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INBR 2006 PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

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									                        FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT
INSTITUTE OF NEUROSCIENCE AND BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH
     (INBR) ANNOUNCES A NEUROSCIENCE CONGRESS
                  OWERRI, NIGERIA

                       JULY 10-13, 2006

   THEME: ENVIRONMENT AND THE DEVELOPING BRAIN



                           ORGANISERS
 BEVERLY LYN-COOK (USA)    POLYCARP NWOHA      (NIGERIA)
                        RICHARD BROWN (CANADA)
                                      INVITATION

Dear Colleagues,
   On behalf of the Board of the Institute of Neuroscience and Biomedical Research
(INBR), Owerri, Nigeria, I am very pleased to invite you to the very exciting
Neuroscience Congress, INBR 2006/Owerri. The Congress promises to be very
educative, very informative and groundbreaking in terms of high caliber topics to be
discussed. The Team of the Meeting “ENVIRONMENT AND THE DEVELOPING
BRAIN” would afford scientists and policy makers the opportunity to review where we
have come from, where we are and where we are going in terms of myriads of
environmental hazards that afflict the human central nervous system, leading to
disordered behaviour and debilitating diseases. The situation of Africa and the Third
World with regard to environmental impact on growth and development of the CNS is
very pathetic. Hence the timely nature of this gathering of scientists. Come to Owerri,
take a holiday and enjoy the unique hospitality of Africa typified in the Nigerian people;
get involved in the open market fun; taste the various exotic cuisines; enjoy the beauty of
the diverse culture and the ever-pleasant weather. In addition to the scientific
deliberations, we have planned exciting social and cultural programmes including pre and
post Congress tours for you and your family.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, we want you to join us in this Congress at
Owerri in 2006 and savor the best of African hospitality. Be part of history.

We look forward to warmly welcoming you to INBR 2006/Owerri.


Sincerely yours

Signed

Polycarp Nwoha
Congress President




INBR 2006 PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME
SUNDAY 9 JULY 2006
ADVANCED SCHOOL
   THEME: RESEARCH: THE ROOT OF NATION GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
   TIME: 9AM -7PM
   VENUE: IMO STATE UNIVERSITY, OWERRI, NIGERIA
CONFIRMED TOPICS AND SPEAKERS:
        1. BIOINFORMATICS - John Steeves
          2. BIOSTATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH DATA - Ashiwel Undie & Team
          3. WRITING/SEMINAR SKILLS - Peter Baas
                                                                           RD
          4. BLIND PATCHING TECHNIQUES: SIMPLE TECHNIQUES FOR THE 3
              WORLD - Bruce Winegar
          5. SAVE TIME, MONEY: NEW TECHNIQUE OF TISSUE PROCESSING - Polycarp
              Nwoha
          6. TELEMEDICINE IN AFRICA – Ian Murdoch
          7. NEUROSQUATEMETRY AND ENVIRONMENT: A NEW WORLD TO KNOW - Al
              Ekwerike
          8. BHAVIOURAL TESTS FOR MICE - Richard Brown
         8 STROKE/PARKINSON/ALZHIMER DISEASE MODELS – Philip Njemanze
         9 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN NEUROSCIENCE - Colin Masters/Alain
             Privat/Ken Nagata/Itzhak Fischer
          10. BRIEF PRESENTATIONS BY PARTICIPATING STUDENTS
          11. SOCIAL ACTIVITES
STANDBY TOPICS INCLUDE:
   1. NEUROBIOLOGY AND EPILEPSY
   2. IMAGING STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION IN THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
   3. STROKE/PARKINSON/ALZHIMER DISEASE MODELS.
REGISTRATION FEE FOR SCHOOL: USD 20 (N2,000)
Number of participants will be limited and based on the first to register.

ADVANCED SCHOOL COMMITTEE:
Colin Masters - Chair
Alain Privat - Co-Chair
Ken Nagata
Ashiwel Undie
Heraline Hicks
Imre Lengyel
Richard Brown
Bruce Winegar
Al Ekwerike
Peter Baas
Michael Aschner
Willie Daniels
Jean-Claude Mwanza
George Langford

MONDAY 10 JULY 2006
9AM – 11.30 AM
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF NEUROCHEMISTRY (ISN) SYMPOSIUM
THEME: ENHANCING NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH IN AFRICA

11.30AM – 12NOON
TEA BREAK
1PM – 2PM
PLENARY LECTURE 1

2PM – 3PM
LUNCH BREAK

2PM-3PM
INTERNATIONAL NEUROTOXICOLOGY ASSOCIATION (INA) SYMPSIUM
THEME: ROLE OF METALS, CHEMICALS IN BRAIN DISORDERS

3PM-4.30PM
MINI-SYMPOSIM

4.30PM – 5.00PM
INTERACTIVE FORUM AND TEA BREAK

5.00PM – 6.00PM
PLENARY LECTURE 2

6.00PM – 7.00PM
CONFERENCE COCKTAIL

Please note that at 7.00PM there is still sufficient daylight in Owerri.

TUESDAY 11 JULY 2006

9AM – 10AM
PLENARY LECTURE 3

10AM – 10.45 AM
CATCH THEM YOUNG – FORUM FOR YOUTHS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

10.45AM – 12NOON
OPENING CEREMONY

12NOON – 12.30PM
INTERACTIVE FORUM AND TEA BREAK

12.30PM – 1.30PM LUNCH

1.30PM -3.00PM
MINI-SYMPOSIUM

3PM – 4PM
PLENARY LECTURE 4
4PM – 6PM
POSTER PRESENTATION 1

6PM – 6.30 PM
INTERACTIVE FORUM

WEDNESDAY 12 JULY 2006

9AM – 10AM
PLENARY LECTURE 5

10AM – 11.30AM
MINI-SYMPOSIUM

11.30AM – 12NOON
INTERACTIVE FORUM AND TEA BREAK

12NOON - 2PM
POSTER PRESENTATION 2

2PM – 3PM
PLEANRY LECTURE 6

3PM – 6PM
TRIP TO OGUTA LAKE
LUNCH AT OGUTA LAKE




Note: Oguta Lake Holiday Complex is about 30 minutes drive from Owerri. Oguta Lake
is pleasant place to behold. The lake is of fresh water and the second largest natural lake in
the country after lake Chad. To complement the complex water-based recreation services, there
are other interesting attractions to watch including
                    (a) Golf Course with 18 standard international holes.
                        (b) Relic of war (mini bunker) constructed by the defunct Biafran Navy
                        during Civic war.
                        (c) Natural confluence of Oguta Lake and Urashi River.
                        (d) Cruise boat services.
                        (e) Golf Club Bar House/Oguta Lake Motel for refreshment, lodging and
                        feeding.
                        (f) Mini-children recreation park
                    INBR 2006 will pay for this trip.

THURSDAY 13 JULY 2006

9AM – 10AM
PLENARY LECTURE 7

10AM – 11.30AM
MINI-SYMPOSIUM

11.30AM – 12NOON
INTERACTIVE FORUM AND TEA BREAK

12NOON – 2PM
FREE ORAL PRESENTATIONS

2PM – 3PM
LUNCH BREAK

3PM – 5PM
POSTER PRESENTATIONS

5PM – 6PM
CONFERENCE SPECIAL FORUM: CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN
NEUROSCIENCE

8PM – 12MID-NIGHT
END OF CONFERENCE VARIETY NIGHTS AND DINNER

FRIDAY 14 JULY 2006
POST-CONFERENCE TOURS

TRIP TO OBUDU CATTLE RANCH – THE TRIP THAT IS A MUST
Note: Obudu cattle ranch is one of the best places to visit on earth. Obudu is in Cross
River State, Nigeria towards Nigeria-Cameroon Border. It has temperate weather. The
Ranch is a tourist delight as a result of its divergent attractions including a natural swimming
pool, horse riding facility, beautiful waterfall to behold, gorilla camp, bird watching, sporting
facilities and accommodation. You will pay separately for the trip. We may also stop over
                                                                                    at
some tourist destinations on our way to Obudu. Return from Obudu will be on Saturday
15 July 2006 for you to enjoy the trip very well. Please indicate to me well ahead of time
if you are going to be part of this excitement. Contact polycarpu@yahoo.com




OBUDU ‘WONDER’ CATTLE RANCH

OTHER SITES OF INTEREST
MBARI CULTURAL CENTERS IN NGURU MBAISE AND EGBU OWERRI
MONKEY KINGDOM IN EZINAIHITTE MBAISE
The above sites are 20 – 30 minutes drive from Owerri.

TOPICS FOR PLENARY LECTURES AND SYMPOSIA
   1. DRUG, ENVIRONMENT INTERACTIONS IN DVELOPMENT – Richard
      Brown, Ph.D., Killam Research Professor and Chair, Department of
      Psychology and Neuroscience Institute, Dalhousie University, Canada

   2. DYNAMICS OF THE CYTOSKELETON DURING AXONAL
      DEVELOPMENT, DEGENERATION AND REGENERATION – Peter
   Baas, Ph.D. Professor, Director Cellular Neuroscience Laboratory, Drexel
   University College of Medicine, USA

   3. NEURNAL CONCEPT OF THE CEREBELLUM AND ITS BROAD
      IMPLICATIONS IN NEUROSCIENCE – Masao Ito, MD, Ph.D., Special
       Advisor to the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan. Chairman, Lifelong Learning
       Network,   Head Laboratory for Memory and Learning RIKEN Japan
4. NEUROPLASTICITY IN HUMAN PET STUDIES : DEMENTIA/STROKE –
   Ken Nagata, MD, Ph.D, Professor, Director of Neurology, Research
   Institute for Brain and Blood Vessels, Akita, Japan




5. PROMOTING PLASTICITY AND PREVENTING AXONAL LOSS IN
   DEMYELINATING DISEASES – George H. De Vries, Professor, Career
   Research Health Scientist, Edward Hines Jr. VA. Medical Center Hines,
   Illinois, USA

6. MECHANISTIC TARGETS FOR NEUROPROTECTION BY NATURAL
    PRODUCTS – Beverly D. Lyn-Cook, Ph.D, Senior Research Biologist.
and Director, Division of Molecular Epidemiology, NCTR/FDA, Arkansas; and
George J. Hammons, Ph.D., Professor and Chair Dept. of Chemistry,
Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Arkansas; Division of Molecular
Epidemiology, NCTR/FDA, Arkansas, USA

7. ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AND RETINAL DEGENERATION – Imre
   Lengyel, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Division of Pathology and
   Immunology, Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London,
   London, UK.

8. THE PROMISE AND CHALLENGES OF USING NEURAL STEM CELLS
   IN SPINAL CORD INJURY – Itzhak Fischer, Professor and Chair, Department
   of Neurobiology & Anatomy, Drexel University, USA
9. NEW PERSPECTIVES ON FACE PERCEPTION – Avi Chaudhuri, Ph.D.,
   James McGill Professor, Department of Psychology at McGill University, Canada




10. NEUROSCIENCE EDUCATION TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC – Norbert
    Myslinski, Ph.D., Professor, Department Biomedical Sciences, School of
    Dentistry and the Program in Neuroscience of the University of Maryland,
    International Brain Bee, Creator and Director High School Biomedical
    Research Program, USA

11. REGENERATION AND REPAIR IN THE CENTRAL NERVOUS
    SYSTEM: THE SPINAL CORD MODEL – Alain Privat, M.D., Ph.D.,
    Professor, Director INSERM U.336, University Montpellier II, Montpellier,
    France

12. NAVIGATING THE UNKNOWN: FINDING THE STARS AND AVOIDING
    THE BLACK HOLES ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRANSLATION OF
    NEUROSCIENCE DISCOVERIES AND COMPLETING VALID CLINICAL
    HUMAN TRIALS – John Steeves, Ph.D., Professor, Director ICORD
    (International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries), John and Penny Ryan
    BC Leadership Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research, Canada.

13. CELLULAR SIGNALING INTEGRATION IN DOPAMINERGIC SYSTEMS
    – Ashiwel S. Undie, Ph.D., Professor and Head, Neuropharmacology
    Research Laboratory, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University
    of Maryland School of Pharmacy, USA
14. ESTROGEN ATTENUATES DAMAGE IN BOTH ACUTE AND CHRONIC
    MODELS OF RAT SPINAL CORD INJURY – Naren Banik, Ph.D.,
    Professor, Department of Neurology. Medical University of South
    Carolina, Charleston, USA

15. TOWARDS A UNITARY THEORY OF NEURODEGENERATION IN THE
    AGING BRAIN – Colin l. Masters, MD., Professor, Executive Director
    Prana Biotechnology, Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Eminent
    Neuroscientists, University of Melbourne, Australia.


16. PUBLIC HEALTH IMPLICATIONS PERSISTENT AQUATIC TOXIC
    SUBSTANCES: EXPERIENCE WITH THE GREAT LAKES AND ST
    LAWRENCE BASIN – Heraline Hicks, Ph.D., Programme Manager,
    Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, USA

17. VOLATILE ANAESTHETIC ACTIONS ON EXCITATORY SYNAPSES IN
    THE HIPPOCAMPUS – Bruce D. Winegar, Ph.D., Research Scientist,
    Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University, California, USA.

18. ASTROCYTE PHYSIOLOGY AND THEIR ROLE IN THE MODULATION
    OF METAL AND ETHANOL-INDUCED NEUROTOXICITY. Michael
    Aschner, Ph.D., Gray E.B. Stahlman Professor, Department of Pediatrics
    & Pharmacology, Vanderbilt Brain Institute, Nashville, USA.




19. ‘NO’ NEUROENDOCRINE FUNCTION – Chuma Okere, Ph.D., Research
    Scientist, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Drexel College of
    Medicine, USA.

20. EFFECT OF LEAD ON BRAIN OF ADULTS MAMMALS, AND DURING
    GROWTH – Gamrani Halima, Ph.D., Professor, Director Laboratory of
       Animal Physiology, Neuroscience Unit, Faculty of Sciences, Semlalia,
       Marrakech Morocco

   21. AFRICAN TRYPANOSOMIASIS AND DISORDERS OF THE NERVOUS
       SYSTEM - Jean-Claude Mwanza, Ph.D., Professor, Neurotoxicology
       Division, USEPA, Research Triangle, North Carolina, USA.

   22. OPHTHALMIC EPIDEMIOLOGY WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO
       GLAUCOMA AND PREVENTION OF BLINDNESS IN THE UNITED
       KINGDOM AND AFRICA – Ian Murdoch, M.Sc., MD, FRCophth,
       Professor, Consultant, Department of Glaucoma & Primary Care,
       Moorefields Eye Hospital, Institute of Ophthalmology, Bath St - London




   23. CEREBRAL LATERALIZATION OF HUMAN INTELLIGENCE, FACES AND COLOR:
       FUNDAMENTAL THEORY OF HUMAN BRAIN DEVELOPMENT. Njemanze C. Philip,
       MD. Chairman, International Institutes of Advanced Research and Training, Chidicon
       Medical Center, Owerri, Nigeria

   24. INTERPLAY OF NUTRITION AND ENVIRONMENT IN
       NEURODEGENERATION AND NEUROPRTOECTION – Polycarp
       Nwoha, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology,
       Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Director Institute of Neuroscience
       and Biomedical Research, Owerri, Nigeria



ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
DEADLINE EXTEDNED TO 15 MAY 2006
The Scientific Committee invites all registered participants wishing to present a poster or
make an oral presentation, and all invited speakers to submit Abstracts.
Type entire abstract in one paragraph. Type single-spaced, Title in upper case, others
lower case. Use MS word Times New Roma or Arial font style and font size 11. Utilise a
total of 2000 characters and spaces for the Abstract, including the Title, Authors,
Institution and Text. Limit the body of text to 200 words. For now attach your abstract in
PDF format to the email address: polycarpu@yahoo.com All abstracts will be
refereed and published in special edition of one of the leading neuroscience journals.
So prepare your abstract well. There is no limit to the number of abstracts you send but
the submitting author of each abstract should underline his name and must be registered
before abstract is included.

Acknowledgement of any abstract submitted will be made within few days of receipt by
email. So ensure that you receive letter of acknowledgement of your abstract.

Oral Presentations
Oral presentation sessions will be organized with each session Chair identifying a group
of about 3-4 speakers to present their work in related areas. Slots for oral presentations
will be based on pool of scientifically-related abstracts. Notification of selection for oral
presentation will be done by 30 May 2006.

Poster Presentation
You will be provided with a poster board approximately 4 feet high by 6 feet wide (121
cm by 180cm). Prepare your poster that makes the most of this space, but does not exceed
the area. It is helpful to your colleagues when you provide a handout of your poster that
includes your full contact information.

The title of your poster presentation and your name should be made in very LARGE type
so that viewers can easily see the subject matter of the poster and its author from a
distance (at least 1” lettering, or 36 point font). The title, author’s name and author’s
affiliation are usually placed at the top and in the center of the poster board. Use 24 point
font for text

Bring your own thumbtacks or Velcro to affix your poster to the poster boards.

Registration
                            Early Bird (Discounted)
                                                       After May 15 2006
                             Deadline: May 15 2006
          Regular           USD 150                  USD 170
         Africans           USD 100                  USD 120
        Nigerians           N10,000.00               N12,000
  Accompanying Guests USD 50                         USD 50
Students, evidence attached USD 50 (N5,000)          USD 60 (N6,000)
        Exhibitors          USD 200-500 (Negotiable) USD 200-500 (Negotiable)

Delegate Entitlement: All conference sessions, Conference Cocktail, Daily tea break
sessions and other available meals, Conference Program & Abstract Book.

Payment Details

Registration fees are payable in advance of the Conference. You can pay by
cheque/bank draft or bank transfer. All cheques /bank draft should be made
payable to INSTITUTE OF NEUROSCIENCE AND BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH,
OWERRI and mailed to Prince Dr Philip C. Njemanze, International Institutes of
Advanced Research and Training, Chidicon Medical Center, P. O. Box 302, No 1
Uratta/MCC Road, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. Tel.: +234(83)231183, Mobile
Tel1: +234(8033)026124 or Mobile Tel2: +234(8033) 410667, philip.njemanze@
chidicon.com. Please forward a copy of the bank transfer documentation to him.
Confirmation of your payment and registration documents would be sent to you
as soon as all are received. If you don’t receive confirmation 2 weeks after your
payment please complain to Philip Njemanze at philip.njemanze@ chidicon.com.
Kindly indicate your name, contact number and name of the conference (INBR
2006) at the back of the cheque/bank draft. Only cheques drawn from a Nigerian
bank is acceptable. Registration will only be confirmed and abstract utilised upon
receipt of payments.

                             Registration Form
1. Last Name                                First Name                       Initial

2. Title                 Degree

3. Institution                               Country

4. Address



5. Tel Phone #                            Fax #                             Email

6. Paying for: Advanced School Yes/No           Amount USD 20/N2000

7. Paying for Conference: Yes/No         Amount USD 150, 100, 50 (Early) or USD 170,
120, 60 (Late Registration) or N10, 000, N5,000 (Early)/ N12,000, N6,000 (Late) or 200-500
(Exhibitors).

8. Accommodation: Paying deposit for -------- nights in -------- hotel.

9. Total Amount Paid:

10. Signature                                Date



Bankers: You can use any of the following banks.

1. INTERCONTINENTAL BANK, OWERRI, NIGERIA

2. FIRST ATLANTIC BANK, OWERRI, NIGERIA
For Foreign Bank Transfers: Please contact polycarpu@yahoo.com for details


HOTEL ACCOMODATION
You are required to make reservation by depositing the price for a night’s
accommodation.

IMO CONCORDE HOTEL
Concorde Boulevard
Off Owerri-Port Harcourth Rd, Owerri.
Tel: +234-83 231409, 231371 Fax: 231961. Rates per night: N12,000 or $170
Imo Concorde Hotel is venue of the Conference

The following hotels are very decent and within close range of the venue of the
Conference.
BONBOLINI HOTELS
Off Concorde Avenue, Owerri
Tel: +234-83 234603,
Mobile: +234 8033598325
Rates: N5950-6,950 or $50

ALL SEASONS HOTEL
Off Concorde Owerri
Rates: N10,500-12,000 or $100

OWERRI HOTEL PLAZA
Plot 80 Port-Harcourt Rd, Owerri
Tel: +234-83 231807, 234538.
Rates: N4,700-5,900 or $50

DREAMLAND HOTEL & CASINO LTD
Area A, Plot C12,
Whiteman Street Junction,
World Bank House Estate, Owerri.
Tel: +234-83 233589, 232431
Rates: N4,200-4,500 or $40

NEWCASTLE HOTEL
Whiteman Street,
World Bank Housing Estate, Owerri.
Rates: N4,800-6,500 or $50

VILLA MARIE HOSTEL
Wetheral Rd. Owerri.
Rates: N1,000 –N1,500 or $10 - $15.
Need to pay for all the nights at once and in advance to secure accommodation.
It is decent and in decent environment.

To book your room, please email to reservations to Philip Njemanze at
philip.njemanze@ chidicon.com Tel: (234) 803 3026126

RESTAURANTS
RESTAURANTS ABOUND WITH EXQUISITE AFRICAN CUISINES AND
CONTINENTAL DISHES. THAT OWERRI PEOPLE COOK WELL IS A POPULAR
SAYING IN NIGERIA. Try out Ugba, Isiewu, Ofe-Owerre, Ofe-oha, Ofe-egusi, Ofe-
onugbo, Ofe-ogbono etc.

TRAVEL AWARDS:
INA FellowshipTravel Award: The International Neurotoxicology Association
(INA) is pleased to offer special travel awards to support the participation of
African scientists at the INBR 2006 Congress holding in Owerri, Nigeria, 10th to
13th July 2006. This offer is open to budding less privileged African
neuroscientists from outside Nigeria. Send your applications, CV, copy of
abstract (s)accepted for presentation at the conference and specifying how much
support you would need. Dateline for receipt of completed application is 30th
March 2006. Send applications in PDF to polycarpu@yahoo.com.
IBRO (see information below), ISN, SfN, Travel Awards: The International
Brain Research Organisation (IBRO), International Society for Neurochemistry
(ISN), Society for Neuroscience (SfN) and some other Societies have provision
for travel awards to this Conference. The INBR 2006 Conference information is
contained on their web sites. Click IBRO, ISN Portal, SfN in the Google or any
other web browser and look up the relevant applications. You are advised to
apply early. Submission of an abstract to the INBR helps your chances.
Nigeria: Participants in Nigeria could also apply to their Universities, Institutes,
States and Local Governments for some level of support.

Final Call: March 1 Deadline for IBRO Fellowships and Travel
Grants!

Applications are invited from qualified applicants for:

IBRO Research Fellowships
IBRO Travel Grants
John G Nicholls Fellowship
IBRO Studentships (New!)
SfN/IBRO International Travel Fellowships
NIDA/IBRO Travel Fellowships

This is a reminder that the deadline for applications is March 1, 2006.
For funding details and on-line application, go to the IBRO
Funding section of the IBRO web site.

Kwok-Fai So
Chair, Fellowships and Travel Grants Committee



AIRLINES: Virgin Nigeria from London, Lufthansa from Frankfurt, and Air France
from Paris fly direct to Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Port Harcourt is a neighboring city to
Owerri, and only 30-40 minutes drive from Owerri. If you have nothing to do in Lagos
you are advised to take any of these Airlines. Most other International Airlines fly to
Lagos, Nigeria’s busiest commercial city. There are local flights from Lagos to Owerri,
Port Harcourt. You could also take the Luxury Buses from Lagos to Owerri.

Letter of Invitation: If you need letter of invitation do contact the Congress President.

Visa: All persons entering Nigeria, except citizens of the ECOWAS (Economic
Community of West African States) countries, require visa to enter Nigeria. You are
advised to start early to make your application.

Official Language: English is the official language of the Conference.

Badges: All participants must register for the Conference. Each registered participant is
given a badge which must be worn at all times through the activities of the Conference.

Currency: The currency in Nigeria is the naira (N). You can change most foreign
currencies, particularly the dollar and euro. Private forex bureau abound in cities in
Nigeria.

Electricity: 220/240 Volts 50 cycles.

Time Difference: GMT + 1 HOUR

Climate: The month of July is in the Rainy Season in Nigeria. The weather could also be
dry this time. Not a harsh period. Temperature is average of 250 C.




                                 Organizing Committee
                                  Polycarp Nwoha
 Congress President
                                   email: polycarpu@yahoo.com
 Chair: Scientific Committee
                                   phone: 08037000458
 Congress Secretary               Ben Jiburum
 Chair: Logistics &           email: jiburu20@yahoo.com;
 Transportation Committee     phone: 08037108820
                             Iheanyi Okoro
 Congress Coordinator         email: clarif2002@yahoo.com
 Chair: Publicity & Protocol phone: 08033274149

Congress Coordinator
                             Philip Njemanze
Chair: Fundraising
                              email: philip.njemanze@chidicon.com
Committee
                              phone: 08033026124
                             Uche Osunkwo            Patrick Igbigbi
                             G. C. Okoye             Frank Akpuaka
                             Eme Osim                Raphael Elegbe
 Members                     Gbolahan Olayiwola      Olufumilayo Adeyemi
                             Shuaibu Awodi           Peter Alo Amaka
                             Sola Ogunniyi           Felix Obi
                                                     Lawan Ahmed




                            SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
Chair          Polycarp Nwoha (Nigeria)
 Co-Chair      Chuma Okere (USA)
 Co-Chair      Bruce Winegar (USA)
               Al Ekwerike (USA)
                                         George DeVries (USA)
               Amadi Ihunwo
                                         Bernd Hamprecht (Germany)
                   (South Africa)
                                         John Steeves (Canada)
               Ken Nagata (Japan)
                                         Jean-Claude Mwanza
 Members       Imre Lengyel
                                             (Congo DR/USA)
                  (Hungary)
                                         Halima Gamrani (Morocco)
               Ashiwel Undie (USA)
                                         Ghazi Ayad (Algeria)
               David Shine (USA)
                                         Peter Baas (USA)
               Alain Privat (France)



CONGRESS VENUE
  CONCORDE HOTEL (The five star pearl of the East)
  Port Harcourt Road, New Owerri, Imo State,
  Nigeria
  Tel: +234-83-231459, 231409, 231371
  Fax: +234-83-231961

								
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