Workshop: Synaptic basis of Cognitive Dysfunction


Workshop: Synaptic basis of Cognitive Dysfunction

 Coordinators: Alfredo Kirkwood, Adrian Palacios

 Institution and Support: Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencia de Valparaiso, Universidad de Valparaiso; Iniciativa Cientifica Milenio, Centro de Envejecimiento y Regeneración (CARE); PUC; John Hopkins University, Sociedad Chilena de Neurociencia 

When: October 22-24, 2014

Where: Valparaiso, Chile



Andres Barria, Physiology & Biophysics, University of Washington

Mark F. Bear, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT; Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Richard Huganir, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University,

Nibaldo Inestrosa, Departamento de Biología Celular y Molecular, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Michela Gallagher, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, John Hopkins University

Eric Klann, Centre for Neural Science, New York University

Alfredo Kirkwood, Mind & Brain Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Rob Malenka, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

Adrian Palacios, Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencia de Valparaiso, Universidad de Valparaiso

Jorge Palop, University of California, Department of Neurology

Brigitte van Zundert, Centro de Investigaciones Biomédicas, Universidad Andrés Bello


Information and Contact: Adrian Palacios, email: adrian.palacios@uv.cl





Announcing the 2014 MQ Fellows Programme

Announcing the 2014 MQ Fellows Programme

New funding opportunity

MQ is pleased to announce our 2014 MQ Fellows Programme. The Programme aims to support the most promising early career scientists and clinicians who are asking challenging questions that will contribute to transformative advances in mental health research. MQ is seeking the best and brightest researchers, who are newly independent or finalising their transition to independence. The Programme is open to Applicants from all scientific disciplines and around the world.

We are now calling for applications, which will be reviewed by our MQ Fellows Committee. The deadline is 24th April 2014. This year, the application process has 2 stages, and the initial stage is a Letter of Intent.
For more information about the Programme click here:

and for information about how to apply click here:



  • Can be from any country.
  • Can be from any scientific discipline, including basic scientists, clinically qualified researchers and social science researchers.
  • Must be early career researchers with a PhD, MD or equivalent.
  • Must have recently established their own independent research career or be about to become independent.

MQ is a UK-based charity focused on identifying and funding research key to solving global issues in mental health. With start-up funding provided by the Wellcome Trust, we aim to harness the power of a community of researchers, doctors, service users, families, advocates and funders to achieve this goal.

To read more about MQ: Transforming Mental Health, visit our website




Applications Open for the 8th Canadian IBRO School of Neuroscience


Applications Open for the 8th Canadian IBRO School of Neuroscience


USCRC: 8th Canadian IBRO School of Neuroscience on Development and Plasticity

Montreal, Canada
May 13 – 30, 2014

Deadline: January 31, 2014 (23:59 CET)

Aims and scope:

IBRO-USCRC is pleased to offer an advanced neuroscience course for 12 to 14 IBRO Alumni and other young investigators residing in Africa and Latin America. The students will participate in interactive sessions on current topics of neuroscience.  These interactive sessions, coordinated by Dr. Ellis Cooper, will include lectures, discussions and visits to laboratories related to the theme of the School.

The material will cover the basic science of development and plasticity of the nervous system. There will be demonstrations of relevant experimental approaches, including functional imaging. In addition, there will be group discussions with experts on specific issues related to developing countries such as relevant diseases and practical issues related to conducting research in low resource settings, as well as sessions on career advancement, preparing manuscripts and grant applications.

A special feature of this School will be its integration with the 8th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting (May 25-28, 2014). All students enrolled in this School will be full participants at these meetings, presenting their own work on a poster, attending scientific sessions, and participating in interactive sessions with selected speakers.

Who should apply?

Priority will be given to doctoral, postdoctoral students, young physicians doing fellowship and/or clinical research and young faculty members residing in Africa and Latin America who are likely to transfer the knowledge gained in the school to their research, particularly in the area of pain. IBRO Alumni are encouraged to apply.

The applicants should be fluent in English (written/spoken), have a degree in basic or clinical sciences, and be involved in neuroscience research. Students will be chosen based on their academic record and their potential for leadership in the scientific community of their home country. The criteria include academic achievements, publications, letters of reference, and in particular, the statement of how this School will benefit the applicant’s own research career.

Students selected to attend the School will have their travel and living expenses (housing and meals) covered by the School. Visas and other immigration arrangements are the responsibility of the student.

Educational Objectives:

  • To help understand basic mechanisms related to development and plasticity of the nervous system, implications of understanding of basic mechanisms on disorders and their implications for therapy.
  • To present and discuss the students’ own research.
  • To foster long-lasting links with some of Canada’s top neuroscientists and institutions.
  • To forge new contacts between investigators in Canada, Africa, and Latin America.


Organizing Committee of Canadian IBRO Schools of Neuroscience

Albert J. Aguayo (Past President of IBRO), Chair
Ellis Cooper (McGill University)
Jonathan Dostrovsky (University of Toronto)
Ante L. Padjen (McGill University)
Jane Roskams (University of British Columbia)
Guy Drolet (Université Laval)
Brian McVicar (University of British Columbia)
Cathy Ranking (University of British Columbia) 


Society for Neuroscience
Canadian Association for Neuroscience
McGill University
Montreal Neurological Institute

How to apply:

Applications are available only on-line. There are no hard copies of application forms.

Apply here



Neuroscience Meeting in Europe, the FENS Forum

Dear Colleague:

As the largest Neuroscience Meeting in Europe, the FENS Forum has grown to be a highly prioritized event among international researchers from across the globe. The past FENS Forum attracted almost 7.000 delegates and the upcoming FENS Forum in Milan is expected to even exceed this number!

The scientific program offers state of the art neuroscience with 56 symposia, 9 plenary lectures, 8 special lectures, several special events, workshops and satellites. The emphasis, however, is on poster presentations.

Submit your abstract to the FENS Forum 2014 today to present and discuss your work during Europe’s prime Forum on neuroscience. In order to submit an abstract you must first register to the FENS Forum. When you register before February 2, 2014, you can save up to € 70 on your registration fee.

Note that the deadline for abstract submission on February 2, 2014 is rapidly approaching!

Travel grants of up to 750€ are offered to students and postdoctoral fellows by FENS, IBRO and several national European neuroscience societies.

Deadline for travel grant application is February 2, 2014 – don’t miss it!

  • To register to the FENS Forum 2014, click here.
  • Details on abstract submission are available here.
  • Information on FENS – IBRO/PERC travel grants can be obtained here.
  • More information on the FENS Forum program, venue etc. is available on the Forum website.

We look forward to welcoming you in Milan from July 5 – 9, 2014!

Best regards,



Organized by FENS – Hosted by the Sociétà Italiana dei Neuroscienze



Call for Proposals for Symposia / Deadline extended to January 31, 2014


Call for Proposals for Symposia
Deadline extended to January 31, 2014

The Program Committee under the chairmanship of Rafael Linden (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) has been appointed by the Governing Council of IBRO to decide on the scientific program of the 9th IBRO World Congress. The Scientific Program will be built on the basis of proposals submitted by scientists from all over the world and in all areas of neuroscience research.

Online submission of proposals for symposia and mini-symposia has been extended to January 31, 2014.

Guidelines and application forms can be found here.




La III Latin American Summer School in Computational Neuroscience

La III Latin American Summer School in Computational Neuroscience (LACONEU2014), tiene el agrado de invitar a la Comunidad Universitaria al siguiente ciclo de charlas:

I] Computing with Spikes
Romain Brette
École Normale Superieure, Paris, France
Lunes 13 de enero del 2014
16:30hrs – Salón de Honor, UTFSM

II] Neural coding in the visual system: Theory,
experiments and clinical applications
Olivier Marre
Institut de la Vision, Paris, France
Miércoles 15 de enero del 2014
16:30hrs – Salón de Honor, UTFSM

III] Uncertainty in visual perception
Pascal Mamassian
Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France
Viernes 17 de enero del 2014
17:00hrs – Salón de Honor, UTFSM





Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative


The NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is part of a new Presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. By accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies, researchers will be able to produce a revolutionary new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. Long desired by researchers seeking new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders, this picture will fill major gaps in our current knowledge and provide unprecedented opportunities for exploring exactly how the brain enables the human body to record, process, utilize, store, and retrieve vast quantities of information, all at the speed of thought.

See more here




Applications open for the IBRO/APRC Travel Grants 2014 (July-December)

Applications open for the IBRO/APRC Travel Grants 2014 (July-December)

The IBRO APRC Travel Grants aim to support young researchers and graduate students working in Asian/Pacific countries to attend and make presentations at international APRC member society meetings, held in English, within the region.

Graduate students and researchers who have obtained a Ph.D. within the last five years are qualified to apply. For countries in which it is extremely difficult to obtain support for trips to foreign meetings, excellent applications by those under 40 will also be considered. Applications from countries of Low, Lower-middle and Upper-middle-income (according to The World Bank) will be favored.

This application round covers the 37th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society (JNS) held September 11-13, 2014 in Yokohama (http://www.neuroscience2014.jp/en/index.html) as well as the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Indian Academy of Neurosciences held November 1-3, 2014 in Bengaluru. JNS will exempt the awardees from registration fees.

Applicants cannot apply for more than one category of funding within the IBRO Travel Grants program.

Grant amount: 1,000 –  1,500 US dollars*

Deadline: February 3, 2014 (11:59 p.m. CET – Europe/Paris time)

To apply, click here.