Connecting European Neuroscience

Neuroinflammation and How to Study It

25 June – 7 July 2018, Bordeaux Neurocampus, France

Applications are closed

Over the last 2 decades it has become abundantly clear that the brain mounts robust inflammatory responses, mediated locally by glial populations including microglia and astrocytes. As more and more data emerge from genome wide association studies of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric conditions it is evident that neuroinflammation is a key player in brain function and dysfunction. As a result there has been an explosion of interest in neuroinflammation and in the tools available to study these processes in the brain. Interrogating these pathways will be one of the key battlegrounds of 21st century neuroscience. To reach this challenging goal, expertise in neuroimmunology is necessary to identify the cellular and molecular mechanisms of neuroinflammation to understand how it participates in brain disease. This represents an exciting opportunity to potentially treat or even prevent neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders. 

Neuroinflammation research relies on a large array of different techniques. Recently, there have been numerous advances in both the basic biological knowledge and the methodologies to study microglial cells and/or invading immune cells into the brain. This advanced course allows the students to obtain hands-on experience with techniques in both neuroscience and immunology, which are expected to be central to neuroinflammation research in the near future. Techniques include isolation and identification of cells contributing to cellular inflammatory responses, in vitro models, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), cellular imaging, fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS), electrophysiology, biochemistry, qPCR, in vivo high resolution cellular imaging and bioinformatics. Rodent models will be the primary resource, with human iPSCs and brain material also available.

Course director

Colm Cunningham
Trinity College, Ireland


Sophie Layé 
University of Bordeaux, France

Agnès Nadjar
University of Bordeaux,
Andy Greenhalgh
University of Bordeaux,

Keynote Speakers

Burkhard Becher, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Robert Dantzer, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas, USA
Ulrich Dirnagl, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin
Britta Engelhardt, University of Bern, Switzerland
Florent Ginhoux, A*STAR, Singapore
Diego Gomez-Nicola, University of Southampton, UK
Barry McColl, University of Edinburgh, UK
Trevor Owens, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Hugh Perry, University of Southampton, UK
Amanda Sierra, Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience, Bizkaia, Bilbao, Spain

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Elena Avignone, CNRS UMR 5297, University of Bordeaux, France
Jimena Baleriola, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain
Estibaliz Capetillo, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain
Colm CunninghamTrinity College, Ireland
Xavier Fioramonti, INRA, Bordeaux, France
Diego Gomez-Nicola, University of Southampton, UK
Andy Greenhalgh, University of Bordeaux, France

Luke Healy, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Ana Belen Lopez Rodriguez, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Barry McColl, University of Edinburgh, UK
Lydie Morel, INRA, Bordeaux, France

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Fee : 2.500 € (includes tuition fee, accommodation and meals)

The CAJAL programme offers 4 stipends per course (waived registration fee, not including travel expenses). Please apply through the course online application form. In order to identify candidates in real need of a stipend, any grant applicant is encouraged to first request funds from their lab, institution or government.

Kindly note that if you benefited from a Cajal stipend in the past, you are no longer eligible to receive this kind of funding. However other types of funding (such as partial travel grants from sponsors) might be made available after the participants selection process, depending on the course.


Bordeaux Neurocampus, France

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