Connecting European Neuroscience

Linking Neural Circuits and Behaviour

8-26 October 2018, Bordeaux Neurocampus, France










A major challenge in system neuroscience is to understand how the mammalian brain support sensory perception and stores/recalls information that are necessary to the elaboration of an optimal action in an ever-changing environment. Cross-disciplinary technologies have provided unprecedented tools for mapping, visualizing and functional probing of single neural circuit in freely moving animals.

Thus, it is now possible to link complex cell circuit activity to specific behaviour, ranging from precise visualization of cellular, synaptic or dendritic activities to opsin-based activation/silencing in freely moving animals performing specific tasks. Integration of multimodal strategies - including electrophysiology, cellular imaging, behaviour - now allow both correlational and causal dissection of the brain, and, ultimately allow for more naturalistic, physiologically-relevant, understanding of single circuit integration into brain-wide assemblies supporting brain functions.

The goals of this advanced Cajal course is to provide an in-depth exposure to current technologies in neurosciences. This will include hands-on training in state-of-the-art methods including optical microscopy, electrophysiology, optogenetic in freely behaving animals and functional imaging in human. Emphasis will be put on new methods for connectivity tracing, recordings and analysis of multichannel unit and local field potential data in behaving animals and data presentation.

Course directors

Antoine Adamantidis
University of Bern, Switzerland
Frederic Gambino 
CNRS - University of Bordeaux, France

Keynote Speakers

Jaideep Bains, University of Calgary, Canada
Karim Benchenane, UMR 7637 CNRS ESPCI, France
Eugenia Chiappe, Champalimaud Research, Portugal
Daniel Choquet, Bordeaux Imaging Centre (BIC), University of Bordeaux, France
Valentina Emiliani, The European Neuroscience Institute, Paris Descartes University, France
Peyman Golshani, Department of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, USA
Benjamin Grewe, The Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI), University of Zurich & ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Tim Harris, HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus, USA
Cyril Herry, University of Bordeaux, France
Anthony Holtmaat, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Nicolas Mallet, University of Bordeaux, France
Christophe Mulle, University of Bordeaux, France
Valentin Nagerl, University of Bordeaux, France
Ruben Portuges, The Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology (MPIN), Germany
Lisa Roux, University of Bordeaux, France
Ofer Yizhar, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel


Elisabete Augusto, University of Bordeaux, France
Stephane Bancelin, University of Bordeaux, France
Tiago Campelo, University of Bordeaux, France
Nicolas Chenouard, University of Bordeaux, France
Fabrice Cordelières, Bordeaux Imaging Centre (BIC), University of Bordeaux, France
Harald Dermutz, University of Zurich & ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Carolina Gutierrez, University of Bern, Switzerland
Ashley Kees & Meryl Malezieux, University of Bordeaux, France
Vladimir Kouskoff, University of Bordeaux, France
Lukas Oesch, University of Bern, Switzerland
Christel Poujol, Bordeaux Imaging Centre (BIC), University of Bordeaux, France
Fabrizio Sitzia, Inscopix, USA


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.

Kindly note that if you benefited from a Cajal stipend in the past, you are no longer eligible to receive this kind of funding. However other types of funding (such as partial travel grants from sponsors) might be made available after the participants selection process, depending on the course.

Applications are closed.


Bordeaux Neurocampus, France

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