11th Annual Meeting of the

International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN)

Collegio Cairoli
Pavia, Italy

Wednesday, 21 June - Sunday, 25 June 2006

The 11th annual meeting of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN) will be held Wednesday through Sunday, 21-25 June 2006 at Collegio Cairoli, a University College dating back to the 18th century located in the center of Pavia, Italy, about 35 km from Milan (A Brief History of Pavia and Its University). The ISHN encourages 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.

Collegio Cairoli

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 invited papers and posters on the Italian heritage in the neurosciences and special sessions will be dedicated to the contributions of Camillo Golgi and Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine (cited in recognition of their work on the structure of the nervous system) in 1906.


Camillo Golgi (left) and Santiago Ramón y Cajal (right)

The opening day of the program includes the Ottorino Rossi Award Conference, an annual event organized under the patronage of the C. Mondino Institute of Neurology. This year a distinguished historian of neuroscience (to be announced) will be the recipient of the 17th annual Ottorino Rossi Award, named for one of Camillo Golgi's most illustrious pupils. The ceremony and lecture will followed by a social event offered by the awarding organization.

The annual meeting will run from the afternoon of Wednesday, June 21 through the morning of Sunday, June 25, so attendees should plan to arrive on Tuesday, June 20.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  Abstracts must be RECEIVED on or before 17 MARCH 2006 (the deadline has been extended from March 3rd).  The program will be finalized and announced in early April 2006.

ABSTRACT FORMAT:  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.g., PowerPoint; slide projector; overhead projector; poster boards)


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, in one of the following formats: (1) MicroSoft Word, 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 do not have access to e-mail, submit your abstract via Fax or Airmail 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). Abstracts must be received on or before March 17th. Faxed and airmailed abstracts will be converted to electronic form for distribution by e-mail to the Program Committee, so paper-based abstract submission is discouraged.

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

Moshe Feinsod (ISHN President)
Division of Clinical Neurosciences
Faculty of Medicine
The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa 31096 ISRAEL

+972 4 8265106  phone
+972 4 8517008  fax

Dr. Feinsod will confirm by e-mail that your abstract has been received and that it is readable (e.g., if it was an e-mail attachment). Abstracts must be received on or before March 17th (the deadline has been extended from March 3rd).

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT: Papers must have at least one author who is a member of the ISHN (or is in the process of becoming a member). For information on membership, do one of the following:

  1. contact the ISHN Secretary, Dr. Laurie Swan:
    Laurie Swan (ISHN Secretary)
    Department of Physical Therapy
    University of the Pacific
    3601 Pacific Avenue
    Stockton, California 95211  USA
    +1-209-2886  voice
    +1-209-946-2367  fax

  2. or print and submit a Full or Student Membership application form, found on the society's website:

  3. or complete a request for a Full Membership invoice, found at the "Special Offer" link on the Journal website:

Garden, Collegio Cairoli


Moshe Feinsod (Haifa, Israel), Chair
Ed Fine (Buffalo, New York, USA)
Stanley Finger (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
Axel Karenberg (Cologne, Germany)
Peter Koehler (Heerlen, The Netherlands)
Marjorie Lorch (London, England, UK)
Paolo Mazzarello (Pavia, Italy)
Gül Russell (College Station, Texas, USA)


Paolo Mazzarello (Pavia, Italy), Chair
Mauro Ceroni (Pavia, Italy)
Lorenzo Lorusso (Chiari, Italy)
Giovanna Ruberto (Pavia, Italy)
Peter Koehler (Heerlen, The Netherlands)
Moshe Feinsod (Haifa, Israel)

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

Conference Room, Collegio Cairoli

VENUE:  The venue for Papers and Posters will be the lecture hall and other rooms of the Collegio Cairoli in Pavia, Italy.

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

Golgi exhibit hall at the Museum for the History of the University of Pavia
(Museo per la Storia dell'Università di Pavia)

SOCIAL PROGRAM:  Current plans include a reception for the Ottorio Rossi Award, a walking tour of Pavia, a concert, a visit to historical sites at the University, and a Festive Dinner (annual banquet).

Ponte Coperto, Pavia


Rooms for some participants will be available in the College throughout the conference at the lowest prices available. These suites, where most students live during the academic year, typically consist of a bedroom, living room, and bathroom. The approximate cost for a single bedroom is 45 Euros, and 65 Euros for a double room. These accommodations are situated in the center of Pavia, within walking distance of the conference.

Additional rooms are reserved for conference attendees in two of the most beautiful hotels in Pavia. Rates at the 4-star hotel (Hotel Moderno Pavia) are approximately 125 Euros (Single) and 140 Euros (Double); at the 3-star hotel (Hotel Excelsior) rates are approximately 90 Euros (Single) and 110 Euros (Double). A third hotel may be added if necessary.


The following information about estimated registration fees is to help you plan your budget; note that fees listed here are approximate.

The preliminary all-inclusive ISHN Full Member fee is 300 Euros. This includes the use of conference facilities, meals, the conference banquet, and social events. Non-member registration will be a higher fee; student and accompanying person fees will be lower.

Attendees staying at the hotels will be served breakfast (included in the room charge) at their hotels. People hosted in the Colleges will be served an Italian breakfast (included in the registration fee) in the Cairoli College. Lunches (included in the registration fee) will be served each day in the dining room of the Cairoli College. A welcoming reception will be offered the first evening (June 21) by the Ottorino Rossi Award Conference Organization. Other dinners, including the Festive Dinner (i.e., annual banquet) are included in the registration fees.

Individuals will make hotel reservations and register for the meeting by contacting Pragma Congressi, a locally contracted conference organizer, by e-mail: Students and others must inform Pragma Congressi by e-mail that they wish to reserve the less expensive accommodation in the Colleges. It soon will be possible to pay registration fees directly to Pragma; Pragma will notify individuals by e-mail with details.

In order for the organizers to arrange for adequate seating and refreshments, registration fees will be due on or before an announced date in 2006. Registration fees received after that time or at the door -- without prior notification to Moshe Feinsod (ISHN President) or Paolo Mazzarello (Local Arrangements), and confirmation by one of them - - will not guarantee seating at the social programs.

REGISTRATION QUESTIONS may be addressed to:

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

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.


The closest airports are LINATE Airport and MALPENSA 2000 and OLD MALPENSA Airports. From Milan (Milano) you may get to Pavia by Bus, Train, or Automobile.

By Bus

There is a Bus link to and from each of the airports. In the opinion of the Local Arrangements Committee, buses are the simplest and most time-saving way to get to Pavia from Linate and Malpensa.

By Train

Pavia is served by frequent trains from Milano Centrale Railway Station. (Check train timetable here). From Pavia railway station (front side), take Bus number 3, direction "MONTEBOLONE", and stop at Town Hall (Municipio); walk along Via Mazzini for about 100 mters, turn right into Via Sacchi and go straight into Cairoli Square.

  • Arriving at Malpensa: the simplest way to get to the Milano Centrale Railway Station is by bus. There is a bus leaving from Malpensa to Milano Centrale every 20 min. The ticket fare is about 4.50-5.50 Euros. You have to buy the bus ticket in a counter inside the airport. Alternatively (not the better option), you can also reach Milano downtown with the Malpensa Express Train. It reaches the Milano Cadorna Railway Station (serving the north suburbs - not convenient to reach Pavia) and the Milano Cadorna Subway Station. By the subway system one can easily reach the Milano Centrale Railway Station (take the green line to Cologno, exit at Centrale FS).
  • Arriving at Linate: there is a bus leaving from Linate to Milano Centrale Railway Station every 30 min. The trip time to Milano Centrale (the last stop of the bus; sometimes the bus stops also at another small local station) is about 20 min. Take the exit door just in front of the international arrival gate. Cross the street and the bus stop is there (bus company is STAM and the bus is usually blue). The ticket costs about 2-3 Euros and can be bought from the driver.

By Automobile

At the airports it is possible take advantage of the presence of Car Rental companies. A map prepared for a different conference shows the automobile routes from both airports.

  • Arriving at Malpensa: you should take the Highway A8 toward Milano and then follow indications toward Genova taking highway A7. Then the second exit (Bereguardo Pavia Nord) leads to Pavia downtown.
  • Arriving at Linate: you should take the Highway Tangenziale Est (toward Bologna & Genova) and then take the Highway Tangenziale Ovest toward Genova. From this road there is the connection to Highway A7 to Genova. Then the second exit (Bereguardo Pavia Nord) leads to Pavia downtown.


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.



ISHN members Marco Piccolino ( and Nick Wade ( are organizing a four-day period of scientific- cultural tours and discussions based at the Villa di Corliano in San Giuliano Terme, Tuscany, midway between Pisa and Luca, immediately following the ISHN/2006 conference. A description of the informal proposal is available at: . Practical information will be organized following statements of interest regarding the gathering. Please contact Dr. Piccolino or Dr. Wade as soon as possible, because there are a limited number of rooms (11 double and twin) in the hotel.



The next Cajal Club meeting, The Legacy of Golgi and Cajal: Celebrating a Century of Neuroscience Progress after the 1906 Nobel Prize, will be organized in Stockholm, Sweden by several members of the ISHN, including Larry Swanson (Cajal Club President), and will feature a conference banquet with presentations by Javier De Felipe on Cajal and Marina Bentivoglio on Golgi. For details, see:


ISHN 11th Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts

Last modified: 17 April 2006