As noted in a previous newsletter, the Travel Award attracted applications from 126 people in 16 countries, mainly in the Asian region, the highest number on record. Kazuhiro Ikenaka, chair of the Travel Award Selection Committee, and the other committee members had the extremely difficult job of selecting recipients from among a large number of high-quality applications. The selection framework meant that in many cases, regrettably, even high-level applications had to be turned down. Those applicants who were not selected this year are invited to apply for the Travel Award in future years.
The 31 prospective recipients of the Award who survived the fierce competition are listed below. An award ceremony will be held during the Annual General Meeting, which is held during the Meeting. Please welcome the recipients warmly if you should happen to come across any of them during the Meeting. Travel Award recipients are also invited to the Reception, and we cordially invite all JNS members to attend the Reception too, and to take the opportunity to strengthen your networking with researchers who are actively conducting research in other countries.
(List of recipients)

Monica L Acosta
University of Auckland
Leila Ahmad-Molaei
Shahid Beheshti University
Phalguni Anand Alladi
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
Akshay Anand
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research
Kiran Aslam
HEJ Research Institute of Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi
Pegah Azizi
Shahid Beheshti University
Vikram Dhuna
DAV College
Kaizheng Duan
Inst of Neurob, Fudan University
Lixia Gao
Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Hua Gu
College of Life Science and Technology, Tongji University
Hui-Li Han
Key Laboratory of Animal Models and Human Disease Mechanisms
Yan-Lin He
School of Life Sciences, Institutes of Brain Science and State Key Laboratory of
Medical Neurobiology, Fudan University
Julian Heng
Howard Florey Institute
Hardeep Kataria
Guru Nanak Dev University
Md Abdul Khaleque
North South University
Suk King Lai
The University of Hong Kong
Choong Hyun Lee
Hallym University
Yi Li
Fudan University
Chian-Ming Low
National University of Singapore
Lingling Lu
Capital Medical University
Mahsa Moaddab
Shahid Beheshti University
Su-Jin Noh
College of Medicine Seoul National University
Ilya Patrushev
Institute of Cell Biophysics RAS
Govindaraj Periyasamy
Vi Pham
Florey Neuroscience Institute
Kavarthapu Raghuveer
University of Hyderabad
Graham Ka Hon Shea
The University of Hong Kong
John E.ric Steephen
Indian Institute of Technology
Wilaiwan Wisessmith
Institute of Science and Technology for Research and Development, Mahidol University
Pengjun Zhang
Shanxi Medical University
Hanyi Zhuang
Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine

Applications are no Longer accepted.

Call for Travel Award Application (PDF)
Travel Award Guidelines (PDF)
Application Form (MS Word)
JNS Membership Form (MS Word)

Due dates for submission:
  Starting date: January 15, 2009
Deadline: Must arrive by February 28, 2009
*Deadline for submission has been extended to March 9, 2009 at noon. (JST; GMT+9)

Travel Award Guidelines

Award Details
Travel Awards are offered to participants in the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society who come from Asian nations or developing countries in the neighborhood of Japan, and who will give a presentation at the meeting. Details of the Travel Awards are as set out below.

A certificate will be conferred at an award ceremony to be held during the meeting.
The meeting registration fee will be waived.
Recipients will be invited to attend a reception to be held during the meeting.
The cost of publication in the English volume of abstracts(Neuroscience Research Supplement)will be half price (2,000 yen).
Recipients will be awarded a prize money. This prize money will be given as a partial support for the traveling expenses (the airfare from the recipient's country of residence to Japan, and domestic transportation in Japan). Refer the attached file "the table of the amount of the prize money" about the classification by countries. The amount will not be increased under any circumstances. Each one must bear the shortfall. The prize money will be paid at the meeting venue, in Japanese yen.
Accommodation will be provided during the period of the meeting (the four nights of September 15-18, 2009). The meeting organizers will not pay any costs of accommodation elsewhere, or outside the period of the meeting. Nor will they make any arrangements or act as intermediary in these cases.
An advance meeting and welcome reception will be held on the day before the conference opens (September 15, 2009). At this meeting, recipients will give a poster presentation of the research they intend to present at the meeting.
Persons who do not attend the meeting or the above-mentioned advance meeting will have their award revoked.

How to Apply
1. Complete advance registration
  Complete advance registration (for travel award applicants) on the Internet Advance Registration (For Travel Award Applicants) Web page. There is an entrance button to the registration screen at the bottom of this page.
  Once you have completed advance registration, you will be issued with a Registration ID Number and password. Please keep a secure record of these, as they are important information (required for registering your presentation).

2. Submit your presentation's abstract
  Submit your presentation's abstract (for travel award applicants) on the Internet Presentation Registration (For Travel Award Applicants) Web page.
  You will need the Registration ID Number and password you were issued when you completed advance registration.
  You must set your own password when registering your abstract.
  Once you have completed registering your abstract, you will be issued with an Abstract Submission Number.
  Your Abstract Submission password and Abstract Submission Number are used when changing or confirming your registration details.

3. Submit your application documents
Send the following six documents to the Convention Secretariat ( as e-mail attachments.
Deadline: Must be received by March 9, 2009 at noon. (JST; GMT+9)
  A) Travel Award Application Form
  B) CV
  C) List of papers
  D) Copy of passport (only the page where the photograph of your face is recorded)
  E) Letter of recommendation from supervisor (see note below)
  F) Letter of recommendation from referee (see note below)
  Note: Items E and F above must be sent as e-mail attachments directly from the supervisor and referee themselves. Send letters as Word documents no more than a single A4 page in length, as e-mail attachments.

4. Send the original application form by post
Send the original of the Travel Award Application Form by post (airmail, FedEx, etc.).
Deadline: Must be received by March 14, 2009
Note: It is a good idea to include an application form for membership of the Japan Neuroscience Society, in case your application is accepted.

Important Points
Application Form
Application Form (MS Word)
Submission of application documents by e-mail
Deadline: Must be received by March 9, 2009 at noon. (JST; GMT+9)
Send to:
Submission of original Travel Award Application Form by post
Deadline: Must arrive by March 14, 2009
Send to: Congress Corporation
  Sakae-Daiichiseimei Bldg., 2-13 Shinsakaemachi, Naka-ku,
Nagoya 460-0004, Japan
Japan Neuroscience Society Web site

March 2009 Rating, selection, screening, decision on acceptance/rejection
April 2009 Notification of acceptance/rejection, confirmation of intention to attend
May 2009 Those who intend to participate complete procedures for joining the Japan Neuroscience Society
June 2009 Notification of presentation date and format
September 2009 Meeting held

Other points to note
Only one application for a Travel Award may be made per person.
If a single presentation has multiple authors, only one main author may apply.
An individual may give only one presentation at the meeting as a main author.
(If an application is accepted) Participants who require a visa to enter Japan must obtain this for themselves. The meeting organizers will provide documents required for visa applications on request.
The meeting attendance fee will be waived for rejected applicants who still decide to attend the meeting.
Main presenters must be members of the Japan Neuroscience Society. Those who are not yet members must join the society as soon as their participation and presentation have been decided.

How to join the Japan Neuroscience Society
Please see the "How to Join the Japan Neuroscience Society" page on the JNSS Web site. A system is in place to waive the admission fee and annual membership fee for meeting participants from overseas.

JNSS membership:
Main JNSS Web site:

Applications for membership of the JNSS must be sponsored by a referee. Applicants for Travel Awards must provide a referee who meets any of the following conditions.
1: A member of JNSS.
2: A representative of a society that belongs to IBRO or FAONS whose name can be confirmed on that society's website.
3: Recipient of a Travel Award whose name is recorded in JNSS files as a past Travel Award Recipient.
4: A representative (president, director, dean, or chair) of the university, institute, or department that the applicant belongs to, whose name is able to be confirmed on the official website (in English).

After carefully reading the explanation in this page, tick the "Advance to Application" button.

To confirm your registration content after you once complete advance registration, click the "Confirm your Registration" button. You will be required to enter "Registration ID Number" and "Password" that were issued or entered at the original advance registration.
If you close the window before the abstract submission process is not completed, please click the "Confirm your Registration" button, and login to restart the procedure.

To modify and update your abstract content after you once complete a submission, tick the "Modify, Update, Delete Abstract" button. You will be required to enter "Abstract Submission No." and "Password" that were issued or entered at the original abstract submission.

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