David Ray Student Symposium

Student symposium at INA-17

To maintain INA as a society of active and engaged researchers, it is important to bring our students to the biannual meeting! A student symposium has been held as part of many of the previous INA meetings. At the 25th anniversary meeting, INA-14, in The Netherlands in 2013 the David Ray Student Award was inaugurated.

To honor Dr. David Ray of Nottingham, who was the former INA president and teacher of many PhD students, the Executive Committee of INA will award the David Ray Student Travel Award to the student with the best oral presentation of the meeting. David, who regrettably passed away in 2010, was an Englishman par excellence, an outstanding researcher in neurotoxicology, and a good friend to many of the INA members. His comments and questions were always sagacious phrased and blended with “British” humor. INA lost a valuable promoter of neurotoxicology much too early, and so to keep the memory of David Ray alive, the David Ray Student Travel Award will be conferred at every INA meeting here forth.

During INA-17, a dedicated student symposium has been scheduled for Monday, September 30th from 1.00 to 2.30 pm. To select eligible candidates we would like to encourage you and your students to submit their abstracts for this symposium. All students selected by the scientific committee of INA-17 to participate in the student symposium will receive student travel support (partial reimbursement) and will be eligible to apply for the David Ray Student Travel Award. The best student presentation at the meeting will be awarded with this prize and the winner will receive full compensation of her or his travel expenses. 

Who can apply?

All students working on their PhD or MD thesis in any area of neurotoxicology at the time of the meeting. Students must be under the supervision of a full INA member. Early post-docs that defended their PhD/MD thesis during the academic year 2018-2019 are also eligible.

What should be submitted?

  • an abstract according to the sample that can be found here
  • the CV of the applicant
  • a letter of recommendation from the supervisor
  • send these documents to ina17@ifado.de

Further steps:

After June 30, 2019, the scientific committee of INA-17 will evaluate the submissions and top five ranked candidates will be selected to give a talk about their ongoing research during the Student Symposium. During the meeting, all student presentations will be evaluated by several referees to select the best talk to receive the Award.

Best regards and good luck,

Tim Shafer and Remco Westerink