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News from the British Neuroscience Association

Announcing a new President Elect, Gatsby funding for the BNA and a new BNA Scientific Advisory Board appointed.

For further information regarding the BNA, including how to apply for membership please click here.


1. New President Elect!

In a process involving BNA committee members and suggestions from Local  Groups, Professor David Nutt has been elected BNA President Elect. Professor Nutt (left), head of the Dept. of Neuropsychopharmacology and Molecular Imaging at Imperial College London, is an expert in addiction, anxiety, dementia, schizophrenia and sleep and is pioneering new imaging approaches to study the effects of drugs on the brain.

Professor Nutt will shadow the current President (Professor Trevor Robbins, from the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, right) until after the 2011 Harrogate meeting of the BNA at which time he will become BNA President for two years and, amongst many other things, oversee the organisation of the BNA 2013 meeting. Many of you will know Professor Nutt either personally, or through his many publications and scientific duties and I'm sure that you will agree that he will make an excellent President Elect and President.


2. Gatsby funding for BNA!

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, founded by Lord Sainsbury, has generously awarded the BNA a sum of £110K over two years to support its mission to grow and strengthen as the voice of UK Neuroscience. This funding will allow the establishment of a part-time and a full time coordinator and administrator posts which will be instrumental in helping to achieve the BNA's aspirations to dramatically increase its membership base, increase the number of postgraduate and focussed meetings, and to position the BNA at the high table of neuroscience-related issues in the UK.

3. BNA Scientific Advisory Board appointed!

To broaden its scientific remit and to reflect the world class neuroscience being conducted in the UK, BNA President Trevor Robbins and the BNA National Committee have drawn up a list of the UK's top neuroscientists to advise the BNA on strategic areas and direction. These scientists have enthusiastically agreed to serve on the BNA Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and the first meeting is scheduled for November. Details of the SAB will be posted on the BNA website, which is undergoing extensive renovations.

These are thoroughly exciting times for the BNA and a great time to become a member should any of your constituents require any further persuasion!

This update is written by Professor Bruno Frenguelli, BNA committee member based at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick.

The BNA is the fastest growing learned society, now boasting more than 2000 members. In addition to discounted journals and books and other occasional 'special offers', the benefits of membership now include the following:

   1. Reduced registration fees (up to 50%) to the National Meeting, and FREE admission to many events throughout the year including 'One Day Symposia' and The Christmas Symposium

   2. Regular mailing of BNA Bulletin and other relevant items

   3. Regular BNA and FENS Email Alert service

   4. Student prizes, and bursaries for attendance at BNA,FENS and IBRO meetings

   5. Free on-line access to European Journal of Neuroscience

   6. Concessionary registration fees and FENS sponsored abstract forms for Society for Neuroscience annual meeting

   7. Free advertising in the BNA Bulletin and on the BNA Website

   8. Free (automatic) membership of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), the International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO) and the Biosciences Federation (BSF).

To apply for membership to the BNA please click here.

Posted on 20/10/2009

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