Connecting European Neuroscience

Multiscale approaches to probe psychiatric disorders

6-12 December 2020 - Obergurgl, Austria

The recent decade witnessed dramatic improvements in treatments for a number of burdensome human diseases. Yet, it is striking the paucity of effective treatments for mental illness. Advances in neuroscience converge to the idea that the understanding, probing and treating psychiatric illness require a multi-scale approach.  Bridging genetic fluctuations with remodeling of synaptic function, neural circuits and behavior is becoming an instrumental step to envision novel interventions for psychiatric disorders. According to this hypothesis, environmental experience trigger specific forms of synaptic plasticity, as well as genetic reprogramming in precise neuronal circuits underlying aspects of disorders including depression, substance abuse, eating disorders or anxiety. Notably, latest advances indicate that the immune system interfaces many of these aspects.

In this FENS-Hertie Winter School we will discuss the latest neurotechniques to monitor, interrogate and reverse genetic, immune,s synaptic and neuronal function. Strong emphasis will be given on the causality between such cellular adaptations and precise behavioral traits typical of the disease. The course will cover, at least partly, translational studies in humans to stimulate discussion on how to bridge them with pre-clinical findings.

This school is meant for PhD students and early-career postdocs, preferably with prior knowledge of the subject.

Scientific chairs

 
Manuel Mameli
Department of Fundamental Neuroscience (DNF),
University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  Asya Rolls
Technion-
Israel Institute of
Technology,
Haifa, Israel

  

Registration and stipends

  • Fee: FENS Members: TBC EUR
             FENS Non-members: TBC EUR
  • Registration fee covers tuition, accommodation and meals.
  • FENS offers 4 stipends (covering the registration fee) available for candidates from disadvantaged countries. Any applicant in need of a grant should however first try to request it from the lab, institution or government if possible. You can apply for a stipend inside the application form. 
  • Please note that if you already benefited from a FENS grant in 2020, you are not eligible to receive a stipend.
  • Applications will open in April 2020.

Venue

Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For enquiries, please contact: schools@fens.org

 

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