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.

A symposium in memory of Professor Colin Ingram (1960-2013)

Please join the Institute of Neuroscience on Thursday 24th July 2014, at Newcastle University, in an all-day symposium to celebrate the scientific legacy of our late Director, Professor Colin Ingram.

External and local speakers representing neuroendocrinology and affective disorders, translational neuroscience and neuroinformatics, the research fields in which Colin had strong interests, will discuss recent advances in these fields and reflect on Colin’s inspirational and important contributions to neuroscience.

Following the symposium there will be a drinks reception in the Institute’s Henry Wellcome Building. A full programme will be available shortly.

There will be a memorial service on the evening of Wednesday 23rd July in Newcastle; more details to follow.

Both events are free to attend but please confirm your attendance, or request more information, by contacting Ann Fitchett, email: ion@newcastle.ac.uk, +44 (0)191 208 8320.

Professor Alison J. Douglas charity fund

Professor Alison J. Douglas

1961 - 2012

Professor Alison Jane Douglas, a leading member of the Neuroendocrinology Group in Edinburgh, died of breast cancer on the 9th May, 2012, at the age of 50.  

The Neuroendocrinology Group here in Edinburgh cherished her as a colleague.  Alison was always cheerful, positive, caring and supportive, attributes sometimes hard to find in the academic environment. Alison loved neuroendocrinology and had a passion for teaching the subject.  She shared her enthusiasm with the many undergraduate and graduate students she taught and mentored during her career. Alison was always keen to promote and support younger scientists, particularly women, at early stages of their careers.  

To help sustain Alison’s enthusiasm for supporting young PhD students and researchers we created the Professor Alison J. Douglas charity fund. The fund will be used to support early-stage researchers (PhD students, post doctoral fellows) and awards will be made in form of

·         Poster or presentation prizes

·         Travel support to attend national or international conferences

·         Organisation and support of an “Alison Douglas Neuroendocrinology Summer School”

If you would like to make a donation, the links for the fund can be the found at: 

Single Donation: www.donate.ed.ac.uk/singlegift?destination=Prof-AlisonJDouglas

Regular Donation: www.donate.ed.ac.uk/regulargift?destination=Prof-AlisonJDouglas

Mike Ludwig & Gareth Leng

The International Congress of Neuroendocrinology 2014

The BSN would like to invite you to the International Congress of Neuroendocrinology (ICN) held this time in Sydney. As a member of the BSN you will be entitled to free registration and an additional £500 for travel. For travel please complete the international travel grant form in the grants section. This may be submitted at anytime until the 23rd May 2014 (also the deadline for early registration).

The International Congress of Neuroendocrinology 2014

International Neuroendocrine Federation

Additionally a “Techniques in Neuroendocrine Research” Workshop will be held in Dunedin, New Zealand, for PhD student and early postdocs, in the week before the ICN meeting. 

2014 Techniques in Neuroendocrine Research Workshop

The Alison Douglas Summer School 'Food for Thought'


The first Alison Douglas Summer School for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) was held at Frauenwörth, Bavaria, Germany in July 2013. The meeting was attended by 32 ECRs, approximately half of whom were BSN members, and 16 members of faculty, including 2 journalists from the MAITRE organisation who ran media training workshops. The Summer School consisted of a series of interactive science-based teaching workshops on the food, energy balance, obesity and feeding theme, and their associated group-based tasks, as well as more generic workshops based around topics including future EU funding, the future of publishing, and an industry perspective. The School finished with a high-octane ‘Dragon’s Den’ event based on funding proposals prepared by groups of ECRs, and judged by the faculty. The School was part funded by the BSN in commemoration of Alison Douglas, and partly by a number of current FP7 EU grants that also have a commitment to the development of European ECRs. Feedback suggests that the ECRs found the event very valuable and enjoyable, and the organisers hope that the networking opportunities the School provided will bear fruit in the future as this generation of ECRs develop their careers over the coming years. As co-ordinator of the EU ‘Full4Health’ project, I would like to formally record my appreciation for Dr. Gabi Wagner and the organising committee, without whose efforts this event would not have been possible.

The BSN committee is keen to receive feedback on the event, especially from BSN ECR members so that we can see how best to take forward an event in Alison Douglas’s name in the coming years. In the first instance, please direct your comments to Dr. Amy Warner.

Julian Mercer

Latest Topical Briefing

The BSN publishes a series of briefings on topical issues in neuroendocrinology for use in teaching and public communication of science.

48. Navigating pituitary structure and function - defining a roadmap for hormone secretion

Index of all topical briefings


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