The IBRO Asia Pacific Regional Committee (APRC) was delighted to support the IBRO-APRC Kerman Associate School of Neuroscience that took place from 27 August to 1 September 2017 at the Neuroscience Research Center of the Kerman University of Medical Sciences in Kerman, Iran. It was a superb opportunity for learning, exchange and mentorship among participants.
The School was attended by 26 PhD and Master’s students, 32 staff members, 17 lecturers and 15 lab mentors, from a total of 11 countries. Each day started with a lecture on fundamental neuroscience topics and research conducted by the lecturers.
In the afternoon, the students spent time in the lab tackling practical challenges, ranging from preparing hippocampus slices to navigating the monkey laboratory. In total, the students were offered 17 lectures and participated in 10 labs. In addition, after each lab, time was allowed for group discussions with lab mentors so the students could discuss what they had learned.
On the last day of the school, each student made a poster presentation about recent research they had completed. The findings were discussed with fellow students and posters were reviewed by the faculty members. Three of the best posters were chosen and awarded prizes.
Outside of the lectures, posters and hands-on training, students and faculty made various cultural trips as well. They visited the Fathabad Gardens, Ganjali Khan Complex and the Shazdeh Mahan Garden, a rectangular green oasis in the middle of the desert. They also enjoyed a presentation of Iranian music.
Because of the attention and support they received, the students thought highly of the school and gave it a rating of 4.8 out of 5. As one of the organizers, Professor Vahid Sheibani, explained:
“The School in Kerman provided a good platform for young students and researchers from the Asia-Pacific region to meet and exchange ideas and findings with world-class neuroscientists. Such a communication program on state-of- the-art topics and research strategies is essential for the academic development and maturation of the young investigators.”