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 (open this link in New Tab or in New Page),
the official organ of the
society, is published by Psychology Press (Taylor & Francis). Now in its twenty-sixth year (2017),
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
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 2017, 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 throughout 2017, your membership will be registered for January-December 2017
and you will receive issues of the journal for that year.
FULL MEMBERSHIP: Use the "Subscribe" page on our publisher's website: Taylor and Francis Online (use "Open Link in New Tab" or "Open Link in New Window" to go to this website). Select and complete the 1st (print only) or 4th (print & online) option for a "Personal" subscription. Full, personal membership in the ISHN includes a subscription to the Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
STUDENT MEMBERSHIP (Free) includes all privileges and mailings for the
calendar year January-December 2017, 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.
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
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gül A. Russell, President
Department of Humanities in Medicine
Health Scineces Center, College of Medicine
Texas A&M University
TAM HSC Clinical Building I, Suite 1400
8441 State Highway 47
Bryan, Texas 77807
E-mail: russell AT medicine.tamhsc.edu
Douglas Lanska, President-elect
E-mail: Douglas.Lanska AT gmail.com
Sherry Ginn, Secretary-Treasurer
E-mail: DoctorGinn AT gmail.com
Paul A.T.M. Eling, Past President
E-mail: p.eling AT donders.ru.nl
Axel Karenberg, Member-at-Large (2015-2017)
E-mail: ajg02 AT uni-koeln.de
Catherine E. Storey, Member-at-Large (2014-2018)
E-mail: c.e.storey AT bigpond.com
Paul Eling, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
E-mail: p.eling AT donders.ru.nl
Peter J. Koehler, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
E-mail: pkoehler AT neurohistory.nl
Frank W. Stahnisch, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
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:
Further information about the 2017 awards for Outstanding Article in the History of the Neurosciences
and Outstanding Student Essay in the History of the Neurosciences may be obtained from the Chair of
the ISHN Awards and Prizes Committee:
Delia Gavrus, PhD
Department of History
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9 Canada
E-mail: d.gavrus AT uwinnipeg.ca
The prizes will be awarded at the Society's annual meeting.
The Lifetime Contribution to the History of the Neurossciences Award
may be given annually, at the discretion of the Committee.
Further information about the 2017 award for Lifetime Contribution to the History of the
Neurosciences may be obtained from the Chair of the ISHN Lifetime Contribution Award 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).
We are very excited about having as our keynote speaker, Samir Zeki, FMedSci, FRS, who is currently Professor of Neuroesthetics at University College London. He will be describing, within the larger context of the history of color vision, his discovery of the color center in the human brain and the difficulties he faced before it was resolved in his favor.
We would also like to remind you that we have student fellowships to cover travel and other expenses. By all means encourage your students to apply –in fact, pass the word on to any students you know engaged in writing original neurohistory.
The direct link for the conference website is: ISHN2017. Note that if you click on the "Travel" link on the conference website, the link for "Trains" will take you automatically to a very helpful site. However, make sure you click on the appropriate country at the top of the page or you will end up on the default British page (meaning it will want a UK address and a British credit card number).
Lastly, a number of us have expressed an interest in spending a few leisurely days, exploring Beaune and nearby areas (e.g., Dijon) after the meetings. If you are interested in joining us for food, excellent food and wine, with pleasant walks in the region, please contact Stan Finger (sfinger AT wustl.edu) for more information. Both Stan and Wendy Finger have graciously stepped in to help with this post-conference meeting.
Gül A. Russell (Bryan, Texas, USA) was nominated and elected as the new ISHN President for
The 22nd annual meeting will be convened in Besançon, France, tentatively
scheduled for 19-22 June 2017 (this is different from dates announced in Maastricht, because of conflicts in early July with the Tour de France). This schedule will also allow having a post-meeting tour on Friday, 23 June at La-Chaux-de-Fonds, the historical town of watches in Switzerland, and birthplace of Louis Chevrolet and Le Corbusier, with a private visit for interested ISHN members. The gala dinner likely will take place at the Citadel of Besançon, after attendees return from an afternoon tour at Arbois (Pasteur's birthplace and museum) and the UNESCO protected site of the salines of Arc-et-Senans..Local organization activities will be in the hands of
Julien Bogousslavsky and Laurent Tatu, with the assistance of François Boller.
Douglas A. Lanska (Tomah, Wisconsin, USA) was elected as President-elect and intends to convence
the 2018 annual meeting in Cleveland, Ohio.
Delia Gavrus (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) was appointed Chair of the Awards and Prizes Committee (for
book, article, and student essay awards). Axel Karenberg (Cologne, Germany) continues as Chair of
the Liefetime Contribution Award Committee.
Stanley Finger (St. Louis, Missouri, USA), recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Contributuon
Award, will retire (as of 1 January 2017) as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of the History of the Neurosciences.
He will be succeeded in this role at the journal by Paul Eling (Nijmegen, The Netherlands).
Sherry Ginn presented the 2018 award for Outstanding Book in the History of the
Neurosciences to Stefano Sandrone and Marco Catani
for Brain Renaissance: From Vesalius to Modern Neuroscience
(Oxford University Press, 2015).
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