The Brain in Health and Disease: From Basic to Translational and Clinical Neurosciences

Conference Brief

The Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA) is a non-profit organization registered in Nairobi, Kenya in 1993. It functions as the umbrella organization for the regional and national neuroscience societies and groups in Africa. SONA is a member society of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). The aim of SONA is to promote research, teaching and advocacy in Neuroscience in Africa and the Society holds an international conference every two years. The 16th International Conference of the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA 2023) will bring together Neuroscientists across the African continent and beyond. These Scientists will showcase their research findings from the Basic to Clinical Neurosciences. The Conference will provide a platform for Private and Public Companies and Organizations in the Science domain, especially the brain sciences, and in the Technology sector to interface with these neuroscientists. It will also be an opportunity to showcase the Tourism richness of South Africa as an in-person programme is considered very vital in the planning for the conference.


Basic Neurosciences

Clinical Neurosciences

Social Neurosciences

Computational Neurosciences 

Date:        11-14 July 2023.

Venue:      The Indaba Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre (

IBRO-ARC Funding towards activities at SONA 2023

Those interested in organizing Pre- or Post- conference Workshops or symposia and Seminars during the SONA 2023 Conference should contact the Chair, African Regional Committee of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO-ARC), Professor Desire Tshala-Katumbay, for possible funding through IBRO. Email:  

Details for the Calls for submission of proposals, Registration fees, abstract submission, e.t.c. will be communicated later.

Local Organizing Committee (LoC)

1.  Professor Amadi O. Ihunwo (Chair)

Head of School of Anatomical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Email:

2.    Associate Professor Ejikeme F. Mbajiorgu. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, SONA Regional Secretary, Southern Africa. 

3.    Dr Pilani Nkomozepi. Head, Department of Anatomy & Physiology, University of Johannesburg.

4.    Associate Professor John Ouma (President of the Society of Neurosurgeons of South Africa & Head of Neurosurgery at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital & University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

5.    Dr Racheal Dangarembizi. University of Cape Town & IBRO-ARC Representative)

6.    Professor Sadiq Yusuf, SONA Secretary-General (Ex-Officio)

More members are being identified.

Event Organizers: The Conference Company

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