Who are we?
Hacettepe Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) is a student club that is expected to be run under HÜTBAT/HIMEC starting from the 2020-2021 academic year, with our academic advisor Muge Yemisci Ozkan. We are affiliated with the American Academy of Neurology via the chapter status provided to us by them. There are more than 100 SIGN chapters around the world and we have already begun working together with some of them! We are aiming to increase our international connections and follow the scientific developments in neurology with this student club, as HUSOM students.
What do we do?
We organize different events and conferences with the aim of bringing together the students interested in the fields of neurology and neuroscience. We have also made it our absolute priority in our first year as an official chapter to interact with as many other chapters and students as we can, to broaden our horizons in every way. We organize events that are conducted both in English and Turkish. The general processes of the club are organized by HIMEC, which is another sub-division of HUTBAT (Hacettepe University School of Medicine Scientific Research Organization). Here are some of the activities that we have been working on:

  1. International Journal Clubs: We aim to join the journal clubs of other chapters and student organizations as frequently as we can and we hope to expand the scope of our group by partnering with other chapters to host our own journal clubs.
  2. Our blog posts here: We want to spread as much information about the brain as possible because we simply love it! Hopefully you will find some of our latest interests in our blog section here as we begin to share them with you.
  3. Neurology Resident/Specialist Panels: Connecting with specialists, residents, researchers, and recent graduates in the fields of neuroscience and neurology makes us super excited and we hope to host even more events soon! Click here to watch our conference (which was held in Turkish) with Ozan Akca, MD, from the University of Louisville, who kindly accepted our invitation and answered our questions about the general process of working in the US as a physician as well as how COVID-19 has affected those processes. Stay tuned for more events like this one!

Contact us about anything neuro-related, the questions you might have about Hacettepe SIGN, possible collaborations, and interesting ideas: sign@hutbat.com