12th Annual Meeting of the

International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN)

Los Angeles, California, USA

Tuesday, 19 June - Saturday, 23 June 2007

The 12th annual meeting of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN) will be held Tuesday through Saturday, 19-23 June 2007 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and nearby venues. 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 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 a poster board whose size is yet to be determined. The Program will include several invited papers.

The annual meeting will run from the evening of Tuesday, June 19 through the afternoon of Saturday, June 23, so attendees may wish to arrive on Tuesday morning (June 19) or Monday evening (June 18).

The opening day of the program (June 19) includes two pre-conference workshops: the morning workshop will focus on using and conducting Oral History Interviews, and the afternoon tutorial will explain how to use the National Library of Medicine's resources (PubMed, IndexCat, etc.) to do history of neuroscience research. The day concludes with an Opening Reception (buffet dinner) and exhibition at the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library.

We anticipate that social programs will include a day at the Huntington Library and Museum (including a special paper session there to celebrate its acquisition of the Burndy Library on the History of Science and Technology), a neurosciences-in-film program, and an Annual Banquet.


The original "Hollywood" sign in the 1920s

Members are invited to use the HISTNEUR-L listserv to discuss program suggestions, recruit co-authors, organize symposia submissions, and so forth.

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

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  Abstracts must be RECEIVED on or before 28 February 2007.  The program will be finalized and announced in early March.

ABSTRACT FORMAT:  Specify, in this order:

  • Whether you are applying for a Platform or Poster presentation
  • Title of your paper
  • Full name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address of each and every author
  • Abstract (300 word maximum)
  • Audiovisual projection or display requirements (e.g., PowerPoint; slide projector; overhead projector; poster boards)


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, in one of the following formats: (1) MicroSoft Word, (2) Rich Text Format, or (3) PDF. If you send an e-mail attachment, you must first scan the file with a recently-upgraded anti-virus utility, and note in the body of your e-mail message that the file was scanned and no viruses were detected.

If you do not have access to e-mail, submit your abstract via Fax or Airmail 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). Abstracts must be received on or before February 28th. Faxed and airmailed abstracts will be converted to electronic form for distribution by e-mail to the Program Committee, so paper-based abstract submission is discouraged.

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

Russell A. Johnson
History & Special Collections Division
Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
Los Angeles, California 90095-1798 USA

+1-310-825-6940   phone
+1-310-825-0465   fax [include a Cover Sheet directed to Russell Johnson]

Mr. Johnson will confirm by e-mail that your abstract has been received and that it is readable (e.g., if it was an e-mail attachment). Abstracts must be received on or before February 28th.

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT: Papers must have at least one author who is a member of the ISHN (or is in the process of becoming a member) in 2007. For information on membership:

  1. please contact the ISHN Secretary, Dr. Laurie Swan:
    Laurie Swan (ISHN Secretary)
    15518 87th Avenue East
    Puyallup, Washington 98375  USA
    +1-253-209-7837  voice
    +1-253-471-0931  fax

  2. or print and submit a Full or Student Membership application form, found on the society's website:

  3. or complete a request for a Full Membership invoice, found on the Journal website (click "Subscribe Online"):


Some editions of The Waking Brain by Horace W. "Tid" Magoun (1907-1991)
History and Special Collections, UCLA Biomedical Library


Russell Johnson (Los Angeles, California, USA), Chair
Moshe Feinsod (Haifa, Israel)
Paul Foley (Randwick, NSW, Australia)
Robert G. Frank, Jr. (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Peter Koehler (Heerlen, The Netherlands)
Georg W. Kreutzberg (Martinsried, Germany)
Marjorie Lorch (London, England, UK)
Ynez V. O'Neill (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Gül Russell (College Station, Texas, USA)
Frank W. Stahnisch (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Stephen Wald (Madison, Wisconsin, USA)


To be determined

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.

We especially urge members to recommend the journal to their institutions' libraries, as the core English-language journal of the history of the neurosciences. Institutional subscriptions include both print and online editions.

Meeting Information

Gonda (Goldschmied) Neuroscience and Genetics Research Center
UCLA Capital Programs

VENUE:  The chief venue for Papers and Posters will be the lecture hall and other rooms of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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


A block of rooms has been reserved at The Westwood on Wilshire Hotel (, formerly the DoubleTree. To receive the $159/night (plus tax) rate for single or double occupancy ($10 for a third occupant), attendees should contact the hotel directly and request the "International Society for the History of the Neurosciences" rate. This rate is available for Monday June 18 through Sunday morning June 24 (i.e., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings):
1-800-472-8556 toll-free telephone reservations
1-310-475-8711 telephone
1-310-475-5220 fax

We are negotiating with another hotel, with fewer amenities, for budget accommodations. We regret that dormitory rooms at UCLA will not be available. Detailed accommodation information soon will be available on the ISHN website.


The following information about estimated registration fees is to help you plan your budget; note that fees listed here are approximate.

The preliminary ISHN Full Member fee is US$100-150. This includes the use of conference facilities, coffee breaks, and social events. Non-member registration will be a higher fee; student and accompanying person fees will be lower.

The fee for the annual banquet will be approximately US$50.

Lectures, papers, and poster sessions will be freely open to the public, to encourage attendance by other historians as well as neuroscience researchers and clinicians. Registration will be required for attendance at the social events. We are able to keep the registration fees low because of generous financial support from the Neuroscience History Archives, the UCLA Brain Research Institute, and the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library.

In order for the organizers to arrange for adequate seating and refreshments at social events, and transportation to special events, registration fees will be due on or before an announced date in 2007. Registration fees received after that time or at the door -- without prior notification to Russell Johnson (ISHN President) or another designated Local Arrangements Committee member, and confirmation by one of them -- will not guarantee seating at the social programs.

REGISTRATION QUESTIONS may be addressed to:

Please note that program content, times, and locations are subject to change.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: The ISHN has allocated some limited funds to assist with travel expenses for students (pursuing any degree, undergraduate or graduate) whose abstracts have been accepted and who must travel long distances at great expense. The Program Committee will determine the distribution of these funds based on (1) the quality of abstracts and (2) applicants' projected travel expenses, recognizing that sometimes it costs more to travel modest distances than long ones. If you wish to apply for this assistance, please include with your abstract a short paragraph of request and explanation (with your projected expenses) on a separate sheet.


Patent Medicine Victorian Trade Card Collection
History and Special Collections, UCLA Biomedical Library



ISHN members may be interested in planning their post-conference travels to include the IBRO (International Brain Research Organization) World Congress of Neuroscience, to be held July 12-17 in Melbourne, Australia. ISHN member Marina Bentivoglio (Verona, Italy) is IBRO's new Secretary General and ISHN member Javier de Felipe (Madrid, Spain) chairs its Committee on Neuroscience History. In addition, six ISHN members reside in Australia!

For details, see:



Giuseppe Moruzzi and H.W. Magoun, returning from the "Moscow Colloquium"
(Colloquium on Electroencephalography and Higher Nervous System Activity, 1958)
UCLA Neuroscience History Archives

ISHN 12th Annual Meeting Announcement and Call for Abstracts

Last modified: 22 February 2007