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    IBRO-APRC helps build capacity in translational neuroscience in Asia

    IBRO is pleased to share the report on the IBRO-APRC Associate School of Neuroscience on translational neuroscience below. It was held in conjunction with the 20th Thai Neuroscience Society International Conference, and took place at the Faculty of Medical Science, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand, between 4-8 July 2016. There were 28 students from 8 different Asia-Pacific countries and 15 lecturers from UK, Japan, Australia, India, Bangladesh and Thailand

    Report on IBRO-APRC Associate School of Neuroscience

    Theme of the School: Translational Neuroscience
    Location: Faculty of Medical Science, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand
    Dates: 4-8 July 2016
    Organizers: The Thai Neuroscience Society (TNS), Faculty of Medical Science, Naresuan University
    Level of school and students: PhD and Masters Students  

    Rationale behind the school and its content

    Disorders of the nervous system are at least as great a problem in ASEAN and surrounding countries of the Asia-Pacific region as they are elsewhere, and yet local investment in neuroscience research has lagged behind that of Europe and America. Maximizing the return on this investment will require neuroscientists to embrace collaboration and new technologies in the pursuit of research addressing these problems. The main objective of the IBRO-APRC Associate School of Neuroscience is to provide a platform for postgraduate students from the field of neuroscience to expand their knowledge of both basic and clinical neuroscience and identify how this knowledge may translate into a better understanding of, and treatment for, nervous system disorders.

    To support the rationale mentioned above, IBRO-APRC provided funding to hold the IBRO-APRC Associate School of Neuroscience at Naresuan University, in Phitsanulok, Thailand, which was held in conjunction with the 20th Thai Neuroscience Society Conference. Students from the Asia-Pacific region had attended and learned from lectures and laboratory demonstrations covering many aspects of leading neuroscience research as seen in the program. We invited many distinguished researchers to deliver knowledge in both basic and clinical neurosciences, with an emphasis on translational aspects.

    School program

    The school comprised a 5-day program addressing modern research approaches and methodology across basic and clinical neuroscience disciplines with an emphasis on how modern biomedical research techniques can contribute to a better understanding of brain disorders.

    For the complete program, please follow this link: IBRO-APRC 2016 Associate School Program

    School activities

    The school included lectures, project work and demonstrations, group discussions, and presentations. We also provided certificates for all lecturers and students in appreciation of their valuable contributions.

    Social Activities 

    The organizing committee set up social activities for all participants including a welcome party and excursion. We brought the participants to visit historical places of Phitsanulok such as Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat which houses Phra Phuttha Chinnarat, one of the most beautiful and revered golden Buddha images of the kingdom. As the name of Naresuan University came from the King Naresuan, the participants went to visit the Wang Chan Palace (literally, The Lunar Palace), the former abode of King Naresuan the Great. We hope that all participants have gone away with good memories and impressions of Naresuan University and Phitsanulok city.

    Students’ comments

    The most impressive thing about the school was the “demonstration about snp by real time PCR and also allowing us to learn about cognitive and water-maze tests. Waralee Ruankham (Thailand)

    The demonstrations and certain lectures helped me to plan what I wanted to do next in my research, especially the talk on the first day on schizophrenia, depression and behaviour models. They inspired me and motivated me to use certain approaches in my research. Srivaishnavi Loganathan (Taiwan)

    Our visit to the animal lab was great. Garima Chauhan (India)

    Overall, I think the organisers have done their job very well. The students were well taken care of, the staff were very kind and very helpful. The speakers were nice and approachable. I felt like I was in my own home and felt comfortable. Lee Han Chung (Malaysia)

    I had a good time at this IBRO school, with wonderful knowledge, demonstrations, discussion panels and the Phitsanulok city tour trip. The staff was also good and helped us a lot. Tanita Pairojana (Taiwan)

    The most impressive thing about the school was undoubtedly the organization, the quick service and the facilities provided. The animal centre of Naresuan University was impressive as well. Pranoa Kumar Sharma (Taiwan)

    Perfect platform for students from the Asia-Pacific region and good topics were covered during the sessions. Uday P. Kundap (Malaysia)

    Excellent and informative lectures from all speakers. Naw Her Gay (Myanmar)

    The most impressive thing was the hospitality that we got, and also the lectures regarding the incorporation of engineering in neuroscience. Syed Saad Hussain (Pakistan)

    I had the opportunity to receive feedback from other students and researchers concerning my research. I believe this will greatly help me in the next stage of my research. The lectures were informative and engaging, and the school provided opportunities and different ways on how to translate neuroscience research from the basic level to clinical application. Gideon Anokye Sarpong (Japan)


    The IBRO-APRC Associate School of Neuroscience was jointly sponsored by the Thai Neuroscience Society, the Faculty of Medical Science and Graduate School at Naresuan University and IBRO.

    For more detail, please visit the website and facebook page of the school at the links below: