Untold stories: the Women Pioneers of Neuroscience in Europe

    

But there is another evil: oblivion of scientific merits because of being woman

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Maria Mikhailovna Manasseina

Maria Mikhailovna Manasseina

She discovered that the negative effects of prolonged sleep deprivation originate in the brain and demonstrated that sleep is more important than food for the preservation of life...

Augusta Marie Dejerine-Klumpke

Augusta Marie Dejerine-Klumpke

She described the radicular paralysis of the lower brachial plexus, named after her (Klumpke's palsy), established standardized protocols for the rehabilitation of spinal cord injury, and...

Constance Pascal

Constance Pascal

She became the first woman psychiatrist in France. She introduced more humanitarian treatments in the psychiatric hospitals, prohibiting punishments and restraints...

Beatrice Edgell

Beatrice Edgell

She established one of the first laboratories of experimental psychology and contributed to the calibration of the Wheatstone-Hipp chronoscope, increasing the precision in mental chronometry...

Cécile Mugnier Vogt

Cécile Mugnier Vogt

She conducted pioneeristic studies of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology and published groundbreaking studies on the myeloarchitectonic organisation of the thalamus, on the pathology of the corpus striatum and...

Anna Berliner

Anna Berliner

She conducted remarkable research on imagery, visual perception, and advertising psychology. She published one of the first studies on imagery...

Silvia De Marchi

Silvia De Marchi

She carried out an extensive study on psychology of testimony and used magnitude estimation, with the corresponding psychophysical function, to measure visual dot density...

PROJECT

Untold Stories: the Women Pioneers of Neuroscience in Europe

These are the stories of seven women who worked during the first half of twentieth century and made relevant contributions to many fields of the modern neuroscience.
They greatly contributed to their fields of research. Their discoveries are still relevant for neuroscience nowadays, or they represented an important early-stage development in the evolution of the scientific knowledge.
Here, we introduce the work of each scientist, presenting the results of selected studies and reporting excerpts from their original publications. We imagined traveling in time and space and arriving at their workplace that we briefly describe at the beginnig of each profile. Then, we provide an overview of the work and achievements of the scientist and we conclude with some biographical note. We hope that this will help the scientific community and the general public to get introduced to very relevant female scientists from the past, quite often overshadowed by their male counterparts.
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Thanks to the support of FENS-History of Neuroscience Awards, so far we virtually traveled in St. Petersburg, Paris, London, Berlin, Liepzig and Padua (see the map).


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"The woman has been locked for centuries. When she has access to culture she is like a starving person.
And the food is much more useful to those who are hungry than those who are already full."
Rita Levi Montalcini
Tiziana Metitieri graduated in Psychology (five years degree) from the University of Padua, Italy and earned a PhD in Psychiatric and Psychological Sciences from the University of Verona, Italy. She works as a clinical neuropsychologist in the Italian National Health Service and in private practice (also in collaboration with Step-net, a national association for gifted children). She is interested in the History of Psychology and supports Women in Science. She writes a blog, Psicolab. She may be a little anxious when approaching deadlines.

    
Tiziana Metitieri

Tiziana Metitieri

Morgana Favero earned an MD from the University of Padova (IT) and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Verona (IT). She has been working as a neuroscientist and a college teacher in Italy and in the US .


   
Morgana Favero

Morgana Favero

Sonia Mele graduated in Psychology (five years degree) from the University of Padua (IT) and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Verona (IT). She has been working as post-doc fellow at the University of Verona (IT), Udine (IT) and Ferrara (IT). She has a little nerd in her, indeed she loves website programming, comics, video games...and Dance-theater.

   
Sonia Mele

Sonia Mele

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We hope to continue our journey and meet other female scientists: each reader is very welcome to help with suggestions, contribution of original material…
This same project would not have been possible without the contribution of many people that helped to recover the original documents and to realize the multimedia document presented here

BLOG

Profilo storico: Cécile Vogt

Rebecca Akkermans ha dedicato un profilo storico alla nostra pioniera WiNeu Cécile Vogt in Lancet Neurology, 12 gennaio 2018: “Ci sono molte grandi coppie scientifiche che spiccano nella storia – Antoine e Marie Anne Lavoisier, Pierre e Marie Curie, Josef Jules e Augusta Déjérines – ma forse meno conosciuti sono Cécile Vogt e suo marito […]

Historical profile: Cécile Vogt

Rebecca Akkermans dedicated an historical profile to our WiNeu pioneer Cécile Vogt in Lancet Neurology, 12 Jan 2018: “There are many great scientific partnerships that stand out in history—Antoine and Marie Anne Lavoisier, Pierre and Marie Curie, Josef Jules and Augusta Déjérines—but perhaps less well known are Cécile Vogt and her husband, Oskar. Early pioneers […]

Lettera a una giovane scienziata da Augusta Déjerine-Klumpke

Nel celebrare la Giornata internazionale delle donne e delle ragazze nelle scienze, esploriamo la vita di Augusta Dejerine-Klumpke attraverso la sua biografia (originariamente scritta in francese) per scoprire come iniziò la sua carriera scientifica e quale eredità ha lasciato alle future generazioni di neuroscienziati. Nacque a San Francisco, negli Stati Uniti, e vi rimase fino […]

Advise to a young woman scientist by Augusta Déjerine-Klumpke

In celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we explore Augusta Dejerine-Klumpke’s life through her biography (originally written in French) to find out how she began her scientific career and what legacy she left for future generations of neuroscientists. She was born in San Francisco, United States, and lived there until April […]