Committee for Aid and Education in Neurochemistry (CAEN)

Introduction

The ISN Committee for Aid and Education in Neurochemistry (CAEN) pursues several initiatives intended to stimulate neurochemistry research in areas of economic deprivation and developing countries.
CAEN provides funds towards travelling to another laboratory to develop new technical or conceptual expertise, purchasing research supplies, attending workshops/training courses/satellite meetings or organizing a workshop/small school.

The ISN Committee for Aid and Education in Neurochemistry (CAEN) offers a range of financial support to scientists from countries with limited financial support who are performing research in Neurochemistry (defined broadly as molecular and cellular neurobiology). Applications for CAEN awards will only be accepted from residents of eligible countries. View the list of countries which are NOT eligible (updated on September 26, 2018).

Only active ISN members are eligible to apply for CAEN support and to receive support. Most CAEN funding schemes are restricted to ISN Student Members, ISN Postdoc members (up to 5 years following the year the doctorate was awarded) and/or Young Investigators (postdocs/faculty/young group leaders up to 10 years after the year the doctoral degree was awarded). However, career breaks or other extenuating special circumstances may be considered and you should contact the CAEN Chair to discuss any special circumstances.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

There are three application deadlines per year:

April 30, August 31, December 31

Apply for ISN membership.

CAEN SCHEMES:

Category 1: RESEARCH

1A. ISN CAEN Visit by the Applicant to Another Laboratory

Category 1A provides funds (up to $4,000 US dollars) to allow the applicant to visit a laboratory abroad to learn or develop new technical or conceptual expertise for implementation in the applicant’s research program (and possibly their home institute’s) upon return to the home institution. Support may be applied ONLY to travel (transport), accommodation and insurance. It is expected that funds for laboratory expenses will be provided by the host laboratory.

This category is intended to support ISN Student and ISN Postdoc members (up to 5 years following the year the doctorate was awarded).

The applicant should complete the application form (access below) which requests:

  • Letter of support from the applicant’s home institution
  • Letter of support from the principal investigator of the proposed host laboratory
  • Short description of the project, including the expected benefit to the applicant and their institution
  • Curriculum vitae information
  • Information on other external funds made available/requested for the same purpose including those requested from local sources. Applicants are encouraged to actively seek additional sources of support, particularly from the host institution.

Upon approval of an application:

  • Awardee must confirm the dates of travel with the host lab and inform ISN Secretariat of these dates.
  • Travel must be undertaken within 12 months of the date of receipt of the acceptance letter or the offer will be withdrawn.
  • Upon receiving the required confirmation, ISN will release the funds.
  • The granted amount will be paid directly to the individual account of the Awardee.
  • Any changes to the host laboratory or significant changes to the project require the prior approval of the CAEN Chair before funds can be expended. Failure to inform the Chair accordingly may lead to cancellation of the granted support or to a request to return the transferred support to ISN.

Upon completion of the visit, the awardee must provide a full report (including a photograph of the awardee in the host laboratory) indicating the outcome and benefit derived from the award. A report must be submitted within two months of awardee completing their visit. The full report must be endorsed with a letter from the principal investigator of the host laboratory. The report should include a brief statement (financial report) explaining how CAEN funds have been used.

Awardees are expected to acknowledge ISN in any publications resulting from the funded activity.

Awards will generally be in the range of 1,000 – $4,000 (US dollars).

 

Application form

1B. ISN CAEN Research Supplies for use in the Applicant's home Laboratory

Category 1B provides funds (up to $5,000 US dollars) for research supplies for use in the applicant´s home laboratory. Please note, the funds CANNOT be spent on travel or conference related expenses.

This category is intended to support independent Young Investigators and young group leaders (up to 10 years after the year of the doctoral degree was awarded). PhD students and early career postdocs are NOT eligible for this category.

The applicant (independent Young Investigators and young group leaders) should complete the application form (access below) which requests:

  • A brief description of the research project and its significance
  • Detailed budget of how the requested funds will be spent
  • Curriculum vitae information
  • Statement on the independent status of the applicant
  • Letter of support for the proposed research project from the applicant’s Departmental Chair

Upon approval of an application:

  • The full amount will be paid directly to the bank account of the applicant’s institution.
  • Only applicants who are active members of the ISN at the time of money transfer are eligible to receive the financial support.
  • Financial and research report (including a photograph of the applicant in the lab) must be submitted within twelve months after receiving the funds.
  • The Institution must agree that no indirect costs/overheads will be charged.

Awards will generally be in the range of $500 – $5,000 (US dollars).

 

Application form

 

1C. ISN CAEN “Return Home Grant”

Category 1C grants provide funds (up to $10,000 US dollars) to Young Investigators (postdocs/faculty/young group leaders up to 10 years after the year of the doctoral degree was awarded) who are committed ISN members and are moving from a highly successful postdoctoral position in a developed country to an eligible country, to undertake research in Neurochemistry.

This category is intended to support successful independent Young Investigators and young group leaders (up to 10 years after the year of the doctoral degree was awarded). PhD students and early career postdocs are NOT eligible for this category. Support is limited to investigators with an independent status at their home institution.

The applicant should complete the application form (access below) which requests:

  • The applicant is expected to be towards the end of a postdoctoral position in a developed country and moving to an eligible country.
  • IMPORTANT: APPLICANTS WHO HAVE ALREADY RETURNED TO THEIR RETURN HOME COUNTRY ARE INELIGIBLE TO APPLY. However, they can return home between submitting the application form and receiving the grant funds.(Note: If you have already returned home then you are eligible for the CAEN Category 1B grants which offer a source of funds for research supplies up to $5,000 US dollars.)
  • At the time of application, candidates are required to have a commitment from a host institution for a potential position and laboratory space and support from the Departmental Chair where they would be initiating their activities.

The Category 1C application form (access below) requests:

  • A brief description of the research project and its significance
  • Detailed budget of how the requested funds will be spent
  • Curriculum vitae information
  • Letter of support from the applicant’s future Departmental Chair in the eligible country
  • Letter of recommendation from the head of the applicant’s laboratory in the developed country

Upon approval of an application:

  • 80% of the amount granted will be transferred to a bank account of the applicant’s institution.
  • The remaining 20% will be released after a full research and financial report (including a photograph of the successful applicant in the lab) has been submitted by the applicant and it is approved by the ISN CAEN Chair.
  • Only applicants who are active members of the ISN at the time of money transfer are eligible to receive the financial support.
  • Reports must be submitted within twelve months after receiving the initial payment.
  • The Institution must agree that no indirect costs/overheads will be charged.

Awards will generally be up to 10,000 (US dollars).

 

Application form

 

1D. ISN CAEN Career Interruption Re-entry Grant

Category 1D grants provide funds (up to $10,000 US dollars) to support the return to an active research career of high-quality researchers, working in the field of neurochemistry, who have experienced significant career interruptions as a result of childbirth, career responsibilities or a major illness. This is a highly competitive scheme. Applicants must demonstrate an excellent track record in neurochemistry research, and that they were a productive and internationally competitive researcher prior to the career interruption. The funds can be used for research supplies, and/or salary support for the researcher or a staff/student member of their group.

This category is intended to support successful senior researchers. PhD students and early career postdocs are NOT eligible for this category.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The career interruption would generally be of the order of approximately 12 months or longer, although other timeframes of interruption will be considered (i.e. regular interruptions over a number of years).
  • Applicants need to demonstrate how the career interruption impacted upon their research (i.e. loss of funding, loss of position/lab members, significant decrease in productivity, etc).
  • Applicants must have been an active ISN member prior to the career interruption and at the time of application.

The Category 1D application form (below) requests:

  • Description of the career interruption and its impact on research output.
  • Description of research activities before the career interruption.
  • Curriculum vitae information.
  • Letter from the applicant’s Departmental Chair confirming the impact of the career interruption upon the applicant.
  • Letter of support from the applicant’s current or proposed Departmental Chair confirming the applicant’s position in the department and that the necessary laboratory space and infrastructure support will be provided to the applicant.
  • Description of the research project to be supported by the funds, and the applicant’s career plans.
  • Detailed budget describing how the requested funds will be spent.

Upon approval of an application:

  • 80% of the amount granted will be transferred to a bank account of the applicant’s institution.
  • Remaining 20% will be released by submitting a full research and financial report (including a photograph of the successful applicant) that is approved by the ISN CAEN Chair.
  • Only applicants who are active members of the ISN at the time of money transfer are eligible to receive the financial support.
  • Reports must be submitted within twelve months of receiving the initial payments.
  • The institution must agree that no indirect costs/overheads will be charged.

Awards will generally be up to 10’000.00 (US dollars), for one year.

 

Application form

 

CATEGORY 2: ATTENDING OR HOLDING SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

2A. ISN CAEN Travel Awards for Individuals to Scientific Meetings of ISN Sister Societies

Category 2A provides a limited number of travel awards to attend meetings of the ISN Sister Societies (APSN, ASN or ESN) when these meetings are not being held jointly with ISN.

This category is intended for ISN Student Members and ISN Postdoc Members (up to 5 years following the year the doctorate was awarded).

To be eligible for funding, the meeting must not commence within 2 months of a CAEN committee deadline but should commence within the 6 months after the deadline. Acceptance of attendance at a meeting does not necessarily imply eligibility for funding

Applicants MUST be active members of ISN at the time of application and at the time the meeting is held.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Applications for travel to a joint meeting of ISN with a Sister Society will not be considered by CAEN, since such travel fellowships are reviewed and approved by a separate ISN committee.
  • Batch applications will not be accepted. Applications to attend sister society meetings will be judged on their individual merit. Each applicant must apply individually and not through a meeting organizer.

The Category 2A application form (below) requests:

  • Name, location and dates of the meeting
  • Letter of support from the applicant’s home institution
  • Detailed budget of expenses for which funds are requested
  • Title and type (i.e., oral, poster, etc.) of presentation the applicant will make of their research
  • The expected benefit to the applicant and their institution
  • Curriculum vitae information
  • Letter of acceptance from the meeting organizers
  • Proposed/submitted abstract of the presentation

Upon approval of an application:

  • A letter of acceptance from the meeting organizers is required before the funds are released.
  • The granted amount will be paid directly to the individual account of the Awardee.

Awardees must provide a short report on their experiences at the meeting containing a photograph of themselves at the relevant meeting attended (must be submitted within two months after completing the conference)

Awards will generally be in the range of $250 – $2,000 (US dollars).

 

Application form

 

2B. ISN CAEN Support for Participation by Individuals in Scientific Workshops/Training Courses/Satellite meetings in Developed or Developing Countries

Category 2B Grants provide funds to support for those from eligible countries to attend scientific workshops/training courses/ satellite meetings in a developed or developing country.

This support category is intended for ISN Student Members and ISN Postdoc Members (up to 5 years following the year the doctorate was awarded).

Exclusions criteria:

  • Applications for attending a regular style meeting/conference (for example SFN, FENS) are NOT eligible.
  • Travel to events that are not directly related to neurochemistry will not be supported.
  • Applications for travel to ISN-sponsored schools will not be considered by CAEN, since such travel fellowships are reviewed and approved by a separate ISN committee.
  • Batch applications will not be accepted. Applications to attend sister society meetings will be judged on their individual merit. Each applicant has to apply individually and not through a meeting organizer.

To be eligible for funding, the meeting must not commence until 2 months after a CAEN committee deadline but should commence within the 6 months after the deadline. Acceptance of attendance at a meeting does not necessarily imply eligibility for funding.

Applicants MUST be active members of the ISN at the time of application and at the time the supported event takes place.

The Category 2B application form (below) requests:

  • Name, location and dates of the meeting
  • Letter of support from the applicant’s home institution
  • Detailed budget of expenses for which funds are requested
  • Title and type (i.e., oral, poster, etc.) of presentation the applicant will make of their research
  • The expected benefit to the applicant and their institution
  • Curriculum vitae information
  • Letter of acceptance from the meeting organizers
  • Proposed/submitted abstract for the presentation

Upon approval of an application:

  • A letter of acceptance from the meeting organizers is required before the funds are released.
  • The full amount will be paid directly to the Awardee’s individual account.

Awardees must provide a short report on their experiences at the meeting and a photograph of themselves at the relevant workshop attended (must be submitted within two months after completing the conference)

Awards will generally be in the range of $250 – $2,000 (US dollars).

 

Application form

 

2C. ISN CAEN Support for the Implementation of Scientific/Educational Workshops and Small Schools

Category 2C Grants provide funds towards implementing scientific/educational workshops or small schools in a developing country. It is expected that a significant portion of the funds will be used to towards supporting students and student activities. Applicant(s) will be the principal organizers of the workshop/school.

This category is intended for independent young researchers and senior scientists.

Eligibility Criteria:
The scientific/educational workshop or small school must be held in an eligible country. However, the applicant(s) can be from any country.

Applicants MUST be active members of the ISN at the time of application and at the time the supported event takes place.

The Category 2C application form (access below) requests:

  • Name, location, dates and organizers of the workshop or school, an outline of the topics to be presented and the speakers/instructors who have agreed to participate.
  • Significance of the topic and expected impact of the workshop on the field of neurochemical research.
  • Budget of the total projected costs, and details of any funding being sought from other organizations (all other sources of finance should be clearly stated, indicating whether other ISN committees have been approached for support for the event).
  • Detailed budget of costs to be covered by funds requested from CAEN.
  • Summary of the proposed number and countries of origin of the students expected to attend (particularly in the case of schools).
  • Information to show the applicant(s) can run the meeting (i.e. local contacts, use of conference organizers, previous experience of applicant(s) to host a school/workshop).
  • Curriculum vitae information of the applicant(s).

Upon approval of an application:

  • 80% of the amount granted will be transferred to a bank account of the applicant’s institution, the host’s institution, or a designated bank account associated with the meeting. Other arrangements may exceptionally be considered but must be approved in advance by the ISN Treasurer.
  • Transfer to any private or individual bank account is not possible.
  • The responsible organizer is expected to submit a full report to CAEN chair within two months of the end of the workshop. The report should indicate the outcomes and benefits derived from the funds provided. The report must also include a list of recipients and the support provided to them.
  • The organizer must also submit an official financial report from the host institute or conference organizer.
  • The organizer must also submit one photograph of attendees at the relevant workshop or school.
  • The remaining 20% of the financial support will only be made available and transferred to the conference organizers or chairs upon receipt of the full report within two months of the end of the workshop and its approval by CAEN.
  • Only applicants who are active members of the ISN at the time of money transfer are eligible to receive the financial support.
  • Any significant changes to the program or organization of the workshop require the prior approval of the CAEN Chair before funds can be expended. Failure to inform the Chair of any changes accordingly may lead to cancellation of the granted support or to a request to return the transferred support to ISN.

Awards will generally be in the range of up to $10,000 (US dollars).

 

Application form

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants for CAEN funding MUST be active members of the ISN at the time of the application. Only CAEN awardees who have activated or renewed their ISN membership and paid any outstanding membership fees for the year in which the supported event takes place are eligible to receive the financial support.

Before preparing an application for CAEN support, please verify that you are eligible to apply for CAEN support. This may have changed since your last CAEN application. Eligibility is now transparently based upon rankings provided annually by the World Bank and includes countries with World Bank lending status which are classified as “upper middle income” or below.  (updated on September 26, 2018). To reflect changing or special circumstances, ISN Council will review CAEN eligibility annually.

  • Applications MUST be from individual ISN members and not from organisations.
  • Activities for which the financial support is requested should be undertaken in the 6 months immediately following the relevant deadlines (for Cat1A grants, travel must be undertaken within 12 months of the date of receipt of the acceptance letter).
  • To be eligible for funding in Category 2, meetings should not commence within 2 months after a CAEN application deadline.
  • Applicants should note that mandatory reports for all previously held ISN support awards must have been submitted and approved before an applicant is eligible to apply for any type of ISN support.

 

OTHER ELIGIBILITY RULES FOR CAEN SCHEMES:

A successful applicant for any type of CAEN support is not entitled to apply again for any type of CAEN support for a period of two years starting from the date of the notification letter of approval of the last successful application.

AWARDEES / REPORTS / ARCHIVES

ISN-CAEN Supported Activities 2018

Alessandro Prinetti, Italy: (Chairperson)

The Committee for Aid and Education in Neurochemistry (CAEN):
Alessandro Prinetti (Chair), Italy
Kazuhiro Ikenaka (ex officio), Japan
Ralf Dringen (ex officio), Germany
Flavia Gomes (ex officio), Brazil
Andrew Lawrence (ex officio ICC chair), Australia
Shin-Ichi Hisanaga, Japan
James Olopade, Nigeria
Arturo Ortega, Mexico
Michael Robinson, USA
Thomas Karikari, Ghana/UK
Illana Gozes, Israel
Pike See Cheah, Malaysia
Kochupurackal Mohanakumar, India
Neha Singla, India
Andrew Gundlach, Australia
Alberto Javier Ramos, Argentina

RESEARCH
CATEGORY 1A: Visit by the applicant to another lab
Report by Dr. Mante Priscilla Kolibea
Report by Mr. Ishola Azeez Olakunle
Report by Mr. Edem Edem
Report by Mrs Omotola Mosunmola Busayo
Report by Ms. Asad Antonela Sofia
Report by Mr. Bodart Santos Victor

CATEGORY 1B: Research supplies for use in the applicant’s home laboratory
Report by Dr. Fernandez Marina Olga
Report by Mr. Galeano Pablo
Report by Dr. Anastasia Gonzalez Agustin

CATEGORY 1C: Return Home Grant
Report by Mr. Soiza-Reilly Mariano

ATTENDING OR HOLDING SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

CATEGORY 2C: Support for the implementation of scientific/educational Workshops and small schools in a developing country
Report & Financial report & Appendix by Prof. Fakoya Francis Adelade
Report by Dr. Carine Nguemeni

ISN-CAEN Supported Activities 2017

Alessandro Prinetti, Italy: (Chairperson _August 2017-present)

The Committee for Aid and Education in Neurochemistry (CAEN):
Alessandro Prinetti (Chair), Italy
Kazuhiro Ikenaka (ex officio), Japan
Ralf Dringen (ex officio), Germany
Flavia Gomes (ex officio), Brazil
Andrew Lawrence (ex officio ICC chair), Australia
Shin-Ichi Hisanaga, Japan
James Olopade, Nigeria
Arturo Ortega, Mexico
Michael Robinson, USA
Thomas Karikari, Ghana/UK
Illana Gozes, Israel
Pike See Cheah, Malaysia
Kochupurackal Mohanakumar, India
Neha Singla, India
Andrew Gundlach, Australia
Alberto Javier Ramos, Argentina

RESEARCH
CATEGORY 1A: Visit by the applicant to another lab
Report by Dr. Jacob Akinyemi
Report by Dr. Olusaweun Mustapha

Report by Miss. Sonia Espindola
Report by Miss. Maria Selles
Report by Mrs. Oritoke Modupe Aluko
Report by Dr. Fernanda Kaufmann

Report by Dr. Sara Sanz-Blasco
Report & Confirmation letter by Mr. Sakoue Valair
Report by Ms. Sandra Zarate

Report by Ms Walaa Allam
Report by Ms Lucila Brocardo
Report by Mrs Lydia Ior
Report by Mr. Tomas Roberto Carden

Report by Mr. Guilherme de Freitas
Report by Dr. Oladiran Olateju

CATEGORY 1B: Research supplies for use in the applicant’s home laboratory
Report by Dr. Olayemi Joseph Olajide
Report by Dr. Mohamed Salama
Report by Dr. Veronica dela Fuente
Report by Dr. Philemon Shallie
Report by Dr. Nicolas Unsain
Report by Dr. Shirley Wenker
Report by Ms. Narine Ghazaryan
Report by Dr. Veronica Pastor
Report by Dr. Veronica Murta
Report by Dr. Tanya Calvey
Report by Dr. Noelia P. Di Giorgio
Report by Dr. Morgana Moretti
Report by Dr. Luis Eduardo Santos

CATEGORY 1C: Return Home Grant
Report by Dr. Ana Lis Moyano

ATTENDING OR HOLDING SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS
CATEGORY 2A: Travel awards for individuals to scientific meetings of ISN Sister Societies
Report by Dr. Oladele Abidoye
Report by Dr. Prosenjit Pal

CATEGORY 2C: Support for the implementation of scientific/educational Workshops and small schools in a developing country
Report by Prof. Polycarp Nwoha

Full Report & Financial report by Dr Ismael Galve‐Roperh

 

ISN-CAEN Supported Activities 2016

Caroline Rae, Australia (Chairperson _August 2015-August 2017)

The Committee for Aid and Education in Neurochemistry (CAEN):
Monica J. Carson (USA, ex officio)
Kazuhiro Ikenaka (Japan, ex officio)
Ralf Dringen (Germany, ex officio)
Flavia Gomes (Brazil)
Shin-Ichi Hisanaga (Japan)
Luis Tovar y Romo (Mexico)
Elena Avale (Argentina)
Jess Nithianantharajah (Australia)
Hiroko Baba (Japan)
James Olopade (Nigeria)
Arturo Ortega (Mexico)
Babette Fuss (USA)
Mike Robinson (USA)
Lasse Bak (Denmark)
Christos Chinopoulos (Hungary)

 

 

RESEARCH

CATEGORY 1A: Visit by the applicant to another lab

Report by Miss Pamela Adami
Report by Mr. Philip Adeniyi
Report by Mr. Felipe Ribeiro Campos
Report by Dr. Gabriel Olaiya Omotoso
Report by Miss. Rafaella Araújo Gonçalves da Silva
Report by Dr. Francis Olaolorun
Report by Miss. Stella Célio Junqueira
Report by Miss. Marta da Cunha Rodrigues
Report by Mr. Ivan De Luca Domith Gallo
Report by Dr. Bruno Mietto
Report by Miss Khairunissa Ramli
Report by Mr. Mauricio Oliveira

 

CATEGORY 1B: Research supplies for use in the applicant’s home laboratory

Report by Mr. Pablo Barcelona
Report by Dr. Lionel Muller Igaz
Report by Dr. Carla Caruso
Report by Dr. Alberto Morales Camacho
Report by Dr. Ayodeji Ayannuga Olugbenga
Report by Dr. Akash Guatam
Report by Dr. Mussie Hadera
Report by Dr. Amos Abolaji
Report by Dr. Elizabeth Durand
Report by Dr. Andiara Espindola de Freitas
Report by Dr. Manuella Kaster
Report by Dr. Mychael Lourenco
Report by Dr. Joshua Owolabi
Report by Dr. Vinicius de Toledo Ribas

CATEGORY 1C: Return Home Grant

Report by Dr. Pallab Battacharya

CATEGORY 1D: Career Interruption, Re-entry, Grant

 

Report by Mr. Vieira, Marcelo

 

ATTENDING OR HOLDING SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

ATEGORY 2B: Support for participation by individuals in scientific workshops/training courses/satellite meetings in developed or developing countries

Picture by Dr. Vishal Jain
Picture by Mr. Claudio Bussi

CATEGORY 2C: Support for the implementation of scientific/educational Workshops and small schools in a developing country

Report by Dr. Thomas Karikari

ISN-CAEN Supported Activities 2015

 

Prof. Caroline Rae, Australia (Chairperson_August 2015-August 2017)

The Committee for Aid and Education in Neurochemistry (CAEN):
Monica Carson (USA, ex officio)
Kazuhiro Ikenaka (Japan, ex officio)
Ralf Dringen (Germany, ex officio)
Flavia Gomes (Brazil)
Shin-Ichi Hisanaga (Japan)
Luis Tovar y Romo (Mexico)
Elena Avale (Argentina)
Jess Nithianantharajah (Australia)
Hiroko Baba (Japan)
James Olopade (Nigeria)
Arturo Ortega (Mexico)
Babette Fuss (USA)
Mike Robinson (USA)
Lasse Bak (Denmark)

 

RESEARCH

CATEGORY 1A: Visit by the applicant to another lab

Report by Mr. David Lekpa
Report by Mr. Ekong Moses
Report by Dr. Falade Temitope Eunice
Report by Dr. Ijomone Omamuyovwi Meashack
Report by Dr. Mukda Sujira
Report by Mr. Tinakoua Anass
Report by Dr. Yarur Hector
Report by Miss Amany Ladagu
Report by Mr Adeshina Adekeye
Report by Dr. Gustavo da Costa Ferreira
Report by Mrs Folarin Owolabi Racheal
Report by Dr. Wilasinee Suwanjang

 

CATEGORY 1B: Research supplies for use in the applicant’s home laboratory

Report by Dr. Juan Carlos Corona
Report by Dr. Maria Carolina Dalmasso
Report by Dr. Cecilia Ariana Frecha
Report by Dr. Leal María Celeste
Report by Dr. Evelin Cotella
Report by Dr. Oluwole Akinola
Report by Dr. Silvina Sonzogni
Report by Dr. Viviana Bumaschny
Report by Dr. Corina Garcia
Report by Dr. Betina Gonzalez
Report by Dr. Joice Stipursky Silva
Report by Dr. Flora Stephano

 

CATEGORY 1C: Return Home Grant

Report by Dr. Garcez Patricia
Report by Dr. Xiaohui Wang

 

ATTENDING OR HOLDING SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

CATEGORY 2A: Travel Awards for Individuals to Scientific Meetings of ISN Sister Societies

Picture by Dr. Victoria Rozés Salvador

 

CATEGORY 2B: Support for Participation by Individuals in Scientific Workshops/Training Courses/Satellite meetings in Developed or Developing Countries

Picture by Dr. Pardeep Kumar
Report and Pictures by Dr. Javier Ramos

 

CATEGORY 2C: Support to organise Scientific / Educational Workshops / Small Schools

Report & Pictures by Prof. Pasquini Juana
Report by Dr. Matthieu Louis

ISN-CAEN Supported Activities 2014

Prof. Roberto Cappai, Australia (Chairperson_August 2013-August 2015)

The Committee for Aid and Education in Neurochemistry (CAEN):
Alois Saria (Austria, ex officio)
Monica Carson (USA, ex officio)
Kazuhiro Ikenaka (Japan, ex officio)
Alessandro Printetti (Italy)
Flavia Gomes (Brazil)
Piyarat Govitrapong (Thailand)
Caroline Rae (Australia)
Ralf Dringen (Germany)
Amadi Ihunwo (South Africa)
Lourdes Massieu (Mexico)
Marco Prado (Canada)
Shin-Ichi Hisanaga (Japan)

 

RESEARCH

CATEGORY 1A: Visit by the applicant to another lab

Report & Pictures by Mr. Okjie Akhabue Kenneth
Report by Dr. Shampa Ghosh
Report by Ms. Mariana Oksdath
Report by Mr. Mychael Lourenco
Report by Dr. Olumayowa Olawumi Igado
Report by Ms. Maria Laura Bertoldi
Report & Picture by Mr. Julián Esteban Sáez Ardura
Report by Mr. Olayemi Joseph Olajide
Report by Mr. Alvaro Nieto
Report by Mr. Patricio Casanova
Report by Dr. Adedunsola Obasa
Report by Mr. Charles Oyinbo
Report by Ms. Danielle Beckman
Report by Ms. Maria Cadena
Report by Miss. Prapimpun Wongchitrat

 

CATEGORY 1B: Research supplies for use in the applicant’s home laboratory

Report by Dr. Alexandre Rodrigues
Report by Dr. Chand Basha Davuljigari
Report by Dr. Mrs. Georgina Renard
Report by Prof. Camila Scorticati
Report by Dr. Maria Alejandra Lopez Verrilli
Report by Dr. Ximena Caeiro
Report by Dr. Abel Carcagno
Report by Dr. Juan Orellana
Report by Dr. Wael Mohamed

 

CATEGORY 1C: Return Home Grant

Report by Dr. Lucas Sosa
Report & Financial Report by Dr. Amitabha Majumdar
Report by Dr. Sara Sanz-Blasco
Report and Picture by Dr. Nicolás Unsain
Report by Dr. Helena Iturvides Cimarosti
Report by Dr. Agustin Anastasia

 

ATTENDING OR HOLDING SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

CATEGORY 2A: Travel awards for individuals to scientific meetings of ISN Sister Societies (formerly 2C)

Picture by Dr. Asem Singh
Picture by Dr. Prapimpun Wongchitrat

 

CATEGORY 2B: Support for participation by individuals in scientific workshops/training courses/satellite meetings in developed or developing countries (formerly 2D)

Picture by Ms. Antonella Pollano
Picture by Ms.Melisa Monteleone
Picture by Dr. Laura Belluscio

 

CATEGORY 2C: Support for the implementation of scientific/educational Workshops and small schools in a deeloping country (formerly 2E)

Report by Dr. Luis Barbeito
Report by Dr. Mariela Chertoff

ISN-CAEN Supported Activities 2013

Prof. Roberto Cappai, Australia (Chairperson_August 2013-August 2015)

The Committee for Aid and Education in Neurochemistry (CAEN):
Alois Saria (Austria, ex officio)
Monica Carson (USA, ex officio)
Kazuhiro Ikenaka (Japan, ex officio)
Alessandro Printetti (Italy)
Flavia Gomes (Brazil)
Piyarat Govitrapong (Thailand)
Caroline Rae (Australia)
Ralf Dringen (Germany)
Amadi Ihunwo (South Africa)
Lourdes Massieu (Mexico)
Marco Prado (Canada)
Shin-Ichi Hisanaga (Japan)

RESEARCH

CATEGORY 1A: Research _Visit by the applicant to another lab

Report by Mr. Ivan Mestres
Report by Dr. Olanrewaju Fatola
Report & Pictures & Poster by Mr. Afolayan Gbenga
Report by Mr. Okojie Akhabue Kenneth
Report & Picture by Mr. Victor Danelon
Report & Movie by Mr. Nicolas Fuenzalida – Uribe
Report by Ms. Mariana Oksdath Mansilla
Report & Poster by Dr. Idris Ayodeji Azeez

 

CATEGORY 1B: Research Supplies for use in the applicant’s home laboratory

Report by Dr. Llira-De León
Report by Dr. Narine Ghazaryan

 

CATEGORY 1C: Return Home Grant

Report by Dr. Luis B. Tovar y Romo
Report by Dr. Mariela Chertoff
Report by Dr. Silvina Diaz
Report by Dr. Elena Avale
Report by Dr. Bruno Rezende Souza

 

CATEGORY 1D: Career Interruption

Report by Dr. Veronica Perez de la Cruz

 

ATTENDING OR HOLDING SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

CATEGORY 2C: Travel awards for individuals to attend scientific meetings of ISN sister societies

Report by Ms. Zila Martinez-Lozada

 

CATEGORY 2D:Support for participation by individuals in scientific workshops in developed countries

Report by Ms. Evelin Cotella

 

CATEGORY 2E: Support for the implementation of scientific / educational workshops and small schools

Report by Dr. Arturo Romano & Report by Dr James Olopade
Report by Dr. Mohamed Salama

ISN-CAEN Supported Activities 2012

2012 AWARDEES / REPORTS

Prof. Vilma Martin (Chairperson_December 2011-April 2013)

The Committee for Aid and Education in Neurochemistry (CAEN):
Mike Cousin (UK)
Alfreda Stadlin (Saudi Arabia)
Anne Boullerne (USA)
Roberto Cappai (Australia)
Ralf Dringen (Germany)
Amadi Ihunwo (South Africa)
Lourdes Massieu (Mexico)
Marco Prado (Canada)
Akio Wanaka (Japan)
Phil Beart (Australia, ex officio)
Alois Saria (Austria, ex officio)
Monica Carson (USA, ex officio)

 

RESEARCH

CATEGORY 1A: Research _Visit by the applicant to another lab

Report by Mr. Philip Adeniyi
Report by Levi Usende & Letter by supervisor, Prof Connor
Report by Dr. Marianna Astiz
Report by Dr. Laura Ester Montroull
Report by Dr. Valeria Lorenc
Report by Dr. Rufus Akinyemi
Report by Dr. Fummi Olopade
Report by Dr. Mariana Hernandez
Report by Dr. Evelin Cotella
Report by Dr. Jaqueline Rocha
Report by Dr. Yusuf Abdulkadir
Report by Dr. Constanza Garcia Keller
Report & Picture by Dr. Ivan Mestres

 

CATEGORY 1B: Research Supplies for use in the applicant’s home laboratory

Report by Dr. María Soledad Celej
Report by Dr. Maria Celeste Leal
Report by Dr. Ngalla Jillani
Report by Dr. Alicia Degano
Report by Dr. Pablo Lopes
Report by Dr. Kristina Minac
Report by Dr. Andrea Godinho
Report by Dr. Alberto Camacho
Report by Dr. Ilse Delint Ramirez

 

CATEGORY 1C: Return Home Grant

Report by Dr. Mariano Bisbal
Report by Dr. Mauricio Galiano

 

ATTENDING OR HOLDING SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

CATEGORY 2C: Travel awards for individuals to attend scientific meetings of ISN sister societies

Report by Mr. Mychael Lourenco
Picture & Certificate by Dr. Ramesh Narasingappa
Picture by Dr. Prapimpun Wongchitrat
Report & Picture by Dr. Vishal Jain
Report by Dr. Adekomi Adedayo

 

CATEGORY 2E: Support for the implementation of scientific / educational workshops and small schools

Report Pictures by Dr. Mohamed
Report by Dr. Khalid Allali
Report by Dr. Patricia Cassina
Report by Dr. Polycarp Nwoha

 

ISN-CAEN Supported Activities 2011

CAEN Committee

Chair – Mike Cousin, Scotland
Vilma Martins, Brazil
Dusan Dobrota, Slovakia
KP Mohanakumar, India
Amadi Ihunwo, South Africa
Ralf Dringen, Germany
Daniele Condorelli, Italy
Matthew Rasband, USA
Peter Wong, Singapore
Phil Beart Australia, ex officio
Alois Saria Austria, ex officio
David Shine USA, ex officio

Category 1: Research

A: Visit by the applicant to another lab:
Report by Ms. Noelia Paula Di Giorgio
Report by Ms. Silvina Andrea Ceriani
Report by Mr. Kumar Sinha
Report by Ms. Noches
Report by Mr. Jayaraman
Report by Mr. Bhattacharya
Report by Dr. Sanya
Report by Dr. Kimani
Report by Dr. Diaz
Report by Dr.Temoku

B: Research supplies for use in the applicant’s home laboratory:

Report by Dr. Hajj
Report by Dr. Perez De La Cruz
Report by Dr. Lopes
Report by Dr. Ferreria
Report by Dr. Waseem
Report by Njemanze

Category 2: Attending or holding scientific meetings

C. Travel awards for individuals to scientific meetings of ISN Sister Societies

Report by Mr. Aviles-Reyes
Poster by Dr. Dalmasso
Poster by Dr. Rajamma
Report by Dr. Patzke

D. Support for participation by individuals in scientific workshops in developed countries

Report by Dr. Castello
Report by Dr. Falliace
Acknowledgement by Dr. Paul
Report by Dr. Sinha

E. Support for the implementation of scientific/educational Workshops and small schools

Report by Dr. Antonelli
Report by Mr. Moses B Ekong

ISN-CAEN Supported Activities 2010

CAEN Committee

Chair – Mike Cousin, Scotland
Vilma Martins, Brazil
Dusan Dobrota, Slovakia
KP Mohanakumar, India
Amadi Ihunwo, South Africa
Ralf Dringen, Germany
Daniele Condorelli, Italy
Matthew Rasband, USA
Peter Wong, Singapore
Phil Beart Australia, ex officio
Alois Saria Austria, ex officio
David Shine USA, ex officio

Category 1: Research

A: Visit by the applicant to another lab:

Report by Mrs. El Mlili
Report by Dr. Araya
Report by Dr. Ardover
Report by Dhanarajan
Report by Dr. Olude

B: Research supplies for use in the applicant’s home laboratory:

 

Category 2: Attending or holding scientific meetings

C: Travel awards for individuals to scientific meetings of ISN Sister Societies

Poster by Dr.Boontem
Poster by Dr.Chatchaisak
Poster by Dr. Dys
Poster by Dr. Ibanez
Poster by Dr. Macchione
Poster by Dr. Twari
Poster by Dr. P. Kumar
Poster by Dr. R. Kumar
Poster by Dr. Ruksee
Poster by Dr. Stiban
Poster by Dr. Talkoka

ISN-CAEN Supported Activities 2008-2009

This brief report covers the activities of the Committee for Aid and Education in Neurochemistry (CAEN) of the International Society for Neurochemistry for 2008-2009, during which 17 grants were awarded to scientists from 13 countries in four continents. All the applications received by CAEN from 2008 to date were analyzed in detail by the Committee members: Phil Beart (Australia, ex officio), Roger Butterworth (Canada), Daniele Condorelli (Italy), Michael Cousin (UK), Ralf Dringen (Germany), Agustina Garcia (Spain, ex officio), Leszek Kaczmarek (Poland), Daniel Desire Tshala-Katum-Katumbay (Congo-USA), Mitradas Panicker (India), Matthew Rasband (USA), David Shine (USA, ex officio), Peter Wong (Singapore). The Chair is once again grateful for the active participation of those CAEN members whose agile and thoughtful input made the work possible.
Prof. Dr Francisco Barrantes
Chairman of CAEN

 

Grants awarded to neurochemists from Europe (including Eastern Europe):

Dr. Meri Manucharyan, Institute of Biochemistry of Armenian NAS,Yerevan, Republic
Of Armenia, was awarded an ISN CAEN grant to purchase biochemicals and other consumables. Amount awarded: 1,500 U$D

 

Dr. P. Petkova-Kirova, Department Excitable Structures, Institute of Biophysics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, was awarded an ISN CAEN grant to be used to purchase a mini-pump and accessories for research activities. Amount awarded: 3,025 Euros

 

 

 

 

Prof. Dr. B. Hamprecht, Universität Tübingen, Germany (beneficiaries of the award: Drs. Armen Simonjan of the University of Kamo, Armenia, and Gevorg Gevorgyan of the H. Buniatian Institute of Biochemistry, National Academy of Science of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia). Awarded an ISN CAEN grant to send hard copy journals and books (Volumes 229 (1971) to 450 (2007) of Nature from Dr. B. Hamprecht´s personal subscription were available for donation to needy institutes in a deprived country: volumes 229 (1971) – 312 (1984) [318 (1985)] and 307(1984) [313 (1985)] – 450 (2007), respectively. They arranged to divide between them the entire set of volumes after shipment). ISN CAEN support permitted the transfer by truck of the journal volumes consisting of 12 cardboard boxes (350 kg) from Tübingen to Yerevan. Amount awarded: Euro 334.48 = U$D 473.-

 

 

Grants awarded to Latin American neurochemists:
– Dr. Gabriel Ferrero, from the University of Cordoba, Argentina, was awarded an ISN CAEN grant to participate in the course New Developments in Quantitative Molecular Bioscience held on the Island of Spetses, Greece, 10th – 17th September 2008. $500.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ruth Rojas Carbajal, Neuroscience Department of Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University, was awarded an ISN CAEN grant that allowed her to conduct research at Clemente Estable Institute, in Montevideo, Uruguay, between September and December 2008. Research at this institute was done under the supervision of Dr. F. Rivera and Dr. F. Dajas in order to learn about two ischemia models: permanent and transient focal cerebral ischemia in adult rats, which are useful tools not only to learn about the underlying pathology of ischemia but also to identify new compounds that can attenuate or prevent damage. A further step in this research aims at reproducing both ischemia models at Dr. Rojas´ home institution in Perú, to evaluate possible neuroprotective effects of plant extracts from Peruvian biodiversity on ischemia. Amount awarded: U$D 2500.  Report.

Ms. Georgina M. Renard, Cátedra de Fisiologia Animal, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, was awarded an ISN CAEN grant to visit the laboratory of Dr. Ramón Sotomayor to undertake a research project on “the role of the lateral septum in stress-induced relapse to cocaine seeking” under the supervision of Dr. Katya Gysling at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile (FONDECYT / Millennium Science Nucleus, ICM, MIDEPLAN, Chile). Amount awarded: 1,800 U$D

 

 

Dr. Juan Segura-Aguilar and Dr. Pablo A. Caviedes, Program of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, ICBM, Faculty of Medicine, Santiago, Chile, were awarded an ISN CAEN grant to support the Advanced Graduate Course: Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms of Neuronal Damage. Report.  Therapeutical approaches, held at the Panamericana Hotel Arica & Resort, Arica, Chile, on April 23rd – 26th, 2009. A total of 37 students from Perú, Argentina, Brazil and Chile participated in this course. Of these, 24 were supported by the ISN grant to attend the course. Amount awarded: 6,000 U$D.

– Ms. Analía Richeri, Ph. D. student from Instituto Clemente Estable, Montevideo,
Uruguay, was awarded an ISN CAEN grant to participate at the Workshop on “Semaphorin
Function and Mechanisms of Action” held in Abbaye des Vaulx de Cernay, France, on May 8-11, 2008. Participation in this workshop gave Ms. Analía Richeri the opportunity to discuss
with scientists working on different experimental systems involving semaphorins, namely Dr.
Klagsbrun, Dr. A. Bagri, (angiogenesis and cancer), Christine Holt, Oded Behar (Nervous System). She was also able to establish academic contact with Dr. A. Bagri. This collaboration enabled her to receive an antibody directed against one of the semaphorin receptors, which will be essential for her future work. Amount awarded: 500 U$D.

Grants awarded to neurochemists from Africa:

– Mr. Samir Ahboucha, Cadi Ayyad University, Faculté des Sciences Semlalia,
Neurosciences, Pharmacology and Environment Research Unit, Marrakech, Morocco, was awarded an ISN CAEN grant to purchase research instrumentation to undertake the research project “Neuroactive steroids: A new target for the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy”. Amount awarded: 5,000 U$D

– Dr. James O. Olopade, Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Penn State College of
Medicine, 17033, PA, USA, and Comparative Anatomy and Environmental Toxicology
Unit, Dept. of Veterinary Anatomy, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, was awarded an ISN CAEN grant for the purchase of equipment to carry out research activities on the neuroprotective effects of natural products on vanadium-induced neurotoxicity. Amount awarded: 4,600 U$D

– Dr. Moyosore Salihu Ajao, University of the Witwatersrand, South
Africa was awarded an ISN CAEN grant to visit the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Lipp at the Institute of Anatomy, University of Zurich, to undertake the research project on “the role of melatonin in global cerebral ischemia and adult neurogenesis in Sprague-Dawley rats”. Amount awarded: 4,000 U$D

 

Grants awarded to neurochemists in Asia:

– Mr. Ashesh Dhawale, Computational Neuroscience Laboratory, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), University of
Agricultural Sciences- Gandhi Krishi Vignan Kendra (GKVK) Campus, Bangalore, India, was awarded an ISN CAEN grant (2008) to visit the laboratory of Dr. Dinu Albeanu at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, USA, to undertake a research project on the role of the GABA and NA neurotransmitter systems of the olfactory bulb in odorant discrimination. Amount awarded: 4,000 U$D

 

Reports submitted during this period

Dr. Marie Moftah, Zoology Department, Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt, was awarded an ISN CAEN grant to purchase supplies to be used at her home laboratory to conduct research on locomotion recovery, spinal cord regeneration after lesion in Mammals and Urodeles, constituting the two extremes of the regenerative capacity, and synaptic plasticity through morphological cellular reorganization in neuropathic animal models. Report presented June 2009 (2007 awardee)

 

 

 

Miss Sraboni Chaudhury, a Ph.D. student from the Neurobiology Lab at the Department of Anatomy, AIIMS, New Delhi, India, was awarded an ISN CAEN grant to receive training at The Open University in the UK under the supervision of Prof. M.G.Stewart. During a 2-month (July-Sept., 2008) stay at The Open University, Miss Chaudhury learnt about the handling of electron microscopy and carried out an electron microscopy study on the “Expression of synaptophysin following LTP and LTD stimulation in the medial molecular layer of the rat hippocampus.”

 

Jitendra Kumar, Ph. D. student at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS-TIFR), Bangalore India, was awarded an ISN CAEN grant to pay a 3-month visit (in 2008) to Dr. Dieter Klopfenstein´s laboratory at George August University in Göttingen, Germany, to carry out research on the role of specific residues in the PH domain identified in vivo to UNC-104 function.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Alexandra Latini, Centro de Ciências Biológicas Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis – SC, Brazil, was awarded an ISN CAEN grant to visit scientific centres in Austria in 2008. During the first two weeks of her stay in Austria, Dr. Latini followed two courses on mitochondrial function held in Schroecken under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Erich Gnaiger in collaboration with the Mitochondrial Physiology Society. Dr. Latini also visited Prof. Dr. Erich Gnaiger´s laboratory at the Swarovski Research Laboratory, the Medical University of Innsbruck where she carried out pilot experiments to optimize a multiple substrate respiratory protocol (Q-junction protocol) for application to brain homogenates or a brain permeabilized tissue preparation by using the Ouroboros Oxigraph-2K.

 

Dr. Daniel García, Dept. de Química, Univ. Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, was awarded an ISN CAEN grant to buy research supplies for the project “Biophysical characterization of phenolic compounds with possible anaesthetic and/or gabaergic activity. Pharmacological correlations. Amount awarded: 1,200 U$D

ISN-CAEN Supported Activities 2006-2007

CAEN Supported Activities 2007-2008

Shipment of instruments to former East Bloc countries.

Workshop on Semaphorin Function and Mechanisms of Action, May 2008.

CAEN Supported Activities 2006-2007

Full report on the activities supported by CAEN in 2006-07.

SUBMISSIONS OF APPLICATIONS:

Application and ISN membership forms should be directed to the Chair of CAEN:

Alessandro Prinetti
Professor of Biochemistry
Department of Medical Biotechnology and Translational Medicine
The Medical School, University of Milano
LITA Segrate
Via Fratelli Cervi 93
20090 Segrate (Milano), Italy
phone +39-02-50330376/380
fax +39-02-50330365
e-mail: alessandro.prinetti@unimi.it

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