10th Annual Meeting of the

International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN)

St. Andrews University

Tuesday, 5 July - Saturday, 9 July 2005

The 10th annual meeting of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN) will be held Tuesday, 5th July through Saturday, 9th July 2005 in New Hall on the campus of St. Andrews University, Fife, Scotland. The Open will be held the week after the meeting. The ISHN welcomes contributions about all of the history of all of the neurosciences, including basic and clinical specialties, ancient and non-Western topics, technical advances, and broad social and cultural aspects.

St. Andrews University, founded in 1413, is the oldest university in Scotland

The structure of the ISHN meeting will be platform and poster papers as well as thematic symposia, all to be refereed by the Program Committee. Platform papers are normally about 15-20 minutes in duration followed by 5-10 minutes for discussion. Thematic symposia consist of 3 or 4 platform papers submitted together on a specific theme. Poster papers will be displayed on poster boards whose size is yet to be determined.

The Program will include papers and posters on the mid-18th century resurgence of Scottish medicine and its contribution to the neurosciences, and special seminars on two of the main organizations involved in that resurgence -- the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. (Do have a look at the websites of both organizations, especially the Library, History, and Museum links which may be reached from the "Facilities" menu in each site.)

LANGUAGE:  The official language of the ISHN conference is English.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  Abstracts must be RECEIVED on or before 10 FEBRUARY 2005.  The program will be finalized in March 2005.

ABSTRACT FORMAT:  Please submit your abstract, preferably by e-mail, on a single sheet of letter- or A4-size paper with standard font (e.g., Times New Roman 12 point or Arial 11 point) and wide margins (1 inch or more). Specify, in this order:

  • Whether you are applying for a Platform or Poster presentation
  • Title of your paper
  • Full name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address of each and every author
  • Abstract (300 word maximum)
  • Audiovisual projection or display requirements

E-MAIL SUBMISSION FORMAT IS PREFERRED:  Abstracts may be submitted within the body or message area of an e-mail. In order to preserve italics, diacritics, etc., abstracts may also be sent as attached files or on 3.5" diskettes (formatted for IBM-compatibles and labeled with the file format used, and name and contact information of the author) in one of the following formats: (1) Word 6.1 or above, or (2) Rich Text Format. If you send an e-mail attachment, you must first scan the file with a recently-upgraded anti-virus utility such as McAfee or Norton, and note in the body of your e-mail message that the file was scanned and no viruses were detected (if you are unable to do this, you must send your abstract by regular mail on a properly labeled 3.5" diskette).

SEND ABSTRACTS by e-mail (preferred), surface mail, or air mail to the Chair of the Program Committee:

Malcolm Macmillan (ISHN President)
School of Psychology
Deakin University
Burwood, Victoria 3125 Australia

+61 3 9244 6846  phone
+61 3 9244 6846  fax

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT: Papers must have at least one author who is a member of the ISHN. For information on membership, please contact the ISHN President (see above) or the ISHN Secretary (see below).


Malcolm Macmillan (Burwood, Victoria, Australia), Chair
Nick Wade (Dundee Scotland)
Geneviève Aubert (Brussels, Belgium)
Ed Fine (Buffalo, New York, USA)
Stanley Finger (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
Samuel Greenblatt (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
Axel Karenberg (Cologne, Germany)
Peter Koehler (Heerlen, The Netherlands)
John T.E. Richardson (Milton Keynes, UK)
Theodore Sourkes (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)


Malcolm Macmillan (Burwood, Victoria, Australia), Chair
Nick Wade (Dundee, Scotland)
George Joseph (New Haven, Connecticut, USA)

The ISHN encourages all presenters to submit completed papers to the society's official publication, the Journal of the History of the Neurosciences: Basic and Clinical Perspectives.

Meeting Information

VENUE:  The venue for Papers and Posters will be the Physics Department theatres and foyer, located 400 metres from the accommodation in New Hall (the accompanying map shows the relative locations of New Hall and the Physics building).

SOCIAL PROGRAM:  Current plans include an introduction to uisge beatha (Gaelic) or usquebaugh (Scots) -- the Scottish water of life -- and an evening of Scottish music. The Annual Banquet will include a traditional Scottish menu.

LANGUAGE:  The official language of the ISHN conference is English.


Accommodation will be on the St. Andrews campus in New Hall, a recently modernized 3-star hall of residence with superior en-suite double and single rooms. There are 8 wheelchair-friendly rooms. Reception hours are 0700-2200 and there is a night porter. Car parking is available. Bus service connects to Town Centre (0.75 miles).


The New Hall daily residential rate for a double room currently is 40.95 GBP per person; a single room is 78.65 GBP per person. The daily rate includes:

  • all meals -- self-service
  • morning and afternoon tea/coffee and biscuits
  • television, telephone, tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • shaver points
  • towels and toiletries

Accommodations must be booked ONLY through the ISHN and NOT directly with New Hall! Accommodation bookings will be made at the time of Registration (to be announced) and the accommodation cost will be included in the registration fee itself (see below). Information will also be available for attendees who want to arrive on Monday, July 4.


Superior rooms in New Hall

The bar is open 1100-2300.

The Annual Banquet will be a five course traditional Scottish dinner on Thursday, July 7, in Lower College Hall (about 600 metres from New Hall). The menu probably will be:

  • Cock-a-Leekie (chicken and leek soup)
  • Haggis wi' Whisky Sauce
  • Roast Sirloin of Aberdeen Angus Beef with Selected Vegetables in season
  • Drambuie Creams
  • Selection of Howgate and Orkney Cheeses, Oatcakes, and Grapes
  • Coffee and Mints

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: The ISHN has allocated some limited funds to assist with travel expenses for students (pursuing any degree, undergraduate or graduate) whose abstracts have been accepted and who must travel long distances at great expense. The Program Committee will determine the distribution of these funds based on (1) the quality of abstracts and (2) applicants' projected travel expenses, recognizing that sometimes it costs more to travel modest distances than long ones. If you wish to apply for this assistance, please include with your abstract a short paragraph of request and explanation (with your projected expenses) on a separate sheet.

REGISTRATION:  The following information about estimated registration fees is to help you plan your budget; note that fees listed here are approximate. Complete information about when and how to pay registration fees will be announced in February 2005.

The preliminary all-inclusive ISHN Member (single accommodation) fee is Stg420 (420 GBP). On 23 December this amount was approximately US$810 and 605 Euros. The fee currently includes: registration for the meeting; 5 nights (Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri) single accommodation in New Hall; meals, refreshments, and receptions; annual banquet; excursion transportation to Edinburgh; and entertainment. Accommodation may be extended to include Saturday breakfast.

Non-member registration will be a higher fee; student, accompanying person, and shared accommodation fees will be lower. Complete information about when and how to pay registration fees will be announced in January 2005.

In order for the organizers to arrange for adequate seating and refreshments, registration fees will be due on or before an announced date in 2005. Registration fees received after that time or at the door -- without prior notification to George Joseph (ISHN Treasurer), Malcolm Macmillan, or Nick Wade, and confirmation by one of them -- will not guarantee seating at the social programs or accommodations in New Hall.

Registration questions may be addressed to:


St. Andrews has no airport or railway station but is reasonably easily accessible by train and air. The best general guide for travel to St. Andrews from anywhere in the United Kingdom is (note that some internal links in this site may not be functional):


Note that if you are not driving, you must plan to get to Leuchars, the nearest station, 4 miles (a short taxi or bus ride) from New Hall.

Edinburgh Airport is the nearest international airport to St. Andrews, and most continental European, British, Irish, and some North American airlines fly there directly. Note especially that the cost per person for four people sharing a taxi from Edinburgh Airport to St. Andrews may be cheaper than train or bus travel. Trains from Edinburgh Railway Station (in the city, not at the airport) run to Leuchars hourly, with the trip taking 50 minutes. Train timetables are available at:

Glasgow International Airport is where most North American flights terminate. There are also linking flights from Glasgow to Edinburgh. It may be more convenient to travel from Glasgow to St. Andrews by train either via Edinbugh or Dundee. Trains from Glasgow Queen Street Railway Station run to Edinburgh every 15 minutes, with the trip taking 50 minutes. Train timetables are available at:

A map and directions below (see also: summarise the routes:

By air to Edinburgh airport, then:
  1. taxi to St. Andrews; or
  2. bus to Edinburgh railway station,
    then train to Leuchars (50 miles),
    then bus or taxi to New Hall (4 miles)
By air to Glasgow airport, then:
  1. plane to Edinburgh airport,
    then taxi to St. Andrews; or
  2. bus to Edinburgh railway station,
    then train to Leuchars,
    then bus or taxi to New Hall (4 miles); or
  3. bus to Glasgow railway station,
    then train to Leuchars via Edinburgh,
    then bus or taxi to New Hall (4 miles)
By train to Leuchars (on London line), then:
  1. taxi to St. Andrews; or
  2. frequent daily bus to St. Andrews


Russell A. Johnson (ISHN Secretary)
Neuroscience History Archives
Brain Research Institute, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1791  USA
+1-310-825-6940  voice
+1-310-825-0465  fax
Malcolm Macmillan (ISHN President)
School of Psychology
Deakin University
Burwood Victoria 3125  Australia
+61 3 9244 6846  phone
+61 3 9244 6858  fax


Abstracts of papers presented at this meeting will be published in an upcoming issue of Journal of the History of the Neurosciences: Basic and Clinical Aspects, the official journal of the ISHN, the European Club for the History of Neurology (ECHN), and the World Federation of Neurology Research Group for the History of the Neurosciences. A subscription to the journal is included in full membership in the ISHN.


Please note that program content, times, and locations are subject to change.

ISHN 10th Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts

Last modified: 23 December 2004