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Dear members, colleagues and friends, 

            I have arrived at the starting point of my term of office as president, and this brings me the occasion to share with you some thoughts on the recent activities of our Collegium. The underlying philosophy of C.I.A.N.S. is to promote the interdisciplinary scientific cooperation in the field of the experimental and clinical research and education as concerns the integrative functions of the brain, neurobiology of behaviour and psychosomatic relationships in health and disease. These aims have been fulfilled as yet  by more  than 25 C.I.A.N.S.  congresses, conferences, symposia, workshops etc. starting by International Symposium in Smolenice (Slovakia) in 1960 and coming today to International C.I.A.N.S. Meeting 2003 in Bad Kreuznach, Germany.

            We all are very pleased that C.I.A.N.S. has continued to maintain its position after some periods of dropping the activity at the end of the last century. We particularly owe a lot to Gian Franco Goldwurm - our president from 1999 to 2001 - and to his colleagues from Milano for resuming the C.I.A.N.S. activities. Gian Franco is with us from our early beginnings and we  very appreciate not only his superb work concerning the International C.I.A.N.S. Conferences from Milano (1968) to Napoli (1999) and Palermo (2001) but also his long years lasting organizational efforts and works. Under his guidance our italian friends have also published the Proceedings of Palermo Conference and they supplied gratis with this CD publication all our members and many other specialists and institutions interested in the topics of the Conference. Two years ago when Heinz R�ddel took the presidential duties and invited us to Bad Kreuznach Conference he could state: C.I.A.N.S. is alive.

Since 2001 new  C.I.A.N.S. Council has started. As  new affiliate organizations the I.P.Pavlov Institute of Physiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg and Pavlov International Research Center have joined the C.I.A.N.S. last year. The Executive Committee chaired by Heinz has approved the Statute and By-law and  cleared up our relations with International Society of Behavioural Medicine. The strategy of C.I.A.N.S. policy for future years has been started to discuss. 

Milan Horvath, our  Secretary-General has managed for many decades of years the wide range of  activities which have increased  the international position of our Collegium and he has provided the continual publishing of our international journal ACTIVITAS NERVOSA SUPERIOR and HOMEOSTASIS in health and disease respectively. Allow me to thank Milan for taking on and continuing the important  job for the C.I.A.N.S.

In spite of several problems and of lack of finances, C.I.A.N.S. Secretary-Treasurer Spiridione Masaraki  started and has continued with our web pages. It is a great deed and Spiro has our admiration and gratitude.

            In these days the Executive Committee will consider the possibilities to organize an International Symposium or Conference in St. Petersburg in 2004 which will be organized within the frame of celebration the 100 years anniversary of  Nobel Prize award to I.P.Pavlov. It will be the occasion to renew our previous contacts with both the russian and american colleagues. The C.I.A.N.S. Executive Committe member Vitaly Arkadievitch Bagaev will discuss this matter with us. The International C.I.A.N.S. Conference 2005 is proposed to be held in Slovakia. I sincerely hope that many C.I.A.N.S. members will attend and also the non-member specialists will be cordially invited.            

As major factors determining the general health status, the cardiovascular diseases and mental disorders  are implemented into the new European Comunity  policies and activities within the field of public health. Individual life-style and life-style changes are becoming the center of activities aiming at  knowledge, scientific evidence, and most efficient strategy of the health promotion. This is also in accordance with certain of our aims. All our members are called to propose eventual collaborative studies and to organize workshops concerning  the above topic. The Executive Committe member Miloslav Kukleta, who is taking care for our activities in  the field of education, can help in coordination of these activities.

            An important point to be solved is the financial policy and budget plan of our Collegium. Another one is to reestablish our previous relations to the overseas colleagues and institutions and the membership growth as well. At the moment,  I  have two personal wishes. One is that our colleagues from clinical practice faced with the complexities of the integrative nervous functions would increase their interest for theoretical grounds of problems under study. The other concerns the experimental researchers. It will be very usefull when they could more take into account the clinical aspects of brain integrations when planning the experimental studies. Both the above approaches could be more closely incorporated into the program of our Collegium.

            In conclusion, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our members for electing me as the C.I.A.N.S. president for the period of 2003-2005. I feel deeply honoured by this trust. I think, it is first and foremost the appreciation for work done in the past by the Slovak Society for Higher Brain Functions, which has been one C.I.A.N.S. affiliate members since beginning. I am looking forward to see many of our members at our next conferences with - I hope � very interesting  scientific programmes, cultural and social activities which will afford the oportunity for exchange of knowledge, experiences and for other contacts supporting the collaboration and friendship of our members.

Last but not least, it is my cordial wish to express our thanks to Heinz R�ddel for his important activities and contributions he made as a president of our Collegium. Moreover, I hope I can pay tribute to Heinz  for this Bad Kreuznach C.I.A.N.S. Meeting with interesting scientific program, for hospitality of our german hosts as well as for professionally and culturally stimulating milieau. Thank You very much Heinz, and,  see you all - dear colleagues - in our next conferences.   


Bad Kreuznach, March 12th,  2003                                                           Fedor Jagla 

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