Malta Neuroscience Network (MNN)
Malta Neuroscience Network (MNN)

The Malta Neuroscience Network (MNN) is an official programme of the University of Malta (UM) that aims to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary research and training in the field of neuroscience. The MNN also seeks to raise public awareness about the brain and to encourage public engagement in neuroscience activities taking place within the UM and more generally across the Maltese Islands.

The MNN board consists of a Coordinator and eighteen other members selected from the Faculty Medicine and Surgery, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Information & Communication Technology, Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty for Social Wellbeing and from the Centre for Biomedical Cybernetics. Chairpersonship of the board is held jointly, with the joint chairpersons being chosen by and from among the members.

Seminar Series 2018-19

The 2018-2019 MNN seminar series will showcase neuroscience research taking place at the University of Malta. Speakers will provide an overview of research methods and perspectives in their area, as well as orginal findings. The level of detail will be aimed at a general scientific audience, rather than to experts in a specific field. Over the course of the year, speakers will be drawn from all member Faculties of the MNN.

Seminars will take place on Wednesdays at 12:15, unless otherwise stated. The venue will change depending on the host Faculty. Click on the title to read the abstract (if available). Contact the local host for more info about specific talks and for schecduling meetings with the speaker.

Date Speaker Title Venue Host
14/11/2018 Ian Thornton (Cognitive Science) Using Illusions to Study the Brain 507 Media and Knowledge Sciences Holger Mitterer
11/12/2018 Gabriele Deidda (Physiology and Biochemistry) 5-HT2 receptor in Absence Epilepsy 402 Biomedical Science Building Giuseppe Di Giovanni
23/01/2019 Lalit Garg (Computer Information Systems) Detection and Prediction of Epileptic Seizure from EEG Data ICT Informatics Lab (Level -1, Blk B, Rm 2) Dylan Seychell
13/02/2019 Claude Bajada (Medicine and Surgery) Diffusion MRI: Measuring water to quantify brain microstructure and visualise connectivity 414 Media and Knowledge Sciences Ian Thornton
13/03/2019 Tracey Camilleri (Systems and Control Engineering) Brain Signal Analysis 414 Media and Knowledge Sciences Kenneth Camilleri
10/04/2019 Luca Valla (Cognitive Science) Using thermography to explore threat-related emotions 414 Media and Knowledge Sciences Holger Mitterer
08/05/2019 Gianluca Campana (University of Padua) Brain Stimulation using TMS & tES 414 Media and Knowledge Sciences Ian Thornton
**FRIDAY @ 12:15** 31/5/2019 Quoc Vuong Newcastle University fMRI as a practical research tool **507** Media and Knowledge Sciences Ian Thornton
**9:00 - 12:00** 19/6/2019 Kenneth Camilleri (Centre for Biomedical Cybernetics) Consciousness Discussion Seminar PC Lab, Faculty of Engineering. Engineering Workshop Series

Board Members

The MNN coordinator is appointed by Council and the Board is appointed by Senate on the recommendation of the constituant Faculty Boards. In 2018-19 the coordinator and board members (listed alphabetically) are as follows:

Name Role Department Faculty/Center
Prof. Paul A Bartolo Member Department of Psychology Faculty for Social Wellbeing
Prof. Kenneth P. Camilleri Member Centre for Biomedical Cybernetics Faculty of Engineering
Prof. Liberato Camilleri Member Department of Statistics & Operations Research Faculty of Science
Dr Tracey Camilleri Member Department of Systems and Control Engineering Faculty of Engineering
Dr David Cassar Member Department of Psychiatry Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
Dr Lalit Garg Member Department of Computer Information Systems Faculty of ICT
Prof. Giuseppe Di Giovanni Treasurer Centre for Molecular Medicine and Biobanking Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
Prof. Helen Grech Member Department of Communication Therapy Faculty of Health Sciences
Prof. Holger Mitterer Chairperson Department of Cognitive Science Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences
Dr Josianne Scerri Member Department of Mental Health Faculty of Health Sciences
Mr Dylan Seychell Member Department of Artificial Intelligence Faculty of ICT
Prof. Cristiana Sebu Member Department of Mathematics Faculty of Science
Prof. Ian Thornton Coordinator Department of Cognitive Science Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences
Dr Norbert R Vella Member Department of Neuroscience, Mater Dei Hospital Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

Brain Awareness Week (BAW)

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Every March, BAW unites the efforts of organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Activities include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions about the brain; lectures on brain-related topics; social media campaigns; displays at libraries and community centers; classroom workshops; and more.

In Malta, BAW is coordinated by the MNN. If you'd like more information about the programme of events in Malta, just email us at info@mnn.mt. More information about the global BAW campaign can be found on the Dana Foundartion webpages. The dates of the next two BAW campaigns are: March 11-17, 2019 and March 16-22, 2020

***CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE BAW 2019 POSTER & SCHEDULE ***

BAW19 MNN Head Logo

BAW 2019 Schedule
Date Time Event Details Venue Contact
Monday 11/03/19 16:00-18:00 Cognitive Science Lab: Open House The Cognitive Science Lab at the University of Malta conducts basic research into various aspects of human mind & behaviour. Come and meet staff and students, experience being an experimental participant and generally chat about the brain and how we study it! Cognitive Science Lab, Media and Knowledge Sciences Building, Room 202 Ian Thornton
Tuesday 12/03/19 9:00-12:00 School Lab Visits Several research teams from the MNN will be opening their labs to give school groups (Forms 1-6) the opportunity to see brain research in action. Click HERE for more details, and to book a place for your students, please use the mail link to the right. Guided Tour. UM Campus Tracey Camilleri
Tuesday 12/03/19 19:00 CineXjenza The regular BAW CineXjenza is organised by the student group S-Cubed and the Malta Chamber of Scientists. This year, there will be a screening of the movie Limitless followed by a discussion on the fact, fiction & ethics of cognitive enhancement, led by staff and students from the Department of Cognitive Science Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta S-Cubed
Wednesday 13/03/19 9:00-13:00 School Lab Visits Several research teams from the MNN will be opening their labs to give school groups (Forms 1-6) the opportunity to see brain research in action. Click HERE for more details, and to book a place for your students, please use the mail link to the right. Guided Tour. UM Campus Tracey Camilleri
Wednesday 13/03/19 12:15 MNN Seminar The MNN holds regular research seminars. As part of BAW 2019, members of the Department of Systems and Control Engineering and the Centre for Biomedical Cybernetics will be discussing Brain Signal Analysis. Further details on the talk and the seminar series HERE Media and Knowledge Sciences Building, Room 414 Ian Thornton
Wednesday 13/03/19 19:30 Malta café scientifique In this BAW themed Malta café scientifique participants will have the opportunity to discuss the theme of Mood Disorders with a panel of experts. More details of the event HERE Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta cafesci@mcs.org.mt
Thursday 14/03/19 9:00-12:00 School Lab Visits Several research teams from the MNN will be opening their labs to give school groups (Forms 1-6) the opportunity to see brain research in action. Click HERE for more details, and to book a place for your students, please use the mail link to the right. Guided Tour. UM Campus Tracey Camilleri
Friday 15/03/19 16:00 Public Lecture If the BAW activities have piqued your interest in neuroscience, come along to this public lecture to find out more about brain structure and function. No previous knowledge required! Your host, Dr Christian Zammit, will provide an easy-to-follow guide to brain basics, and will be happy to answer questions. Biomedical Sciences Building, New Anatomy Lecture Room (NALR) Christian Zammit

Joining the MNN

One of the main goals of the MNN is to provide a link for all parties within the Maltese community with an interest in Neuroscience. To that end, we encourage applications for individual membership to the MNN. To find out more about individual membership requirements, you can contact us at info@mnn.mt. You can also complete our online membership form directly, by clicking here. As the MNN is part of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), membership to the MNN also has a number of other advantages, detailed below.

Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)

FENS is a European federation of scientific societies for basic scientists and physicians whose research is focused on the brain and nervous system (i.e., neuroscience). Its mission is to advance research and education in neuroscience within and outside Europe, to facilitate interaction and coordination between its members.

The MNN is one of the 43 FENS neuroscience member societies across 33 European countries. MNN members are automatically members of FENS and may take advantage of the extensive FENS member benefits and services, detailed here . To find out more about supporting membership of FENS contact us at info@mnn.mt .

Further Information

For further information concerning the MNN or to be added to our mailing list, please send mail to info@mnn.mt . We also encourage you to directly contact board members from your area if you would like more information about the role of specific Faculties/Centers


Webmaster: Ian Thornton Page Updated: 26 February 2019 Contact : info@mnn.mt