Untold Stories: the Women Pioneers of Neuroscience in Europe

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These are women who worked in Europe during the first half of twentieth century and made relevant contributions to the understanding of human brain and mind.

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, although in some cases the theoretical and technological advancements in the following decades overcame these early findings. 

Our interest is to emphasize 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 in the incipit of each profile. Then, we provide an overview of 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.

Thanks to the generous support of FENS-History of Neuroscience Awards the site was online for the first time on December 18, 2017. 

At beginning the project related to the stories of seven women born before 1900, who worked hard to pursue a career in science and who published pioneering works, largely forgotten.
We imaged to tell the story like  a journey through time and space: it takes place in the second half of 1800 from St.Petersburg, Paris, London, Berlin, Liepzig and Padova.

WiNEu: European women in Neuroscience

The pioneers

The woman has been locked for centuries. When you have access to culture, it is like a starving person. And the food is much more useful for the hungry than those already saturated.

Rita Levi Montalcini

Maria Mikhailovna Manasseina

Augusta Dejerine-Klumpke

Costance Pascal

Beatrice Edgell

Cécile Vogt

Anna Meyer Berliner

Silvia De Marchi

Lina Stern

Laura Forster and Manuela Serra at Cajal School

Cornelia de Lange


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We have the ambition  to continue our journey and meet other 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.

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This is a journey in time and space: it takes place in the second half of the 19th century, to St. Petersburg, Paris, London, Berlin, Liepzig and Padua.

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