Introductory Courses

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INTRODUCTORY COURSES WILL NOT BE TAKING PLACE IN GLASGOW ON 10TH JULY 2020, PLEASE SEE UPDATES BELOW

These courses aim to introduce ECRs and academics to hot topics outside their current research area. Each course, which is kindly sponsored by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation or the BNA, will be delivered by internationally renowned researchers and build from a broad and easy-to-understand introduction to the latest cutting edge research. 


Improving mental health and psychiatric disorders: complementary preclinical and clinical research - postponed, details TBC

This course will cover how preclinical and clinical research approaches can complement each other through translation and back-translation to lead to greater understanding of and improvement in treatment of mental health and psychiatric disorders.


Credibility of Neuroscience: increasing the transparency and reliability of modern-day neuroscience  - Rescheduled to take place during the BNA2021 Festival of Neuroscience, 12 – 15 April, online

This course will highlight the key issues that threaten the credibility of neuroscience and provide a comprehensive overview of the proposed open and reproducible science solutions - and how they can be implemented into neuroscience research (at all stages of scientific discovery).  


The microbiome and the gut-brain axis: What is it and why is it important?CANCELLED

The microbiota-gut-brain axis is emerging as an important regulator of brain and behaviour across the lifespan. This course will focus on understanding the mechanisms underlying such brain effects and how they can be exploited by nutritional means.


Manipulating neuronal activity using chemo- and optogenetics - Rescheduled to take place during the BNA2021 Festival of Neuroscience, 12 – 15 April, online

Hear from researchers using tools to study circuits in various regions of the rodent central nervous system, discover how these approaches are being applied in other animal models, and see how these technologies are likely to evolve in the near future.


Glial Cells: Identities, functions and roles in brain health and disease - Rescheduled to take place during the BNA2021 Festival of Neuroscience, 12 – 15 April, online

This course will provide a general introduction to astrocytes, oligodendrocytes and microglia, from their basic features and roles to recent advances in knowledge of their functional roles. 


These events are supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and organised by the British Neuroscience Association