Connecting European Neuroscience

Ion channels in the brain in health and disease

4-22 September 2017, Bordeaux Neurocampus, France











Ion channels play a major role in neuronal excitability. Diseases, termed channelopathies, are related to inherited or acquired dysfunctions of ion channels:  epilepsy, migraine, ataxia and deafness. Roughly 15% of known therapeutic drugs including anaesthetics, analgesics, anti-epileptics and anxiolytics have their primary action on ion channels, making them the second largest target class after G-protein coupled receptors. With the advent of a better understanding of cellular physiology and identification of the molecular components that constitute individual channel types and/or control their activity, rational molecular-based strategies to identify ion channel modulators are now within reach.

We are organizing a summer course to provide promising young investigators with a comprehensive introduction to state-of-the-art techniques in ion channel study,  including - but not limited - to genetics, electrophysiology, imaging, as well as structure-function and pathophysiological approaches. This 3-week course is a practical “hands-on” introduction to advanced methods in ion channel recording and analysis and will cover sufficient background such that all participants will be able to establish these techniques in their home laboratories. 


Course directors

Florian Lesage
(CNRS, Sophia Antipolis, France)
Teresa Giraldez
(University of La Laguna,
Sven Meuth
(University of Münster, Germany)

On-site chair

Eric Hosy
(University of Bordeaux, France)



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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