Netherlands, Utrecht

Neural Circuit Development and Plasticity

when 22 August 2016 - 26 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 550

The goal of this course is to teach and train master students and PhD students in recent advances in neural circuit development and plasticity from an interdisciplinary perspective. This will be achieved in three ways: first a series of lectures covering the basic principles of axonal and synaptic development and plasticity, second, by a series of lectures by renowned international speakers to provide knowledge to the participants and third, participants work on assignments that require extensive discussion between the lecturers, staff and participants. The topics will range from early developmental events required for neural circuit development to aspects of synaptic plasticity. More specifically, among others the following topics will be addressed: axonal growth and guidance, synapse formation, synaptic transmission, neural plasticity, membrane trafficking and transport, regeneration and degenerative disease. Participants of this summer school will be informed on the latest developments in the field of neural circuit development and plasticity (lectures), but will also learn how experienced experts in the field address problems, formulate research questions and design experiments (workshop). Lectures will include both basic research and preclinical examples. The topics will be addressed from different angles (molecular, cellular and systems), levels (from single neurons to the level of neuronal networks in vivo) and approaches (imaging, biochemistry, mouse genetics, electrophysiology). In the afternoon workshops, students are required to engage in discussions with the speakers, are challenged to design a research proposal, or further deepen their knowledge of relevant techniques.

Course organizers
Prof. Casper Hoogenraad ? Utrecht University
Dr. Corette Wierenga ? Utrecht University
Prof. Jeroen Pasterkamp ? UMC Utrecht
Dr. Lukas Kapitein ? Utrecht University

Course leader

Dr. Lukas Kapitein

Target group

Advanced master students and starting PhD students

Participants are assumed to have a basic neuroscience and molecular biology knowledge, comparable to these books:
"Principles of Neural Science" by Kandel, Schwartz, Jessell
"Neuroscience" by Purves et al.
"Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain" by Bear, Connors, Paradiso
"Molecular Biology of the Cell" by Alberts et al.

Course aim

The goal of this summer school is to teach and train students in recent advances in neural circuit development and plasticity from an interdisciplinary perspective and in an interactive setting. Insight will be provided in recent experimental advances, state-of-the-art techniques and significance for disease.

Fee info

EUR 550: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 350: Course + course materials + lunch

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