ISN Schools Initiative

The Schools Initiative Committee provides financial support for the organisation of neurochemistry schools worldwide, with a focus on emerging nations.
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) will be appointed by ISN Council and should serve an initial term of two years (renewable). The committee will publicise and solicit proposals, review and approve proposals, and evaluate reports from the school organisers. The committee will be made up of members representing each geographical region (Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Americas) and a region Chair along with the ISN Officers as ex-officio members. The Chair and the region Chairs may decide to triage an application if the specified guidelines are not closely followed.


Proposals may be submitted from scientists and educators of the different regions at any time. The organisers will be responsible for the planning, organisation and financial management of each school.

School Theme
An ISN School should focus on an area of neurochemistry considered in its broadest cellular, molecular and clinical context within neuroscience.

School Organization
The curriculum of the 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 latest developments in neurochemistry. These ISN Schools may be of several types consisting of formal lectures or hand-on laboratory-based sessions, or a mix of both types of activities. All students at ISN Schools will be encouraged to present their own research activities. The application should also contain,

  1. 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.
  2. A list of the faculty, including the following information (institutional affiliation and research area) and their role in the school.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Written approval to hold an ISN School from the Institution hosting the ISN School (if relevant).

Deadlines- Application
Proposals must be submitted at least four (4) months in advance to the Chair of the School Committee. 


  1. The current annual amounts budgeted for the schools by region are:
    Asian Pacific Region: up to $50,000
    European Region: there is no active budget for Europe for the Year 2017
    African Region: up to $50,000
    American Region: up to $50,000
  2. The schools committee will be directly responsible for the determination of the level of funding of each individual ISN School within the annual allocation of funds provided by ISN Council for each geographical region. The total funds budgeted for each year need not be spent each year if the number or quality of applications does not meet expected levels established by the committee. Funds do not accrue if they are not expended within the ISN’s fiscal year.
  3. Organisers of ISN Schools may seek additional financial support from government bodies, other societies, philanthropic organisations, academic institutes and industry where these might be available.
  4. Funding may only be used for activities within that School.
  5. Applicants for ISN School Initiative funding MUST be active members of the ISN. Only ISN School Initiative awardees who have renewed their membership for the current year are eligible to receive the financial support.
  6. Fund transfer procedure: Please address your correspondence to the executive of the ISN Administrative Office at and copy the Schools Committee Chair B. Fuss. Once a school proposal is approved by the Chair of the committee the ISN Treasurer will make 80% of the funding available in advance to the organizers. The other 20% will be paid once students and faculty have electronically registered on the site that ISN will provide from each school and have completed the provided questionnaire (will be available soon) and a report is received from the organizers and approved by the Schools Committee Chair.

Please also note the following:
• Earlier release of the 20% balance or upfront funding of the total amount may be considered in exceptional cases, but must be approved in advance by the ISN Treasurer.
• Funds will be sent to an account of the organisers’ institution or a bank account established to finance the school.
• No overheads or indirect costs are to be taken by the institution that handles these funds. Other arrangements may be considered but must be approved in advance by the ISN Treasurer.
• Funding cannot be paid into individual (non-institutional) bank accounts.
• No other ISN funds should be used to augment the budgets of the schools.

Post-meeting Report:
Upon completion of the school the organisers will be responsible for the preparation and submission of a report to the Chair of the Schools Committee within one month after the conclusion of ISN School. This report should describe the activities undertaken, the breakdown of disbursement of funds (including allocations of travel grants to students & faculty), other funding received from other sources, and list all people (affiliations & countries) who received ISN funding. At least one photograph (suitable for reproduction) should be included of all attendees at the School to allow for publicity of the ISN Schools Initiative. The report will be evaluated the Schools Committee and once approved the residual 20% of the funds will be released to the organisers and the report posted on the ISN website. Failure to provide a timely and informative report will result in the forfeiture of the 20% residual funds.

The committee and the ISN Secretary should aggressively publicise this initiative throughout the international neuroscience community. Effort should be made to solicit proposals from organisers from outside the customary groups that receive funds from the ISN in order to widen the ISN’s impact on neurochemical education. At the discretion of the committee and the approval of the Treasurer a small portion of the funds (<10%) of a region’s funds may be used to publicise this initiative in appropriate newsletters, publications, and web sites.

Schools funded by ISN will 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 material and announcements.

The committee will collect data on the outcomes of the schools such as the subsequent careers of students and the number of publications arising from students that attended the schools in order to rationally evaluate the program.

Applicants for ISN School Initiative funding MUST be active members of the ISN. Only members who have renewed their membership for the current year are eligible to receive financial support through the ISN Schools Initiative

Inquiries and formal applications should be sent by Email to:
Prof Bubette Fuss (ISN School Initiative Chair)
Virginia Commonwealth University


ISN School Initiative Reports 2017

NIGERIA: IBADAN 2017 Neurochemistry School: ”Phytochemical Research For Neurological Therapy”
Date: 5-1 February, 2017
Location: Ibadan, Nigeria
Organizer: Prof. James Olopade

Report & Pictures

EGYPT: Neurogenetics from animal models to precision medicine
Date: 1-4 May 2017
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Organizer: Dr. Mohamed Salama

Report & Pictures

UGANDA: The 10th Tools for Teaching Neuroscience Workshop
Date: 5-10 June 2017
Location: Entebbe, Uganda
Organizer: Dr. Sharon L. Juliano

Report & Pictures

URUGUAY: 4th ISN Latin American School of Advanced Neurochemistry: Brain pathologies and natural products
Date: 16-28 October 2017
Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
Organizer: Dr. Federico Dajas and Dr. Cecilia Scorza

Report & Pictures

ARGENTINA: From Molecules to Systems: Modern Neurobiology at a GlanceInjury and Repair Mechanisms in the Nervous System
Date: 28 August – 8 September 2017
Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Organizer: Dr. Cristian Acosta

Report & Pictures

JAPAN: APSN-ISN-JSN Advanced School “Novel Dimensions in Neurochemical Research; from molecular biology to brain imagin’
Date: 2-6 September 2017
Location: Sendai, Japan
Organizer: Prof. Kohji Fukunaga

Report and Pictures

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
Date: October 24 – November 13, 2016
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Organizer: Dr. Lucia Prieto Godino

Report & Pictures

UGANDA: The 9th Tools for Teaching Neuroscience Workshop
Date: 20-25 September 2016
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Organizer: Dr. Sharon L. Juliano

Report & Pictures

MALAYSIA: The APSN-ISN Neuroscience School 2016: “Basic
Techniques in In Vitro Neural Differentiation From Stem Cells”

Date: 22 – 26 August 2016
Location: Selangor, Malaysia
Organizer: Dr. Pike See Cheah

Report & Pictures

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

Please read a Full Report & Pictures


ETHIOPIA: “The 8th Tools for Teaching Neuroscience Workshop”

Date: 19-24 September 2015
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Organizer: Dr. Sharon L. Juliano

Please read a Full Report & Pictures 


ARGENTINA: “From Molecules to Systems: Modern Neurobiology at a Glance”

Date: 31st August–11th September 2015, 2015
Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Organizer: Dr. Cristian Acosta

Please read a Full Report & Pictures


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

Please read a Full Report & Pictures.


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

Please read a Full Report & Pictures

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 
 Nilesh B. Patel


Please read a Full Report & Pictures


URUGUAY: 3rd ISN Latin American School of Advanced Neurochemistry

Date: November 24 – December 4, 2014
Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
Organizer: Dr. F. Dajas

Please read a Full Report & Pictures

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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).

Please read Full Report & Pictures


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

Reports 2013

Africa – 36th IBRO African Region Neuroscience School – Report Pictures

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


Reports 2012

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

Reports 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



Reports 2010

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

Reports 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
of neurodegeneration”,
Directors: Dr. Luis Barbeito, Dr. Federico Dajas

Reports 2008

Joint IBRO-ISN African School on Chronobiology, October 20-27, 2008
“Brain and Clocks: Neurochemical, pharmacological and therapeutic approaches”
Ouarzazate, Morocco
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

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