This school will be an educational effort to bring the next generation of basic and clinical neuroscientists up to speed on the growing burden of cognitive impairment associated with metabolic dysfunction.

About the School

The estimated growth in incidence and prevalence of disorders of impaired metabolism in the MENA region is overwhelmingly high. The International Diabetes Federation projects that the number of type 2 diabetic patients in this region will at least double over the next two decades. Unfortunately this comes with an enormous health and economic expense driven by the broad spectrum of complications. Deteriorating cognitive function associated with increased neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration are now recognized as bona fide complications of metabolic dysfunction. As such, significant effort is required to educate the next generation of basic and clinical neuroscientists on the issue. Furthermore, the disparity in the study of sex-based differences in susceptibility and response to these pathological changes warrants attention. Indeed, our region requires more balanced representation of both sexes as investigators as well as research subjects.

The topic of this IBRO School revolves around these two themes in four days of lectures and interactive discussions. The event will consist of a two-day school to bring the students up-to-speed with the concepts discussed in the conference and a three-day conference hosting world-leading scientists on the topic. The meeting will be a hybrid online/in-person event with a strong in-person component. Whenever possible, interactive and hands-on sessions will be incorporated for the first two days. We will have special sessions hosting successful and world-renowned female scientists with a background close to that of the attendees. These special sessions are intended to provide the audience with the perspectives of these scientists and a view of the challenges they faced as female investigators in the MENA region. Afternoons and evenings will be dedicated to social and touristic activities. A day will be offered to the students for sightseeing around Alexandria and northern Egypt.

Who should apply to this School?

Graduate students and senior undergraduate students from the Middle East and Africa with a clear interest in research.

What costs will be covered for selected participants?

Accommodations and flights for international students.

Application dates:
May 4, 2022 – Jun 18, 2022 (5:00 p.m. CET)

School dates and location:

October 2-6, 2022

Alalamein International University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Alalamein, Matrouh, Egypt

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For any queries, please contact Prof. Ahmed El-Yazbi at