My experience from IBAGS XI: Basal Ganglia: Eilat, Israel 2013

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Boris Rosin
Boris Rosin, IMRIC Researcher
Born in the city of Kishinev, former USSR, in 1974, Mr. Boris Rosin immigrated to Israel with his parents at the age of 13. He is currently a MD-PhD student at The Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada at The Faculty of Medicine at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Boris Rosin

The International Basal Ganglia Society (IBAGS) is a scientific society with the distinct goal of promoting the understanding of normal basal ganglia function and the pathophysiology of their disorders, including Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, depression and schizophrenia.  IBAGS triennial meetings bring together research scientists from all disciplines, as well as clinicians who are actively involved in the treatment of basal ganglia disorders, to discuss the most recent advances in the field and to generate new approaches and ideas for the future. The society was founded in 1983 and since that time at the end of each meeting a President is elected and the next conference is held in 3 years' time in the President elect country of origin. For the past 3 years, my mentor Professor Hagai Bergman, of the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC), has served as the President of the IBAGS and therefore this IBAGS was held in Israel.

It is difficult to even begin and describe the sheer excitement of meeting in person all the leading researchers from your field. This conference was marked by outstanding scientific quality, the participation of all major researchers in the field and outstanding organization. The range of discussions was as broad as this of the work presented, starting from experimental results of song learning in song birds and ending in data from human patients of Parkinson's disease and other basal-ganglia related disorders. The conference was opened by basic science and clinical tutorials, given by the world's leaders in both areas. A special session of the computational aspects of basal ganglia function and its models was also held. The closing gala dinner was marked by great atmosphere and enthusiasm. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to participate in the IBAGS conferences during my PhD program and especially proud of the fact that the current IBAGS was held in Israel and that Professor Bergman did such a fabulous job of organizing it.

Below are some select pictures from the conference that I would like to share with you. 



This is me and Prof. James Tepper









Prof. Paul Krack and Prof. Anne Young










 Prof. Thomas Whichmann









Prof. Peter Redgrave







Prof. Rob Turner











 Our lab (Prof. Hagai Bergman)