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IBRO-ISN Research Fellowships 2018 

Thomas Andrillon (France) 
Host Scientist: Naotsugu Tsuchiya (Monash University, Australia)

Ashok Kumar Datusalia (India) 
Host Scientist: Maurizio Popoli (University of Milan, Italy)

Marco Flores-Mendez (Mexico) 
Host Scientist: Bogdan Beirowski (Hunter James Kelly Research Institute, USA)

Bruno Siqueira Mietto (Brazil)
Host Scientist: James L Salzer (New York University Medical Center, USA)

Mohsen Nategh (Iran) 
Host Scientist: Andrew Lawrence Gundlach (Florey Institute of Neuroscience, Australia)

Philemon Shallie (Nigeria) 
Host Scientist: Naicker Thajasvarie (University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa)

Rajae Talbi (Morocco) 
Host Scientist: Victor Navarro (Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA)

Gido van de Ven (United Kingdom)
Host Scientist: Andreas Tolias (Baylor College of Medicine, USA)


IBRO Return Home Fellowships 2017 

Oluwole Akinola (Nigeria)
Leaving the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) to start own lab at the University of Ilorin in Ilorin, Nigeria

Ezequiel Axel Gorostiza (Germany) 
Leaving the University of Regensburg to start own lab at University of Cordoba in Cordoba, Argentina

Piotr Hanczyc (United States) 
Leaving the University of California to start own lab at the Polish Academy of Science  in Warsaw, Poland 

Fernando Kasanetz (Switzerland) 
Leaving the University of Bern to start own lab at CONICET - Universidad de Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Emiliano Merlo (United Kingdom) 
Leaving the University of Cambridge to start own lab at  the National Scientific and Technical Research Council in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Urte Neniskyte (Italy) 
Leaving the European Molecular Biology Laboratory to start own lab at Vilnius University in Vilnius, Lithuania

IBRO International Travel Grants

January-June 2017

Eskedar Ayele Angamo (Germany)
Gordon research conference- Glial Biology: Functional Interactions Among Glia & Neurons, California, USA
Abstract: Lactate contributes to fast recovery of activity dependent ion concentration changes in rat CA3 hippocampus

James Ashaolu (Nigeria)
Berlin Brain & Brain PET 2017, the 28rd International Symposium on Cerebral Blood Flow, Metabolism and Function and the 13th International Conference on Quantification of Brain Function with PET, Berlin, Germany
Abstract: Effect of simulated microgravity on prefrontal cortical neurons and blood-brain barrier

Simoni Avansini (Brazil)
Keystone - Neurogenesis during Development and in the Adult Brain, Olympic Valley,California, USA
Abstract: Dysregulation of NEUROG2 by miR-34a in focal cortical dysplasia, key players in neuroglial differentiation

Carlos Carrasco (Chile)
The 13th International Conference on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases and Related Neurological Disorders,, Vienna, Austria
Abstract: Iron and the Parkinsonian Neurotoxin MPP+ induces decreased NURR1 Activity - Protection by iron chelators

Claudia Carricarte Naranjo (Cuba)
First Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress, Miami, USA
Abstract: Decreased complexity of cardiovascular autonomic regulation: a promising clinical biomarker of prodromal spinocerebellar ataxia type 2

Milene Carvalho (Brazil)
The British Neuroscience Association, Birmingham, UK
Abstract: Time course evaluation of the behavioral consequences generated by electrical stimulation of the dorsal periaqueductal gray of rats using the elevated plus maze

Ranjith Kumar Chellian (Malaysia)
Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco, Florence, Italy
Abstract: Nicotine withdrawal-induced anxiety and depression-like behavior in C57BL6 mice: An animal model for nicotine physical dependence

Gergely David (Switzerland)
25th Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), Honolulu, USA
Abstract: Improving post-processing of spinal cord diffusion tensor images: a novel approach using reliability masking

Rahul Deshmukh (India)
21st International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, Vancouver, Canada
Abstract: Noladin ether attenuates MPTP -induced motor deficit by abrogating pro-inflammatory cytokines and striatal neurochemical alterations in rats

Mahar Fatima (India)
Glial Biology: Functional Interactions Among Glia & Neurons (Gordon Research Conference), Ventura, United States of America
Abstract: Novel molecular pathway of ATP release perturbed in astrocytes contributes to neuronal death in HIV-1 induced neurodegeneration

Laura Fenlon (Australia)
Cortical Development Conference, Chania, Crete, Greece
Abstract: Callosal axon innervation, exuberance and elimination during mouse development involves spatially- and temporally-restricted activity-dependent and -independent events

Akash Gautam (India)
MNS meeting - 2017, St. Julians, Malta
Abstract: Arc-mediated changes in the structure and density of mouse hippocampal neuronal dendrites during amnesia

Zahra Ghasemi (Iran)
2nd International Brain Stimulation Conference, Barcelona, Spain
Abstract: Effect of low frequency stimulation of Schaffer collaterals on the electrophysiological properties of the CA1 pyramidal cells during epileptiform activity

Luis Hernandez (Mexico)
ARVO 2017, Baltimore, U.S.A.
Abstract: Beta amyloid peptides accumulation induces the over expression of TSPO translocator in optic nerve in a Alzheimer´s disease and aging models

Sergio Hidalgo (Chile)
BNA 2017 Festival of Neuroscience, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Abstract: Biogenic amines detection and identification in the Mushroom Body of Drosophila melanogaster

Carlotta Lega (Italy)
The Neurosciences and Music - VI, Boston, USA
Abstract: Testing the role of ventral premotor cortex in auditory-motor integration in professional musicians using Transcranical Magnetic Stimulation

Yangyang Liu (China)
New Zealand Applied Neurosciences Conference, Auckland, New Zealand
Abstract: The Relationship between Teacher-student relationship and Academic-related Boredom: MAOA Gene as a Moderator

Hannah Loke (Australia)
6th World Congress on ADHD, Vancouver, Canada
Abstract: Dysregulation of SRY in the male brain: A genetic basis for male-biased neurological disorders

Kameni Mireille (Cameroon)
The 12th Göttingen Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society, Göttingen, Germany
Abstract: Effects of Nymphaea lotus Linn on Structure of Hippocampal Neurons of Rats in Chronic Stress

Yorka Muñoz (Chile)
The 13th International Conference on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, Vienna, Austria
Abstract: A mediator released by Astrocytes in Response to AβOs affects the distribution of pSerStat3 in adjacent neurons

Ngozi Muonagolu (Nigeria)
13th SONA Conference, Entebbe, Uganda
Abstract: Allium sativum modifies prefrontal cortical cells and behaviour

Mohsen Nategh (Iran)
26th Annual Meeting of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, Hiroshima, Japan
Abstract: Inactivation of nucleus incertus hinders avoidance learning and long-term potentiation (LTP) in the perforant path-dentate gyrus synapses in freely moving rats: possible involvement of indirect effects

Oladiran Olateju (South Africa)
BNA 2017 Festival of Neuroscience, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Abstract: Comparison of barrel field areas in the somatosensory cortex of mice at early adulthood exposed to chronic prenatal alcohol

Shamsher Singh (India)
21st International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, Vancouver, Canada
Abstract: Piperine potentiate the neuroprotective effect of quercetin in MPTP model of Parkinson’s disease in rats

JItendra Kumar Sinha (India)
3rd International Congress Hidden Hunger, Stuttgart, Germany
Abstract: Maternal vitamin B12 deficiency is associated with poor learning & memory and increased oxidative stress in brain of mouse offspring

Paula Virginia Subirada Caldarone (Argentina)
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting 2017, Baltimore, United States of America
Abstract: Impaired Autophagy flux in Müller cells exposed to hypoxia: in vitro and in vivo models.

Nasiru Suleiman (Nigeria)
12th Göttingen Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society, Berlin, Germany
Abstract: Neurochemical effect of Vitamins C, E and DMSO combinations on oxidative stress biomarkers and severity of ischemic stroke in albino rats

Ana Terzian (Brazil)
IBNS 26th Annual Meeting, Hiroshima, Japan
Abstract: TRPV1 receptor modulates different phases of conditioned fear learning

Nsikan-abasi Udoh (Nigeria)
SONA Conference, Entebe, Uganda
Abstract: Immunohistochemical, Biochemical and Stereological studies of Hippocampal and Cerebellar Glial Degenerative Potentials of Artequin in Adult Wistar Rats

Francisco Urbano (Argentina)
2017 American Society for Neurochemistry Meeting, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Abstract: Leptin reduces modulates synaptic transmission from reticular thalamic nucleus

Lucas Gabriel Vattino (Argentina)
Ion Channels in Synaptic and Neural Circuit Physiology, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, United States of America
Abstract: Functional properties and ion channels mediating acetylcholine release at the mouse medial olivocochlear-outer hair cell synapse at the onset of hearing

July-December 2017

 Yaneri Aguilar-Ayala (Mexico)
2017 International Conference on Auditory Cortex, Banff, Alberta, Canada
Abstract: Auditory evoked potentials to ecological and non-ecological sounds in awake macaque

Penha Cristina Barradas (Brazil)
XIII European Glial Meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland
Abstract: Prenatal hypoxia-ischemia causes astrogliosis and reduces nNOS positive cells in the periaqueductal gray matter accompanied by hyperalgesia in adult male rats

Otmane Bouchatta (Morocco)
Neuroscience 2017 (SfN), Washington DC, USA
Abstract: Mechanisms of pain hypersensitivity in a pharmacological mouse model of Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder

Vinicius de Toledo Ribas (Brazil)
Neuroscience 2017 (SfN), Washington, USA
Abstract: Downregulation of autophagy attenuates axonal degeneration and promote axon regeneration after traumatic lesion to the central nervous system

Ruben Deogracias (United Kingdom)
Neuroscience 2017 (SfN), Washington, United States
Abstract: Orchestrating the assembly of neural circuitries in the cerebral cortex

Daiane Fátima Engel (Brazil)
Neuroscience 2017 (SfN), Washington, United States
Abstract: Cholesterol metabolism in adult neural stem cells: impaired adult hippocampal neurogenesis in an animal model of familial hypercholesterolemia

Ignacio Fernández-Moncada (Chile)
XIII European Meeting on Glial Cells in Health and Disease, Edinburgh, Scotland
Abstract: Acute inhibition of astrocytic O2 consumption by neurons

Maria Figueres-Oñate (Spain)
European Meeting on Glial Cells in Health and Disease, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Abstract: Clonal expansion of oligodendroglia from single progenitors

Jose Ignacio Gallea (Argentina)
26th ISN-ESN Biennial Meeting, Paris, France
Abstract: Effect of amyloid oligomerization of the Parkinson's disease related protein α-synuclein on its curvature-membrane sensitivity

Daniel Gams Massi (Senegal)
32nd International Epilepsy Congress, Barcelona, Spain
Abstract: Status epilepticus: clinical features, etiology, treatment and outcome in Senegal

Brahim Gargouri (Tunisia)
3rd International Conference on Central Nervous System Disorders & Therapeutics, Vienna, Austria 
Abstract: Pyrethroid bifenthrin induces neuronal damage, cognitive impairment associated with oxidative damage in rat's hippocampus: possible involvement of Nurr1/Nrf2 and NFkb pathways

Nitin Gawali (India)
Alzheimer's Association International Conference, London, England
Abstract: Neuroprotective Effect of Thymohydroquinone in Lipopolysaccharide Induced Neuroinflammation and Cognitive Impairment in Mice

Rajesh Goit (Nepal)
Neuroscience 2017 (SfN), Washington DC, USA
Abstract: Moderate intensity exercise improves heart rate variability in obese adults with type 2 diabetes

Uday Kundap (Malaysia)
32nd International Epilepsy Congress, Barcelona, Spain
Abstract: Effect of embelin in chronic epilepsy induced cognitive dysfunction in three axis maze model of adult zebrafish

Maria Felicitas Lopez Vicchi (Argentina)
Growth Hormone/Prolactin Family in Biology and Disease, Steamboat Springs, United States of America
Abstract: Central insensitivity to leptin and altered hypothalamic gene expression in 10- month-old female mice with selective disruption of the dopamine receptor type 2 in pituitary lactotropes

Valentina Lorenzetti (United Kingdom)
Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia, Canberra, Australia
Abstract: Cannabis dependence and the brain reward system: Disentangling the role of exposure and addiction related effects.

Pamela Martino Adami (Argentina)
26th ISN-ESN Biennial Meeting, Paris, France
Abstract: Altered neuronal endoplasmic reticulum-mitochondria coupling in a transgenic rat model of Alzheimer's disease

Japhari Nyassinde (Senegal)
XXIII World Congress of Neurology, Kyoto, Japan
Abstract: Epidemiology of vesico-sphincter disorders during stroke in the Neurology department of the Ignace Deen teaching hospital in Conakry

Oluwafemi Oluwole (South Africa)
17th biennial Congress of the South African Human Genetics, Durban, South Africa
Abstract: A pilot study to evaluate a targeted resequencing approach for identification of pathogenic mutations in South African Parkinson’s disease patients

Arpit Parmar (India)
American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology Annual Meeting 2017, Miami, USA
Abstract: Brain neurochemistry in unmedicated Obsessive Compulsive Disorder patients and effects of 12-week escitalopram treatment: A 1H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy study

Stojan Peric (Serbia)
International Dystrophia Myotonica Consortium Meeting 11, San Francisco, USA
Abstract: Molecular and clinical characterization of myotonic dystrophy type 1 patients carrying variant repeats within DMPK expanded alleles

Zhao Qianru (China)
15th European Neurology Congress, London, United Kingdom  
Abstract: Neuritin Up-regulates Kv4.2 α-Subunit of Potassium Channel Expression and Affects Neuronal Excitability by Regulating the Calcium-Calcineurin-NFATc4 Signaling Pathway

Mohammed Mostafizur Rahman (India)
Gordon Research Conference: Amygdala Function in Emotion, Cognition & Disease, Easton, MA, USA
Abstract: Stress-induced differential regulation leads to decoupling of the activity between mPFC and amygdala

Delia Ramírez (Argentina)
XIII European Meeting on Glial Cells in Health and Disease, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Abstract: Effect of an α-MSH analogue against oxidative damage induced by saturated fatty acid in vitro and in vivo

Katiane Roversi (Brazil)
Neuroscience 2017 (SfN), Washington, DC, USA
Abstract: Effects of sulfasalazine administration on nociceptive responses in rats following intranasal MPTP administration, an animal model of Parkinson´s disease

Mohammad Saied Salehi (Iran)
FENS Regional Meeting 2017, Pecs, Hungary
Abstract: Oxytocin intranasal administration affects neural networks upstream of GnRH neurons

Maria Florencia Scaia (Argentina)
35th International Ethological Conference (IEC) and the 2017 Summer Meeting of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB), Estoril, Portugal
Abstract: Fighting cichlids: studying aggression as a key element to understand neuroendocrine regulation.

Anne Urai (Germany)
Neuroscience 2017 (SfN), Washington DC, USA
Abstract: Disentangling sensory, evidence accumulation and motor contributions to serial choice biases in perceptual decision-making

Fridha Viridiana Villalpando Vargas (Mexico)
32nd International Epilepsy Congress, Barcelona, España
Abstract: Effect of chronic administration of Krill Oil in the expression of connexin 36 and 43 in the hippocampus of adult rats with generalized seizures induced by pentylenetetrazole and neonatal febrile seizures

Leila Zarepour (Iran)
6th International Congress on Neuropathic Pain, Gothenburg, Sweden
Abstract: Functional interaction between orexin and CB1 receptors in the periaqueductal gray matter on antinociceptive responses induced by stimulation of the lateral hypothalamus


IBRO/IBE-UNESCO Science of Learning Fellowships 2016

Ross Cunnington (Australia), Professor at the Queensland Brain Institute and School of Psychology at the University of Queensland

Amedeo D'Argiulli (Canada), Full Professor at the Department of Neuroscience & Institute of Disciplinary Studies, Child Studies, Carleton University

Paul Howard-Jones (UK), Professor of Neuroscience and Education at the University of Bristol

Jérôme Prado (France), Tenured Research Scientist at the Institut des Sciences Cognitives Marc Jeannerod (CNRS) & University of Lyon

Vivian Reigosa (Cuba), Senior Researcher and Deputy Director General of the Cuban Center for Neuroscience at Havana University

Global Advocacy Seed Grants 2016-17


Theresa Ekanem (Nigeria), Neuroscience Society of Nigeria

James Olopade (Nigeria), University of Ibadan

Janine Roos (South Africa), Mental Health Information Centre of Southern Africa, Stellenbosch University

Temesgen Sidamo Summoro (Somalia), Edna Adan University Hospital


Sadaf Ahmed (Pakistan), Advance Educational Institute & Research Centre, University of Karachi

Sunil Dhungel (Nepal), Neuroscience Society of Nepal

Yasushi Miyashita (Japan), University of Tokyo

Ranil De Silva (Sri Lanka), Neuroscience Society of Sri Lanka

Latin America*

George Barreto (Colombia), Colegio Colombiano de Neurociencias

Luis Beltran-Parrazal (Mexico), Fundación Beltran-Morgado para el avance y difusión de la neurociencia en Veracruz

Newton Canteras (Brazil), Sociedade Brasileira de Neurociências e Comportamento

Luis Angel Aguilar Mendoza (Peru), Society for Neuroscience of Peru

Amaya Miquelajauregui (Puerto Rico), Institute of Neurobiology, University of Puerto Rico

Arturo Romano (Argentina), Sociedad Argentina de Investigación en Neurociencias

*The Latin American region awarded more grants but lower amounts for each recipient. 

IBRO-SfN Travel Grants 2017 

Sahabuddin Ahmed (India)
Abstract: Pioglitazone attenuates lipopolysaccharide- induced neuroinflammation and depressive-like behaviour via suppressing the NF-κB/Nrf-2 and MAPK signalling pathways

Biniyam Alemayehu (Ethiopia)
Abstract: Association between Migraine-related disability and Co-morbid Depressions among Migraineurs having follow up at two Neurology Referral Clinics in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Phetcharat Boonruamkaew (Thailand)
Abstract: The neuroprotective effect of Astaxanthin from white shrimp shell on C57BL/6 mice model of MPTP-induced Parkinsonism-like symptoms via antioxidant activity and neuro-inflammatory marker

Mariella Careaga (Brazil)
Abstract: A quest for the neurobiological underpinnings of PTSD-like symptoms in traumatic stress susceptible rats

Girish Chandran (India)
Abstract: Ferulic acid enhances the neuroprotective properties of calorie restriction against acrylamide model in Drosophila melanogaster: Neurobehavioral and Biochemical evidences

Guilherme de Freitas (Brazil)
Abstract: Investigating neuroprotective actions of irisin in the central nervous system

Paulo Alexandre de Oliveira (Brazil)
Abstract: Angiotensin II type 1/adenosine A 2A receptor oligomers: a novel target for tardive dyskinesia

Maurício dos Santos Pereira (Brazil)
Abstract: The increase of extracelular glutamate evoked by α-synuclein aggregates is inhibited by dopamine in microglial cells

Akash Gautam (India)
Abstract: Analysis of Arc interacting proteins in mouse hippocampus during amnesia and its restoration

Shampa Ghosh (India)
Abstract: Altered levels of neurotrophic factors and neurotransmitters in the brain as the probable causes of decreased longevity of WNIN obese rats

Daylín Góngora (Cuba)
Abstract: Structural connectivity between the core and extended face processing circuitry

Ravinder Gulia (India)
Abstract: Role of Ubiquitination in Glutamate Receptors Trafficking

Volodymyr Krotov (Ukraine)
Abstract: Electrophysiological responses of lamina X spinal cord neurons to primary afferent stimulation

Mychael Lourenco (Brazil)
Abstract: FNDC5/irisin corrects memory defects in animal models of Alzheimer’s disease

Irina Marcovich (Argentina)
Abstract: Unraveling the evolutionary history of nicotinic cholinergic receptors subunits

Sonia Jazmin Molina (Argentina)
Abstract: Changes of hippocampal oxidative status in immature rats exposed to noise: influence of elapsed time after exposure and environmental stimulation

Sriparna Mukherjee (India)
Abstract: PLVAP and Gkn3 are two critical host cell receptors which facilitate Japanese encephalitis virus entry into neurons

Vivian Neis (Brazil)
Abstract: A single administration of agmatine, similar to ketamine, reverses depressive-like behavior induced by chronic administration of corticosterone  in mice

Isis Nem de Oliveira Souza (Brazil)
Abstract: Zika-virus neonatal infection and late development of psychiatric diseases: focus on schizophrenia

Indra Pal (India)
Abstract: Age-related changes in the expression of glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD67) and NMDA receptor (NMDAR1) in the human inferior colliculus

Victoria Palafox-Sanchez (Mexico)
Abstract: Effect of the C-terminal domain of the heavy chain of tetanus toxin on dyskinesia caused by Levodopa in 6-hydroxydopamine-lesioned rats

Lizeth Pedraza Correa (Brazil)
Abstract: Fluoxetine prevents fear generalization and maintains hippocampal dependency: implications for extinction enhancement

Gabriel Ramirez Garcia (Mexico)
Abstract: Resting state functional connectivity in vervet monkeys induced by levodopa administration

Felipe Ribeiro (Brazil)
Abstract: The Effects of Abeta Oligomers on Protein Synthesis Regulation

Sorabh Sharma (India)
Abstract: Sodium butyrate, exerts neuroprotective actions in Intracerebroventricular Streptozotocin induced biochemical abnormalities in rats

Charan Singh (India)
Abstract: Neuroprotective role of nano-antioxidant loaded nanoconstructs for efficient HIV associated neurocognitive disorders

Tanveer Singh (India)
Abstract: Adjuvant anti-inflammatory phytotherapy for management of depression in epilepsy

Patricia Cathryn Swart (South Africa)
Abstract: Prenatal ethanol exposure and maternal separation increase the duration of 22 kHz ultrasonic vocalisations and alter ERK1/2 and GSK3β in adult Sprague-Dawley rats

Mayara Vendramin Pasquetti (Brazil)
Abstract: Pre-ictal brain oscillation in pilocarpine model of epilepsy grafted with MGE precursor cells

Shahidee Zainal Abidin (Malaysia)
Abstract: Post-Transcriptional Regulation of miR-3099 during Neurogenesis in Mice