The ISN Schools Initiative Committee provides financial support for the organisation of international neurochemistry schools worldwide, with a special focus on schools in emerging nations and regions. ISN schools have the purpose of providing an environment in which to enhance technological experience, gain knowledge on the latest developments in neurochemistry, and foster interactions among scientists worldwide with the aim of increasing scientific exchange, collaborative research and training opportunities.
Members and the Chair of the ISN Schools Committee (the committee) are appointed by ISN Council to serve an initial term of two years with the possibility of renewal. The members of the committee represent all geographical regions. The committee reviews and recommends proposals for funding, and evaluates the final reports.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic development, the Schools Initiative grant will be re-opened for the next 2022 round.
Eligibility and Deadlines
Applicants MUST be active members of the ISN. Only members who have renewed their membership for the respective year are eligible to apply for and to receive financial support through the ISN Schools Initiative.
Applications have to be made by using the application form which is available from the Chair of the ISN Schools Initiative Committee. The application requires:
- A short description of the school including its goals, the target student population, the geographical distribution of the student population, the student selection process, a syllabus outline, and facilities and other resources available to the school.
- A list of the faculty, including the following information (institutional affiliation and research area) and their role in the school.
- A description of the means to transport and house students and faculty; justification is needed if faculty and students are not housed at the same hotel or accommodation venue
- A detailed budget including other sources of funds that are available or planned; the budget may not include honoraria or business class airplane tickets, nor other expenses that derive from other scientific events, temporally associated with the proposed School
- Written approval to hold an ISN School from the Institution hosting the ISN School (if relevant).
Applicants are responsible for the planning, implementation, financial management of the school as outlined in the approved proposal, and for the final reporting upon completion of the school.
School Theme and Organization
An ISN School should focus on an area of neurochemistry considered in its broadest cellular, molecular and clinical context within neuroscience.
The program of an ISN School should be designed to suit the skill levels of the respective student population. Topics may be quite basic to allow the training of relatively inexperienced neuroscientists or of high contemporary relevance to provide updates on the latest developments in neurochemistry. ISN Schools may consist of formal lectures or hands-on laboratory-based training, or a combination of both. Active participation of attendees in form of student presentations should be included as part of the program.
Clear and convincing justification for the financial support requested from ISN has to be made in the application and in the proposed budget of the school. The ISN will grant financial support for a school up to a maximal amount of USD 35,000 on a competitive base.
Once a school proposal is approved, the ISN Treasurer will make 80% of the funding available in advance. The remaining 20% will be paid once the final report has been received from the organizers and approved by the Schools Committee.
Schools funded through the ISN’s Schools Initiative are to be designated ISN Schools. ISN’s financial support has to be acknowledged in the school documents and the ISN’s logo shown in the school materials and announcements. In addition, information on ISN and on the benefits of an ISN membership has to be given as a presentation at the supported school.
It is anticipated that the school organisers will assist the ISN in collecting data on the outcome of the school including follow-up on the attendees’ career development of attendees.
Inquiries and formal applications should be sent by Email to:
Prof. Babette Fuss (ISN Schools Initiative Chair)
Virginia Commonwealth University
ISN SCHOOLS INITIATIVE: FAQs
Can I contact the chair of the ISN Schools Initiative before sending a full application?
Applicants are encouraged to reach out to the chair of the ISN Schools Initiative with any questions they may have regarding the application process and the information details to be included in the application.
Can I include invited speakers as part of an ISN Schools Initiative supported program?
Invited speakers can be included as part of an ISN School program; however, these speakers are expected to actively contribute to the school’s teaching and training mission.
Is confirmation of participation of all faculty/instructors and invited speakers needed at the time of submission?
For a successful application, it is expected that participating faculty and speakers have agreed to participate in the program as outlined in the application.
Is a lecture only program acceptable for an ISN Schools Initiative sponsored School?
ISN Schools Initiative sponsored Schools are expected to include as a major component student training. This training can be provided through practical hands-on sessions, interactive small group discussions, guided student presentations and similar activities involving dynamic student participation.
Do I need to provide a detailed and itemized budget at the time of submission?
Yes, all applications need to include a detailed budget with justification for all budget items.
Do I need some type of documentation of commitment from the institution at which I am planning to hold an ISN Schools Initiative sponsored School
For all applications, documentation of availability of all facilities planned to be used, such as lecture halls and laboratories, as well as of proposed accommodation/housing is expected to be included.
AWARDEES / REPORTS / ARCHIVES
ISN School Initiative Reports 2019
TUNISIA: “The 1st joined ISN /IBRO Tunisia Neuroscience School: From basic brain functions to neurodegenerative diseases”
Date: November 24th – December 1st, 2019
Location: Faculty of Sciences of Sfax, Tunisia
Organizer: Dr. Brahim Gargouri
NIGERIA: ISN School of Neuroscience
Date: 20-26 October 2019
Location: Akure, Nigeria
Organizers: Profs Ganiyu Oboh and Omanuyovwi Ijomone
ISN School Initiative Reports 2017
NIGERIA: IBADAN 2017 Neurochemistry School: ”Phytochemical Research For Neurological Therapy”
EGYPT: Neurogenetics from animal models to precision medicine
UGANDA: The 10th Tools for Teaching Neuroscience Workshop
URUGUAY: 4th ISN Latin American School of Advanced Neurochemistry: Brain pathologies and natural products
ARGENTINA: From Molecules to Systems: Modern Neurobiology at a Glance–Injury and Repair Mechanisms in the Nervous System
JAPAN: APSN-ISN-JSN Advanced School “Novel Dimensions in Neurochemical Research; from molecular biology to brain imagin’‘
|NIGERIA: ISN School on Insect Neuroscience and Neurogenetics. A focus on cutting-edge affordable science
Date: Nov 13 to Dec 3, 2017
Location: the Gombe State University, Nigeria
Organizer: Dr. Lucia Prieto Godino
ISN School Initiative Reports 2016
TANZANIA: Insect Neuroscience and Drosophila Neurogenetics
UGANDA: The 9th Tools for Teaching Neuroscience Workshop
MALAYSIA: The APSN-ISN Neuroscience School 2016: “Basic
ISN School Initiative Reports 2015
URUGUAY: “The ISN School on Molecular and Cell Biology to Unravel the Physiology/Pathology of Diverse Neuroscience Paradigms”
Date: 14-22 November, 2015
Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
Organizer: Dr. Jose Roberto Sotelo
ETHIOPIA: “The 8th Tools for Teaching Neuroscience Workshop”
Date: 19-24 September 2015
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Organizer: Dr. Sharon L. Juliano
ARGENTINA: “From Molecules to Systems: Modern Neurobiology at a Glance”
Date: 31st August–11th September 2015, 2015
Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Organizer: Dr. Cristian Acosta
TANZANIA: “Insect Neuroscience and Drosophila Neurogenetics. A focus on cutting-edge affordable science”.
Date: August 17–September 5, 2015
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Organizer: Dr. Lucia Prieto Godino
KOREA: 2015 IBRO/ISN Joint Advanced School – Report
Date: 14-20 September 2015
Location: Daegu, Korea
SOUTH AFRICA: IBRO/UNESCO/ISN/NRF Postgraduate Neuroscience School
”Sleep and Circadian Rhythms”
Date: March 19-25, 2015
Location: Drankensburg Mountains
Organizer: Prof. Paul R. Manger
ISN School Initiative Reports 2014
AFRICA: Behavioral Bioassays in Neuroscience: Brain and Behavior from
Invertebrates to Small Mammals
Date: December 4‐13,2014
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Organizer: Nilesh B. Patel
URUGUAY: 3rd ISN Latin American School of Advanced Neurochemistry
Date: November 24 – December 4, 2014
Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
Organizer: Dr. F. Dajas
TAIWAN: ISN-APSN Advanced SchoolISN-APSN Advanced School
”Neuroimaging as a contemporary adjunct to neurochemistry”
Date: August 18-22, 2014
Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Organizer: Samuel H.H. Chan (Chair, Local Organizing Committee)
The ISN-APSN Advanced School (Kaohsiung, Taiwan 2014) was formally approved by
the ISN Schools Initiative Committee in an e-mail from the Committee Chair, Dr. Dimitra Mangoura dated June 13, 2014. The Advanced School was held on August 18-22, 2014,
in conjunction with the 12th Meeting of APSN (August 23-26, 2014).
AFRICA: IBRO-ISN-FOCP Specialized African Neuroscience School On ”Neurobiology of Adaptations to Environment”
Date: June 18-24, 2014
Location: Dakhla, Morocco
Organizer: Dr. Khalid El Allali
Focus on African Biotopes – Report
ISN School Initiative Reports 2012/2013
2-7 December, 2013
Organizer: Adesola Ogunniyi
Europe – ISN/FENS School 2013 – Report
24-28 September 2013
Orthodox Academy of Crete, Kolymbari, Crete, Greece
Organiser: Antonis Stamatakis
Europe – FENS “New Approaches in Glial Cell Research”, Barcelona, Spain – Report
10-13 July, 2012
Organizer: Dr. Tina Garcia
Americas – LASAN “The synapse in health and disease”, Buenos Aires, Argentina
10-14 September, 2012
Organizer: Dr. Dajas & Barrantes
Asia-Pacific – APSN “Neurochemical basis of neurodegeneration, regeneration and neuroplasticity”, Osaka, Japan – Report
24-29 September, 2012
Organizer: Dr. Akio Wanaka
ISN School Initiative Reports 2010/2011
Africa – IBRO “Neurodegenerative disease and addiction”, Fez, Morocco
29 October – 05 November, 2011
Organizer: Dr. Nouria Lakhdar-Ghazal
Asia-Pacific – APSN “Pain: Neurochemical electrophysiological and behavioral correlates”, Xian, China
13-17 February, 2011
Organizer: Dr. Jun Chen
Americas – “Early sensory-motor integration: from cellular to system level”, Montevideo, Uruguay
03-07 September, 2011
Organizer: Dr. Raul Russo
ISN/APSN/TNS/IBRO/ School on “Drug Addiction”, Bangkok, Thailand – Picture
11-15 October, 2010
Center of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Mahidol University
Organizers: Professor Piyarat Govitrapong, Director, Centre for Neuroscience,
Mahidol University and the Thai Neuroscience Society (TNS) – Report
ISN School “Lipidomics in the nervous system cells”, Catania, Italy – Picture
17-21 May 2010
Grand Hotel, Acitrezza, Catania
Organizers: Professor Mario Alberghina, University of Catania, and Professors Sandro Sonnino and Alessandro Prinetti, University of Milan, Italy – Report
ISN School Initiative Reports 2008/2009
ISN – IBRO Neuroscience School, Fayoum, Egypt. December 2-7, 2009
Organizers: Simon Heales (UK) Roger Butterworth (Canada) Raj Kalaria (Kenya & UK)
Held from December 2-7, the School focused upon neuronal cell death mechanisms in a range of disorders including neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimers, Parkinsons, ALS), stroke, and metabolic CNS disorders.
Morning sessions were made up of formal 30 min. lectures and discussions of key topics (apoptosis, necrosis, animal models, neuroprotective strategies) and afternoons were spent in the laboratory facilities (Fayoum University) with laboratory sessions dedicated to basic neuropathology, cell counting, immunohistochemistry, and animal behavior techniques. A total of 31 students were enrolled in the school from 8 African countries. Teaching faculty included Dr. Abdul Mohammed (Kenya & Sweden), Dr. Marina Bentovoglio (Italy), Dr. Vivienne Russell (S. Africa), Dr. Tharcisse Kayenbe (Congo), Dr Howard Cooper (France), Dr Samir Ahboucha (Morocco), in addition to the school organizers.
Following the school, all faculty and students attended the meeting of the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA) in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt. Funding for the transfer to Sharm-el-Sheikh was provided by SONA and Fayoum University.
1st ISN Latin American School of Advanced Neurochemistry, March 23-30, 2009
“In vitro and in vivo neurochemical approaches applied to the study
Directors: Dr. Luis Barbeito, Dr. Federico Dajas
Joint IBRO-ISN African School on Chronobiology, October 20-27, 2008
“Brain and Clocks: Neurochemical, pharmacological and therapeutic approaches”
School coordinator: Professor Nouria Lakhdar-Ghazal
ISN/APSN/IBRO School, June 16-21, 2008
School of Pharmacy, Fudan University, No. 130 Dong’an Road,
Student Lab, Level 1, Building No. 5 (West Campus),
Shanghai 200032, China.
ISN/APSN/IBRO School Chair, Dr Alfreda Stadlin.
ISN-APSN-SNCI sponsored workshop, Jan 7-16, 2008
“Modern Neurochemical techniques to understand brain functions”
NIMHANS and NCBS, Bangalore
Organizing Secretary: Dr. M. N. Subhash