Connecting European Neuroscience

Synapses, neuronal circuits and behaviour

April 9th, 2018 to April 20th, 2018
Ciombra, Portugal

Synapses, Neural Circuits,

About the Event

The aim of this course is to provide an integrated view into the functioning of neuronal synapses and circuits, and the methodologies used to probe how neural networks assemble and communicate with one another. A second aim is to address questions related to how neuronal computations give rise to behavioral outputs and perceptions. Teaching will be based on lectures that focus on 1) synapse assembly, function and plasticity; 2) particular circuits or brain region and the underlying behavioral programs; and 3) disorders associated with synaptic dysfunction and circuits malfunction. The students will gain knowledge on how information in coded in the brain and how it is propagated, and will be introduced to the state of the art methodologies applied in the field of neuroimaging, neurophysiology and behavioral analysis. This will include discussion and exploration of practical examples on the application of techniques such as: in vivo recordings with multi-electrode arrays, local field potential analyses, brain imaging, optogenetics, genetic engineering or multi-photon microscopy.
At the University of Coimbra this course is offered to students in the Doctoral Program in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine and in the MIT-PT Bioengineering Doctoral Program, and to students in the Master Program in Molecular Cell Biology. The course is also offered to students supported by FENS and IBRO-PERC stipends.

FENS in partnership with IBRO-PERC provide 4 stipends of 750 EUR for international students interested in attending this course.

To apply for a FENS and IBRO-PERC stipend, please follow this link.

Call for stipend applications is open.

Application Deadline: 12 February 2018

For further information on the summer school and the registration, please visit the course webpage.


Ana Luísa Carvalho -; CNC, University of Coimbra


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