The Australian Neuroscience Society was founded in 1971 as an informal collection of interested Australian neuroscientists. It held annual meetings with a central theme from 1972-1980. At the 1979 “Neurotoxins” meeting at Flinders, it was decided to form a proper society. At the 1980 Canberra meeting, a formal society was created with a council, which met for the first time on Thursday 7th February 1980. At the tenth annual meeting held at Flinders University in January 1981, the constitution of the Society was accepted and the Society became incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory during that year. Annual meetings have been held since 1980 and the ASM is now one of the largest annual biomedical conferences held in the Australasian region.

BRAIN has published landmark papers in clinical neurology and translational neuroscience since 1878. The Guarantors of Brain aim to promote teaching, education & research in neurology and related disciplines, and in 2021 as we welcome a new Editor to the journal, we are excited to announce a new venture to further fulfil this mission: The BRAIN Conference!

This two-day conference will feature a wide range of fantastic speakers from around the globe. We have invited a panel of neuroscientists and neurologists, leaders within their fields, who will curate and chair Topic Sessions featuring a mix of teaching talks and research presentations. The conference will cover a wide range of neuroscience disciplines, representative of BRAIN’s publishing remit.

In 2021, the BRAIN Conference will take online, on March 4-5th.

2021 3 Minute Thesis and Best Paper Competitions

3 Minute Thesis Competition
The 3 Minute Thesis Competition – open to all PhD and Masters students – will be held on Wednesday 3rd March from 1-5pm at St Catherine’s College.

Students will have 3 minutes and one slide (no animations) to present their research. Presentations will be judged by a panel of non-scientists drawn from the broader community. The panel will assess presentations based on three criteria, quality of presentation (30%), the ability to pitch the presentation to a lay audience (30%) and the capacity to convey enthusiasm (40%). To allow students at all stages in their research studies to participate, students can talk about the research that plan to do, are doing or have done.

The prizes are quite considerable – $1,500 to the winner, $1,000 to the second place and $500 to the third place – so students have every reason to participate, plus last year’s events were fun.

Best Paper Competition
For a submission, we require an electronic copy of the 2020 publication for consideration plus an email (no more than one page) explaining why the student considers the publication as warranting being considered the Perron’s best student paper for 2020. Papers in press in 2020 will not be considered. Submissions will be initially reviewed by a panel of external researchers and the top three students will be given the opportunity to present their publication in person to the panel (20-minute talk including questions).

Registrations have now closed.

Prizes for both competitions will be awarded at the Perron Institute Awards Breakfast on 17th March to which prize winners and two family members/friends will be invited.

Pioneering research involving an APAC collaboration on the subject of spinal cord repair has attracted support from the Neurotrauma Research Program (NRP) and the Insurance Commission of WA (ICWA).