The International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN) was founded in Montreal on May 14, 1995. Its mission is to:
improve communication between individuals and groups interested in the history of neuroscience;
promote research in the history of neuroscience; and
promote education in and stimulate interest for the history of neuroscience.
The Journal of
the History of the Neurosciences: Basic and Clinical Perspectives,
the official organ of the
society, is published by Psychology Press (Taylor & Francis). Now in its twenty-third year (2014),
publishing four issues per volume, the
Journal provides a forum for investigations in the field of neuroscience
history, as broadly defined, including the history of basic, clinical, and
behavioral neurosciences, ancient and non-western topics, and significant
individuals, events, and technical advances. ISHN is a focal point for
those interested in neuroscience history and offers, through its journal
and annual meeting, opportunities to contribute to this rapidly growing
2015 Membership Directory - Personal Data Sheet
(PDF: 2 pages)
All new and continuing members should print and complete
a "2015 Membership Directory - Personal Data Sheet" and mail or email it to the ISHN Webmaster
(Online directory information will be updated and made available monthly).
HOW TO JOIN THE ISHN
FULL MEMBERSHIP ($123.00 U.S. plus Value Added/Local/National Tax where applicable) in the ISHN includes all privileges of
membership for calendar year January-December 2015, all mailings, and a one year individual subscription -- both print AND electronic/online -- to the Journal of the
History of the Neurosciences. Note that membership is based on the calendar year; whenever you apply or
renew during late 2014 and throughout 2015, your membership will be registered for January-December 2015
and you will receive issues of the journal for that year.
To join or renew as a Full member, do only one (not both!) of the following steps:
STUDENT MEMBERSHIP (Free) includes all privileges and mailings for the
calendar year January-December 2015, but does not include an annual subscription to the Journal of the
History of the Neurosciences. The signature of a Faculty Sponsor (academic or research advisor, chair of
the student's department, or a faculty member of the student's major department) is required as confirmation of
the applicant's student status. Print and complete the
STUDENT Membership application and renewal form
and mail it to the ISHN Secretary, Sherry Ginn.
GIFT MEMBERSHIPS in the ISHN may be arranged by using the
GIFT Membership application and renewal form.
Be sure to include the recipient's complete contact information, so that our
publisher will address the journal properly. Please also send an email or a copy of the Gift
membership form (without your credit card number and expiration date) to the ISHN Secretary, so
a letter of welcome may be sent in a timely manner.
For more information, please contact the ISHN Secretary-Treasurer:
Sherry R. Ginn
Liberal Arts and General Education
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
1531 Trinity Church Road
Concord, North Carolina 28027 USA
E-mail: DoctorGinn AT gmail.com
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21st Annual Meeting (2016, Maastricht, The Netherlands)
First Announcement for ISHN2016
AWARDS & PRIZES
Annual and Biennial Awards and Honors
The International Society for the History of the Neurosciences and its official publication,
the Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, offer the following biennial
prizes to honor outstanding and distinguished scholarship in the history of the neurosciences:
The prizes will be awarded at the Society's annual meeting.
Further information about the 2016 award for Lifetime Contribution to the History of the
Neurosciences may be obtained from the Chair of
the ISHN Lifetime Contribution Award Committee:
Dr. Axel Karenberg
History of Medicine and Medical Ethics
University of Cologne
E-mail: ajg02 AT uni-koeln.de
Further information about the 2016 awards for Outstanding Student Essay in the History of the Neurosciences and Outstanding Book in the History of the Neurosciences may be obtained from the Chair of
the ISHN Awards and Prizes Committee:
HISTNEUR-L: The History of Neuroscience Internet Forum is an electronic
discussion group for exchanging information on any aspect of the History of
Neuroscience. It includes announcements, inquiries and discussion on access
to historical sources and their use and interpretation. Subscriptions are free and available to
everyone interested in neuroscience history, including but by no means limited to historians,
scientists, students, instructors, curators, publishers, archivists and librarians. The listserv is
maintained for the benefit of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN),
but is open to all (anyone with an e-mail account and an interest in the subject is welcomed).
A video tribute organized by Wendy Finger, An Illustrated History of the First Twenty Years of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences, was presented to 114 members and guests at the Opening Reception in Ross Hall at George Washington University. We are working on getting permissions for some components, in order to mount this online for all members to enjoy.
Paul Eling (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) was nominated and elected as the new ISHN President for 2015-2016. He will organize the 21st annual meeting of the society, which will be held in Maastricht, the Netherlands, in June 2016.
The continuing President-elect, who is responsible for the 2017 meeting, is Paul B. Foley (Sydney, NSW, Australia); the venue for the meeting has not yet been decided.
Axel Karenberg (Cologne, Germany) was elected as the new Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors, succeeding Wayne Lazar (Garden City South, NY, USA), whose term had expired. The second, continuing Member-at-Large is Catherine Storey (Sydney, NSW, Australia).
Frank Stahnisch (Calgary, Alberta, Canana) has been appointed as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal for the History of the Neurosciences; he succeeds Malcolm Macmillan in this role.
The ISHN gala dinner at the Whittemore House was attended by 68 people.
ISHN member Lawrence Zeidman, M.D. (University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago) received the 2015 award for Outstanding Article in the History of the Neurosciences for his series of four articles on neuroscientist refugees, collaborators, and resistors from the National Socialist era and World War II:
Zeidman LA. Dr. Haakon S%aelig;thre: A Norwegian Neuroscientist and his Resistance Against Nazi Germany. J Hist Neurosci 2013:22(2):160–173 (PMID: 23586544)
Zeidman LA, Mohan L. Adolf Wallenberg, Giant in Neurology and Refugee from Nazi Europe. J Hist Neurosci 2014;23(1):31-44 (PMID: 24256512)
Czech H, Zeidman LA. Walther Birkmayer, Co-describer of L-Dopa, and His Nazi Connections: Victim or Perpetrator? J Hist Neurosci 2014;23(2):160-91 (PMID: 24697654)
Zeidman LA, Cohen J. Walking a fine scientific line: The extraordinary deeds of Dutch neuroscientist C.U. Ariëns Kappers before and during World War II. J Hist Neurosci 2014;23(3):252-75 (PMID: 24827590)
The eligible publication period for the award was 2012 through 2014. A fifth paper in his series appeared this year (2015): Zeidman LA, Ziller MG, Shevell MI. "With a Smile through Tears": The Uprooted Career of the Man behind Gerstmann Syndrome. J Hist Neurosci 2015;24(2):148-72 (PMID: 25259646)
Valentina Carni (Pavia, Italy) received the first award for Poster Preentation in the History of the Neursociences for her work, Pioneering Research in Neurobiology: Aldo Perroncito’s Findings on the Regeneration of the Peripheral Nervous System; the poster itself may be viewed here [PDF; 4 MB].
At the conclusion of the annual meeting, François Boller (Washington, D.C., USA) became the immediate Past President.
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