9th Annual Meeting of the

International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN)

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Saturday, 26 June - Tuesday, 29 June 2004

The 9th annual meeting of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN) will be held Saturday, 26 June to Tuesday, 29 June 2004, on the campus and in the vicinity of the Université du Québec à Montréal (University of Quebec at Montreal, UQAM). The ISHN encourages contributions about all of the history of all of the neurosciences, including basic and clinical specialties, ancient and non-Western topics, technical advances, and broad social and cultural aspects.

The first day of the ISHN conference will be held in conjunction with TENNET XV, the 15th meeting of Theoretical and Experimental Neuropsychology (June 24-26). The joint program day on Saturday, 26 June will explore historical issues of brain function and cognition.

Call for Papers

The structure of the ISHN meeting will be platform and poster papers as well as thematic symposia, all to be refereed by the program committee. Platform papers are normally about 15-20 minutes in duration followed by 5-10 minutes for discussion. Thematic symposia consist of 3 or 4 platform papers submitted together on a specific theme. Poster papers will be displayed on poster boards whose size is yet to be determined.

LANGUAGE:  The official language of the ISHN conference is English.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  1 FEBRUARY 2004.  The program will be finalized in March 2004.

ABSTRACT FORMAT:  Please submit your abstract on a single sheet of letter- or A4-size paper with standard font (e.g., Times New Roman 12 point or Arial 11 point) and wide margins (1 inch or more). Specify, in this order:

  • Whether you are applying for a Platform or Poster presentation
  • Title of your paper
  • Name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address of each author
  • Abstract (300 word maximum)
  • Audiovisual projection or display requirements

E-MAIL SUBMISSION FORMAT:  Abstracts may be submitted within the body or message area of an e-mail. In order to preserve italics, diacritics, etc., abstracts may also be sent as attached files or on 3.5" diskettes (formatted for IBM-compatibles and labeled with the file format used, and name and contact information of the author) in one of the following formats: (1) Word 6.1 or above, or (2) Rich Text Format. If you send an e-mail attachment, you must first scan the file with a recently-upgraded anti-virus utility such as McAfee or Norton, and note in the body of your e-mail message that the file was scanned and no viruses were detected (if you are unable to do this, you must send your abstract by regular mail on a properly labeled 3.5" diskette).

SEND ABSTRACTS by e-mail (preferred), surface mail, or air mail to the Chair of the Program Committee:

Edward Fine, M.D., ISHN President
PMB 162
7954 Transit Road
Williamsville, New York 14221 USA

+1-716-862-3141  phone
+1-716-862-8913  voice mail

Papers are expected to have at least one author who is a member of the ISHN. For information on membership, please contact the ISHN Secretary, Russell Johnson (see below).


Edward J. Fine (Buffalo, New York, USA), Chair
Geneviève Aubert (Brussels, Belgium)
Nai-Shin Chu (Taipei, Taiwan)
Stanley Finger (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
Samuel Greenblatt (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
Axel Karenberg (Cologne, Germany)
Peter Koehler (Heerlen, The Netherlands)
John T.E. Richardson (Milton Keynes, UK)
Theodore Sourkes (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

The ISHN encourages all presenters to submit completed papers to the society's official publication, the Journal of the History of the Neurosciences: Basic and Clinical Perspectives.

Meeting Information

VENUE:  Paper and poster sessions, programs, and a series of invited lectures will be held on the campus of UQAM and at the Montreal Neurological Institute (a teaching and research institute of McGill University). The use of a variety of locations is planned in order to take advantage of the resources and display the attractive features of the area.


Saturday, June 26: Combined TENNET and ISHN Symposia
  • Registration
  • Morning: TENNET and ISHN Programs (parallel session), Judith-Jasmin Pavilion, UQAM. Symposium A: "Centenary of the Birth of D.O. Hebb: His Life and His Contributions to Neuroscience". Symposium B: "18th Century Neuroscience"
  • Afternoon: Platform paper and Poster sessions
  • Evening: Wine and Cheese Reception celebrating the closing of TENNET and opening of the ISHN meetings
  • Journal of the History of the Neurosciences Editorial Board meeting

Sunday, June 29: ISHN
  • Registration
  • Morning: Platform paper and Poster sessions
  • ISHN Board meeting (part 1; working lunch)
  • Afternoon: Platform paper and Poster sessions
  • Evening: St. Lawrence River and Harbor Cruise

Monday, June 28: ISHN
  • Morning: Seminar on "Multiple Sclerosis: History of Therapy and Cognitive Disorders"
  • ISHN Board meeting (part 2; working lunch)
  • Afternoon: Seminar on "History of the Medical and Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy", at the Montreal Neurological Institute
  • Evening: ISHN Annual/Awards Banquet

Tuesday, June 29: ISHN
  • Morning: Platform paper and Poster sessions
  • Afternoon: Platform paper and Poster sessions; ISHN Annual Business Meeting
  • Adjournment

TRANSPORTATION:  The Montréal-Dorval and Montréal-Mirabel International Airports have direct flights to more than 100 destinations. As the meeting approaches, we will provide extensive information in the Preliminary Program about shuttle services, taxis, buses, and other ground transportation options.