This is a warm hello from us Brits, as we continue to cling on to a wet and windy rock in the North Sea, even during these most surreal times of lockdown. I think you’ll agree that now, of all times, it is more important than ever that we all stick together. For our part, the British Society for Neuroendocrinology commits to continuing our strong support for the international neuroendocrine community through this challenging period; through the Journal of Neuroendocrinology, international symposium support as well as our efforts in planning the next ICN meeting in Glasgow in 2022.

Locally, we have been speaking to our members about the difficulties they are facing at work and what support would be most helpful. We have started work on an early career researcher hub that will include a series of online seminars due to start in May 2020 as well as a mentoring scheme. We are also considering how we can best support members facing particularly difficult financial and personal issues as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Please do sign up to the BSN Newsletter to hear about the support we will be offering in the coming months.

In the meantime, keep an eye out for the upcoming Journal of Neuroendocrinology Special Issue from the 13th World Congress on Neurohypophysial Hormones in Ein Gedi, Israel in April 2019 – a meeting on the latest advances in the field of the neurohypophysial peptide hormones oxytocin and arginine-vasopressin. The Special Issue features two reviews, one on past and recent advances in the neurophysiology of magnocellular neuroendocrine cells and the other on the physiological role of oxytocin in the regulation of energy balance, and nine original research papers based on work presented at the World Congress. Full Special Issue will be published in April 2020.

Stay in touch, stay safe and we’ll see each other on the other side.

Best wishes,

Dr Giles Yeo, University of Cambridge
British Society for Neuroendocrinology