Connecting European Neuroscience

Neuroinflammation and How to Study It

25 June – 7 July 2018, Bordeaux Neurocampus, France

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 and interrogating these pathways will be one of the key battlegrounds of 21st century neuroscience. To reach this challenging goal, expertise in neuroimmunology is therefore necessary to identify the cellular and molecular mechanisms of neuroinflammation to understand how it participates to brain disease This is a necessary step to develop innovative strategies to prevent and treat neuroinflammatory processes.

This intensive course over 2 weeks in the Cajal Centre in Bordeaux will bring together many of the pioneers in this field as well as emerging leaders in a series of authoritative seminars and workshops. Hands-on practical training will complement the course with expert instructors in cutting edge techniques. Interactions between trainees and world-class speakers will be promoted over informal discussions, friendly lunches and dinners. Students will work in pairs, allowing them to get close supervision from their assigned instructors. The training laboratory is fully dedicated to the course and equipped with a wet lab for molecular and cellular biology, histology, electrophysiology, cell-sorting, high-resolution imaging and computers for all analyses. 

Course director

Colm Cunningham
Trinity College, Ireland


Sophie Layé 
University of Bordeaux, France

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


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.

Applications will open in January 2018.

Bordeaux Neurocampus, France

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