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    Applications now open for IBRO-ARC Basic School of Neuroscience on Metabolism in Mind: African Insights Into the Gut-Brain Axis

    IBRO-ARC Basic School of Neuroscience on Metabolism in Mind: African Insights Into the Gut-Brain Axis

    Cairo, Egypt

    June  17 -  22, 2018


    Organizers: Wael Mohamed  & Mohamed Salama 

    Aims and Scope of the School:

    This IBRO-ARC Basic School of Neuroscience will include elaborate seminars by experts from academia and clinicians, and interactive discussions thereafter on cutting-edge technologies and the state-of- the-art tools that deal with the Gut-Brain axis. The School will offer an opportunity for the students to achieve deep insights into the field of neurogastroenterology and the advances in technologies that could be utilized to understand the complex bidirectional relationship between the gut and brain.


    This 5 day School will consist of theoretical lectures, group discussions, presentations by participants and hands-on training on some cutting-edge technologies related to the Gut-Brain axis.  A total of 20 senior Ph.D. and postdoctoral students will be selected for the school; 10 students from Egypt and 10 from the rest of Africa. Scientists from academic and research institutions and experts from industry with excellent credentials will be invited to deliver the seminars, serve as members on panel discussions and also interact with the students.

    The students will be offered to present their work and technical details about their research. During the presentations, the student will be requested to propose how he/she can utilize modern tools to address the questions in their
    research. Scientists and students will engage in panel discussions on different research areas and relevant technologies. Students will present their ongoing research in flash talks of 5 minutes each and the best presenter will receive an award after thorough scrutiny by the experts.

    Hands on sessions include principles of cell culture, western plot basics, and bioinformatics basics. The School will conclude on the sixth day with a farewell dinner for the participants and eminent scientists to socialize and discuss collaboration options.

    Who should apply to this School?

    Young students from medical (MD) and science (Ph.D. and post-doctoral) pursuing research in neuroscience from Egypt and African countries. Age limit is 35 years or below.

    What costs will be covered for selected applicants?

    The cost of round-trip within Africa, lodging, boarding, and local hospitality will be covered. By all means there will be no tickets for any student outside Africa.

    Venue: Host Institution
    The American University in Cairo (AUC): Founded in 1919, AUC is a leading English-language, American-accredited institution of higher education and center of intellectual, social and cultural life of the Arab world. Its community of students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, alumni and other generous sponsors represent more than 60 countries. The University stands as a crossroads for the world’s cultures and a vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across the diversity of languages, facilities and human experiences:

    Application deadline: March 23, 2018 (11:59 p.m. CET)

    Apply here

    For all enquiries, please contact Wael Mohamed ( or Mohamed Salama (