The Society for Neuroscience has been awarded $525,000 from The Grass Foundation to create a Latin American Neuroscience Training Program. The five-year initiative will serve hundreds of promising young regional scientists, providing knowledge, networking, and tools to help them advance in their careers and contribute to the global neuroscience community.
The new Latin American Training Program greatly benefits from the support of international partners working with SfN and The Grass Foundation, including IBRO’s Latin America Regional Committee, IBRO’s United States-Canada Regional Committee (USCRC), and host institutions, all of which have pledged funding or equivalent in-kind contributions to make the program a success. The USCRC will also provide funding for two outstanding fellows to attend a USCRC course following the program.
The program builds on the historic strengths of the SfN Ricardo Miledi Program, a Grass Foundation funded training initiative that ran from 2003 to 2012, and incorporates new formal partnerships with two regional bodies of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) as well as institutions that will host the program. It is projected to serve approximately 650 trainees from Latin America and the Caribbean over five years. Each year, 15 outstanding students will be selected to participate in an onsite, advanced three-week training program. Additionally, more than 100 students from across the region will participate in an online training program, which will include webinars, videos, networking, and discussions on professional development and the latest science.
The Instituto de Neurobiologia at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Queretaro, Mexico, will host the first course entitled “Encoding and Processing of Information in the Nervous System” August 4-22, 2014. The program will rotate annually among host organizers in Latin America thereafter.
The new program’s approach and curriculum were developed with input from a core group of leading scientists from the Latin American neuroscience community. Additionally, the course will cover a wealth of professional development topics, including manuscript publishing, the responsible use of animals in research, research ethics and scientific conduct, and Brain Awareness Week activities.