Connecting European Neuroscience

Interacting with neural circuits

2-22 July 2017, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Portugal


Understanding how activity in neural circuits drives behavior is a fundamental problem in neuroscience. Making this link requires detailed information about the cell types and their connectivity, as well as the spatiotemporal patterns of activity in neural circuits in the intact brain during behaviour. Moreover, 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, optical, genetic, electrophysiological, and pharmacogenetic approaches that are available for addressing these challenges. The faculty will discuss tool development through to their implementation in diverse model systems. Students will learn the potential and limitations of these techniques, allowing them to both design and interpret experiments correctly.

This is a 3-week course in which we aim to 1) teach students the theoretical foundation of the techniques (weeks 1 and 2), and 2) provide them with sufficient practical experience (weeks 2 and 3) so that they will be able to establish these approaches when they return to their laboratories. 


Course directors 

Michael Hausser
(University College London, UK)
Menno P. Witter
(Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)

On-site chair

Leopoldo Petreanu (Champalimaud Centre for
the Unknown
, Portugal)


Keynote Speakers
Silvia Arber, Biozentrum University of Basel, Switzerland
Bassam Atallah, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Portugal
Megan Carey, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Portugal
Pico Caroni, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
Rui Costa, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Portugal
Winfried Denk, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Germany
Kenneth Harris, University College London, UK
Moritz Helmstaedter, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany
Sonja Hofer, Biozentrum University of Basel, Switzerland
Benjamin Judkewitz, Charité and Humboldt University, Germany
Sten Linnarsson, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Zachary Mainen, Champalimaud Centre  for the Unknown, Portugal
Valentin Nägerl, Interdisciplinary Institute for NeuroScience, France
Zoltán Nusser, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungary Academy of Sciences, Hungary
Botond Roska, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland
Mark Schnitzer, Stanford University, USA
Erin Schuman, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany
Scott Sternson, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus, USA
Eftychios Pnevmatikakis, Simons Foundation, USA

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.

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. 



Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal

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