Connecting European Neuroscience

Connectomics: from Micro- to Meso- and Macro-Scales

2-21 October 2017, Bordeaux Neurocampus, France

Imagine that your goal is to discover how a brain works. One of the key aspects for achieving this is to understand how neurons and brain areas are interconnected, both at the structural and functional level. This knowledge requires the application of a diverse range of approaches, and the skill-set to understand how these approaches could be implemented. The Cajal course on Connectomics is an intensive three-week course that guides participants through the theory and practice of state-of-the art methods to address pertinent questions in the field of structural/functional connectomics — from mice to humans. This goal will be achieved through a unique balance of lectures from worldwide experts in their respective fields and experimental demonstrations and hands-on laboratory work (mini-projects) in small groups. These mini-projects encompass a diversity of techniques, ranging from EM- and super-resolution approaches to electrophysiological, calcium imaging, and optogenetic connectivity approaches in the behaving mouse, and from viral mono-trans-synaptic tracing and whole brain clearing and imaging methods to neuroimaging approaches using magnetic resonance imaging (functional and structural imaging) in both mice and human subjects (performed on the participants), as well as tractography of human postmortem tissue.

Participants will attend a lecture series featuring keynote speakers and interactive talks by experts in their fields regarding the specific techniques developed during the practical sessions. The rest of the time will be dedicated to mini-projects. These are divided into two themes (mice and humans), and each student will choose one mini-project from each theme. At the end of each block, students will present their results and experience from these projects. In addition, students will have the possibility to present their projects in their home-laboratories, as well as for ample interaction with the course faculty and speakers.

Course directors

Andreas Frick
(INSERM, Neurocentre
Magendie, Bordeaux, France)
Laurent Petit
Bordeaux, France)

Olaf Sporns
(Indiana University,
Bloomington, USA)


Keynote speakers

Ed Bullmore, University of Cambridge, UK
Julie Harris, Allen Institute for Brain Science, USA
Kenneth Harris, University College London, UK
Fritjof Helmchen, Brain Research Institute - UZH, Switzerland
Moritz Helmstaedter, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany
Troy Margrie, University College London, UK
Bernard Mazoyer, Bordeaux University, France
Thomas Mrsic-Flogel, University of Basel, Switzerland
Gordon Shepherd, Northwestern University, USA
Olaf Sporns, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
Larry Swanson, University of Southern California, USA
Nathalie Tzourio-Mazoyer, Bordeaux University, France
Karl Zilles, Jülich Research Centre,  Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany

 Keynote speakers biosketches

 List of instructors and related topics

Find information on the course miniprojects here.


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), please check the application call for partial grants on the JNS website.

If you are a member of the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS), partial grants are available. To be considered for funding, please indicate that you are a member inside the course application form in the stipend section.


Bordeaux Neurocampus, France

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