FENS Voices is a communications initiative that focuses the spotlight on the FENS neuroscience community and its activities in Europe and beyond. Inspired by our community’s exceptional work and commitment, the interview series aims to amplify the voices and experiences of our members, highlight their impact and inspire and inform future neuroscientists, the public and interested groups about brain research. The series also serves to initiate dialogue and exchange within the neuroscience community.

Dr Nana Voitenko: Neuroscience on the frontline

30 September 2022. Nana Voitenko is founder and Vice President of the Ukrainian Society for Neurosciences and professor of Biomedicine and Neurosciences at the Kyiv Academic University. Her lab team studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms of pain of various origins and her research is currently supported by an NIH RO1 grant. Originally from Baku, Azerbaijan, Dr Voitenko obtained her PhD in Biophysics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and then married and moved to Kyiv when it was still part of the USSR. Facing challenge after challenge, her personal story is an extraordinary, inspiring example of the courage and commitment of all scientists who continue their research with hopeful resolve under the most daunting conditions. Read the full interview.

Dr Anna Beyeler: Interview on anxiety, mice and an atom microscope

15 September 2022. Anna Beyeler received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Bordeaux in 2006. Her expertise in electrophysiology roots in her doctoral training in the same university, after which she joined the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory (MIT) as post-doctoral fellow. There, she identified circuit and synaptic mechanisms of emotions in the amygdala, underlying memory formation and retrieval of positive and negative associations. After five years, she started her lab in Neurocentre Magendie within the vibrant Neuroscientific community of Bordeaux, where her team is studying the contribution of circuits of the insular cortex to emotional valence and anxiety, as well as the alteration of those circuits in pre-clinical models of psychiatric disorders. Read the full interview.

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