Connecting European Neuroscience

Interacting with neural circuits

14 July – 3 August 2019, 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),  2) provide them with sufficient practical experience to design an experimental miniproject (week1) which will be carried out (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)


Leopoldo Petreanu (Champalimaud Research, Portugal)

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.

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.

If you are a member of the Japan Neuroscience Society (JNS), please check the application call for partial grants on the JNS website. Deadline 22 January 2019.

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.

Application closed on 17 March 2019.   


Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Portugal

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