Eilís Dowd joins the Executive Committee of FENS

Eilís Dowd joins the Executive Committee of FENS

There was exciting news for the Galway Neuroscience Centre and Neuroscience Ireland this week with the announcement, on Twitter here, that three Irish neuroscientists have been elected to roles within the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).

Eilís Dowd from the Galway Neuroscience Centre, who is Immediate Past President of Neuroscience Ireland, has been elected to Chair the FENS Communications Committee and she will also join the FENS Executive Committee.

Áine Kelly from Trinity College Dublin, who is the current President of Neuroscience Ireland, was elected to the Higher Education & Training Committee, and Richard Roche from Maynooth University, also a Past President of Neuroscience Ireland, was elected to the Communications Committee.

Congratulations to Eilís, Áine and Richard from all at GNC!

FENS launch Twitter guide for members!

FENS launch Twitter guide for members!

FENS, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, have launched a Guide to Twitter for FENS member societies and FENS members. The guide was launched at the FENS2020 Virtual Forum during a Special Event on Twitter hosted by Dervila Glynn from Cambridge Neuroscience who is Chair of the FENS Communications Committee.

The guide, drawn by Debbie Roberts from Engage Visually, can be downloaded in high resolution by clicking on the image above or by clicking here.

The FENS Special Event “Using Twitter to Communicate in your Science Life” had a distinctly Galway Neuroscience flavour – Dervila herself is a graduate of NUI Galway; one of the panellists was John Cryan from University College Cork, also a NUI Galway graduate; and the Twitter guide was developed with help from Eilis Dowd from the Galway Neuroscience Centre, who will be taking over the role of Chair of the FENS Communications Committee after FENS2020.

“Mood Atlas” wins at Sci-On Film Festival in Nevada!

“Mood Atlas” wins at Sci-On Film Festival in Nevada!

The short film, “Mood Atlas” has won Best Medical Documentary at the Sci-On Film Festival in Reno, Nevada.

Mood Atlas describes the experiences of Shane Hickey, who is living with Bipolar Disorder, and the research that is underway in the Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory at NUI Galway to map Shane’s brain and emotions, to improve the diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

Mood Atlas was directed by multiple award-winning director, Mia Mullarkey of Ishka Films, and was funded by the Irish Health Research Board, through a Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Grant, awarded to the former Director of the Galway Neuroscience Centre, Dr Dara Cannon.

The Sci-On Film Festival is the “Biggest Little Science + Fiction Film Festival in the World.” Their goal is to bring science fiction and science fact short films to audiences around the world – and to recognize, reward and showcase creativity, ingenuity and science-based imagination.

Congratulations to Shane, Dara, Mia and all involved in this wonderful film!

ICRS2020 in Galway is cancelled

ICRS2020 in Galway is cancelled

Following very careful consideration, the ICRS Board of Directors has taken a decision to cancel both the main ICRS2020 Symposium and the associated Satellite Symposium on Cannabinoids and Chronic Pain – originally scheduled for July 4 – 9 in Galway, Ireland – due to the COVID-19 crisis.

See the full statement here: https://new.icrs.co/ICRS2020/ICRS2020/

ICRS will return to Galway 2022 and we look forward to welcoming you all then.

GNC Travel Awards for FENS2020

GNC Travel Awards for FENS2020

***Deadline: 18th February 2020***

To support Galway Neuroscience Centre members’ attendance at the FENS2020 Forum of Neuroscience in Glasgow (11-15th July 2020), we are pleased to announce that we will be providing FENS2020 travel awards for GNC PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.

These will be awarded to PhD students and post-doctoral applicants who are both GNC and Neuroscience Ireland members, who have submitted an abstract for FENS2020, and who have  also applied for a Neuroscience Ireland FENS2020 travel bursary. Applicants that do not receive a travel bursary from Neuroscience Ireland will be considered for a Galway Neuroscience Centre travel award.

Eligibility:
1. You must be a GNC PhD student or post-doctoral researcher.
2. You must be a member of Neuroscience Ireland (apply here).
3. You must have submitted an abstract for FENS2020 (submit here).
4. You must have applied for the Neuroscience Ireland Travel FENS2020 bursary (apply here).

Application Process:
After fulfilling the above eligibility criteria, simply send a copy of your Neuroscience Ireland travel bursary application form to neuroscience@nuigalway.ie. The deadline for submission is the 18th February 2020 – the same as the FENS2020 abstract submission deadline and the Neuroscience Ireland travel bursary deadline.

Regards,

The GNC Committee