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Neuroimmunology Conferene

Nadeen Ibrahim

Since its inception in 1988, the International Society of Neuroimmunology (ISNI) strives to encourage the interchange of ideas and scientific data relevant to the human nervous system development and disease between research scientists engaged in this field of research. To encourage this interchange of ideas and scientific data, ISNI hosts a biennial international congress.

The 12th International Congress was held in Mainz, Germany on November 9 – 13th, 2014, and attracted more than 1,000 participants from 45 different countries and 5 continents. The first day of the congress was a course hosted by the European School of Neuroimmunology that covered a variety of topics from an analysis of antibodies to medication efficacy in treating multiple sclerosis. The remainder of the congress included poster sessions and oral presentations of the 600 abstracts accepted into the Journal of Neuroimmunology. I had the honor of presenting my laboratory’s research in a poster session.

Presently, I am an undergraduate research intern for Dr. Xiaoli Yu’s laboratory in the School of Medicine Department of Neurology. I started in January of 2014 as a part-time intern, and was a full-time intern during the summer via the Undergraduate Pre-Health Program. My contributions to my lab’s research granted me the privilege of submitting an abstract to ISNI as the presenting author. The accepted abstract featured a part of my lab’s research on the potential role of the EBV virus (a type of herpes virus) in multiple sclerosis.

As the presenting author for a poster session, I was able to network with research scientists from around the world, present my poster, and experience first-hand the neuroimmunological research being conducted on an international basis. Such an experience solidified my desire to continue to take an active role in neuroimmunological research.

Outside the conference, I experienced the rich culture of Mainz, Germany, which included partaking in the Fifth Season Carnival that annually starts on November 11th at 11:11 a.m. and long walks along the Rhine River. To add, the architecture and gardens were breathtaking, and the food was delicious. 

Overall, the International Society of Neuroimmunology 12th International Congress was a rewarding and memorable experience. Such an experience would have not been possible without the generous support of the University Honors and Leadership Program of which I am honored to be a part of.

- Nadeen Ibrahim

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