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The International Society for Serotonin Research is an international association for biomedical scientists who are interested in any aspect of research on serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine). It was founded in 1987 and currently has a membership of around 450 persons worldwide.

Members receive a newsletter twice a year with information on scientific meetings, news of members and any other matters of interest to those working on serotonin.

The ISSR sponsors biennual meetings, generally as satelites to the Congress of the International Union of Pharmacological Societies(IUPHAR) or the Federation of European Pharmacological Societies (EPHAR) . It also gives financial support to assist young scientists to attend these meetings. The ISSR also hosts annual mixers with guest speakers which are held in association with the Society for Neuroscience meeting and one of the meetings of the British Pharmacological Society (usually the Winter meeting).

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Hot off the press...

ACS Chemical Neuroscience Special Issue on Serotonin Research now available. This issue is based on presentations given at the 11th ISSR Meeting: A Serotonin Safari in Hermanus, South Africa, July 2014.

Click here to access this very special issue.


Special Issue 2015



5th Annual ISSR Mixer
The Annual Society for Neuroscience meeting

Monday, October 19, 2015, 6-8PM

Highline Bar and Lounge
169 W Kinzie Street, Chicago, IL 

(The Highline is located in the River North area, about a 20 min walk or 5 min cab ride from the SfN meeting headquarter hotels –the Hyatt Regency and the Fairmont Chicago. The Highline is also an easy ride on the CTA Loop ‘L’ Green Line from McCormick Place Convention Center.)

We are very pleased to announce that ACS Chemical Neuroscience is sponsoring this gathering to celebrate the special issue highlighting the ISSR 2014 meeting. Please join us for great food, wine et al., and plenty of “mixing” in the relaxing atmosphere of this sleek, modern, and comfortable establishment. The cost is $10 per person (payable in cash at the door) and will include appetizers, two drink tickets, and of course a rather delightful stand-up routine by a surprise guest. 

Space is limited, so please register for the mixer by sending an email to Dr. Kelly Berg  ( to secure your place.  

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact Kelly.

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Extended Deadline Date: June 30, 2015

Call for Symposium Proposals

12th International Society for Serotonin Research Meeting:
Serotonin in Seattle
The Edgewater Hotel, Seattle, Washington, USA
July 24-27, 2016


We are seeking novel and exciting proposals from investigators with a serotonin research focus.  Proposals can be related to any aspect of the field of serotonin including, but not limited to, substance abuse, pain, cardiovascular function, digestive processes, immune system and mental health. Individual proposals that are integrative and inclusive of multiple disciplines (e.g., molecular pharmacology, neurochemistry, animal behavior and clinical studies) are most desirable. The meeting is sponsored, in part, by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) therefore proposals which focus on drug abuse and addiction research are welcomed.

The conference will be held at the Edgewater Hotel located on the waterfront in downtown Seattle.  Breakfast, lunch and all scientific sessions will be on site.  The venue will have on-site housing and participants should plan to register early and secure lodging at our discounted group rate. Further meeting details will be posted on our website ( as they become available.

Each symposium will be 60-75 min in length allowing for ~15 - 20 min for each talk. Meeting registration fees will be reduced for chairs and speakers in an accepted symposium who are ISSR members. If not currently an ISSR member, we encourage you to join the Society to be eligible for this significant savings. The ISSR is unable to provide funds for travel expenses. The deadline for proposal submission is Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Each proposal is required to contain the following information (proposals not in this format will be returned):

1. Symposium Title

2. Brief description of symposium content (~200-250 words)

3. Full name of Chair and co-Chair (if applicable) also provide position title, affiliation, and email.  

4. For each speaker (3 or 4 maximum), provide talk title, full name, position/job title, affiliation and email; verification of speaker participation is required. An individual may speak in only one symposium. Speakers should be independent/established investigators (i.e., minimum rank of Assistant Professor or equivalent). Oral session(s) dedicated to young investigators (i.e., students, post-doctoral fellows) are planned and separate from this call for symposium proposals.

Send proposals to Dr. Kelly Berg (

DEADLINE June 30, 2015