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  1. 1. Appendix to October 2004 Report of Secretary General Submitted Committee Reports for 2004 (to Sept 2004) and Plans for 2005 Brief Reports from Regional Committee Chairs: ARC APRC CEERC WERC US/Canada LARC Committee Reports: IBRO on the WEB Publications Committee Alumni Programme International Registry of Neuroscience Training Programs Equipment Exchange Program Clinical/Basic Science Links Program Animals in Research Committee Symposia and Workshops Committee Supporting Members Campaign Neuro-grants Information Return Home Program Visiting Lecture Team Program Science Advisory Program Fellowships and Travel Grants
  2. 2. AFRICAN REGIONAL COMMITTEE (ARC) OF IBRO The ARC plans to hold several activities in 2005. These include the IBRO Schools programme, SONA 2005 also an IBRO Regional meeting and two regional activities. A mid-year 2004 report of current ARC activities is attached below for information. Sponsorship from other organisations has enabled organisation of several events to advance Neuroscience in Africa. In particular we are grateful for the generous support of the International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN), the Fogarty International Center, NIH-USA, and the Canadian INMHA who have made it possible to have two schools this year in Africa. Plans for 2005 1. IBRO Schools programme in Africa-Two IBRO schools are planned in Africa in 2005. We expect the ISN to co-sponsor one school on “Behavioural Neuroscience” planned in Nairobi, Kenya. We also plan an IBRO-SFN (USA) school to take place in Cape Town place prior to the forthcoming SONA-IBRO 2005 in April. Equal contributions from the ISN and Society for Neuroscience (SFN contact Janis Weeks) are expected to double the ARC IBRO budget towards these schools. If we succeed in procuring another sponsor we will hold another school in Nigeria, essentially for West Africans. 2. SONA-IBRO 2005, an International Regional meeting of IBRO- The ARC will provide funds to support our major biennial event. This conference of all African Neuroscience Societies will take place 18-22 April, 2005 in Cape Town, South Africa. Expected to be one of the largest Neuroscience meetings in Africa the event is also declared as a Regional Congress of IBRO. 3. Regional meetings and neuroscience courses - ARC will provide support for 2 regional events in February (Mali) and June (Morocco), 2005. 4. Small Travel grants and visiting assistance- These grants allow Africans to attend Pan African or International Neuroscience meetings or visit other laboratories. The ARC will designate some of these funds to provide assistance (on a competition basis) to young or needy scientists for small equipment or laboratory consumables. 5. Travel fund for ARC- Members:Travel contribution to attend (one) annual ARC meeting is requested. The full ARC and the three co-opted members are invited to attend the next meeting in April 2005 in Cape Town. 6. SONA and IBRO Schools Secretariat office- IBRO contributes to operating expenses for SONA office and the IBRO Africa Schools Secretariat. ARC program: 1. IBRO Schools programme in Africa The strength of the ARC activities lies in the schools programme. The ARC has to date (Sept 2004) organised five IBRO schools and the 6th will take place in one week. At least 3 International learned bodies including the INMHA, ICSU and UNESCO, and FIC have co-sponsored these schools in the past. The ARC proposes two IBRO schools in 2005. Each school is estimated to cost USD ~$50,000. A total contribution of USD ~$22,000 has already been agreed by the ISN. The ARC will also request $25,000 from the SFN (contact Janis Weeks) to support another (second) school in Africa. Thus approximately 50% of the costs for each school will be procured from the ISN and SFN. 25-30 students will be invited to attend on a competition basis. One of the schools is tentatively planned as an advanced school. Advanced schools are already helping to build strong groups of young neuroscientists and focus in Africa. The two schools will take place in South Africa (April 2005 in conjunction with SONA 2005) and Kenya (Sept 2005). However, if we find more support for the pre-SONA 2005 IBRO
  3. 3. school in April we will encourage another school to take place in Abuja, Nigeria (October 2005). IBRO grants will facilitate to strengthen our partnership with the INMHA (Canada), ISN and SFN for future sustained funding. We similarly expect that the NIH Fogarty programme will offer the same to enhance the IBRO schools or neuroscience courses in Africa. 2. SONA-IBRO 2005- The next International SONA conference is planned to take place 20-22 April 2005 in Cape Town, South Africa. An unique feature will be the Neuroscience symposium by the IBRO schools alumni on 18-19 April, 2005. The whole event is also declared and widely advertised as the (Third) Regional Congress of IBRO. In addition to several International scientists over 300 African basic and clinical neuroscientists, members of African Neuroscience Societies are expected to attend. Funds will also support to secure the conference venue, programme running expenses and subsidise registration fees, travel and accommodation costs for invited African delegates and schools alumni. 3. Regional meetings and activities - 2 regional events will occur in Mali (February 2005) and Morocco (June 2005). These activities in Bamako (University) and Marrakesh (in conjunction with World Congress of Neurological Surgery), respectively are planned in collaboration with local neuroscience interest groups. A 3-4 day neuroscience symposia will be held where research talks will be given by local and invited continental or international scientists. IBRO and FIC grants will be supplemented by funds raised by the organisers from local and other (Francophone agencies) sources. The ARC expects these efforts will sustain new regions of neuroscience focus in Africa. 4. Small Travel grants and visiting assistance- The ARC strongly believes that a solid base in Africa can also be built up by assisting African neuroscientists to attend Pan African or International Neuroscience meetings or visit other laboratories. This venture can help to establish future collaborations between International and African laboratories. The ARC will nominate students to participate in the proposed WERC International Schools and other courses such as the INMED-TINS conference. The fund will also be used to provide starter grants ($500-1,000) to purchase small equipment or chemicals for younger and needy or even more experienced scientists. Formal applications with full description of project, CV and reports from two referees will be invited and rated in the usual way. Two deadlines (1 April and 1 Sept) per year have been set up for these applications to be received by Prof Willie Daniels. If no awards are made in 2005 funds will roll over for year after. 5. Travel fund for ARC- members:Travel contribution is made to enable ARC members to attend (one) annual ARC meeting. ARC members need to meet at least once a year or sometimes need to visit potential sites prior to regional or continental wide conferences. Where possible ARC meetings are organised during the SONA conferences or at Society for Neuroscience. The next ARC meeting is scheduled for April 2005 in Cape Town. 6. SONA and IBRO Schools Secretariat office expense account- IBRO funds are used to cover operating expenses for SONA office includes communication, maintenance of databases and development of SONA website. The SONA secretariat is now also responsible for all the administrative work involved with the Africa IBRO schools. This includes initial announcements, processing school applications and collating lecture notes and compiling school handbooks. A proportion of this fund also pays towards salary of SONA secretary Marietta based at the University of Nairobi. Other sources of funding for ARC activities (2005)
  4. 4. 1. International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN). We expect the ISN (through efforts by Roger Butterworth) to contribute ~$55,000 towards the two schools in 2004-2005. This will constitute 50% of the costs towards the two schools. 2. Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA Canada). Through the efforts of Albert Aguayo and Remi Quirion the ARC raised ~$30,000 towards one advanced school in 2004. This constitutes ~50% contribution towards the school with the other 50% from IBRO ARC budget. 3. A proposal has been put forward for the Fogarty Centre (NIH) to support a Neuroscience course/school on “Environmental” theme in Mali. Current contacts Kathleen Michaels (NIH) and Jenny Lund (IBRO). A local organiser in Bamako, Mali has been identified namely Prof Moussa Traore, who will host the course in February 2005. Profs Kalaria and Dr Cooper (IBRO school instructor and ARC advisor) will visit Prof Traore in late 2004 to organise this activity. 4. UNESCO/ICSU. ARC Chairman will approach UNESCO (Nairobi) and ICSU (Pretoria) to request support towards another school or activity. If a grant is obtained the requested IBRO funds will be reserved for 5 new Kenyan students to attend the VLTP Neuroscience course in Kampala, Uganda in February 2005. 5. LOCAL SOURCES: potential local sponsors will be continued to approach for donations towards neuroscience schools or regional meetings where possible. It is expected that a couple of Pharmaceutical companies will contribute towards the SONA 2005 meeting tentatively in Cape Town. Submitted on behalf of the committee by Raj Kalaria IBRO ARC chairman, 1st September 2004 Current Membership of ARC: Raj Kalaria (chair, RNK), Willie Daniels (SA), Nouria Lakhdar-Ghazal (Morocco), Nilesh Patel (Kenya), Vivienne Russell (SA), Wail Benjelloun (Morocco), Najoua Miladi (Tunisia), Yesekiel Ben-Ari (France- Egypt), Pierre Luabeya (Congo; coopted), A Gallo Diop (Senegal; co-opted) and Karniyus S Gamaniel (Nigeria; co-opted). Mid-Year 2004 Report on the IBRO Africa Region committee (ARC) - Presented to the IBRO EC on 10th July at FENS 2004 Congress The ARC is pleased to report highlights of several activities and developments in the past few months since the last presentation to the Executive Committee at the SFN meeting in New Orleans in November 2004. The committee emphasises the success of the IBRO Schools in Africa and lists those planned for 2004. Several other activities were also overseen by the ARC during the past year. Many of these have resulted in success stories toward the education of young people in Neuroscience. These are too long to reiterate in this report but have been reported on the IBRO website. The first two recipients of the Rita Levi-Montalcini Fellowships also send encouraging reports on their progress in US and South African laboratories. The ARC remains positive and looks forward to organising various activities for rest of 2004 and year 2005. 1) ARC Membership and Meetings: Current membership (elected members): Raj Kalaria (chair, RNK), Willie Daniels (SA), Nouria Lakhdar-Ghazal (Morocco), Nilesh Patel (Kenya), Vivienne Russell (SA), Wail Benjelloun (Morocco), Najoua Miladi (Tunisia), Yiezekiel Ben-Ari (France- Egypt). Two members will step down or aside (NP, YBA) and two will stand for re-election (VR and NLG) this year.
  5. 5. Co-opted (non-voting) ARC members: Karniyus S Gamaniel (Nigeria), Pierre Luabeya (Congo) and Gallo Diop (Senegal). Ratified by ARC July 2003. SONA members and an International Advisory Group also help the ARC to tackle various activities including the schools programme in Africa responsibilities. Last full meeting of ARC took place in Abuja, Nigeria, April 2003. A sub-committee meeting to decide on organisers and venues of IBRO schools 2004 in Africa was held on 18th December 2003. ARC has also nominated several SONA members for various tasks in IBRO committees: Wail Benjelloun (Morocco; Membership); Pierre Luabeya (Congo; Fellowships); Santy Daya (SA; Schools Board). Half of ARC will meet in Lisbon during FENS to check progress and discuss budget for 2005. 2) ARC activities late 2003: African Neuroscience Societies and IBRO: Five African organisations are represented on IBRO Governing Council. These include the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA), Moroccan Association of Neuroscience (MAN) Southern African Neuroscience Society (SANS), Kenyan Society for Neuroscience (KSN) and Nigerian Society for Neuroscience (NSN). The ARC is currently working with the groups in Senegal and Egypt to apply. IBRO African Schools 2003: ARC members organised and held two successful schools in 2003. 1) The Fourth IBRO Neuroscience School in South Africa was held 1-7 September 2003, in collaboration with the INHMA (Institute of Neuroscience, Mental health and Addiction) of Canada in Cape Town. This Advanced school was on “Neurophysiology and Epilepsy.” 2) The 5th IBRO Neuroscience school on “Essential and Behavioural Neuroscience” was held 14-21 December in Nairobi, Kenya. Neuroscience course with IBRO VLTP: A two-day neuroscience course was held in Kampala, Uganda on 9th -10th December, 2003. This was the first neuroscience activity to take place in Uganda. This was attended by 50 biologists, physiologists, neurologists and psychiatrists. Full report is available on the IBRO website. 3) ARC activities 2004: mid year report IBRO African Schools 2004: Contingent upon co-sponsorship the ARC plans to oversee at least three Basic and Advanced IBRO Neuroscience Schools in 2004. These are: i. The 6th IBRO School, with SFN and ISNeuropath support, will take place in Grahamstown, South Africa, 12-19 September, 2004. Theme “Neurodegeneration and Regeneration.” Organisers: S Daya (SA) and VR Russell (SA). The SFN team will hold a workshop on “Neurobiology of Epilepsy,” 19-20 Sept, after the school to be organised by J Noebels (USA and S Daya (SA). ii. The 7th IBRO School to be supported by INMHA and IBRO will take place in Rabat, Morocco, 2-9 Oct 2004. Theme “Hormones and Brain” to be organised by N Lakhdar- Ghazal (Morocco) and D Pittman (Canada). iii. The 8th IBRO School to be co-sponsored by the International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN) and IBRO will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, 1-8 Nov 2004. Theme “Neuropharmacology and Molecular neuroscience” to be organised by N Patel (Kenya), R Butterworth (Canada) and R Halliwell (USA). iv. ARC will support up to five (5) distinctive African candidates to attend the INMED- TINS conference in La Coitat and laboratory sessions in Marseilles, France in September, 2004. Candidates will be selected from best submitted applications by an ad hoc committee consisting of ARC members and other International experts.
  6. 6. Tentative plans to hold a short neuroscience course on brain ageing and dementia in Tunis, Tunisia 3-6? Dec 2004. Organisers: N Miladi (Tunisia) and A Mrabet (Tunisia) 4) Africa Regional meetings in 2004: The APRONES organisation of Congo will host the second Regional neuroscience meeting in Kinshasa, Congo. The meeting on neurological diseases held 8th –10th November, 2004 to be organised by P Luabeya (DRC). 5) SONA 2005-Biennial conference of African Neuroscience and an IBRO Regional Congress: The ARC funds will be utilised to support a large neuroscience meeting in Cape Town, South Africa. This Congress to follow the CINP congress will be held 20-22 April 2005 (see . 6) More ARC Activities planned in 2005: 1) VLTP in Uganda in February 2005 (to be organised by Jack McMahon in collaboration with Uganda Neuroscience Interest Group); 2) ISNeurochem with IBRO to support an IBRO school in Kenya or Morocco (September or October); 3) Tentative plans with Fogarty centre support to organise a neuroscience course in Bamako, Mali (local contact Dr Traore). 7) Other ARC developments Libraries: Seven centres in the continent continue to benefit from the Development Aid for African Libraries. These centres have invariably taken advantage of the Science Direct, HINARI and Greenfield’s Neuropathology (Arnolds) initiatives. SONA (and ARC) website: IBRO is aiding SONA to develop a fully functional website that will also be used to publicize ARC activities. The Webmaster of this site is based at the University of Nairobi, site of the SONA Secretariat. ARC Travel awards and visit grants: Small Travel grants and Fellowships continue to be awarded by the ARC on an individual basis. Four individuals have been helped in past 12 months to attend international conferences and visit other neuroscientists within Africa. Two African neuroscientists will participate at the FENS congress in Lisbon, 10-13 July 2004. Acknowledgments: I take this opportunity to thank the ARC as well as our non-voting members, several International Advisors and senor faculty in African Universities, who all gave freely of their time and energies for the advancement of Neuroscience in Africa. The committee would like to say asante sana to all at IBRO including Jenny Lund, Albert Aguayo, Olga, Stephanie and Andree for always supporting our activities and the continued encouragement. Submitted by Prof Raj Kalaria, Chair, Africa Region Committee of IBRO
  7. 7. Asian-Pacific Regional Committee (APRC) Plans for 2005. (July Interim report of activities is appended below) In view of the geographic separation and diverse level of development within our region, two Sub-groups have recently been established (since August 2004 after the election of 4 new APRC members) under one governing body – the APRC. Group A: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Group B: Australia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. Such a sub-grouping is endorsed by National Societies in our region. We envisage that the sub-grouping will facilitate the organization of more activities to target our diverse needs. Members (who have no voting power) will be co-opted to the Sub-groups. Project proposals from each Sub-group will be vetted at the level of APRC, i.e. there will not be a simple ear-marked allocation of resources to individual Sub-groups. Cross- fertilization between Sub-groups must be maintained. For example, young neuroscientists from one Sub-group should be financially supported to participate in programs organized by the other Sub-group. Schools Each is a 2-week event that offers hands-on experience for the participants. Students are senior PhD students or postdoctorals (all with publication records). Each School accommodates 25 students. Apart from lectures and tutorials, students are involved in well-defined laboratory projects. Students are also required to present their own research work in a scientific meeting that is held within the period of the School. Through such arrangements, participants are able to pick up some modern approaches used for neuroscience research. Therefore, these Schools are set up only in cities with good geographic location and with well-established infrastructures in neuroscience research. Because of the laboratory sessions, the expense incurred is high. The geographic separation between countries within our region requires air travel; the airfare for the students and overseas teachers can therefore amount to 50% of the budget for each School. The APRC has explored sources of supplementary funding from National Societies (e.g. Australia, Japan, Korea) for airfare in support of the teachers. The recent Hong Kong School, for example, also received support from The Croucher Foundation in sponsoring overseas teachers. Supplementary funding that can be tapped from within our region is still a hurdle to be surmounted. Concerted effort from RC members will be directed towards this goal. In 2005, we plan to organize one school in each Sub-group:
  8. 8. a. Group A: To be held either in Hong Kong or Bangkok in Dec 2005. Hong Kong has been the site for 4 Schools (Dec ‘00, Dec ’01, Dec ’02, April ’04) while Bangkok will host 1 School (Dec 6-18, 2004). National Societies in both locations possess the expertise and infrastructure in conducting the School. b. Group B: To be coordinated by a National Research Centre of India (either Bangalore or Manesar) in mid-2005. A site visit was made in May ’04 by S Redman (IBRO Treasurer), YS Chan (Current Chair of APRC), and E McLachlan (former Chair of APRC). Expertise and infrastructure are adequate. The local neuroscientist community is enthusiastic in organizing such an event in 2005; a proposal will be submitted to APRC for vetting. The IBRO School is a flagship of our region and is an important means by which IBRO proactively increases the level of educational activities through National Societies in our region. At least 1 School under each Sub-group is therefore necessary. Associate Schools This is a new venture of APRC in 2004. Each Associate School is a 5-day course consisting of only lectures and group discussion (with computer search for relevant articles). These are aimed at MSc and junior PhD students. Each Associate School accommodates 35-40 students in the early budding stage of their “neuroscience career”. Such Associate Schools are to be offered in under-developed (in the academic context) cities. Participants should also come from under-developed regions in the neighborhood. That was the reason why we have chosen Chiang Mai (Thailand), Chongqing (Western China), and Cochin (Southern India) for the Associate Schools. a. 1st Associate School (Chiang Mai, Thailand) – February 23-27, 2004 b. 2nd Associate School (Chongqing, China) – May 26-30, 2004 c. 3rd Associate School (Cochin, India) – September 14-18, 2004 These schools provided training for about 100 students from different parts of our region. The teachers of such Associate Schools have to use very basic neuroscience principles in guiding the students such that they can appreciate the rationale of setting up feasible experiments. Because the Associate Schools are set up in cities with low living standard and do not involve laboratory expense, we have been able to curb the expense of each. Though we have been able to minimize the expense by asking local students to take trains, the main bulk of the expense is still devoted to airfare. In 2005, we will organize 2 Associate Schools, one in each subgroup: Group A: Philippines or Vietnam Group B: Indonesia or Pakistan RIKEN and MBL Summer Courses We consider these programs as “Advanced Schools”, especially for alumni of our School. Based on our statistics, the number of students from our region is stable though on the low side. This is partly a result of the stringent selection process, which is conducted in- house by the respective organizers. Exchange Fellowship Scheme This is also a new venture of APRC, launched in February 2004. This Scheme supports junior neuroscientists who are <40 y.o. to spend 4-6 months in a host laboratory. Both the applicant and the host laboratory have to be within our region. Applicants must also
  9. 9. provide strong justification that he/she will return to the home country after the exchange. In the first exercise, awards were given to 4 candidates (from China and India) for them to perform 6-month research in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. A 2nd exercise will be conducted in the last quarter of 2004. This Scheme was designed to enhance long-term interaction between research laboratories within our region. We recognize that such “intra-mural exchange” is one way to bridge the diverse geographic separation between neuroscientists in our region. Such an aim is not likely to be achieved via the IBRO Sub-Committee of Research Fellowship (applicants usually choose host laboratories in North America or Western Europe). In view of the positive feedback that we have received from National Societies, the APRC will continue with this Scheme in 2005. This budget item will support 4 Exchange Fellowships. Travel Grants Applicants for the IBRO Sub-Committee of Travel Grants with no exception opt for scientific meetings in North America or Western Europe. Within our region, there are several national meetings which are of relatively large scale, high quality, and open to overseas participants. However, available resources for neuroscientists from under- privileged countries to attend these meetings are scarce. The APRC would like to target at such an exchange which is an important element for successful implementation of the 2 APRC Sub-groups. These Travel Grants will be awarded in a competitive manner. Scholarships for Federation of Asian-Oceanian Neuroscience Societies (FAONS) Congress With the use of allocated funds from IBRO, APRC has been able to support young neuroscientists in attending the 3rd FAONS Congress (Seoul 2002) and 2nd FAONS Symposium (Tehran 2004). Sixty-three were supported in the Seoul Congress and 15 in the Tehran Symposium. To achieve such a record, APRC has since its inception in 2000 adopted a strategic approach of reserving an ear-marked sum in each year’s budget. Members of the APRC (both current and past) share a unanimous view that such FAONS activities constitute an important platform for regular interaction between neuroscientist within our region. In the 2002 Seoul Congress, it was decided that the 4th FAONS Congress will be held in 2006 (Hong Kong) and this hopefully will be an IBRO Regional Congress. Based on the close collaboration in the past, APRC and FAONS have a mutual understanding that support for young participants in the 2006 FAONS Congress will continue. Since the IBRO World Congress will be held in Melbourne in 2007, active discussion has been made between the 2 organizers to avoid overlap of themes. The new APRC is of a strong view that funds should be ear-marked as competitive travel scholarships for the 2006 FAONS Congress. Committee Travel & Office Expense The next APRC meeting (2004) will take place in Tokyo and contribution will be made to travel expense and accommodation cost of APRC members. To facilitate future activities within each Sub-Group of the APRC, there was a consensus both within APRC and EC that more members should be co-opted to the RC.. Ying-Shing Chan September 2004
  10. 10. 2004 Interim Report of the IBRO Asia-Pacific Regional Committee (APRC) Members: Samuel Chan (Kaohsiung), Ying-Shing. Chan (Hong Kong, Chair), Andrew Gundlach (Melbourne), Chao-Yi Li (Shanghai), Elspeth McLachlan (Sydney), Fereshteh Motamedi (Tehran), Hitoshi Okamoto (Wako), and Hee-Sup Shin (Seoul). The last Committee Meeting was held in Sydney on October 19, 2003. Election of 4 new members took place in May/June 2004. The new Committee will be in place by July 2004. Sub-grouping of IBRO–APRC In view of the geographic separation and diverse level of development within our region, two sub-groups will be formed under one central APRC that will be the governing body. After consulting various National Societies of FAONS, the sub-grouping is as follows: Group A: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Group B: Australia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. Implementation will take place in July 2004 after the election of 4 APRC members. It is envisaged that the sub-grouping will facilitate the organization of more activities to target our diverse needs. Members (who have no voting power) will be co-opted to the sub- groups. Project proposals from each sub-group will be vetted at the level of APRC, i.e. there will not be a simple earmarked allocation of resources to individual sub-groups. Cross-fertilization between sub-groups must be maintained. For example, young neuroscientists from one sub-group should be financially supported to participate in programs organized by the other sub-group. Associate Schools of Neuroscience 1st Associate School (Chiang Mai, Thailand) – February 23-27, 2004 This was held in Chiang Mai University in collaboration with The Thai Neuroscience Society and The Neurology Society of Thailand. Thirty students attended this School: 21 from Thailand, 3 from Philippines, 2 from Malaysia, 2 from Laos, 1 from Bhutan, and 1 from Vietnam. Most were MD and MSc students, with a few junior PhD students. Six overseas teachers (Australia, Hong Kong) and 2 local teachers delivered talks in the School. After attending lectures, students, under the supervision of local instructors, used PubMed to search for relevant articles and information. Student presentations were conducted in groups. 2nd Associate School (Chongqing, China) – May 26-30, 2004 This was held in The Third Military Medical University in collaboration with The Chongqing Neuroscience Society. Thirty-six students attended this School: 29 from China, 4 from Thailand, 2 from India, and 1 from Vietnam. Most were MSc students and junior PhD students. Six overseas teachers (Australia, Korea, Hong Kong) delivered talks in the School. The format of this School was modified from that of the Chiang Mai School. Before coming to the Associate School, students were given 10 research articles related to the topics of the lectures. Students were divided into groups for the PubMed search sessions. Ample time was given to group discussion. Students also had 2 sessions in conducting computer-assisted practical. In the last day, students presented what they have learned in the School and discussed results of their PubMed search. School of Neuroscience
  11. 11. The IBRO School originally scheduled in Dec 2003 was held in Hong Kong (April 19-30, 2004) with the assistance of The Hong Kong Society of Neurosciences. The budget of this School was derived from the 2003 APRC budget. The purpose of the School was to provide a platform for senior PhD students and junior post- doctoral fellows in the Asia-Pacific region to acquire knowledge of both theoretical and technological advances in key areas of neuroscience research. Other than lectures and tutorials, 5 mini-projects ran as a strand through the practical sessions in different research laboratories. Each student chose one of these 5 themes for practical sessions. At the end of the School, students had a half-day presentation of their work in the School. During the School, students also attended an International Symposium on Neural Plasticity, Development & Repair (April 22-23) and presented their own research work as posters. Twenty-five students were selected by the IBRO-APRC. The selected students were from Australia (3), China (11), India (3), Iran (2), Philippines (1), Singapore (2), Taiwan (1), and Thailand (2). While travel and accommodation expenses for the students came from IBRO-APRC, the overseas teachers (Australia, Japan, Korea, USA) were supported by The Croucher Foundation (Hong Kong). The local teachers were from The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Baptist University. Exchange Fellowships & Travel Awards for Young Neuroscientists An Exchange Fellowship Scheme (age limit at 40 years old) was launched in February 2004. Both the applicant and the host laboratory have to be within our region. Applicants must also provide strong justification that he/she will return to the home country after the exchange. In the first exercise, awards were given to 4 candidates (from China and India) for them to perform 6-month research in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Another exercise will be conducted in the last quarter of 2004. In collaboration with FAONS, IBRO-APRC provided travel support, through competitive means, for 15 young neuroscientist (from China, India, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam) to present papers in the 2nd Symposium of FAONS (Tehran; May 17-19, 2004). IBRO-APRC also offered travel support to 4 young neuroscientists, especially those from disadvantaged countries to attend conferences. Earmarked funds were also awarded to candidates in attending the RIKEN Summer Program (3) and the MBL Course (1). Two of these candidates are alumni of former IBRO Schools. Funding was provided to 2 Symposium & Workshop (China, Sri Lanka) in supporting young neuroscientists in attending the events. Selection of suitable candidates will be done by APRC. Book Fund Activity An agreement was reached with the publisher (Science Press, Beijing) of The Chinese Translation of the book “From Neuron to Brain, 4/E, by John Nicholls, et al.” that 100 books were purchased with a nominal price. After consultation with the Chinese Society for Neuroscience, 80 books will be distributed to various university libraries within China and the remaining books will be distributed as "book prize" in the forthcoming Biennial Congress of the Chinese Society for Neuroscience (Sept. 2005). Future Activities The 3rd IBRO Associate School will take place in Cochin, India (September 2004).
  12. 12. The 5th IBRO School will take place in Bangkok, Thailand (December 2004). The 2nd round of application for the APRC Exchange Fellowships will be launched in the last quarter of 2004. Ying-Shing Chan Chair, IBRO-APRC June 15, 2004
  13. 13. Program Proposals of the IBRO Central and Eastern Europe Regional Committee (CEERC) for 2005. (Interim report of July 2004 attached below). IBRO Summer School: Regional Summer Schools have become important tradition in the IBRO activities within the Region. Previous 5 schools, devoted to neuroanatomy (Hungary), physiology (Hungary), systems neuroscience (Prague), molecular neurobiology (Poland) and sensory processing (Russia) gathered 23-27 participants (mostly Ph.D. students) each and followed similar format with lectures and practicals. We believe that this initiative is one of the most efficient ways of using IBRO support for the benefit of neuroscience in the region. The schools serve multiple functions. First of all, invitation of the best speakers from around the world in the particular selected topic ensure that graduate students or young postdoctoral fellows from the region receive a top level training in state-of-the art techniques and concepts. They get acquainted with the requirements and quality standards of internationally leading research. Another major benefit from these courses is that young scientists of the region meet and learn about special skills and projects in each other’s laboratories, and realize that many multidisciplinary projects requiring expertise in a wide range of techniques can be done via collaborations within the region. The Central and Eastern Europe Region still has laboratories that are leading experts in the world in various technologies and research fields. The School proposed for 2004 will be organized by Prof. Anta Miklos from Debrecen. The program will focus on "Synaptic transmission and plasticity. Presynaptic and postsynaptic mechanisms". NOTE: IBRO has asked for a second school in the region. Plans for this will be outlined shortly. School on Development and Plasticity of the Human Cerebral Cortex to be held in Zadar and Zagreb, Croatia, between September 24 and October 01, 2005.. This is a continuation of a successful initiative, held jointly with WERC IBRO and FENS. The program has been very carefully drafted and is well advanced. Workshops and Satellites: Local workshops and satellites are organized in the region in fields with particularly highly qualified local expertise. These meetings bring together established scientists from the region to learn about each other’s possibilities, which should facilitate collaborations, joint grant applications, and various regional initiatives, and advance the current state and prestige of neuroscience in the region. High scientific quality of these regional symposia or workshops guarantee participation of leading figures also from Western European countries or overseas, which again are instrumental in building broad supraregional networks, and to find links for CEER countries to groups of laboratories in the West that apply for funding e.g. to the European Union, Human Frontiers Science Program, etc. We have also supported fellowships allowing young promising researchers from the Region to participate in the top-notch small symposia held in the Western Europe. Meeting of the regional IBRO representatives The CEERC has merged as the major IBRO component in the region. To strengthen an involvement of the national representatives in the CEERC IBRO activities we would like to invite them for a discussion meeting how the further address the needs of various countries. This meeting, first of the kind, will be organized either in a conjunction with the regular yearly CEERC meeting or the International Society for Neurochemistry meeting in Innsbruck, Austria. Fellowships for the participants of the ISN 2005 (Innsbruck, Austria) The CEERC has already established a tradition to support a number of young scientists from the Region in the biggest neuroscience congresses held in Europe, such as FENS 2002, IBRO 2003, FENS 2004. The next year, the International Society for Neurochemistry is meeting in Innsbruck, Austria. It is expected that the meeting will
  14. 14. draw ca. 1 500 participants. Its very central European location and high quality program makes it very attractive to the regional neuroscientists. Thus we will offer 20 fellowships for this purpose. Research visits within the region: The establishment of collaborations within the region that has resulted from the successful school program as well as the regional workshops is further strengthened by short research visits between collaborating laboratories. These mutual visits allow learning of new techniques and carrying out joint experiments, as well as to write joint papers, grant applications, etc. Keynote speakers for the national meetings In the years between the FENS meetings there are national neuroscience meetings in Europe. To enhance the quality of those meetings, CEERC has been already decided before to support the travel expenses for invitation of the keynote speakers. IBRO Committee for Central and Eastern Europe Activities in 2003 and 2004- July 2004 interim report. The most important IBRO activity last year in the Region was obviously the IBRO Congress in Prague, organized in July 2003 mainly by Eva Sykova and Josef Syka. The Congress was a great success. The CEERC provided 30 fellowships allowing young researchers from the Region to participate in the Congress. In line with its rules, the Committee has supported 7 symposia and 4 short research visits within the Region. In 2003 there were two IBRO schools in the Region. Traditional, Summer School that has been our landmark was carried out in Warsaw (Poland), this time on molecular neurobiology and organized by Bozena Kaminska, Jacek Kuznicki, Ryszard Przewlocki, and Leszek Kaczmarek and entitled "IBRO CEERC School of Molecular Neurobiology: Communicating Between Synapse and Nucleus: From Receptors to Genes to Extracellular Matrix". Twenty four students from 7 countries attended the school that included morning lectures and afternoon practicals. In addition a special WERC/CERC IBRO and FENS school was organized by Ivica Kostovic in Zagreb and Dubrovnik (Croatia) on cortical development with 26 students in attendance. Major activities planned for 2004 are three schools. The regular, yearly, CEERC Summer School will be organized by Pavel Balaban, Mikhail Ostrovsky and Konstantin Anokhin in Moscow on "Sensory and Integrative Neuroscience: From Receptors to Behavior" Moscow, Russia, August 18-31, 2004. Another school on “Receptors, Channels, Messengers” will be held September 16-28 2004 in Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine organized by Platon Kostyuk, Oleg Krishtal and Elena Lukyanetz from Kiev. Furthermore, Maja Bresjanac has organized Cognitive Neuroscience Summer School on Working Memory in Bled, Slovenia, July 10-17, 2004. The CEERC is also providing 30 travel fellowships for the FENS Forum, Lisbon, Portugal, July 10-14, 2004. Several symposia within the region as well as a number of local research visits are also supported, after electronic evaluation of the applications by the CEERC members. Leszek Kaczmarek CEERC IBRO Chair Nencki Institute, Warsaw, Poland
  15. 15. IBRO’s Western European Regional Committee (WERC) 2005 Program Proposal (Interim report for July, 2004 follows). A) WERC’S OBJECTIVES The activities and initiatives planned in the following proposal reflect the specific functions and scope of WERC within IBRO. These are: 1) Putting the resources, experience and cultural background of “old Europe’s” neuroscience at the service of IBRO’s mission 2) Working in close collaboration with FENS , CEERC and the entire European group of National Societies affiliated to IBRO, now numbering 35, nearly one half of all the member organizations now in IBRO . Twenty-one of these are encompassed by WERC and 14 by CEERC. 3) Launching initiatives that help leverage funding by other organizations . 4) Promoting European participation in the education and training of young neuroscientists from economically disadvantaged countries around the world. 5) Fostering information exchange and collaboration between neuroscientists in Europe and the rest of the world through IBRO’s programmes. B) WERC’s main program items for 2005: 1) Winter IBRO’sWERC/FENS School in Kitzbuel, Austria 2) School of Computational Neuroscience in Arcachon,France 3) IBRO’sWERC/FENS PhD Fellowship Programme 4) School in Seville-PhD course for Latin Americans C) DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAMME: 1) Winter IBRO’s WERC/FENS School in Kitzbuel, Austria (Co-funded by FENS). 2) School of Computational Neuroscience in Arcachon, France This 4-week advanced course is planned for August 2005 in Arcachon (France). It was formerly in Obidos (Portugal) and Trieste (Italy) (see details at the web site Co-funded by the European Commission (EUR 15000) and by the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation (EUR 10000). This school has been highly successful in the past and is now in its ninth year. IBRO’s contribution will cover the travel and living expenses for students and faculty from less favored non-EU countries in Europe and overseas. Computational neuroscience is still in need for development in many countries. Moreover, despite the OECD initiative within the European megascience program, only a few of the recognized laboratories have been funded. In most developing countries the number of scientists trained in this field is still
  16. 16. small, and specialized courses are probably not offered anywhere outside Europe, North America, Australia and Japan. On the other hand, computational neuroscience is not expensive to run (little equipment or supplies needed) and therefore easy to start up in developing countries. Several of the students from developing countries that have participated in previous courses at this school have returned to their home country and are active there. Detailed information about the past courses is also available via the course’s web-page. 3) IBRO’s WERC/FENS PhD Fellowship Programme: Co-funded by WERC and FENS. The call for applications to this program (three 3-year Fellowships called every second year) has been posted on the IBRO web site in July 2003. A copy of this Fellowship programme has been attached to the 2004 Budget proposal (Annex 2). WERC funds two fellowships each year for a maximum of 24,000 $ each (Total: 48, 000 $). The third fellowship is funded by FENS (24,000 $).In 2006 we plan to fund three new fellowships. The program and call for applications for the planned three new fellowships should appear in October this year. 4) School in Seville-PhD course for Latin Americans. This program was funded in 2001, 2002 , 2003 and 2004. As for the preceding years, the director of the course requests an IBRO grant to cover a small proportion of the student and supplies expenses. The total cost of the IBRO funds will be spent as travel and lodging fellowships for students not covered by University fellowships and for extra expenses (supplies for practical courses, and other teaching materials. Interim Report of the Western European Regional Committee- June 2004. Activities this year: 1) Winter IBRO’s WERC/FENS School in Kitzbuel, Austria : Co-funded by FENS .This school is held on even years, when the FENS summer school is not operating or when the FENS Forum takes place. 2) IBRO’s WERC/CEERC/FENS School in Slovenia : Co-funded by FENS and CEERC. 3) School of Computational Neuroscience in Obidos, Portugal : Co-funded by the European Commission (EUR 15000) and by the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation (EUR 10000) (See Annex 1 for 2004 application) Directors :Prof. Ad Aertsen, University of Freiburg, Prof. Alain Destexhe, CNRS, Prof. Klaus Obermayer, Technical University of Berlin, Prof. Eilon Vaadia, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. This school has been highly successful in the past and is now in its eighth year. WERC’s contribution will cover the travel and living expenses for students and faculty from less favored non-EU countries in Europe and overseas. Computational neuroscience is still in need for development in many countries. Moreover, despite the OECD initiative within the European megascience program only a few of the recognized laboratories have been funded. In most developing countries the number of scientists trained in this field is still small, and specialized courses are probably not offered anywhere outside Europe, North America, Australia and Japan . On the other hand, computational neuroscience is not expensive to run (little equipment or supplies needed) and therefore easy to start up in developing countries. Several of the students from developing countries that have participated in previous courses at this school have returned to their home country and
  17. 17. are active there. Detailed information about the past courses is also available via the course’s web-page (: 4) IBRO’sWERC/FENS PhD Fellowship Programme: Co-funded by WERC and FENS. WERC funded two fellowships and FENS one Fellowship for a maximum of 24,000 euros each. 5)WERC’s Travel Grants to 4thFENS Forum (Lisbon, July 2004): These travel Grants are co-funded by FENS (>30,000 euros) . WERC wanted to support the participation of the best young neuroscientists from the less privileged countries in Europe and around the Mediterranean as well as from of the poor countries overseas. These funds were distributed as a joint task between WERC and IBRO’s Fellowships & Travel Grants Committee. Travel Grants were awarded according to travel distance, ranging from 500 to 1,000 euros, as a maximum. 6) School in Seville-PhD course for Latin Americans. This program was funded since 2001 on a contract basis.. 7)WERC/FENS International Neuroscience School This is the latest of WERC new initiatives. Its main aim is to use existent facilities in a few selected European institutions to house courses and train students from abroad as well as from the European continent. Discussion is still ciontinuing regarding locations for this program. Gaetano Di Chiara, Chair WERC
  18. 18. US/Canada Regional Committee: Report and program proposals for 2005. (Interim report of July 2004 follows). The IAC-USNC is jointly appointed by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and represents the interests of both organizations as the US/Canada regional committee for IBRO. The committee aims to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge to the world’s neuroscientists particularly those in underdeveloped countries; promote research and professional training activities across international boarders; and enhance public awareness of neuroscience worldwide. In addition to support from SfN, NAS and IBRO, the committee is supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health (specifically NIDA, NIMH, and NINDS). The SfN, the NAS, NIH and IBRO have worked through the IAC-USNC over the past year to provide support for a number of IBRO activities. One of these activities includes travel fellowships for 15 students from developing countries to present an abstract at the 2004 SfN Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA this October. Likewise, SfN awarded 15 students nominated by SfN regional North America chapters travel fellowships to attend and present their work at the 4th FENS Forum in Lisbon this past July. In 2006, SfN will provide similar fellowships for students to attend the 2006 FENS Forum in Vienna, as there are no meetings scheduled for 2005. The IAC-USNC is exploring several outreach activities to meet the needs of the global neuroscience community. This September, the IAC-USNC will host a regional activity with the African Regional Committee to IBRO at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. The Neurobiology of Epilepsy Workshop will be held in conjunction with the IBRO “Neurodegeneration and Regeneration” course September 10-18, 2004. The funds to support this program came from IBRO/NAS/NIH and the American Epilepsy Society. The epilepsy workshop will be led by prominent neuroscientists: Jeffrey Noebels, M.D., Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine (workshop director), Dan Lowenstein, M.D., University of California San Francisco, Peter B. Crino, M.D., Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, John Huguenard, Ph.D., Stanford Medical School, and Frances Jensen, M.D., Harvard Medical School. Major areas of focus for the entire workshop will be on basic mechanisms of development, epileptogenesis, ion channel disorders, synaptic inhibition, and neuroprotection. Participants in the Neurodegeneration course were invited to attend the Epilepsy workshop. Thirty participants were accepted from all over Africa. Via the internet ( the committee has continued to work on a seminar and neuroscience methods series to bring up-to-date neuroscience information to researchers in developing countries. The web-based neuroscience lectures are accessible by scientists worldwide and features narrated data slides by prominent neuroscientists from the NAS and the SfN. Our newest feature on the site is the Neurobiology of Disease Workshop, Epilepsy: Genes and Molecular Plasticity, which was featured at the 2003 SfN Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The IAC-USNC, in collaboration with the SfN Education Committee, is planning to post the Neurobiology of Disease Workshop from the 2004 SfN Annual meeting on the site later this winter. This year’s Neurobiology of Disease Workshop is entitled, “Protein Misfolding as a Common Pathway in the Dementias and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases.” It will be organized by Dr. John Trojanowski of the University of Pennsylvania. Once again in 2004, the committee worked directly with IBRO’s Board of Schools and Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) course instructors and applicant interviewers to seek and encourage highly qualified and motivated research trainees from developing countries to apply for admission to summer neuroscience courses at the MBL in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Participant support is funded by the 2004 funds from IBRO to the
  19. 19. IAC-USNC. The 2003 IBRO Fellows that submitted an abstract for the 2004 SfN Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA will receive a travel stipend of $1,500 each. Successful applicants from developing countries, designated IBRO Fellows, received substantial financial support. The awardees for summer 2004 courses are as follows: Maria Castello from Montevideo, Uruguay (Neural Systems & Behavior); Emiliano Merlo from Buenos Aires, Argentina (Neurobiology); Milena Winograd from Argentina but studying in Spain (Methods in Computational Neuroscience); Thabelo Khoboko from Cape Town, South Africa (SPINES program- Summer Program in Neuroscience, Ethics, & Survival (SPINES). This program provides a rich two month experience in neuroscience in seminar, lecture, and demonstration format; in ethics using case studies; in survival skills such as grant writing, teaching, and public speaking, using a lecture and workshop format. The program is targeted to groups underrepresented in neuroscience, although applications from any qualified student who is interested in the SPINES curriculum are welcome. The IAC-USNC considered and approved a proposal from Dr. Gregory Quirk at its meeting in April, to co-fund an IBRO School in Venezuela. This course would cover basics in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with a special focus on neurogenetics. The Latin American Regional Committee, chaired by Dr. Omar Macadar has been considering an IBRO school in Venezuela and the IAC-USNC will add additional support to this. We also support the travel awards for the 2004 IBRO Fellows to attend SfN’s 2005 Annual Meeting. In 2005 we are continuing to support the MBL program Fellowships and we would like to expand to include fellows that would like to participate in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory programs. At its April 14, 2004 meeting, the IAC-USNC decided that in 2005 this program should be expanded to include the Cold Spring Harbor programs, as well as the MBL programs. As part of this endeavor, the committee’s funds will be used to underwrite expenses for foreign nationals to participate in either MBL’s or Cold Spring Harbor’s summer neuroscience training programs in 2005. This includes funds to support travel awards in the amount of $1,500 each to enable the 2005 IBRO Fellows to present their research at the 2006 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. In turn, SfN will provide each IBRO Fellow with complimentary SfN membership for a 2-year period with the expectation that each fellow will successfully submit and present an abstract at next year’s annual meeting. Martin Saggese Executive Director Cc: Bruce McEwen, Ph.D. Chair of the International Affairs Committee-U.S. National Committee to IBRO The Rockefeller University Marilee Shelton, Ph.D. Staff Officer for IAC-USNC/IBRO National Academy of Sciences U.S./Canada Regional Committee Interim Report-July 04 The joint U.S./Canada Regional Committee, (also known as the IAC-USNC IBRO/SfN International Affairs Committee/National Academy of Sciences U.S. National Committee for IBRO) held its semi-annual meeting on April 14, 2004 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. The IAC-USNC is jointly appointed by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and represents the interests of both organizations in IBRO. The committee aims to facilitate the
  20. 20. dissemination of knowledge to the world’s neuroscientists particularly those in underdeveloped countries; promote research and professional training activities across international boarders; and enhance public awareness of neuroscience worldwide. In addition to support from SfN, NAS and IBRO, the committee is supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health, specifically, The National Institute on Drug Abuse, The National Institute on Mental Health, and The National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The committee has embarked on several outreach activities to meet the needs of the global neuroscience community. Via the internet ( the committee continues to organize a lecture series to bring up-to-date neuroscience information to researchers in developing countries. The web-based neuroscience lectures are accessible by scientists worldwide and feature narrated slides by prominent neuroscientists. Currently featured on the site is a web symposium entitled, The Neurobiology of Stress, Fear, and Anxiety: Basic and Clinical Aspects by Dr. Bruce McEwen of The Rockefeller University. Other web lectures that were mentioned in previous reports but are still accessible through the site include, Neuroscience in the New Millenium, by Dr. Gerald Fischbach of NINDS, Pleiotrpic Action of Reelin in Psychosis, by Dr. Erminio Costa of The University of Chicago at Illinois, and Approaches to Reducing Neuronal Death After Acute Brain Ischemia, by Dr. Dennis Choi of Merck Research Labs. Posted very soon will be Neurobiology of Disease Workshop, Epilepsy: Genes and Molecular Plasticity, which was featured at the 2003 SfN Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, on Friday November 7. The IAC-USNC, in collaboration with the SfN Education Committee, and the faculty of the 2003 Neurobiology of Disease Workshop have made this workshop available for the IAC- USNC web site. The committee is also organizing “cyber seminars” in which we are looking for participants. The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA was again designated by the IAC- USNC as the 2004 North American IBRO neuroscience school, and as such, the IAC-USNC encouraged international neuroscientists to apply to the MBL neuroscience programs. Acceptance into MBL neuroscience courses continues to be extremely competitive and decided by course directors. Successful applicants from developing countries, who are designated "IBRO fellows for Advanced Summer Courses in Neuroscience in North America", are eligible for substantial financial support, which, in addition to expenses incurred at Woods Hole, includes a two-year SfN membership and $1,500 USD in travel money to attend the following year’s SfN Annual Meeting. This will be the third year that MBL was chosen to be the North American Neuroscience School. Dr. John Hildebrand made efforts to encourage the applicants to include recommendation letters from IBRO course instructors and offered to arrange interviews for those applicants that do not know IBRO course instructors. Dr. Hildebrand also sent letters to the IBRO course directors asking them to identify star students living in developing countries for participation in the program. Despite these efforts the MBL directors decided to admit only three of the seventeen applicants. The awardees for summer 2004 courses are as follows: Maria Castello of The Institute de Investigaciones Biologicas will attend the Neural Systems and Behavior Course, Emiliano Merlo of the Ciudad Universitaria will attend the Neurobiology Course, and Milena Winograd of the Universidad Miguel Hernandez will attend the Methods in Computational Neuroscience Course. In the coming year, the IAC-USNC will request that IBRO carryover the funds that will not be used in 2004 for the North American IBRO school, MBL, for the program in 2005. In addition, the IAC-USNC is thinking about expanding the program to include Cold Spring Harbor as well as MBL. For its annual international activity, the IAC-USNC will hold the Neurobiology of Epilepsy workshop September 19-20, 2004 at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa.
  21. 21. This two day workshop, offered in conjunction with the “Neurodegeneration and Regeneration” IBRO course, will be useful to a range of experts and non-experts, so clinicians, graduate level students considering further study in neuroscience, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty are encouraged to apply. We hope to find participants who then can pass the word on via teaching. Applications from all regions of Africa are encouraged, as are local applications. This workshop has been planned and organized with Santy Daya of Rhodes University, the organizer of the “Neurodegeneration and Regeneration” IBRO course. Many of the faculty members from the 2003 SfN Neurobiology of Disease Workshop will be instructing the workshop such as, Jeffrey Noebels, M.D., Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine (workshop director), Dan Lowenstein, M.D., University of California San Francisco, Peter B. Crino, M.D., Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, John Huguenard, Ph.D., Stanford Medical School, and Frances Jensen, M.D., Harvard Medical School. This activity is supported by the National Institutes of Health funding of the committee and support for the faculty travel was largely contributed by the American Epilepsy Society. The IAC-USNC would like to plan a course in conjunction with the Latin American Regional Committee to IBRO (LARC) in Venezuela for 2005. This course would cover the usual basics, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with a neurogenetics special focus. Dr. Gregory Quirk of the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico has a letter of support for this program from the LARC Chairman, Dr. Omar Macdar. As discussed by the IAC-USNC members during the recent meeting in Washington, DC, two committee members expressed an interest in being nominated to work on two of IBRO’s committees. Dr. Mark Rasenick applied for the Basic Science/ Clinical links Committee and Dr. Gregory Quirk was interested in helping with the Return Home committee. The committee has continued to support 15 travel fellowships for students from developing countries to present an abstract at the 2004 SfN Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. SfN also awarded 15 students nominated by SfN regional North American chapters travel fellowships to attend and present their work at the FENS Forum in Lisbon, Portugal. There are no such plans in the coming year as there is neither an IBRO Congress nor a FENS Forum in 2005. Members of the IAC-USNC include Bruce McEwen, Ph.D., Chair, Edward Jones, MD, D.Phil., Vice-chair, Michael Bennett, D.Phil., Francisco Gonzalez-Lima, PhD, John Hildebrand, Ph.D., Lynn Landmesser, Ph.D., Anthony G. Phillips, Ph.D., Gregory Quirk, Ph.D., Mark Rasenick, Ph.D., Janis Weeks, Ph.D., and Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D. For more information about this committee, please contact Charyl Delaney at the Society for Neuroscience,; Marilee Shelton-Davenport, Ph.D. at the National Academy of Sciences, or visit their web site located at www.iac-
  22. 22. Mid-year LARC report and interim 2005 program proposal. At present LARC is formed by 7 members (since Prof. R. Romo resigned when appointed to the Nominating Committee) plus two invited members. The call for nominations has just been done, for six new members. We propose to maintain a similar budget and make the corresponding calls for support and let the new LARC to decide the final destination of the allocated sums. As approved by the EC, LARC maintained the support of the training programs with the addition one new program that is detailed at the end. 1.- Neuroscience Schools: We had two excellent schools: one that had been carried out before, in Mexico and this year was at UNAM, DF under the direction of Prof. F. Fernández de Miguel and the second one held in Santiago de Chile, directed by Dr Fernando Torrealba, that will alternate from this year on with the one usually held in Montevideo. Both were very successful as previously reported to IBRO. During the second semester of 2004 and up to the end of the year, three schools will take place: one in Brazil (already done two years ago) and two new special schools: one in Juriquilla-Mexico (August 18th to September 11th), financed by the Grass Foundation and co-organized with the Society for Neuroscience. This school is currently taking place. The other new school will be in Córdoba- Argentina (13-30 of September) financed and organized with INMHA (Canada) and sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the NIH, USA. 2.- Regional Graduate courses: We have sponsored seven courses in the region during this first semester, in Argentina, Brazil (2), Colombia, Cuba, Trinidad-Tobago-Jamaica, Venezuela. Five courses for the second semester were selected and will take place in coming months. All courses had excellent feed back from organizers, visiting professors and students. 3.- Regional exchange Fourteen young neuroscientists from the region were supported. Candidates selected were graduate students who went to other countries within the region to complement experiments or learn techniques that were important for their doctoral thesis. For this year we are supporting 24 new fellowships: 12 were approved in a first call and soon there will be a new call for twelve more. This exchange has been very important to develop intra-regional cooperation among neuroscientists. 4.- Special Support Program Two countries were chosen this year (Peru and Colombia) to receive financial and organizational support. Courses took place in the first semester in both countries, and new courses are being organized for the second part of the year. We believe that this program is very important and should be maintained with similar support. The new LARC might add some new candidate Countries after a search that could include some kind of open call. Proposed activities for 2005- Note that the LARC Committee is in the process of elections and the current Chairman- Omar macadar in stepping down. The new committee will submit a revised program outline in due course.
  23. 23. 3 Neuroscience Schools 9 regional courses/workshops 24 intra- regional exchange awards LARC Annual meeting (travel & lodging) 2 Regional symposia Support forEmerging Neuroscience groups Prepared by O. Macadar (Chair), in agreement with (and many corrections from) all present members of LARC, September 1st ,2004
  24. 24. IBRO’s on the WEB IBRO WEB GATEWAY: Proposal for development 2005 A. L. Padjen As described in the 2004 Report (see below) the program of reconstruction of IBRO Web started August 2003 is not yet completed. The primary purpose of this installment of development is to provide support for numerous IBRO programs by transforming the IBRO Web (“one way publishing tool”) into an interactive information system (Web Gateway; Portal, anyname… ). This transformation is in line with the well established role of internet environment (with the web being its main interface), as an effective medium for management of processes. In this regard internet is particularly suitable for the needs of IBRO characterized by its multitude of programmes, interaction between large numbers of collaborators distributed around the globe, and large and diverse membership. In addition to the major components of development 2005 the system will be continuously fine tuned and made user friendly for the benefit of its administrators and users. ON LINE SUPPORT FOR IBRO PROGRAMS & IBRO COMMUNITY The principle of interactive support has been successfully tested and demonstrated last year on an example: processing of WERC/IBRO/FENS Fellowship applications. Even though the system was not complete the last competition was entirely handled by the online forms for students and sponsors and demonstrated the advantages of such a system. Amongst other features the on-line support includes: 1) Simplified, standardized and validated collection of data via online forms. 2) Automatic generation of different reports, accessible by selected accounts (= members). 3) Simplified review process of applications, suitable for committees with distributed membership. This interactive functionality of IBRO Web Gateway will be expanded and refined in the next period of development and will cover the following major IBRO programs (with a list of major functions): • Fellowship and Travel Grants - Applications; Evaluations, etc. • IBRO Schools - Applications; Evaluation; Management; Presentation, etc. • Workshops & Symposia - Applications; Evaluation; Management; Presentation, etc. • International Registry of Neuroscience Training Programmes - Registration; Display, etc. • Neuro-Grants Info - Registration, Display, etc. (Other…?) In order to achieve these objectives the following is proposed: 1) Development of a set of specific tools and subsystem. 2) Part of the process of development will include substantial consultations and exchanges with members of the appropriate committees (or members at large if need be) necessary to satisfy their perceived needs and facilitate the acceptance of the new ways. This will be achieved in part by integrating the management web sites (IBRO Dev, see the Report) into the main system (Proposal items 1 & 2). It would be important to recognize the implications of this development on IBRO operations: it may be IBRO Web
  25. 25. Gateway team should be ex officio (Proposal for IBRO Edu development is prepared as separate document although it will profit from the common tools as indicated below) SET OF TOOLS 1) Discussion Forum (IBRO Gateway and IBRO Edu) An advanced and customizable discussion system well integrated into the IBRO site. Features: Based on the committee membership and controlled by IBRO security groups, this Forum will be customizable to allow specific members to add a new tread, review and contribute to an existing thread, read the existing threads, or have no access at all. E-mail subscription will allow users to receive messages by e-mail when they are posted on the forum. 2) Closed collaboration groups (IBRO Gateway and IBRO Edu) Integration of other components of IBRO Dev into the main system. Features: Since the beginning of the IBRO web reconstruction a set of (15) web sites were created to help manage and collaborate on development and maintenance of selected IBRO programs. These sites will be made the integral part of the main IBRO gateway greatly facilitating the management. The sites will be semi autonomous, with the capabilities to upload and share documents, discuss topics, share tasks, calendars, etc. 3) Form Server (IBRO Gateway and IBRO Edu) System for creation of forms (not requiring to learn HTML or ASP). Features: With the same idea to facilitate and speed up the development of IBRO Gateway this tool will be able to create forms for specific events and associated with specific committees required to provide interactive support as listed above. (Specific features: The members of committees will be able to review the entered data entered. Applicant can only enter one data record per form to avoid duplicates but can update their entries at any time. Once the form deadline is reached, the form is automatically made unavailable from public view and no applicant can subsequently edit or view the entered data. At that time only reviewers can manage the data). 4) Analysis and Reporting system (IBRO Gateway and IBRO Edu) A better online reporting and analysis system Features: This system will complement the Form Server as well as other data collection systems. It will provide better ways to look at data and a better system to export the information. (This system can also be used for such trivia as producing address labels based on specific criteria). 5) Extranet (IBRO Gateway and IBRO Edu) This system will be used to create a parallel site that contains information not available to regular web viewers. Features: Information entered can be made visible only to specific groups of users (e.g., committees members), integrated with the main site. This means that all aspect of the site will function in a normal fashion for regular web users but certain pages (e.g., News, Events) would have more information available only for subscribers. 6) Better file management (IBRO Gateway and IBRO Edu) Improved management of documents (text, pictures). Features: A full file management with the ability to create and delete folders, the ability to rename, copy, move and delete files. Essential for the interactive nature of the site. 7) Presentation system (IBRO Gateway and IBRO Edu) Advanced management of presentation material. Features: The system will be able to manage presentations (PowerPoint, streaming video) and related transcribed information. This facility will become an important tool for distribution of educational material (part of IBRO Schools; IBRO Edu). 8) Teleconferencing (IBRO Gateway and IBRO Edu) System to manage teleconferencing Features: Using simple tools the system will help manage video teleconferencing – for
  26. 26. the need of any committee that finds it useful. (Webcam not budgeted but would cost <$100 per member). 9) Interactive Help Support (IBRO Gateway and IBRO Edu) The enhancement of the online help system with interactive documents, search capabilities, animated tutorials, FAQs and external links for more information. 10) Administrative Support through Terminal Server (IBRO Gateway and IBRO Edu) Support for selected projects with enhanced security Features: a terminal system will be constructed allowing a direct access to the database by selected users. This access will simplify management of certain programs (i.e., provide selected users with the ability to upload and download information en-masse). It will also permit extensive analysis of the data in a cost-effective manner. 11) Improved management of Members Database (IBRO Gateway and IBRO Edu) Administration of Database requires completion of administrative tools for management of large groups of members. In case Society of Neuroscience does not provide a copy of its complete membership it will be necessary to provide a link with their DB (not budgeted since the details need to be explored). IBRO EDU: Proposal for development 2005 A. L. Padjen As indicated in the Report for 2003 – 2004 (see below) the site has been entirely reconstructed and integrated with IBRO web environment. The updated design of IBRO Edu, similarly to the main IBRO site, simplifies development and maintenance of IBRO Edu and makes it possible to share the same set of tools (see below). The following projects are proposed: 1) Building of community of users. One of the main features of IBRO Edu is provision for Members to share their experience in using web based material (User Comments become part of the record). This feature will be strengthened by the addition of a Discussion Forum. 2) Presentation System. Important expansion IBRO Edu tools (see details in Set of Tools, IBRO Gateway proposal). 3) Categorization of material included in IBRO Edu database is based on modified Themes and Topics of the Society for Neuroscience. This dictionary will be revised with the aim to provide balance between the core of neuroscience and cutting edge research domains. 4) The collection of some 500 sites is currently reviewed, with anticipated re-activation and expansion of IBRO Edu Committee. 5) Re-entry of data originally collected by ALP and included in the earlier version will have to rely on help by undergraduate Neuroscience students. 6) The unique features of IBRO Edu (as 1 above) have been found suitable for other projects. Thus a multilingual adaptation of IBRO Edu will be used by Brain Campaign. It is expected that the support for this activity will be shared with other organizations involved in Brain Campaign. IBRO WEB INFORMATION SYSTEM. Report by Ante Padjen. This report covers the period from August 2003 to August 2004. Following the acceptance of the proposals of July 8, 2003 and August 1, 2003 the IBRO web has been entirely reconstructed and the new version made public on June 1, 2004. During this period the development team had to work double duty –the old site had to be maintained - even expanded (and in the early days several seriously damaged features had to be repaired) and at the same time the work on the new system had to go on. Occasionally this challenged the patience of participants but, in spite of all these
  27. 27. frustrations, the project was accomplished ahead of schedule and the reconstructed site was made public on June 1, 2004. NEW FUNCTIONALITY In order to ease the acceptance and usability of the new site the surface structure of the previous version has been largely maintained, with the same principal hubs and sub- sections, even though the graphic design of the site has been made more legible and uniform throughout the web. The most dramatic changes on the site of course are not visible but will be felt by the users in terms of the access, functionality and performance. Technical aspects of the site are briefly mentioned at the end of this report.This is a partial list of the new features of IBRO site: 1. Redesigned Home page and the implementation of consistent graphic appearance of all pages. 2. New Menu system. 3. New Search system. It allows Simple or Advanced search pattern of the site. 4. New entirely reconstructed Database of Members, with the new Registration and Search tools. 5. New Mailing system. It provides a simple way to mail any document to all IBRO members, to any regions (or member society) or to the optional lists of members (with Subscription, Un-subscription options; so far two optional lists have been created: Neuroscience TOC and the IBRO Reporter). 6. On-line Support of IBRO Programs. a. So far one such test system has been installed as a demo of the possibilities and advantages of an on-line management of applications. WERC/IBRO/FENS applications have been entirely handled by on-line forms for students and sponsors. b. Abstracts from Meetings. Self-contained system for web management of meetings. Provides tools to create program, list participants and abstracts. These functions of IBRO web will be greatly expanded in the next period of development (see the Proposal 2005). 7. The new IBRO Web Information System is based on the dynamic web site model where pages are kept in a database and displayed “on the fly” when required. 8. All functional pages from the old IBRO web (i.e., those that were linked to the structure of the site) have been transferred (and reedited) in the new system and thus made available for searching. NEW MANAGEMENT TOOLS One of the main goals of the reconstruction of IBRO web site was to create a robust site easily and safely maintainable, modifiable and expandable by non-programmers. This significant change in the structure of IBRO system is not visible to the public - but will greatly affect the management of the site. Partial list of the management tools: 1. Menu, hub Creator - allows expansion (actually - complete reconstruction) of the site’s structure. 2. Page Editor – provides complete HTML editing of a page, with management of text, pictures, additional files, URL links, and links with the Page Locator. 3. Home page Editor – same as above but with the separate editors for each section of the Home page. 4. Page Locator – allows placement of any page to any place in the web structure. 5. Management of Committees – allows automatic creation of the committees’ structure and associated membership.
  28. 28. 6. Database of Members – with tools to maintenance of the DB (management of subscriptions; optional subscription files; mailing system organized around the member societies. 7. Search mechanism – as part of Editors. ON LINE SUPPORT OF IBRO PROGRAMS Web environment has been established as suitable medium for management of processes-from banking to purchase of tickets. In order to demonstrate the possibilities and the advantages of an on-line management system we have implemented an on line system for processing of WERC/IBRO/FENS. Fellowship applications. Even though the system was not complete last competition was entirely handled by on-line forms for students and sponsors. An ad hoc system for deposition and review of Travel and Fellowship Applications has been constructed on short notice and allowed distributed processing and evaluation of spring applications. These functions of IBRO web will be greatly expanded in the next period of development (see the Proposal 2005). NEW HARDWARE New servers were purchased and installed under the very favourable conditions in the main server room of McGill University, providing maintenance, security, backups at a very reasonable or no expense. Main server contains web sites (IBRO and IBRO Edu) with accessory server used for Active Directory and SQL server. Operating system has been upgraded to Windows 2003. Most of the site uses a combination of Microsoft SQL Server + ASP scripting. MANAGEMENT OF DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE In addition to the main IBRO Web site a whole system of over 15 protected web sites (based on SharePoint Team Services model) has been created in support of different sections of development and maintenance of the web.These protected sites have been an essential tool for the developers and editors and with minor adjustments will remain so. IBRO EDU NEUROSCIENCE LEARNING RESOURCES In the period covered by the report IBRO Edu has been entirely reconstructed and fused with the main IBRO site. This was done for several reasons: 1) Previous version did not use the same advanced technology as the main IBRO site. 2) There was no reason two keep separate databases for IBRO and IBRO Edu. 3) Some of the features of the earlier version were not suitable for low bandwidth connections. 4) The fusion simplified the operations of IBRO Edu: 1) Common Registration of users 2) Sharing of the management / development tools. 3) Common display template (identity). 4) Common Mailing system and Subscription / Un-subscription 5) (Eventually, sharing common Discussion Forum tools) Etc. Based on the experience with the previous version many features of IBRO Edu have been modified and/or simplified: 1) Registration of Members (including several levels of access rights)
  29. 29. 2) Common Editors (of hubs, pages, committee members, etc) 3) Simplified display of group and/or individual sites (graphic content minimized for speed with slow access sites) 4) Reorganized and simplified management of Dictionary – Thesaurus (expanded version of Themes and Topics of the Society for Neuroscience)
  30. 30. Publication Committee Interim report-July 2004 by Piergiorgio Strata, Chair Publications Committee. Financial Status: Profit to IBRO derived from the 2003 Publication Year is likely to be in excess of GBP 1.2 million. Final amount is still pending audit (the audit process is much slower than in previous years, due to stringent new procedures at the auditor Deloitte - their auditing must be audited). However, Elsevier will in any case (once bank account details are confirmed by IBRO Central Office/Steve Redman) transfer GBP 1.2 Million to IBRO by end-June, and any shortfall or excess can be adjusted asap thereafter. Trends contributing toward this result were: (1) continued migration/expansion of old subscription base via ScienceDirect; (2) reduction of Editorial Office costs as a result of the completion of move to Elsevier San Diego/reduction of staffing & costs in David Amaral’s office; and (3) increase in Production Costs due to improved production spec at Cadmus and more pages published. More detail will be provided by Elsevier at the IBRO EC meeting in Lisbon. Statistics regarding submissions and publication times: The total number of manuscripts submitted to the journal in 2002 was 1061, and in 2003 was 987. However, by the end of May 2004, submissions in 2004 totalled 602 (compared with 419 for the same period in 2003). If this increase is applied to the full year, total submissions by year-end will be 1421 (the highest number of annual submissions Neuroscience has received during its life). The increase in 2004 submissions coincided with the launch of the new electronic submission/peer-review system (EES – Elsevier Electronic Submission System). Feedback from Editors, referees and authors on the system has been very positive. It will be interesting to see whether such an increase in submissions reflects a larger number of better papers for selection to improve the quality of the journal. We have recruited three new Section Editors. In addition, with the collaboration between the Elsevier San Diego manuscript processing office, the Section Editors, David Amaral and Ole Petter Ottersen, the time for the first response to authors (providing reviewers’ comments) has been reduced each month of 2004 to a record low of 1.2 months (in April), as compared to an average of 2.7 months in 2002. Furthermore, the time from accepted manuscript to print issue dispatch dropped from 20 weeks in 2003 to a current average of 12.9 weeks for 2004. Better still, articles are available online as author- corrected “Articles-in-Press” in an average of 7.5 weeks. Impact Factor: Neuroscience’s 2003 impact factor (just published) is 3.601, which is the second consecutive year of increase (2002 3.46; 2001 3.22), another encouraging indicator. Cover competition: in 2003 the award of US$1000 for the cover competion has been assigned by an ad hoc Committee to Canadian scientists. The competition for the year 2004 is now open. Advertising: Electronic tables of contents for all issues of Neuroscience are now emailed to the IBRO membership. Special Issues: John Morrison, the Section Editor for special issues, and Editor Ole Petter Ottersen have several special issues planned or in progress. More information on these will be available at the Lisbon meeting.
  31. 31. THE SCHOOLS BOARD ALUMNI PROGRAM 2004: Sigismund Huck GENERAL The number of IBRO schools Alumni registered by the IBRO Office in Paris has now exceeded 800. The main objective - to facilitate interactions between students, and students and faculty who have participated in IBRO's educational programmes - has been or will be met at two occasions in 2004: At the Alumni Party on the occasion of the FENS Forum Meeting in Lisbon (see report on the IBRO Website), and during the SfN Meeting in San Diego. The goal to have such reunions on an annual basis in each of the Regional Chapters could, unfortunately, not been reached this year. Neither the African, the Asia/Pacific, nor the Latin American Region had Meetings in 2004 that could accommodated such an event. The good news is that Africa will have its SONA Meeting in 2005, and Asia/Pacific its regional FAONS Meeting in 2006. Furthermore, Latin America is setting sails for founding a regional society in 2005, and IBRO Schools and Alumni are likely to play a central role in this project (see below). At the occasion of the FENS Meeting I was introduced to Connie Atwell who offered her much welcome help for the Alumni program. I had a long talk with Connie where we discussed several key issues on the Alumni program: • The implementation and role of IBRO Schools (Alumni) Presidents and Vice Presidents. Though planned for a long time, this structure for communication has not been reinforced or put to life. • A new initiative on “IBRO Scholars”. IBRO Scholars would be particularly gifted students to be identified at Schools and approved by their respective Regional Chapter. These students should be equipped with special recommendations and IBRO support. • Logistics how to track the record of (successful) Alumni. • Discussions on these central topics have not been completed yet. ALUMNI PROGRAM PROPOSAL FOR 2005: PLANS, PROSPECTS, Undoubtedly, the Alumni Program will flourish in 2005. The direct interaction of Alumni may be fostered on 3 occasions. 1. The SONA Meeting in Cape Town in 2005 2. The Latin American School in Montevideo, scheduled for March 28th to April 16th 2005. 3. The Reunion on the occasion of the SfN Meeting 2005 in Washington. For the School in Montevideo Latin America has concrete plans to found a regional Federation of neuroscience societies, and talks on this behalf will start on the occasion of the Montevideo School. A unifying link in Latin America have been IBRO Schools, and it is therefore not surprising that the School in Montevideo might become the cradle for this decisive move. Omar Macadar has indicated that he will try to get as many Alumni to Montevideo who will be instrumental to build the new society. IBRO funds are meant not only organize a memorable evening, but to also provide limited assistance in terms of living support for those Alumni who are dedicated to take on activities for the new society. The thought is terrific that the IBRO School in Montevideo will eventually have given birth to a development crucial for the Neurosciences in Latin America.
  32. 32. Connie Atwell in particular, and to a limited extent Sigi Huck, plan to visit Schools and regional meetings to present career advice and grants information to the participating students.
  33. 33. International Registry of Neuroscience Training Programmes Committee Interim Report on Activities and Future Plans The IRNTP Committee, the IBRO office in Paris (Stephanie de La Rochefoucauld), and the web site personnel (Andree Blakemore) - have made significant headway in listing the many initial entries on the register, since its launch in March 2003. The supply of new entries for display is expected to be maintained or increased during the coming year - particularly as the message is spread globally about its existence; as institutions that wish to recruit the best possible people from a world market realise its potential value; and as others realise that they should be listed to maintain their equivalent exposure to their market of prospective students. The registry will also become of use to those authorities who offer Fellowships/scholarships to support the training of students in good places as a way to identify which places are available for student training. (eg. IBRO WERC/ FENS Fellowships Programme displayed on IBRO home page). In addition to the number of entries already posted and the submissions made by individuals and by the International Committee; various federations and societies of neuroscience and related disciplines have been working to increase the number of listings from their respective geographical areas. For example, a number of entries for listing submitted by Giorgio Innocenti on behalf of Western Europe have just been sent to Paris. This number is set to increase further with the submission of a number of proofread submissions, once we receive some additional details from their host institutions. But clearly more needs to be done, as it is presumed there are many more existing programmes that could be catalogued. Recently we contacted the Committee by e-mail stressing the need to continue to solicit submissions from all Neuroscience Societies and Facilities in their respective regions. We are also endeavouring to promote higher levels of awareness of the registry in the Australasian region by contacting key individuals responsible for programmes in each State/region, and re-iterating the value of a comprehensive INTPR database. We are also working to increase awareness via more active publicity on the IBRO web site. As the registry gains momentum it is assumed that it will become an important resource for the dissipation of information throughout the international neuroscience community. Details of the Registry For the convenience of the Executive Committee, particularly any new members please find attached a summary description (see below) of the Registry Programme and what it is attempting to achieve. Further details can also be viewed directly on the web site: <> An IBRO budget supports the IBRO International Registry of Neuroscience Training Programmes. The money is currently being used to support a part-time employee to assist with the Registry record entry and maintenance, as well as promoting the collection and submission of entries during 2004. The appointee is Ms Caitlin McOmish, a full-time postgraduate student at the Florey Institute in Melbourne.  We believe the appointment in Melbourne under the direction of the Programme Committee Chairman will be effective, as the appointee can effectively serve the programme from this location, via e-mail and electronic transfer of data files. Dr Andrew L. Gundlach (Chairman, IRNTP Coordinating Committee) (Submission prepared with assistance of Caitlin McOmish) 24 June, 2004 IBRO International Registry of Neuroscience Training Programmes Description and Summary of Submission Guidelines
  34. 34. It is planned to provide on the IBRO Website a comprehensive listing of neuroscience training programmes operating worldwide. National and regional neuroscience societies and federations are working with IBRO to establish/maintain national web-based registries based on their own requirements and resources. In order to facilitate international access and consistency, the listings include details that conform as closely as possible to guidelines issued by IBRO - ie. the Neuroscience Training Registry Committee Guidelines - in agreement with the IBRO affiliated member societies and federations. Creation and maintenance of the Registry will help define and make well-known training possibilities worldwide. Guidelines for an International Registry of Neuroscience Training Programmes listing. The IBRO listing will initially be restricted to information about programmes at the PhD level or equivalent and essentially comprise a list of programme descriptions and web sites. Each listed web site will connect to either a regionally- or nationally-coordinated site; and/or provide access to individual institution sites and contact details of Programme Co- ordinators. National Societies and Federations can provide additional information about the programmes as it is made available, but are requested to ensure a minimum of accurate information is provided about each programme, before authorising its listing. In order to facilitate international access, this information must be provided in English. The following information is requested for inclusion in the Registry to be made public via the IBRO Web site ( and web sites of national/regional societies and federations: i) Title of the programme along with the name of the institution and the city and country of origin linked to the Web site supplied for listing. ii) Complete and accurate Web site address for listing. It is strongly recommended that the following information be included: a) Degree awarded by the programme (i.e. PhD or equivalent) and duration of programme. b) Brief description of the programme (in less than 150 words). This should include, but not be limited to, the neuroscience-related topics offered, course structure (% lectures vs. research), number of students in the programme, etc. c) Name and E-mail address of the Programme Coordinator(s). To promote the consistency, accuracy and usefulness of the listing – each national or regional society or federation with training programmes included in the Registry should endeavour to ensure that each listing represents a legitimate “formal programme at an educational or research facility with a primary interest in scientific investigation of the nervous system”. Additional information in the registry listings could include: the number of faculty involved in each programme; the number of students and annual/total graduates in each programme; accurate admission requirements (general or specific); availability, type and criteria of scholarships for local and overseas students; and descriptions of programmes, in a uniform style and word limit. However, in doing so, each regional society or federation may need to plan for keeping this information up-to-date.
  35. 35. Coordinating Committee Andrew Gundlach (Australia) (Chair) – Asia/Pacific José Bargas (México) – Latin America Vivienne Russell (South Africa) – Africa Giorgio Innocenti (Sweden) – Western Europe Arpad Parducz (Hungary) – Eastern Europe Viji Ravindranath (India) – vijir@vsnl.comAsia Leslie Tolbert (USA) – North America
  36. 36. IBRO Equipment Donation Program Interim Report June 22, 2004 As a result of conversations between IBRO Secretary General Dr. Jennifer Lund and Dr. Yuan Liu, Chief, Office of International Activities, NINDS, we became aware that surplus equipment might be available from NINDS when many neuroscience laboratories move into a new building in the summer and early fall of 2004. The following is a summary of completed and planned activities with regard to these potential donations. 1. The Regional Committee Chairs and Organizers of IBRO Neuroscience schools were notified of the potential donations and asked to generate a list of needed equipment. I have received lists from six IBRO schools and six laboratories not associated with IBRO schools. When equipment becomes available, priority will be given to requests from IBRO schools. 2. I have carried out an extensive email correspondence with Dr. Liu at NINDS and Ms. Cheryl Wood, the property accountability officer at NINDS. From this we have learned that the regulations and paper work for NINDS property donations are extensive. Transfer to an intermediary committee or recipient is not possible because the equipment has to be used by the recipient for at least two years. Proper justification is required, including the demonstration that the donation would be of direct benefit to the NIH mission and the US government. A rationale that would seem to fulfill these requirements, suggested originally by Dr. Lund, is that the schools are a major source of overseas applicants for NIH fellowships in Neuroscience labs at NIH and throughout the United States. A thorough grounding in research methods in the IBRO schools helps prepare candidates for these research positions. 3. Dr. Liu has asked all of the NINDS neuroscience laboratories that will be moving to the new building to provide a list of surplus equipment. Thus far 2 such lists have been generated, with more expected. I have identified several pieces of surplus equipment that are on the lists of requested equipment from IBRO schools. I am in the process of notifying the schools of these potential donations, and asking them to provide the written justification that NIH requires, along with affirmation that they will be able to arrange the necessary customs clearance and pay the crating and shipping expenses. It is my understanding that $5000 is available from a Grass Foundation grant to IBRO to help with shipping when the recipient is not able to meet these costs. Sharon Hrynkow, acting Director of the Fogarty International Center, has indicated that they do not have funds for this type of project, but know of an NGO that might be able to help. 4. The major activity for the coming months will be to continue the process of matching surplus equipment from NINDS with items on the request list and then facilitate the exchange. Experience in the pilot equipment exchange program carried out in 2002-3 has indicated that this can be a very prolonged and laborious process, with successful transfer in most but not all cases. If the list of matches between requested and available equipment grows substantially, I will need assistance. Alan L. Pearlman, MD Coordinator, IBRO Equipment Donation Program