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EUROMEMO Résumé de rapport

Project ID: 503373
Financé au titre de: FP6-LIFESCIHEALTH
Pays: Italy

Final Report Summary - EUROMEMO (First European meeting on molecular and cellular cognition)

Molecular and cellular cognition is a rapidly developing field which is at the crossroads between basic neurobiology and clinical neuroscience. The project had the aim to provide a European forum for the development of molecular and cellular approaches to study cognition, emotion and behaviour. The organisers believe that a significant integration at this level between basic science, pharmaceutical research and clinical science will provide theoretical and practical foundations for future treatments of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

The scope of the project was the organisation of the first European meeting of the Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (MCCS) (http://www.molcellcog.org), a scientific organisation devoted to the promotion of molecular studies in the field of learning and memory. The meeting was held in Lisbon from 7 to 9 July 2004, as a satellite of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) meeting. It was organised by Yadin Dudai (Weizmann Institute, Israel, President of the MCCS European Branch), Paul Chapman (Merck, United Kingdom, Secretary of the MCCS European Branch), and Riccardo Brambilla (San Raffaele Research Institute, Italy, Treasurer of the MCCS European Branch), in collaboration with the President of MCCS International, Alcino Silva (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States), Seth Grant (University of Edinburgh, UK), Isabelle Mansuy (University of Zurich, Switzerland), and Cristina Alberini (Mount Sinai, USA).

The meeting was extensively advertised on both MCCS and FENS web sites and on the journal Neuron, one of the most important neuroscience journals. Before the meeting, the team received 95 registrations and 31 poster abstracts. The first day of the meeting, an additional 17 scientists registered on-site. Including the invited speakers, a total of 124 scientists attended the meeting. The project had previously selected 15 speakers (by invitation: 11 from Europe; 1 from an EU associated country), and 6 additional ones were selected from abstracts (3 from Europe, 2 from EU associated countries), with a total of 21 speakers. Four junior (post-doc) investigators (one from the United States, one from France, two from the United Kingdom) who were selected as speakers were also awarded with a EUR 300 fellowship. In addition, three PhD applicants to the meeting were awarded with a EUR 1 000 travel fellowship (one from France, one from Israel and one from India).

The meeting was held over three days. On day 1, on-site registration and reception took place. On day 2, the first oral presentation session (7 speakers) was followed in the afternoon by a single poster session (29 posters). On day 2, 2 oral presentation sessions were scheduled (7 speakers each), with a total of 21 speakers, 31 posters and 124 participants.

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