Connecting European Neuroscience

Interacting with neural circuits

2-21 August 2021 - Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Portugal

                   ©Wyart Carbo Tano: Modulation Of Locomotion

Understanding the links between activity in neural circuits and behavior is a fundamental problem in neuroscience. Attacking this problem requires detailed information about the cell types in neural circuits and their connectivity, and recording the spatiotemporal patterns of activity in the intact brain during behaviour. Furthermore, probing causal relationships between cellular and circuit-level processes and behaviour requires perturbation of specific elements of the circuit in a temporally and spatially precise manner.

This course will highlight the new anatomical, genetic, optical, electrophysiological, optogenetic, and pharmacogenetic approaches that are available for addressing these challenges. The faculty will discuss tool development through to their implementation in diverse model systems, including mice and zebrafish. Students will learn the potential and limitations of these techniques, allowing them to both design and interpret experiments correctly. 

Course directors

Michael Hausser 
University College London, UK
  Leopoldo Petreanu Champalimaud Research, Portugal
  Susana Lima
Champalimaud Research,



Tiago Branco
Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, UK

Claire Wyart
Institut du Cerveau, France


For further information on the course programme, instructors and techniques go to the course local website.


Fee : 3.500 € (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.


Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Portugal


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