Brain Initiative and accelerate progress in the understanding of the mysteries of the brain. The Montevideo Declaration can be read at: https://sociedadneurocienciasuy.com

Image courtesy of Greg Dunn