Why is neuroendocrinology important to me?


The British Society for Neuroendocrinology (BSN) is a scientific society that exists to promote research and learning into the interplay between the endocrine and nervous systems that control so many important body processes (see below for key subject categories). The ultimate aim of this research is to provide therapies for the many neuroendocrine diseases and disorders that may develop throughout the life course, and to develop methods to beneficially regulate normal neuroendocrine function in man and animals.

The origins of the Society date back to 1985, and it has published the international 'Journal of Neuroendocrinology' for over 20 years. Annual meetings are held either stand alone or jointly with European or UK societies with similar interests. The BSN has a number of grant schemes available to its membership to support neuroendocrine research by scientists at different phases of their careers, researcher mobility and skills training, international and UK travel, as well as support for scientific meetings and public engagement events.

The Journal of Neuroendocrinology's website can be found here.

Biodynamics 2018

**Registration for PhD students and postdocs now £100**



We are delighted to invite you to join us for BioDynamics 2018 at the beautifully located Royal College of Physicians, Regents Park, London.

Dynamic phenomena are ubiquitous in biological systems and span multiple, interacting spatio-temporal scales. There is growing appreciation that quantifying them accurately will lead to deeper insights into human disease and even inspire novel therapies – but doing so is challenging, and will likely need innovative cross-disciplinary approaches and tools.

BioDynamics 2018 will showcase some of the very best cross-disciplinary research in this rapidly expanding field, with a focus on how the study of biological dynamics, and the mechanistic understanding it provides, can be used for clinical translation and patient-specific therapeutics. Talks will range from microscopic scales – how molecular dynamics influence disease phenotypes – to macroscopic scales – how neural, humoral and cardiovascular dynamics affect human health and disease.

This year the meeting will be organised by colleagues from King’s College London and will be held on the 12th & 13th April 2018 at the Royal College of Physicians. This wonderful venue is in the heart of London, overlooking Regent’s park.

Preliminary programme and registration can be found at http://epilepsy-london.org/biodynamics-2018-conference/ 

ICN 2018 in Toronto

The British Society of Neuroendocrinology would like to invite you to the 9th International Congress of Neuroendocrinology (ICN) on the 15th - 18th July 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

All categories of BSN member who have been current members for more than six months, i.e. prior to 5 October 2017, are entitled to free registration and an additional £500 for travel.

To apply for the travel fund please complete the application form for the International Conference Travel Fund (link below). Further details regarding the eligibility criteria can be found on the rules document on the same page.

This may be submitted at any time until the 5th April 2018.

Dates to remember

Abstract deadline: 26th January

Early registration: 6th April

Poster available here



Two RI events coming up...

Are your genes to blame when your jeans don’t fit?

Friday 26 January, 7.20pm – 8.45pm

While the obesity epidemic is a contemporary problem, undoubtedly due to changes in our lifestyle and in the types of food we eat, differences in our genetic make-up mean some of us eat more than others. Join geneticist and neuroscientist Giles Yeo as he discusses how we use genetics as a tool to understand the biological variation in appetite control.



Into the grey zone

Monday 12 February, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Consciousness might not be a black and white issue. Join neuroscientist Adrian Owen to find out about a pioneering new technique that allows doctors to communicate with people thought to be lost in persistent vegetative states.


Special issue of JNE

Look out for the October issue of JNE, which will be a Special Issue carrying original research papers and reviews from the ‘Metabolic Diseases’ meeting held in Melbourne, Australia in December 2016 (http://www.mdo.events/), which was sponsored by the journal. Zane Andrews, a Senior Editor for JNE, acted as Guest Editor for this issue. 

Special issue of Philos. Trans. Royal Soc. B

Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue of Philosophical Transactions B entitled Wild clocks: integrating chronobiology and ecology to understand timekeeping in free-living animals compiled and edited by William J Schwartz, Barbara Helm and Menno P Gerkema. This content can be accessed at http://bit.ly/PTB1734 and the articles can be accessed directly at http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/372/1734


A print version is also available at the special price of £35.00. You can order online via the above web page (enter special code TB 1734 when prompted) or, alternatively, you can contact debbie.vaughan@royalsociety.org.

Masterclass Series on Neuroendocrinology - now 5 volumes

Now with Neuroendocrinology of Appetite (not pictured)


The series ‘Masterclass in Neuroendocrinology’, a co- publication between Wiley and the INF (International Neuroendocrine Foundation), aims to illustrate highest standards and encourage the use of the latest technologies in basic and clinical research and hopes to provide inspiration for further exploration into the exciting field of neuroendocrinology. For more information on all of the volumes available go to http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-351119.html

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