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Offener Brief an den Herrn Bundespräsidenten und die für Forschung & Entwicklung zuständigen Mitglieder der Österreichischen Bundesregierung

Herrn Bundespräsident Univ. Prof. Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen
Herrn Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz
Herrn Vizekanzler Heinz-Christian Strache
Herrn Bundesminister Univ. Prof. Dr. Heinz Faßmann
Herrn Bundesminister Ing. Norbert Hofer
Herrn Bundesminister Hartwig Löger
Frau Bundesminister Mag. Dr. Margarete Schramböck

Wien, im August 2018 (click to open the letter)

Reply from the office of BP A. Van der Bellen

Reply from the office of BK Sebastian Kurz

Reply from the office of VK H.-C. Strache

2018 Best Thesis Award: New Call

ANA announces the “2018 Best PhD Thesis Award”. Submissions are for dissertations completed and successfully defended between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of the year 2018. The submission period is January 1 to 15, 2019. The ANA President in office in the year 2018 will be the Chair of the prize committee, which shall consists in addition of three previous Loewi Price Awardees. The price money will be € 500. An abstract of the thesis will be published on the ANA website.

Ph.D. dissertations of ANA Members are eligible for consideration, regardless of home discipline. Dissertations must clearly show the contributions made by the applicant student. Hence, experimental work carried out by co-authors, where pertinent, should be clearly indicated.

Nominations should be submitted electronically to the ANA President and must include the thesis, a one-page abstract (300 word), a statement on  experimental work carried out by co-authors, a list of publications (if available), the CV, and a letter of recommendation from the thesis adviser or committee member, all in English.

Best Picture Award 2018

This years best picture award goes to Nina Draschil and Christian Humpel (Laboratory of Psychiatry and Experimental Alzheimer's Disease, Medical University of Innsbruck).

The picture shows GFP+ astrocytes attaching to beta-amyloid plaques

Publication: Nina Daschil and Christian Humpel (2016) Green-fluorescent protein+ astrocytes attach to beta-amyloid plaques in an Alzheimer mouse model and GFP+ astrocytes are sensitive for Clasmatodendrosis. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 8:75. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2016.00075. eCollection 2016


Brain Awareness WEEK 2018

Here you can find events of the Brain Awareness Week 2018 (March 12-16) in Austria. Under the patronage of DANA/EDAB, this is a world-wide activity devoted to our brain.

Vienna 2018: We hit a new record in Vienna: 56 school classes - 1.652 students attending 19 lectures, 6 workshops, and one movie picture show ("Experimenter"). Thanks to Petra, Sabine, Friederike, and all lecturers.

Salzburg: In it‘s now 8th year of cooperation between the “Haus der Natur”, the University of Salzburg, and the Paracelsus Medical University, the teams of the BAW staged yet another round of demonstrations and workshops in Salzburg.  Let by Thomas Weiger (University of Salzburg) on one hand, and the chief pedagogue Mag. Markus Prötsch (Haus der Natur), some 350 high school students and their biology teachers were attracted to a week-long interdisciplinary and translation neuroscientific program hosted by the Haus der Natur. ANA is proud to have such engaged colleagues like Thomas Weiger, Richard König (PMU and König Engineering GmbH),  Bruno Benedetti (PMU), Günther Bernatzky, Kerstin Hödlmoser, and Alois Lametschwandtner (all University of Salzburg) devoting their time and dedication to the 2018 BAW. Here you can find some pics.

Innsbruck: The BAW has been successfully conducted in Western Austria since 1999. In 2018 the Medical University of Innsbruck participated in this international campaign with five lectures on brain-related topics organized for the public. Up to 350 attendants of all age groups participated per day and got engaged in vivid post-talk discussions. The international campaign aims to inspire interest in brain research and to bring attention to latest advancements in Neuroscience laboratories at Innsbruck. The activities were organized by Christine Bandtlow, Head of Division of Neurobiochemistry and Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations. Click here for more pictures (Copyright: MUI), additional details, and a separte report from Nicolas Singewald.


We are pleased to introduce our new Website, which comes together with a membership management program. It offers more opportunities for News and Blogs, and it will be a great help in managing our association. The Website has 3 levels of access: (1) Open for the general public (2) Open for all ANA Members (3) Open for ANA Board Members. 

Hence, your first step will be to register as a member. To do so for the first time, please follow instructions on the page Member Website Options. Once you are logged-in you should complete your personal profile. You will also see the fields "Sponsor Name" and "Sponsor Email" which you don't have to complete if you are member already. Your profile will already show whether you are up-to-date with your annual dues. For your convenience you can now pay membership and registration fees by Credit Card, in addition to online banking. You may see and comment ANA News and how to contribute to ANA blogs.

We do hope that primarily with your engagement, with the use of this Website, but also by taking advantage of Social Media, ANA succeeds in setting up a vivid, interactive Neuroscience community.

We would like to thank our previous ANA Secretary Gerald Obermair who - with great enthusiasm and dedication - has not only set up the previous Website a long time ago, but who also maintained it for many years. We also like to thank Marco Treven for his indispensible help in setting up, and getting acquainted with, the new program.

We have updated the Search function for our Directory. If you visit the Directory and use "Advanced Search" you should now be able to find cities, institutions, and "keywords for research interests". In order to make this a useful function I am urging all members to update their personal profile
(mentioned above). Please note that the directory is only visible to ANA Members.

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