Welcome to the website of the 8th Dutch Endo-Neuro-Psycho Meeting 2009 (ENP 2009). The annual ENP Meeting has grown over the past decade into a unique national forum aiming at the exchange of knowledge among various research disciplines, and has stimulated and enforced endocrine and brain sciences in the Netherlands. Last year’s ENP 2008 had almost 700 participants. Some of our history as an annual scientific exchange in the fields of endocrinology and neurosciences can be found here.
To maintain its aims, the organisers of the ENP 2009 have compiled a programme focusing on topic-oriented sessions. The suggestions of many scientists were carefully analysed and the selected proponents now act as session moderators. Generally, each session features an internationally renowned senior researcher (from the Netherlands or abroad), who will present his or her view on the topic and its future prospects, followed by a number of junior scientists who contribute with their latest results in the field. This is reflected by the (recommended) standard format of a session: a 30- or 45-min introduction by the main speaker and a number of 15-min presentations by young postdocs or Ph.D. students. This approach has proven to create an ideal atmosphere to also promote interaction between established senior scientists and junior investigators, fulfilling yet another important aim of the meeting. In addition, daily poster sessions are organised which are open to both young and established scientists. The organisers encourage researchers to submit an abstract for one of the three poster sessions at the ENP 2009.
To maximally facilitate interaction between scientists, the programme shows smooth transitions between the different disciplines. The focus moves from endocrinology and molecular and cellular neuroscience on the first day, to cellular and behavioural neuroscience on the second day, ending with behavioural, cognitive and clinical neuroscience on the third day of the meeting. Over the years, the number of interdisciplinary sessions has steadily increased. The organisers hope that you will agree that the ENP 2009 programme offers many exciting sessions on most recent developments in fundamental, pre-clinical, and clinical research.
The ENP 2009 will again—like all previous meetings—be held at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Doorwerth. The pleasant atmosphere of this conference site has proven to be very stimulating for scientific and social exchanges, and no doubt it will do so again in 2009. Because of the expected high number of participants, the organisers strongly recommend and request room sharing. This will permit all your colleagues to be accommodated on site, thus sharing the atmosphere in the evening hours.
Finally, the organisers would like to stress and acknowledge the important contribution of the session moderators: with their dedicated collaboration, they are responsible for this year's exciting programme. In addition, the ENP 2009 would not exist without the generous financial support from our sponsors.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Doorwerth.
On behalf of the organising committee,
Niels Schiller, ENP 2009 chair
31 March 2009
1 May 2009
15 May 2009
Posters available on website