Connecting European Neuroscience

Cajal course: Neuroinflammation and How to Study It

June 25th, 2018 to July 7th, 2018
Bordeaux Neurocampus, France

Hands-On Course, Neuroinflammation, Neuroscience

About the Event

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,


Cajal Courses Central Administration
rue d'egmont 11, 1000 Brussels, Belgium


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