Connecting European Neuroscience

CAJAL-ISN course. Glial cells in health and disease

27 November – 10 December 2016, Bordeaux Neurocampus, France

The efficient activity of the nervous system and higher brain functions could not be understood without considering the crucial role of glial cells: astrocytes, oligodendrocytes and microglia. Moreover, increasing examples of the diversity of pathophysiological roles of glial cells is starting to be underscored owing to new methodological advances and state-of-the-art-techniques. Attending students will have the opportunity to learn and become familiar with advanced techniques to manipulate, visualize and study glial cell functions in health and disease. Selected students will develop an experimental training project devoted to the study of the electrophysiological communication between neurons and astrocytes (tripartite synapse), or the glial cell responses of microglia and oligodendrocyte progenitor cells to acute injury. This advanced  course includes theoretical and methodological lessons during morning sessions by reputed experts in order to provide students with a global view of the field and the opportunity for active discussion of glial research frontlines. 

  • Course directors

Ismael Galve-Roperh
Complutense University, ES

Serge Nataf
University of Lyon, FR


Frank Kirchhoff
University of Saarland, DE


On-site chair

  Stephane Oliet
University of Bordeaux, FR

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


Fee : 2.500 € (includes tuition fee, accommodation and meals)

  • The CAJAL Programme has limited funds available. 4 stipends (waived fee) are available per course. You can apply for a stipend inside the course general application form.
  • However, any applicant in need of a grant is encouraged to first request it from their lab, institution or government, if possible.

This course is organised in partnership with  ISN (International Society for Neurochemistry)




Bordeaux Neurocampus, France

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