Connecting European Neuroscience

Advanced Techniques for Synapse Biology

3-23 July 2017, Bordeaux Neurocampus, France


Synapses are the major sites of information processing in the brain. The complexity of the synapse has been described in the past few years in great molecular details and major achievements have been gained in the understanding of networks of proteins occurring at the pre-synaptic cytomatrix and the postsynaptic compartment of both excitatory and inhibitory synapses. Synaptic dysfunction is a central aspect of many brain disorders (“synaptopathies”) and synapses are and potentially will be the main target of drugs for brain diseases. Synapses integrate complex signals through temporal and spatial codes and undergo rapid structural and functional changes (synaptic plasticity) that underlie the formation of engrams in the brain. Maladaptation of such processes can lead to aberrant perception, cognitive dysfunction or neurodegeneration. The study of the molecular mechanisms of synaptic function and -plasticity are the key to understanding of how the brain works and what goes wrong in brain disease.

The advanced course will expose students to state-of-art techniques for molecular imaging and functional methodologies, through direct hands-on experiments.

Course director

Monica Di Luca
(University of Milano, Italy)



Nathalie Sans 
(University of Bordeaux,
Fabrizio Gardoni
(University of Milan, Italy)

Keynote speakers

Claudia Bagni, VIB Center for the Biology of Disease - KU Leuven, Belgium
Timothy Bliss, Francis Crick Institute, UK - Brain Prize Winner 2016
Daniel Choquet, CNRS - University of Bordeaux, France
Graham Collingridge, University of Bristol, UK - Brain Prize Winner 2016
Eckart Gundelfinger, Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology - Magdeburg, Germany
Johannes Hell, UC Davis, USA
Jeremy Henley, University of Bristol, UK
Michael Kreutz, Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology - Magdeburg, Germany
Richard Morris, University of Edinburgh, UK - Brain Prize Winner 2016
Christophe Mulle, University of Bordeaux, France
Isabel Perez-Otano, University of Navarra Medical School, Spain
Carlo Sala, CNR Neuroscience Institute, Italy
Carmen Sandi, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

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Brian McCabe, Brain Mind Institute at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Julien P. Dupuis, Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience, Bordeaux, France
José A. Esteban, Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa (CSIC/UAM), Madrid, Spain
Anna Fejtova, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Matthew Holt, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain and Disease Research, Belgium
Alexandros Kanellopoulos, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Anna Karpova, Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN), RG Neuroplasticity, Magdeburg, Germany
Mathieu Letellier, Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience, Bordeaux, France
Manuel Mameli, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Elena Marcello, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Marina Mikhaylova, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
Valentin Nägerl, Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience, Bordeaux, France
Julie Perroy, Institute of Functional Genomics in Montpellier, France
Ramón Reig, Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante, Spain
Jean-Baptiste Sibarita, Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience, Bordeaux, France
Tara Spires-Jones, Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems at the University of Edinburgh, UK
Jennifer Stanic, Neurocentre Magendie Inserm U1215, Bordeaux, France
Raffaella Tonini, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genoa, Italy
Chiara Verpelli, CNR Neuroscience Institute, Milan, Italy

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More information on the Bordeaux Neurocampus 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.

If you are a member of the Japan Neuroscience Society (JNS) or the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS), partial grants are available. Please apply inside the application form.


This course is organised in partnership with The Brain Prize



Bordeaux Neurocampus, France

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