Announcement | 3. 12. 2009

Project H.M.

On December 2nd 2008, patient H.M. passed away at a nursing home in Windsor Locks in Connecticutt. H.M. was suffering of an intractable epilepsy for which he underwent surgical resection of medial temporal lobe (MTL) at age 27 (in 1953). During surgery parts of MTL including 2/3 of hippocampus, parahippocampal gyrus and amygdala were removed. While the surgery treated his epilepsy, it left H.M. with severe anterograde amnesia - unability to form new long-term memories, but intact working memory and procedural memory. A detailed study of H.M. by Brenda Milner had led to major insights into long-term memory formation.

After his death, H.M.'s identity was revealed as well as the fact that Henry G. Molaison donated his brain to science. Funded by the Dana Foundation and the National Science Fundation, H.M.'s brain has been transported to University of California San Diego, where it has been chilled to -40 degrees and is at the moment being cut into 70 micron slices from a single block. Slices will be stored cryogenically in serial order and are being photographed before each section is collected. Along with detailed MRI and DTI images, the dataset being collected will provide an impressive source of information and detailed anatomical study of a lesioned brain.

To witness the procedure in action, visit [Project HM]( web page.

Event | 9. 9. 2009

Only two more weeks remain to the SiNAPSA Neuroscience Conference '09

The third SiNAPSA Neuroscience Conference starts on Saturday, September 26. It will be accompanied with interesting events: a lecture by Milan R. Dimitrijević, dedicated to the memory of Andrej O. Župančič, an interdisciplinary panel discussion on consciousness, and a workshop on memory. The venue is Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ljubljana, Korytkova 2.

You are cordially invited to attend!

Event | 27. 8. 2009

Mapping non-motor function in the STN with deep brain stimulation

Tamara Hershey from Washington University in Saint Louis will be giving a talk on *Mapping non-motor function in the STN with deep brain stimulation*. The talk will take place on Thursday, September 3rd at Neurology Clinic Ljubljana, starting at 12:15. Please find attached a short abstract and presentation of the speaker.

priponka: Invitation 3.9.2009.pdf

Event | 4. 8. 2009

Stem Cell School in Regenerative Medicine

The 7th International Stem Cell School in Regenerative Medicine, focusing on “Stem cells, biomaterials and nanotechnologies in regenerative medicine”, will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, in November 2009. A three-day scientific conference will be held partly in conjunction with the Joint Conference of the Czech and Slovak Neuroscience Societies from November 2 ­- 4, followed by a three-day practical course from November 5 ­- 7. Financed by the European Union Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses “RegMedTeach” project and organized by the Institute of Experimental Medicine, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the conference and practical course will offer participants from both EU and non-EU countries the opportunity to meet, learn from, and interact with leading scientists in the fields of stem cell therapy, biomaterials and regenerative medicine. The conference will also include a poster session for interested participants. The conference and the practical course will be held as separate, independent events, and a number of participants at each event will have their registration fee, their hotel and living expenses, and their travel to and from Prague covered by European Union funds. Interested individuals should visit the website, where they will find additional information about the school, the application procedure, the available support, and the application form. The application deadline is September 7, 2009.

Announcement | 29. 6. 2009

SiNAPSA Neuroscience Conference 2009 - Abstract Submission ends on July 15!

SiNAPSA, Slovenian Neuroscience Association, is announcing its 3rd biennial Conference (SNC'09), an international event aimed at providing the neuroscientists in Slovenia and other countries with an opportunity to present their research interests and endeavours and possibly set up new collaboration. It will take place at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ljubljana, Korytkova 2, 1000 Ljubljana, between September 26th and 29th, 2009. It will be accompanied by an Educational Workshop on Memory, a panel discussion on consciousness and the first lecture devcoted to the memory of Profesor Andrej O. Župančič, the doyen of Slovenian neuroscience.

If you had attended a SiNAPSA event in the past, consider visiting us again and taking part in the SiNAPSA-IBRO Alumni Symposium and Get-together, which will hopefully reunite the alumni of the past SiNAPSA educational events made possible by IBRO funding: Memos Summer School on Cognitive Neuroscience of Working Memory (Bled, 2004), and the SiNAPSA Conferences and Educational Workshops in 2005 and 2007. We would be delighted to have the alumni of these events come and present their current research work and let us know of the progress they have made since the last time they were in Slovenia.

If you wish to actively participate at the SNC’09, please follow the instructions on the web and submit your abstract by July the 15 electronically. If you wish to participate in the Alumni Symposium, please add "Alumni" at the end of the title of your abstract.

For further information see the attached invitation letter. Detailed information, abstract submission form and registration form for the Conference and Workshop can be found on the SNC'09 web site.

Please, feel free to forward this message or print and use the attached letter to inform your colleagues who may be interested in attending the SNC'09. Address any questions you may have to [email protected].

priponka: SNC'09 Invitation letter.pdf

Event | 22. 5. 2009

Invitation to Professor Anders Bjorklund's lecture - change of time: 14:30!

Prof. Giampiero Leanza from the University of Trieste invites you to attend an interesting lecture by professor Anders Bjorklund from the Lund University on development of stem cell therapy for Parkinson disease.

The lecture will take place at 2:30 p.m. on June 16 at the Cattinara University Hospital lecture room in Trieste.

Announcement | 18. 5. 2009

Extended deadline for student application to neuroscience of synapse school in Naples: June 5th, 2009!

IBRO and the Dargut and Milena Kemali Foundation (DMKF) will jointly hold the "First Kemali-IBRO Mediterranean School of Neuroscience" at the Naples international laboratory and marine station "Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn" next September 21-30.

The School will focus on the neuroscience of the synapse and is announced on the IBRO web site.

The members of the School Scientific Committee are Marina Bentivoglio, Juan Lerma, and Euan Brown, and I am acting as Executive Secretary of the School.

The aim of this School is to provide integrated knowledge on all aspects of synaptic neuroscience The "Stazione Zoologica offers excellent facilities also for hands-on laboratory work, in an ideal setting with high historical value and overlooking the Gulf of Naples.

This initiative wishes also to encourage networking and the building of long-lasting relationships between young neuroscientists of countries of the Mediterranean basin.

Applications are now open in the above website and will close on June 5, 2009.

Event | 10. 5. 2009

International Symposium on Hepatic Encephalopathy

Catedra Santiago Grisolia, Fundacion Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias is organizing International Symposium on Hepatic Encephalopathy that will be held in Valencia (Spain) on September 17-19, 2009. For more information please consult the Symposium [web page]( or have a look at the attached programme.

priponka: A4 DOS CARAS.pdf

Event | 30. 4. 2009

PENS Summer School - deadline for student application on Friday, May 1, 2009!

The organizers of the PENS–supported school on Metabolic aspects of chronic brain disorders (July 09 - 15, 2009, Reisensburg Castle, Günzburg, Germany) invite you to consider applying for this exciting educational event ahead of the upcoming deadline: May 1.

The interface of neuroscience and metabolism is an exciting new frontier in brain disease research. The school is designed to attract PhD students and postdocs in neurosciences, medicine, metabolism and related fields that wish to explore the new opportunities.

The program will include clinical and basic science-oriented workshops on chronic brain disorders and neuronal control of metabolism, mitochondrial function, neuroinflammation, protein aggregation, technical tools to study metabolism, therapeutic interventions, scientific communication and creativity.

Applications can be submitted via the PENS website.

Announcement | 28. 4. 2009

Training for young investigators

The Organizing Committee of the 8th IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience, which will be held in Florence, Italy, July 14-19, 2011, is launching a Training Program for selected young investigators from countries with limited resources.

The Program will arrange, on the occasion of the 8th IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience, one-month stays in European laboratories, which will allow guest young investigators to meet senior and junior scientists and get familiar with the laboratory’s environment, facilities and techniques in different fields of brain research, to favour future exchanges and networking.

You can follow the call on the conference [web pages](

Event | 3. 2. 2009

Summer Workshop on Decision Neuroscience

The University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and INSEAD will jointly host a Summer Workshop entitled "Decision Neuroscience: How Neuroscience can Inform Behavioral Decision Making Research - Overview, Methods & Applications". The workshop is co-organized by Jim Bettman, Joe Kable, Hilke Plassmann and Carolyn Yoon, and will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan from August 21-23, 2009.

The aim of the workshop is to provide an introduction to the field of decision neuroscience/neuroeconomics for graduate students interested in neuroscience and behavioral decision making, with a particular focus on those interested in marketing and consumer behavior. The workshop will feature lectures and presentations by top researchers in fields related to decision neuroscience, and will also provide opportunities for networking and discussions among faculty and students.

Applications are due February 23, 2009.

If you're interested in more information, please see

Announcement | 27. 1. 2009

At the occasion of today and with the future in mind...

On this day, January 27, Academician Professor Andrej O. Župančič, who passed away on December 3rd, 2007, would enjoy his 93rd birthday. There is a proud walnut tree in the garden of the Institute of Pathophysiology of the Faculty of Medicine, the Institute built and run for years by Professor Župančič. The tree was once a timid seedling given to Andrej as a birthday gift 13 years ago by his colleagues, and he planted it with his hands.

This year SiNAPSA is dedicating a special event to the memory of Professor Župančič, the first honorary member of our society. Institute of Pathophysiology and Faculty of Medicine are joining forces with SiNAPSA in organizing the first Andrej O. Župančič memorial lecture to be given by Professor Milan R. Dimitrijević as a special event of the SiNAPSA Neuroscience Conference (SNC09).

This special memorial lecture is yet another reason for our cordial invitation to all members and other interested public, to attend SNC09, which will be held between September 26th and 29th, 2009. SNC09 program will once more present scientific achievements of the Slovene and foreign researchers in different fields of neuroscience from basic neurobiology, to cognitive neuroscience, neurology and psychiatry. Invited lectures by outstanding Slovene and foreign scientists, a Neuroscience and Society Dialogue event devoted to the subject of consciousness, and an educational workshop on memory will all take place during SNC09. In the upcoming days a special online form for abstract submission will become available on the SNC09 web page.

You are cordially invited to contribute!

News | 19. 1. 2009

Polish Neuroscience Society - FENS stipends available

In the days between September 9 and 12, 2009, merely 2 weeks before SiNAPSA Neuroscience Conference 2009 (SNC09), the Polish Neuroscience Society is having its 9th Congress. FENS, a key funding source for this conference, has announced 60 travel stipends for active participation of eligible young scientists. If you are interested and eligible, visit their web site and apply for a stipend. The deadline is February 15, 2009.

In other news, we would like to remind you that SiNAPSA will open its on-line form for abstract submission for SNC09 at the end of January 2009. You are warmly invited to plan to attend SNC09 and to prepare an abstract for early submission.

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