Connecting European Neuroscience

Advanced Techniques for Synapse Biology

10 - 31 October 2015, Bordeaux Neurocampus, France

       Picture: Courtesy of Prof. Matthjs Verhage

Synapses are the major sites of information processing in the brain. Synaptic dysfunction is a central aspect of many brain disorders (“synaptopathies”) and synapses are the main target of currently prescribed drugs. 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. Advanced training of a new generation of neuroscientists is crucial to make these studies a success in the coming decades.

The advanced course will allow the students to integrate the basic techniques in molecular and cellular neurobiology with advanced state-of-the art molecular, imaging and functional methodologies, through direct hands-on experiments.

Course director

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For further information on the course programme, instructors and techniques go to the course local website.


Fee : 3145 EUR (it includes tuition fee, accommodation and meals)

  • The CAJAL Programme has limited funds available and will only give partial travel grants for exceptional requests. Any applicant in need of a grant is encouraged to request it from their lab, institution or government, if possible.

Bordeaux Neurocampus, France


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