The Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS) and the National HellenicIsraeli and Serbian Neuroscience Societies are honoured to announce that the International FENS conference FENS Featured Regional Meeting (FFRM) will take place in Thessaloniki from October 7-10, 2015 at the “Ioannis Vellidis” congress centre.

On a biennial basis, the FFRM enables interdisciplinary scientific interaction amongst leading neuroscientists and pioneering scientists of other disciplines with the aim of developing new techniques and technologies. It is our common belief that in Thessaloniki in 2015, the FFRM will unite the cultures of Greece, Israel and Serbia to address the common ambitions of their people for progress and distinction.

The international organizing committee of the conference has prepared a scientific program that will bring to our country over 170 neuroscientists from all over the world. To name a few:

- The 2014 Nobel Prize laureate of Physiology or Medicine, Professor John O’Keefe from UCL.In a lecture open to the public at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Professor O’Keefe will present his fascinating discovery regarding the brain’s spatial navigation system (grid cells).

- Professor Nikos Logothetis, Director at the Max Planck Institute in Tubingen, Germany. Professor Logothetis is a world-renowned researcher in the field of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). He will present his research regarding the elucidation of learning mechanisms in the human brain.

- Professor Henry Markram of the EPFL University of Switzerland, coordinator of the Human Brain Project - an ambitious venture with the goal of building a working mathematical model of the human brain using super computers.

- Professor Carmen Sandi of the EPFL University of Switzerland, Head of the Behavioral Genetics Lab, who will discuss the emerging field of neuroeconomics in the effort to understand the brain’s functions involved in making economic decisions.

- Professor Evan Snyder of the Sanford – Burnham Medical Research Institute (SBMRI) in the United States, a pioneer in the field of regenerative medicine. Professor Snyder will describe promising results from the application of stem cells in neurodegenerative diseases.

FFRM 2015 will be a conference focused on young scientists. Opportunity will be given to young researchers from all over the world to present their scientific projects along side accomplished colleagues. Hopefully the presence of the elite scientific community will provide inspiration and motivation for budding scientists of all ages.

The main scientific topics that will be covered include: Molecular/Cellular Neuroscience, Developmental Neuroscience, Neural Circuits and Systems, Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience, Neuroengineering and Computational Neuroscience. All are invited to participate and contribute their scientific work, ideas and novel approaches to these research topics.

We invite those interested in participating to submit their abstracts for FFRM 2015- a conference that will be accompanied by vibrant social events with the aim of being an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

For further information, deadlines, abstract submission, and registration, please visit the conference’s website

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