12th Annual Meeting

International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN)

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 environs. The conference includes contributions about 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.

All platform paper and poster sessions are open without charge to interested scholars in the community. Social programs and workshops are open to paying registrants and some invited guests.

A Schedule-at-a-Glance listing all programs is available at:


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

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 highlight of the meeting for paying registrants and invited guests will be a buffet luncheon and program at the Huntington Library and Museum, celebrating their acquisition of the Burndy Library in the History of Science.

Updates about the meeting will be posted on this website and on HISTNEUR-L, the History of Neuroscience Internet Forum (an e-mail based listserv)

Questions may be directed to:

Russell Johnson, ISHN President

History and Special Collections Division

Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA

Los Angeles, California 90095-1798 USA

[email protected]


The program, individual abstracts, and registration form may be found at:


TO REGISTER FOR THE MEETING, complete and submit the form which is provided in the section titled “Registration” on the website listed above.

Program highlights:

– Workshop: National Library of Medicine Resources

– Workshop: Oral History Interviews

– Paper Sessions:

– Instrumentation and laboratory sciences

– Natural history

– Neurology

– Neurocinematography

– Neuroethics

– Encephalitis lethargica

– Structures

– German neuroscience / Germans and the neurosciences

– Sources (books and brains)

– Neurochemistry

– Language

– Trance and hypnosis

– Moscow Colloquium

– Poster session

– Invited Lectures:

– Darwin Stapleton (The Rockefeller Archive Center) on history

of instrumentation in the neurosciences

– Larry Swanson (University of Southern California) on the

first printed realistic views of the brain

– Curator’s introduction to the Burndy Library of the History of

Science and Technology, by Dan Lewis (Huntington Library)

– Nicholas Wade (Dundee University) on history of vision,

optics and the neurosciences

– Social Programs:

– Opening Reception and Exhibits at the Louise M. Darling

Biomedical Library

– Film and discussion

– Buffet lunch and program at the Huntington Library and Museum

– Festive Dinner (ISHN Annual Banquet with Awards and Prizes


– Closing Reception, Exhibits and a Toast to Berlin 2008

Attendees are encouraged to submit the registration form and make their hotel accommodations as soon as possible. The conference rate is available for hotel bookings made before June 5.

For details, contact information, and registration instructions, please see the ISHN website: