About the SiNAPSA Neuroscience Conference '07

SiNAPSA Neuroscience Conference was an international event aimed at providing the neuroscientists in Slovenia and neighbouring countries with an opportunity to present their research interests and endeavours and possibly set up new regional collaboration. Particular attention was paid to multidisciplinary research and to the promotion of open scientific communication among junior researchers. The conference included invited lectures, oral symposia, poster sessions and a round table. The program was based on an open call for abstracts. Contributions from all fields of neuroscience including but not limited to basic neurobiology (including molecular neurobiology, neurochemistry and animal model work), developmental and adult neurology, psychiatry, psychology, cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience were welcome. Most submissions were accepted for poster presentation, however, a selected few were also considered for inclusion into existing symposia as short oral presentations.

The Conference was accompanied by an Educational Workshop on Executive Brain function primarily designed for psychiatry and neurology residents and clinical psychologists in training, others were however welcome to attend.

Funding of both events by IBRO provided a number of travel grants for students and junior scientists from Central and Eastern Europe and other less privileged regions. For more information see the page below as well as Workshop web page.

General information

SiNAPSA, Slovenian Neuroscience Association, in collaboration with Medical faculty of the University of Ljubljana

Important dates
Proposal for symposia deadline was January 17th, 2007
Abstract submission deadline has been extended to August 31st, 2007
Registration deadline was September 28th, 2007
The Symposium took place October 5th-7th, 2007
Workshop travel award application deadline was September 5th, 2007
The Workshop took place October 6th, 2007

Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

The official language was English.

The Conference was free and open to all, however all participants had to to register. Online registration is now closed.

Competition for best poster
A competition for best poster was held. The winners of the competition were announced at the last day of the conference. The winners were:

White matter lesions in term infants with neonatal encephalopathy
Tina Bregant¹ ², Mary Rutherford³, Frances Cowan²

Activation of adenosine A1 receptors can disrupt electrocortical activity in vivo
Andrei Ilie¹, Dragos Ciocan¹, Alexandra Oana Constantinescu¹, Ana-Maria Zagrean¹, Dragos Alexandru Nita², Leon Zagrean¹, Mihai Moldovan¹ ³

Slovene Medical Journal special issue
A number of papers based on presentations at the conference will be published in special issue of Slovene Medical Journal. Please consult submission page and Guide for authors [PDF] for details.

Travel grants
9 individual travel grants were awarded to graduate students primarily from Central and Eastern Europe actively participating at the Conference. Applications were accepted by email and had to include a short application letter, abstract of the submitted presentation, CV and a letter of recommendation by a supervisor. Further 8 travel grants were awarded to participants of the Educational Workshop.

Travel visa
To obtain travel visa for entry in Slovenia, please consult the information provided by Slovenian Ministry of foreign affairs. To request a visa, an application form needs to be submitted through one of Slovenian embassies, diplomatic missions or consulates. Upon request, active participants at the Conference and Workshop were provided by a letter of guarantee.