ANA News - April 2016

Dear ANA-Members,

Welcome to the current ANA News! Please take a few minutes to read the important information provided below.



The topics of the ANA News are:

1. ANA Travel Grants & Axol Biosciences Travel Grant for the FENS Forum Meeting in Copenhagen (July 2 - 6, 2016)
2. Save-the-date: ANA Meeting 2017: 24 - 26 September 2017 at the IST-Austria (Klosterneuburg/Gugging)
3. Call for Symposium Proposals for FRM 2017 (21 - 23 September 2017 in Pecs, Hungary)
4. Call for Nominations: FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence
5. ANA grants for CAJAL Hands-on Training Courses
6. Meeting Calendar



1. ANA Travel Grants & Axol Bioscience Travel Grant for the FENS Forum 2016

ANA Travel Grants

ANA is sponsoring 5 travel grants (€ 500,- each) for its student members to attend the FENS Forum 2015 in Copenhagen. Deadline for travel grant application: May 31, 2016

Axol Bioscience Travel Grant

Axol Bioscience Travel Grant for the 10th FENS Forum of Neuroscience, July 2-6, 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark

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Axol Bioscience is sponsoring one travel grant (€ 500,-) for ANA student members to attend the 10th FENS Forum of Neuroscience, July 2-6, 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Administration of the Axol Bioscience travel grant will be handled by ANA. The deadline for submitting your travel grant application is May 31, 2016. Every ANA student member, who is presenting a first author contribution at the meeting, is eligible to apply for the Axol Bioscience travel grant. The recipient will be asked to place the Axol Bioscience logo on his/her poster. 
The application needs to contain the following information:

  • Informal application letter
  • Submitted abstract
  • CV including a list of publications
  • Letter of support from your supervisor

Please send applications by email to the ANA secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

About Axol Bioscience:
Axol Bioscience specialises in human cell culture. They provide highly-validated primary and iPSC-derived cells together with complementary media and growth supplements. Axol iPSC-derived cell include neural cells from healthy and patient donors such as Huntington's, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, and cardiomyocytes. Their wide range of primary cell types include fibroblasts, hepatocytes, epithelial, haematopoietic, mesenchymal and muscle cells. In addition, Axol offers a complete suite of cell reprogramming, directed differentiation and genome editing services and can help source custom cells and tissue to meet your experimental requirements. Find out more:


 2. Save-the-date: ANA Meeting 2017: 24 – 26 September 2017

 Please take note that the next ANA Meeting will take place at the IST Austria from 24 to 26 September 2017.


3. Call for Symposium Proposals for FRM 2017

FENS Regional Meeting, 20-23 September, Pécs, Hungary; Deadline for Symposia Proposals: 18 September, 2016

FENS invites proposals for symposia for the FENS Regional Meeting. Symposia will be treated as the scientific centerpiece of the meeting and will be allocated to premium meeting space. These sessions will be distinguished from other sessions by being highly integrated to provide an overall synthesis on the topic in focus, and should have sufficient appeal to generate large audiences.  The meeting will include 24 symposia (6/day), each lasting for 1 hour and 40 minutes. A symposium should consist of 4-5 talks, each 15-20 minutes in length, followed by 5 minutes for discussions. Proposals listing less than 4 confirmed speakers will not be considered. The Program Committee will select proposals based on their scientific excellence with preference given to proposals from the region (i.e. Central Europe). Any timely and coherent subject of broad neuroscience interest will be considered. Proposals related to the recent advances in system and behavioural neurosciences are especially appreciated. One symposium per day is dedicated for young emerging neuroscientists. Four symposia are reserved for societies of neighbouring countries. All neighbouring societies are strongly encouraged to organize their own symposia. Symposia of special interest will be organized on advocacy, animals in research, ethics in neuroscience and history of neuroscience.

Proposal Format

All proposals must include:

  • Title of the symposium
  • Principal organizer (Name, institution, email address) responsible for communicating with speakers.
  • Minimum of 4 Speakers (Names, affiliations, email addresses, and tentative talk titles). Only those speakers who have been contacted and have confirmed to participate should be listed.
  • A brief session description (< 400 words) should focus on the theme of the session. This may include background information, goals, objectives, importance, and interest to the audience. The description should avoid overly specialized language as it will appear in the online program.
  • Session justification (< 250 words): The justification should focus on how the review criteria are met by the proposal. It should not simply repeat the description.
    One sentence of session summary (<50 words): A short version of the session description to appear in the printed program.

Selection Criteria

All proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee which may accept, decline, or offer an opportunity to present the proposed work in a more appropriate format. Principal organizers will be notified of decisions by November 18, 2016.

Symposium proposals will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • significant contributions to the mechanistic understanding of physiological or pathophysiological processes in neuroscience
  • innovative or interdisciplinary approaches and methodology
  • examples of how the public benefits from neuroscience research
  • road enough appeal to generate large audiences
  • track record of the CONFIRMED speakers

Program Committee


  • Gábor Tamás (Dept. of Physiology, University of Szeged, Hungary)


  • Zoltán Nusser (President of Hungarian Neuroscience Society, Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
  • Tamás Freund (Past President of the Hungarian Neuroscience Society, Past President of FENS, Honorary President of the Conference, Director of Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
  • Robert Gabriel (Dept. of Experimental Zoology and Neurobiology, University of Pecs)
  • Istvan Abraham (Dept. of Physiology& Szentagothai Research Centre, University of Pecs)
  • Rui M. Costa (Chair – FENS Programme Committee) How to submit?

Please use the following website to upload your proposal:
For any question, please contact Dora Reglodi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


4. Call for Nominations: FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence

The FENS-KAVLI Network of Excellence is a prestigious network of 30 outstanding young European neuroscientists who represent the most talented researchers among their peers. In collaboration with the Kavli Foundation, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) established in 2014 a high-level multidisciplinary network of excellent early to midcareer European neuroscientists. The aim of the FENS-Kavli Network is to improve Neuroscience in Europe and beyond through providing opportunities for young scientists, influencing science policy, and facilitating the exchange between science and society. Please note that our member Kristin Tessmar-Raible (Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Vienna) who has been nominated by the ANA is currently member of the network. You are invited to contact the ANA Vice President Sigismund Huck (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for advice.

Check here the activities of the FENS-KAVLI Network of Excellence

Nomination Procedure:

  • Only candidates who have independent PI positions in a FENS member country are eligible for nomination.
  • Candidates may self-nominate. In addition, FENS’ member societies and the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence may nominate up to two candidates who do not have to be a member of the nominating society. A good gender balance is encouraged.
  • In all cases, the nomination should be supported by two letters from internationally renowned neuroscientists.
  • All nominations should be submitted via the online application form.
  • Candidates should be available for a 20 min Skype interview on June 30th 2016
  • Nominees will be informed about the outcome of the selection procedure just before the FENS Forum 2016 (Copenhagen, 2-6 July). The newly selected FENS-KAVLI Scholars are kindly invited to attend the business meeting of the FENS-KAVLI Network of Excellence taking place during the FENS Forum 2016 (5 July, 3-5 pm).

Nominations open on 1st March 2016; Deadline for nominations: May 15th, 17.00 CET


5. ANA Grants for CAJAL Hands-on Training Courses

The ANA sponsors successful applicants who have been selected to participate in one of the FENS Schools or one of the courses of the CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme. The ANA grants will cover 50% of the respective registration fee. To apply for an ANA grant you must provide a confirmation of acceptance. Please take note that you have to be an ANA member (membership application form) in good standing to be eligible for receiving ANA grants. To apply for an ANA grant please send the following information to the ANA secretary by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) BEFORE attending the course:

  • Informal application letter
  • Confirmation of acceptance of the FENS School or CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Course

Upcoming CAJAL Hands-on Training Courses Neuronal Cell Biology - Cytoskeleton and Trafficking, 10 - 31 July 2016, Bordeaux Neurocampus.
Deadline: 15 April 2016.

Nutrition and Brain Functions
, 19 September - 7 October 2016, Bordeaux Neurocampus.
Deadline: 27 June 2016.


6. Meeting Calendar

Lecture by Prof. Eric Kandel

“The Age of Insight, The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain From Vienna 1900 to the Present”

Venue & date:
Gesellschaft der Ärzte in Wien – Billrothhaus
Frankgasse 8, 1090 Wien
15 April 2016, 6:00 pm
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Deadline: 11.04.2016

Workshop “Cells, Circuits and Computation”

The Human Brain Project (Education Programme) jointly wit the Allen Institute for Brain Science organizes a one-day workshop immediately prior to the FENS Forum in Copenhagen entitled: CELLS, CIRCUITS AND COMPUTATION: EXPANDING THE HORIZONS OF BIG DATA ANALYSIS
July 1, 2016 DGI-byen Copenhagen, Denmark In this one day workshop immediately before FENS 2016, Allen Institute for Brain Science and Human Brain Project scientists will present brand new research discoveries and data analysis tools that have been developed from the mining and analysis of data that is publicly available online. Each presentation will also incorporate hands-on training of novel and emergingdata analysis tools in effectively using the publicly available resources from both projects.
Space is limited and registration is required. Please go to for more information. 
Alois Saria (Director, Human Brain Project Education Programme)

Eurogenesis Meeting

The 2016 Eurogenesis meeting organizing committee is looking forward to welcoming you at the 3rd  Eurogenesis meeting which will be held in Bordeaux, France  from July 11th to July 13th, 2016. Registration is now OPEN. Please visit the conference website: http:/ The Eurogenesis conference will cover several aspects of adult neurogenesis function and its related pathologies. It aims to highlight the benefits of interdisciplinary research for gathering innovative knowledge in adult neural stem cells biology, and will promote new opportunities for cross-border disciplines interactions.

The topics covered by plenary lectures include:
    •    Control of adult neurogenesis
    •    Neurogenesis as a substrate for network plasticity: focus on GABA
    •    Role of adult born neurons in diseases
    •    Novels tools to analyze adult neurogenesis and stem cell heterogeneity
    •    Role of adult born neurons in memory processing
    •    Role of adult born neurons in stress related disorders

The organizing commitee brings together worldwide leaders of the field:
    •    Nora Abrous, Magendie Neurocenter, Bordeaux, France
    •    Alejandro Schinder, Leloir Institute, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    •    Paul J. Lucassen, Swammerdam Institute of Life Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    •    Sebastian Jessberger, Brain Research Institute, Zurich, Switzerland
    •    Georg Kuhn, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
    •    Chichung Lie, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Munich, Germany
    •    Nicolas Toni, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
    •    Gerd Kempermann, Genomics of Regeneration, Dresden, Germany
In addition to plenary lectures, the conference will offer a poster session and some exciting social events.  

10th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias

Deadline for abstract submission: 11 April 2016
Please submit your abstracts here Topics:
• Social cognition and behavior?
• Progressive aphasias
• Neuropathology
• Genetics
• Blood and Imaging biomarkers?
• Mechanisms of cell death?
• Disease modulation?
• Treatment (pharmacological/ non-pharmacological)
• Caregiver


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