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.
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.
|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|
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:
|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) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
|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, Vallettaemail@example.com|
|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|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 email@example.com .
For further information concerning the MNN or to be added to our mailing list, please send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . 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
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