Five years ago, neuroscience research showed only a glimmer of hope in Mongolia, and national awareness about the brain was practically non-existent. Because of the enormous effort and commitment of the Mongolian Neuroscience Society (MNS) and the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences (MNUMS), an extraordinary and rapid change in these prevailing circumstances has occurred in the past few years.

Undiscouraged by limited resources, support and infrastructure, MNS and MNUMS joined together to launch neuroscience into the public spotlight. They did this by coordinating efforts to build research laboratories, teams and brain awareness campaigns that have ultimately culminated in public recognition of the importance of brain research by top university and government officials.

For the first time ever, neuroscience is now being featured in an honored public lecture event, “Brain Science – XXI Century,” under the auspices of the President of Mongolia, Khaltmaagiyn Battulga, on Monday, 24 September 2018, at the Great Hall in the House of Parliament in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. The event will be inaugurated by President Battulga in an opening ceremony and will include the featured speakers below:

• Professor Pierre Magistretti, IBRO President: Brain Science – The Frontier Science of the 21st Century
• Professor Edvard Moser, 2014 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine: Space and Time in the Brain
• Professor Juan Lerma, Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience: Cellular and Molecular Bases of Behavior – The Ultimate Frontier

IBRO has had the great privilege to support and witness the growth of neuroscience in the country of Mongolia and we are delighted to see it prosper so successfully in such a short period of time. The development of Mongolian neuroscience serves as an inspiration to other countries which must persevere under similar conditions of limited resources, support and awareness about the brain. Through IBRO return home and research fellowships, membership benefits, global advocacy, diversity, exchange and travel grants, and funding in support of advanced neuroscience schools, we hope to continue to ensure that local efforts in Mongolia and elsewhere will have the means to flourish even further in the future.

For more information about the honored public lecture event, please email the MNS2018 Secretariat at secretariat[at]neuroscience[dot]mn or click on this link: