Message to SONA Members 01 June 2021

Dear SONA Members

I will like to present an update on the preparations for the 15th SONA/4th GNS Hybrid Conference 2021, Accra, Ghana, 27-30 October 2021.

The Venue for In-person conference remains the Fiesta Royal Hotel Accra, Ghana.


Please find below Important Details for SONA and the 2021 SONA /GNS Conference.

SONA Website:

SONA Membership:

2021 Conference site:

Important Contacts for SONA 2021 Conference

  1. President and Chair, Local Organizing Committee (LOC): Dr Patrick Amoateng: (
  2. Co-Chair, LOC: Dr Robert Peter Biney(
  3. Virtual Conference Abstract & Programme Manager: Joanne Bezuidenhout. (
  4. SONA Secretary-General: Prof Amadi O. Ihunwo (

2021 Conference Registration for virtual and in-person participants:

Please contact their are options for those who had paid earlier for In-person participation and may wish to change their registration status. Likewise, anyone who registers for virtual participation and then request for In-person participation will have to pay the difference.

Abstract submission Deadline EXTENDED to 01 August 2021

Online Abstract submission only after Registration for the Conference:

Daily Scientific Programme: Details shortly


Professor Samuel KOMBIAN

Professor Zul MERALI

Professor Bruno FRENGUELLI

Dr Albert AKPALU


  • IBRO-ARC Symposium on Empowering Women in Neuroscience

Organizer: Dr Chinna Orish  (

A Mentoring Circle and Networking Session with the women neuroscientists will follow this Symposium. Organizer: Dr Martha I. Dávila-García ( Representative of the World Women in Neuroscience (WWN)

  • IBRO Global Engagement and Outreach Event on ‘Drug Addiction: Comparing National Responses in African Countries’

Organizer: Professor Amadi O Ihunwo, Secretary- General, SONA (

  • Teaching During a Pandemic: A Panel Discussion.

Organizers: Dr Mahmoud Bukar Maina ( and Dr Yunusa Mohammed Garba

  • Neuroimmunology Symposium.

Organizers: Dr Willias Masocha ( and Prof Roberto Furlan 

  • Socio-Cultural Practices and Neurodevelopmental/Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Organizers: Dr Moses Ekong ( and Dr. Olaitan Asuquo

  • Environmental Effects on CNS Neurodevelopment and Adult Function and Structure.

Organizers: Prof Sharon Juliano ( and Dr Francis Tanam Djankpa

  • Science Communication for Neuroscientists.

Organizers: Dr Thomas Tagoe ( and Dr Mahmoud Bukar Maina


Pre-conference Workshops

Title: Trends in Africa Workshop in Genomics Editing

Date 20 – 26 October 2021

Venue: University of Ghana

Organizers: Dr Patrick Amoateng (

Title: Zebrafish as a Tool for Neuroscience Research in Africa

Date 23-26 October 2021

Venue: University of Ghana

Organizers: Dr Lily Paemka ( and Dr Patrick Amoateng (

Post-Conference Workshop

Title: IBRO-ARC School on Neuropharmacology Research and Drug Development

Date: 31st October to 3rd November, 2021

Venue: Miklin Hotel, Apamtse Street, East Legon, Accra, Ghana

Organizers: Martha I. Dávila-García (  and

Robert Peter Biney (

Other Information

IBRO-African Regional Committee on SONA Website

We have included a link for the IBRO-African Regional Committee on the SONA Website:

Chair: Desire Tshala-Katumbay (2021-23) Email:

Information from th IBRO-ARC will be posted here too as received.

IBRO-ARC Nominations:

Please note the call for Nominations for IBRO-ARC. The deadline for nominations is extended to 8 June 2021 (23:59 CEST).

SONA Education Committee

With the election of Professor Desire Tshala-Katumbay, as the New Chair, IBRO-ARC, the new chair for this Committee is now Dr Rufus Akinyemi ( who also becomes a member of the SONA Governing Council.

Nominations for Election of SONA Executive Members (except the Assistant Secretary-General)

This call will be available by the end of July 2021. Please note that only those who have paid the 2021 SONA Annual dues will be eligible to nominate and vote during this exercise.

Call for Hosting of 2023 SONA Conference

This call will be available by the end of July 2021. Only Societies or members that have paid the 2021 SONA Annual dues will be eligible to submit a bid to host the 16th Conference of SONA in 2023.

Let us make the 2021 SONA Conference as unique as can be in this new normal imposed by the global covid-19 pandemic. Do also get vaccinated and keep safe.


Professor Amadi O. Ihunwo
Secretary-General, SONA