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Activities with People Activities on the Web
1- Regional Workshops

2- Travel assistance to SFN meeting

3- Fellowships to MBL and CSHL
4- "Neurobiology of Disease" Lectures

5- Neuro-Methods

6- Free Journals

7- Links to related & interesting sites
Please note: This page lists ALL Committee activities. Most of the activities described briefly below are explained in greater detail on other pages on this site. Just follow this links!

1- Regional Workshops
The Committee organizes regional workshops in developing countries, led by prominent neuroscientists and focusing on key areas of basic or clinical neuroscience. The workshops are aimed at teaching and inspiring students, as well as creating personal ties between North American scientists and their counterparts in developing countries.

  • Teaching Tools School & Workshop in Neuroscience June 30-July 3, 2008 in Dakar, Senegal. The US/Canada Regional Committee is holding the First Teaching Tools School and Workshop. To be held at the University of Dakar.
  • Course on Neurodegeneration; in conjunction with the 2007 IBRO World Congress in Melbourne, Australia. July 10-12, 2007
  • Neural Systems and Behavior Course, modeled after the same course at MBL.  Organized by Dr. Janice Weeks. July 1-9, 2006, University of Cape Town. South Africa
  • Brain-Environment Interactions Course; June 26-July 8, 2005, Maricabo and Merida, Venezuela
  • The Neurobiology of Epilepsy; September 19-20, 2004, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
  • Basic Neuroscience; June 23-26, 2003, Hanoi, Vietnam. Lead by Committee member Dr. Mark Rasenic.  Instructors included Committee member Michael Bennett and neuroscientists Alison Hall, Susanne Zukin, Louis Reichardt, and Japanese neuroscientist Ichiro Fujita
  • A Short Course on the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory; October 14-18, 2002, University of the Western Cape, South Africa and October 21-22, 2002, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Taught by Drs. Sarah Newman, University of Michigan, and Tim DeVoogd, Cornell University
  • Note: IBRO hosts MANY other courses (termed "Neuroscience Schools") throughout the year in various regions of the world. Go to and click on "education and training" in the menu bar on the left.

    2- Travel Assistance to SfN Meeting and to FENS

  • The Society for Neuroscience, via the IAC-USNC, and IBRO supports a limited number of travel fellowships for young neuroscientists from developing nations to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Go to the Fellowships page for more information.
  • North American students may apply for travel assistance to attend and present their work at the IBRO Congress or Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) Forums.  Contact the Committee's staff person for information (Marilee Shelton-Davenport)
  • 3- Fellowships to MBL and CSHL (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories) Summer Courses
        The committee has fellowship support for students from developing nations accepted into the neuroscience-related courses at the Marine Biological Laboratory ( and at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory ( Go to our Fellowships page for basic information and to the MBL-CSHL Course Fellowships page for detailed information about applying to summer programs at both Laboratories. Application deadlines for the different courses vary, but can be as early as February.
        Students accepted into an MBL or CSHL course under this program also receive many other benefits: a travel fellowship to the SfN national meeting (if they present an abstract); a special orientation to the SfN meeting; mentor matching at the SfN meeting; complementary meeting registration; professional development or short course programs; and complementary SfN membership for 2 years. The next deadline is February 1, 2009.

    4- On-Line Neurobiology of Disease Lectures
    In 2003 the IAC-USNC began posting on this website slides and audio recordings from the annual "Neurobiology of Disease" courses given during the SfN national meeting. The NDW course, as it's called, is an annual event at the Society for Neuroscience meeting, each year addressing a different topic. See the Web Lectures page for more information and links to the lectures. Scientists in developing regions of the globe can request lecture sets on CD. Please email the webmaster for more information and to receive a CD. Please remember to include your mailing address in your request.

    Before the IAC-USNC began posting the NDW talks, it created a "web symposium" just for this website, entitled "The Neurobiology of Stress, Fear and Anxiety".

    5- Methods in Neuroscience
    The committee has developed a small set of web pages that demonstrate some methods and techniques commonly used in neuroscience research. These pages will not be able to teach you every aspect of a method or technique, but we hope these pages will help you become familiar with various techniques so you can better understand the techniques as you read the literature. Go to the Methods page for more information.

    6- Free Journals
    We are delighted to be able to help get the word out that the Journal of Neuroscience and PNAS are now available FREE in some countries - see HERE for more information and a list of countries that have free access.

    Selected LINKS

    1. From Columbia University: The 29th Annual Basic and Clinical Neurosciences Postgraduate Review Course
      We invite you to take advantage of a valuable educational program that showcases the breadth and strength of neuroscience at Columbia. With a generous unrestricted educational grant from Lundbeck, Columbia is able to offer videotaped lectures from the 2006-2007 Basic and Clinical Neurosciences Postgraduate Review Course. The site also has transcripts from the lectures, held from December 2, 2006, through March 10, 2007, and lists references and resources for further review. Videotaped lectures are available by distinguished faculty members from the departments of Neurology, Neurological Surgery, Psychiatry, Radiology, Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology, the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Pharmacology, Physiology and Cellular Biophysics. Areas covered range from neuroregeneration, neurorepair and plasticity, cognition and behavior, mood and motivation, and the integration of bodily functions through the autonomic nervous system. The lecturers discuss how we regulate heart rate, appetite, obesity, and other aspects of metabolic and unconscious function.
    2. From the University of Pennsylvania: Graduate lectures in Neurobiology of Disease We invite you to view the lectures from our graduate courses in the Neurobiology of Disease, made possible by a grant from NIH. New lectures will be uploaded weekly during the second half of the spring semesters (northern hemisphere) of 2008, so check back often to view this new material, which will be on the interactions between the nervous and immune systems. The site contains a video of each lecture, as well as the option of viewing the slides only. Currently (November, 2007), lectures are available from the Neurobiology of Disease overview course, and from specialized 1/2 semester courses in Mechanisms of Neural Injury and Protection; Mechanisms of Neural Recovery and Regeneration; and Neurodegenerative Diseases II (which covers many genetic neurodegenerative diseases), Stress and Substance Abuse; Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia. Lectures from the course "Pathophysiology of Neuroinflammation and Infection in the CNS" will be posted during March and April of 2008.
    3. The Human Frontier Science Program HFSP promotes international collaboration in interdisciplinary, basic research in the life sciences. The fields supported are Brain Functions and Molecular Approaches to Biological Functions. Particular emphasis is now placed on bringing scientists from fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering together with biologists to open up new approaches to understanding complex biological systems.
    4. International Council for Science ICSU is a non-governmental organization, founded in 1931 to bring together natural scientists in international scientific endeavour. It comprises 98 multi-disciplinary National Scientific Members (scientific research councils or science academies) and 26 international, single-discipline Scientific Unions to provide a wide spectrum of scientific expertise enabling members to address major international, interdisciplinary issues which none could handle alone.
    5. World Health Organization The objective of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health, as defined in the WHO Constitution, is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
    6. Distance learning updates from The Chronicle of Higher Education The Chronicle's webpage of distance learning news, information about various distance learning programs and updates about progress and recent thinking in the distance learning field.


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