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IBRO/Dargut and Milena Kemali Foundation

About the Foundation
Mission
IBRO/Kemali Prize - Past Recipients
IBRO/Kemali College of Neuroscience


About the Foundation

The IBRO/Dargut and Milena Kemali Foundation for Research in Neurosciences was established to promote research in the field of Basic and Clinical Neurosciences. The Foundation aims at perpetuating the memory of its founder Dr. Dargut Kemali and his wife Dr. Milena Kemali Agostini.

With the passing of Dargut Kemali in December 2011, IBRO absorbed the Dargut and Milena Kemali Foundation for Research in Neurosciences. According to Prof. Kemali’s wishes, IBRO President Carlos Belmonte assumed the role of Chair of this foundation that is dedicated to extending cultural bridges through science between continental Europe and non-European Mediterranean countries. Dr. Belmonte confirmed that the IBRO/Kemali Prize Lecture (held in even-numbered years) and the IBRO/Kemali Neuroscience School (held in odd-numbered years) will continue as before. 

The Foundation was established in 1996 by Dargut Kemali, a renowned psychiatrist at the University of Naples, and by the will of his late wife Milena Agostini Kemali (1926-1993). Convinced that brain research is a high priority in the science of our times, Dargut Kemali had long been interested in the biological foundations of mental diseases and was one of the founders of “Biological Psychiatry” in Italy. Milena Kemali was a skilful neuroscientist who focused on the frog brain, identifying, among other findings, an asymmetry of the habenulae that has inspired debates on the evolution of lateralization in the brain.

“Both Dargut and Milena strongly believed in the impact of the neurosciences in the modern world,” said former IBRO Secretary-General Marina Bentivoglio. “Born in a Turkish family in Libya, Dargut studied and worked at the University of Naples. A strong believer in building bridges across cultures, scientific approaches – especially across the Mediterranean Basin – for both progress and peace, Dargut’s legacy fully matches IBRO’s mission.”

“Professor Kemali was a real friend to neuroscience, and we will miss him deeply,” said Dr. Belmonte. “He was very passionate about bringing the best and brightest young neuroscientists together, no matter their regional origin, to form friendships that would allow them interact at a global level and work collaboratively in the future.”

The IBRO/Kemali Mediterranean School of Neuroscience Program was launched in 2009 to provide top-level education in neuroscience and reinforce the network of collaboration and friendship between young, promising neuroscientists from all sides of the Mediterranean basin. Starting in 2013, the school will be known as an “IBRO College,” in accordance with its focus on excellence and the desire to draw from among the most promising young researchers from the various regions involved.

The IBRO/Dargut and Milena Kemali International Prize for Research in the Field of Basic and Clinical Neurosciences will be assigned every two years to an outstanding researcher, under the age of 45, who has made important contributions in the field of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience. Currently, the prize amounts to 25,000 Euros, and the prize winner is invited to give a featured lecture at the FENS Forum of Neuroscience, the largest international neuroscience meeting in Europe, held every two years on even years.

The IBRO/Kemali Prize has been awarded to Tamas F. Freund (1998), Robert Malenka (2000), Daniele Piomelli (2002), Cornelia I. Bargmann (2004), Patrik Ernfors (2006), Massimo Scanziani (2008), Jonas Frisén (2010), and Eleanor Maguire (2012). The 2014 IBRO/Kemali Prize went to Patrik Verstreken of VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology) and KU Leuven, (University of Leuven), Belgium. "Patrik Verstreken was chosen to receive the 2014 IBRO-Kemali Prize in recognition of his outstanding work on mechanisms underlying presynaptic transmitter release and its relevance to neurodegenerative diseases," said Marina Bentivoglio, chair of the IBRO-Kemali Foundation Scientific Committee.

Mission

  • to increase scientific interaction between and among basic and clinical research groups;
  • to establish and improve relations to research centres and patient advocacy groups;
  • to establish contacts and exchanges between institutes, universities and academies encompassing both Italian and foreign organisations;
  • to promote, with its patronage, conventions and congresses, also in collaboration with the Italian Society of Neurosciences and the Italian Society of Biological Psychiatry.

The IBRO/Kemali International Prize for Research in the Field of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience

The IBRO/Dargut and Milena Kemali International Prize for Research in the field of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience will be assigned every two years to an outstanding researcher, under the age of 45, who has made important contributions in the field of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience. Currently, the prize amounts to 25,000 Euros, and the prize winner is invited to give a featured lecture at the FENS Forum of Neuroscience, the largest international neuroscience meeting in Europe, held every two years on even years. Past Recipients

The IBRO/Kemali College of Neuroscience

The IBRO/Kemali Mediterranean School of Neuroscience Program was launched in 2009 to provide top-level education in neuroscience and reinforce the network of collaboration and friendship between young, promising neuroscientists from all sides of the Mediterranean basin. Starting in 2013, the school will be known as an “IBRO College” in accordance with its focus on excellence and the desire to draw from among the most promising young researchers from the various regions involved. The Third IBRO/Kemali College focused on RNA and the etiology of brain diseases and was held in Cortona, Italy in August of 2013.