The CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme : Linking Neural Circuits and Behaviour

External Event - 8th to 26th Oct 2018

A major challenge in system neuroscience is to understand how the mammalian brain support sensory perception and stores/recalls information that are necessary to the elaboration of an optimal action in an ever-changing environment. Cross-disciplinary technologies have provided unprecedented tools for mapping, visualizing and functional probing of single neural circuit in freely moving animals.

Thus, it is now possible to link complex cell circuit activity to specific behaviour, ranging from precise visualization of cellular, synaptic or dendritic activities to opsin-based activation/silencing in freely moving animals performing specific tasks. Integration of multimodal strategies - including electrophysiology, cellular imaging, behaviour - now allow both correlational and causal dissection of the brain, and, ultimately allow for more naturalistic, physiologically-relevant, understanding of single circuit integration into brain-wide assemblies supporting brain functions.

The goals of this advanced Cajal course is to provide an in-depth exposure to current technologies in neurosciences. This will include hands-on training in state-of-the-art methods including optical microscopy, electrophysiology, optogenetic in freely behaving animals and functional imaging in human. Emphasis will be put on new methods for connectivity tracing, recordings and analysis of multichannel unit and local field potential data in behaving animals and data presentation.

Applications are open! 

Apply here

Deadline: 13 June 2018

Course directors : 

Keynote Speakers : 

Instructors : 

  • Elisabete Augusto, University of Bordeaux, France
  • Stephane Bancelin, University of Bordeaux, France
  • Tiago Campelo, University of Bordeaux, France
  • Nicolas Chenouard, University of Bordeaux, France
  • Fabrice Cordelières, Bordeaux Imaging Centre (BIC), University of Bordeaux, France
  • Harald Dermutz, University of Zurich & ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Carolina Gutierrez, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Ashley Kees & Meryl Malezieux, University of Bordeaux, France
  • Vladimir Kouskoff, University of Bordeaux, France
  • Lukas Oesch, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Christel Poujol, Bordeaux Imaging Centre (BIC), University of Bordeaux, France
  • Fabrizio Sitzia, Inscopix, USA


Fee : 3.500 € (includes tuition fee, accommodation and meals)

The CAJAL programme offers 4 stipends per course (waived registration fee, not including travel expenses). Please apply through the course online application form. In order to identify candidates in real need of a stipend, any grant applicant is encouraged to first request funds from their lab, institution or government.

Kindly note that if you benefited from a Cajal stipend in the past, you are no longer eligible to receive this kind of funding. However other types of funding (such as partial travel grants from sponsors) might be made available after the participants selection process, depending on the course.


Bordeaux Neurocampus, France

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