International Society for Bioactive Peptides (ISBAP) and VIP PACAP and related Peptide Meeting

The schedule below is tentative and subject to change. 

11 January 2024, 12:00 
Queen of Sheba Hotel, Eilat, Israel 
International Society for Bioactive Peptides (ISBAP) and VIP PACAP and related Peptide Meeting

Queen of Sheba, Eilat, Israel January 11-14, 2024


Chair: Professor Illana Gozes (Israel)



Professor Zhang Li (China)

Professor Dimitra Mangoura (Greece)

Professor Victor May (US)

Dr. Natalia N. Nalivaeva (UK)

Professor Manuel Narváez Peláez (Spain)

Professor Erika Pinter (Hungary)

Professor Dora Reglodi (Hungary)

Dr. Moran Rubinstein (Israel)

Professor Stephen Salton (US)

Professor David Vaudry (France)


Satellite to the Israel Society for Neuroscience January 14-16th 2024

Supported in part, by the:

European Society for Neurochemistry (ESN)

Summer Neuropeptide Conference

Akira Arimura Foundation

Peptides (Elsevier)

Journal of Molecular Neuroscience (Springer Nature)


The planned meeting will include 11 sessions including 9 symposia, 2 keynote lectures, Arimua & Mutt Awards. Student and postdoctoral fellow competition and prizes. Topics to span regulatory peptides, peptide toxins, peptide drug development (ADNP/NAP), peptidases, & highlights for VIP, PACAP and related peptides.  


Tentative meeting plan:


Thursday, January 11th, 2024

12:00 Get together lunch

13:00-20:00 Sessions 1,2,3 + evening lecture (three coffee breaks)


Friday, January 12th, 2024:

9:00-11:00 Morning lecture + Session 4; 11:30-13:30 Session 5, 14:30-16:30 Session 6, 17:00-19:00 Session 7, Lunch and two coffee breaks


Saturday, January 13th, 2024

9:00-10:30 Arimua and Mutt Awards – session 8, Boat tour, tentative (11:00-13:00), Lunch (13:30-14:30)

15:30-16:00 Session 9 – Blitz presentations

16:30-19:00 – Session 10


Sunday, January 14th, 2024

8:30-10:30 Session 11

Each night, festive dinner


Important information:


Registration fees (covering meeting materials, coffee breaks, lunches & social events): Waived

Hotel Accommodation (proof of registration): 500 NIS/person/night (Double room, two in a room including breakfast and dinner, register together), 900 NIS/night (Single room accommodation, including breakfast and dinner), these special prices will be available for all meeting participants.


Registration Process (Hotel):

Limited registration dates - from 15.7.23 to 30.09.23 guests can either call or e-mail Shimrit Peretz (Astral Hotels - Reservations 4) mobile phone number 0534407878 (in Israel) or + 972534407878 for international reservations.


The meeting space is limited, early registration is advised.


Abstract submissions for short lecture competition:

Eight presentations will be selected from the submitted abstracts

Chairs: Professor Erika Pinter (Hungary)

Professor Dóra Reglődi  (Hungary)

Abstracts (10 words title, 250 words, text) by Ph.D. students or Postdoctoral fellow along with current CVs and list of publications should be submitted 15.7.23 – 01.10.2023 

Selected abstracts will be notified by e-mail by 5 October 2023. Unselected works will be presented as e-posters.


Meeting full papers are invited for the Journal of Molecular Neuroscience (will be rigorously peer reviewed). Submission by 01.03.2024



Tentative pre-meeting day tour of Petra (25 participants at minimum), January 10

Extra expenses (extra stay): January 9 and 10 - hotel – 500 NIS/person/night (Double room, two in a room including breakfast and dinner, register together), 900 NIS/night (Single room accommodation, including breakfast and dinner) for two nights. Tour – about 1000 NIS (including transportation, lunch etc. excluding tips, drinks, camel, donkey and horseback riding) + Visas for foreign visitors - $65


Scientific sessions and speakers:


1] "Therapeutic Peptides: New Frontiers in Molecular Medicine" 

Prof. Gary Gellerman (Chair, Israel)

Prof. Zvi Hayouka (Israel)

Prof. Yehuda Shoenfeld (Israel)

Prof. Terry Moody (USA)


2] “Peripheral-central crosstalk of secretin, VPAC and related neuropeptides”

Prof. Li Zhang (Co-Chair, China)

Prof. Billy KC Chow (Co-Chair, Hong Kong, China)

Prof. Jiqiu Wang (China)

Prof. Gang Chen (China)


3] “Advances in VIP/PACAP Roles in Disease Processes”

Prof. Victor May (Co-Chair, USA)

Prof. James Waschek (Co-Chair, USA)

Prof.  Abha Rajbhandari (USA)

Prof. Anel Jaramillo (USA)

Prof. Sung Han (USA)

Prof. Sayamwong (Jom) Hammack (USA)


Special evening lecture: Prof. Friedemann Paul (Germany): Translational Medicine

Special morning lecture: Prof. Martin Klingenspor (Germany): Nutrition


4] “Metabolic Effects of VIP, PACAP, GLP-1 and Related Peptides”

Prof. Joseph R. Pisegna (Co-Chair, USA)

Prof Jens Holst (Co-Chair)

Dr. Tien Dong (USA)


5] “Animal toxins, from bench to bed”

Prof. Nicolas Gilles (Chair, France)

Prof. Jan Tytgat (Belgium)

Prof. Glenn King (Australia)

Prof. Lingueglia E (France)

Prof. Kini R. Manjunatha (Singapore)


6] “Animal toxin, omics, structures and evolution”

Prof. Loic Quinton (Co-Chair, Belgium)

Prof. Izhar Karbat (Co-Chair, Israel)

Prof. Yuyong Tao (China)

Prof. Izhar Karbat (Israel)

Prof. David Julius (USA)

Prof. Xiangyu Liu (China)


7] “Bioactive peptides in brain physiology and pathophysiology”

Prof. Dimitra Mangoura (Chair, Greece)

Prof. Kostas Vekrellis (Greece)

Dr. George Skretas (Greece)

Prof. Irini Skaliora (Greece)


8] Distinguished Awards

Professor Akira Arimura Award for a young researcher

Professor Victor Mutt Award for an established investigator


9] Young Investigators’ session– student/postdoc competition

Professor Erika Pinter (Co-Chair, Hungary)

Professor Dora Reglodi (Co-Chair, Hungary)


10] "Therapeutic Peptides: NAP, ADNP snippet peptide as a therapy for autism and developmental epilepsy”

Prof. Illana Gozes (Chair, Israel)

Dr. Moran Rubinstein (Israel)

Ms. Maram Ganaiem (Israel)

Dr. Shula Shazman (Israel)

Mr. Claudio D’Incal (Israel)


11] “New and emerging roles of peptidases in brain health and disease”

Prof. Illana Gozes (Co-Chair, Israel)

Dr. Natalia Nalivaeva (Co-Chair, UK)

Prof. Anthony J Turner (UK)

Prof. Frédéric Checler (France)

Dr. Natalia Alenina (Germany)


Virtual symposia proposal:

Prof. Yasmina Juarranz Moratilla (Spain)


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