Connecting European Neuroscience

Multiscale approaches to probe psychiatric disorders

RESCHEDULED to 9-15 January 2022 - Obergurgl, Austria

Applications are closed

FENS regrets to announce that the Winter School had to be rescheduled to 9-15 January 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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
Israel Institute of
Haifa, Israel

Faculty members

Jaideep Bains - Stressynomics lab, University of Calgary, Canada
Camilla Bellone - Department of Basic Neurosciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Laura Cancedda - Brain Development and Disease, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genoa, Italy
Kevin Da Silva - Chief Editor of Nature Neuroscience, USA
Julie Duqué - CoActions Lab, Institute of Neuroscience, Université catholique Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium
Nadine Gogolla - Circuits for Emotion Group, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Germany
Christine Heim - Institute of Medical Psychology, Charité University Berlin, Germany
Sefy Hendler - Chairperson of the Art History Department, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Zachary Knight - Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), USA
Conor Liston - Brain and Mind Research Institute/Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine, USA
Christian Lüscher - Department of Basic Neurosciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Ingo Willuhn - Neuromodulation and Behavior Group, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, The Netherlands

Registration and stipends

  • Fee: FENS Members: 520 EUR
             FENS Non-members: 640 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.
  • ! This school was rescheduled from 6-12 December 2020 to 9-15 January 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new application call will open in the summer 2021. Applications already submitted are still considered as valid.


Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Austria

Together with our venue, FENS is taking measures to respect all sanitaries requirements linked to the COVID-19 crisis, in order to ensure the safety of participants.











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