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.
, Champalimaud Centre for
the Unknown, Portugal
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Portugal
, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany
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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