Welcome to the website of the 9th Dutch Endo-Neuro-Psycho Meeting 2011 (ENP 2011). 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. The last ENP meeting in 2009 had 650 participants. Some of our history as an annual scientific exchange in the fields of endocrinology and neurosciences can be found by following the links (on the right) to past editions of our meeting.
To maintain its aims, the organisers of the ENP 2011 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; this is 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 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 thus encourage al researchers to submit an abstract for one of the three poster sessions at the ENP 2011.
In contrast to the last meeting in 2009, which started on a Wednesday with topics in endocrinology and neuroscience, the ENP 2011 will start on Monday and the focus of topics moves from molecular and cellular neuroscience on the first and second day, to behavioural, cognitive and clinical neuroscience and endocrinology on the second and third day of the meeting. By having five parallel sessions throughout the meeting, the organising committee aims to maximally facilitate interaction between scientists from the different disciplines. This year's topics in the endocrinology field are scheduled together with behavioural and cognitive neurosciences, because of the increasing interaction between these two disciplines. Note, therefore, that the meeting starts with Neuroscience on the first day already, with two plenary lectures that you will not want to miss! The organisers hope that you will agree that the ENP 2011 programme offers many exciting sessions on most recent developments in fundamental, pre-clinical, and clinical research.
Note that we have a different location this year! The ENP 2011 will be held at the congrescentrum ‘de Werelt’ in Lunteren. This venue provides spacious rooms for parallel sessions, a large hall for poster presentations and a beautiful lounge area to interact with colleagues. 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 also in the evening hours.
Finally, the organisers would like to stress and acknowledge the important contribution of the session moderators: they organised the sessions and together they are responsible for this year's exciting programme. In addition, the ENP 2011 would not exist without the generous financial support from our sponsors.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Lunteren.
On behalf of the organising committee,
Susanne la Fleur
ENP 2011 chair