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

The schedule below is tentative and subject to change. 

09 January 2025, 12:00 
Queen of Sheba Hotel, Eilat, Israel 
International Society for Bioactive Peptides (ISBAP) and VIP PACAP and related Peptide Meeting


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


Queen of Sheba Hotel, Eilat, Israel January 9-12, 2025


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 13-15, 2025


Supported in part, by the:

European Society for Neurochemistry (ESN)

Summer Neuropeptide Conference

Akira Arimura Foundation

Peptides (Elsevier)

Journal of Molecular Neuroscience (Springer Nature)


We are happy to announce the Akira Arimura travel Awards:

The Akira Arimura Foundation sponsors the Arimura Travel Award to encourage and assist deserving young investigators' (under age 40) attendance at VIP/PACAP meetings through cash disbursements for travel costs and/or registration fees.  Selection shall be based on merit, with primary consideration for published research.  The organizing committee shall screen the attendees and provide a list of recommended investigators, including the research-based merits for each candidate, to the foundation board.  The board shall review the list, making modifications as it sees appropriate.  Once the resulting list is approved, funds will be sent to the organizing committee, which shall allocate amounts to each awardee. 

Please find all details here.


Due date for applications: 15.10.2025



Abstract submissions for short lecture competition – winners will receive a special Arimura Award:

Eight- presentations will be selected from the submitted abstracts

Chairs: Professor Erika Pinter (Hungary)

Professor Dóra Reglődi (Hungary)

Copy to Meeting Chair Professor Illana Gozes (Israel)

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 by the 15th of October 2025


The planned meeting will include 10 sessions including 8 symposia, 3 keynote lectures, Arimua scholarships for young scientists & Mutt Award. 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:


January 9th, 2025

12:00 Get together lunch,

13:00-20:00 Sessions 1,2,3 + (two coffee breaks)

20:00- Festive Dinner


January 10th, 2025:

9:00-12:30 Morning lectures + Session 4,

12:30-13:30 Lunch,

Session 5, 13:30-15:00 coffee break and session 6 and Victor Mutt Award 15:00-18:00

19:00 – Festive Dinner


January 11th, 2025

9:30-12:00 Akira Arimua travel awards and lectures –

12:00 Lunch

Free afternoon

17:00-19:00 session 7

19:00 Festive dinner


Sunday, January 12th, 2025

9:00-10:30 Session 8


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 – 01.08.24 – 30.10.24 guests can either call or e-mail Shimrit Peretz (Astral Hotels - Reservations) mobile phone number 0534407878 (in Israel) or + 972534407878 for international reservations.


The meeting space is limited, early registration is advised.


Meeting full papers are invited for the Journal of Molecular Neuroscience (will be rigorously peer reviewed). Submission by 01.03.2025


Tentative pre-meeting day tour of Petra (25 participants at minimum), January 8, 2025

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. For registration, please e-mail


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)

Prof. Greg Suh (Hong Kong, 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 lecture: Prof. Anna Maria Papini (Italy): A translational approach to develop efficient diagnostics based on peptide epitopes mimicking antigens, to monitor specific antibodies in immune-mediated diseases

Special 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, Denmark)

Dr. Tien Dong (USA)

Prof. Duan Chen (Norway)

Prof. Chun-Mei Zhao (Norway)


5] “More on PACAP and VIP”

Prof. Madhukar (Mattew) Thakur (USA)

Prof. Velia D’Agata (Italy)

Prof. Hitoshi Hashimoto (Japan)

Prof. Atsuro Myata (Japan)


6] “Bioactive peptides in brain physiology and pathophysiology”

Prof. Dimitra Mangoura (Chair, Greece)

Prof. Kostas Vekrellis (Greece)

Dr. George Skretas (Greece)

Dr. Zafiroula (Iro) Georgoussi (Greece)

Dr. Kuldeep Tripathi (USA)


7] Distinguished Awards

Professor Victor Mutt Award for an established investigator


8] Young Investigators’ session– student/postdoc competition

Professor Erika Pinter (Co-Chair, Hungary)

Professor Dora Reglodi (Co-Chair, Hungary)


9] "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 (Belgium)

Dr. Markus Heimesaat (Germany)


10] “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)

Dr. Natalia Alenina (Germany)


Special Lecture: “Translational Medicine”

Prof. Friedemann Paul (Germany)

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