Neural Circuit Development and Plasticity

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Medicine
Course code
M21
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 375.00
Level
Advanced Master
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Our summer course is aimed at advanced master students and starting PhD students with the goal to teach them on recent advances in neural circuit development and plasticity from an interdisciplinary perspective. This will be achieved in three ways: first, lectures on basic neurobiological principles by the organizers, second, a series of lectures by renowned international speakers and third, participants work on assignments that require extensive discussion between lecturers, organizers and participants. Our goal is to inspire young scientist at an early stage of their career by providing them with new insights, provocative thoughts and a network of peers.

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, intracellular 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 basic research as well as (pre)clinical 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).

Course organizers

  • Dr. Corette Wierenga – Utrecht University
  • Prof. Jeroen Pasterkamp – UMC Utrecht
  • Dr. Lukas Kapitein – Utrecht University
  • Dr. Harold MacGillavry – Utrecht University

Scholarships available

Course director

Dr. Corette Wierenga

Target audience

We would like to invite advanced master students and starting PhD students who have some experience with doing neuroscience research IMPORTANT: This is NOT an introductory course. Participants are assumed to have a basic neuroscience and cell 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 informal, interactive setting. Insight will be provided in recent experimental advances, state-of-the-art techniques and significance for disease.

Study load

Tentative schedule summerschool:

  • Morning: 3 lectures (3 x 1 hour)
  • Afternoon: workshops given by the morning speakers.
  • Five days in total, about 8 hours a day.

Costs

Course fee
€ 375.00
Housing fee
€ 200.00

Housing through Utrecht Summer School

Application

Please describe briefly your research experience and background in neurocience

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • C.V.

More information

Dr. Corette J. Wierenga | E: c.j.wierenga@uu.nl | T: +31 (0)30 253 2659
Division of Cell Biology, Faculty of Science
Adress: Utrecht University, Padualaan 8, 3584 CH Utrecht.

Registration

Application deadline: 01 June 2020