Introductory course on optogenetics

Manipulating neuronal activity using chemo- and optogenetics

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The advent of chemogenetic and optogenetic approaches to manipulate the activity of discrete neuronal populations selectively offers an unprecedented means of studying the nervous system. In this workshop, we will provide a general introduction to these technologies and discuss potential rewards and pitfalls in their application. We will hear from researchers who are using these 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. The workshop ends with an open-floor discussion.

Organisers: David Hughes, (University of Glasgow), Shuzo Sakata (University of Strathclyde) & Christian Wozny (University of Strathclyde)


  • 9:30-10:00: Dave I Hughes (University of Glasgow) - 'Rewards, perils and pitfalls of chemo- and optogenetics'
  • 10:00-10:30: Karen Haenraets (University of Zurich) - 'Chemogenetic dissection of pathways underlying stress-induced analgesia'
  • 10:30-11:00: Sophie Bradley (University of Glasgow) - 'A chemical genetic approach to study the role of M1 muscarinic receptors in vivo'

11:00-11:30: Break (+ posters)

  • 11:30 - 12:00: Christian Wozny (University of Strathclyde) - 'Optogenetic ex-vivo investigations – an overview'
  • 12:00 - 12:30: Matt Nolan (University of Edinburgh) - 'Application of optogenetic approaches to investigation of cortical circuits for spatial cognition'
  • 12:30 - 13:00: Shuzo Sakata (University of Strathclyde) - 'Optogenetic neuroprosthetics'

13:00-14:00: Lunch break (+ posters)

  • 14.00 - 14.30: Andrew Jackson (University of Newcastle) - 'Closed-loop optogenetic control of normal and pathological oscillations'
  • 14.30 - 15.00: Anissa Kempf (University of Oxford) - 'Metabolic control of sleep'
  • 15.00 - 15.30: Clare Buckely (University of Cambridge) - 'Building and breaking epithelial tubes: an optogenetic approach'
  • 15.30 - 16.00: Benjamin Rost (Charité, Berlin) - 'Optogenetic tools for neuroscience beyond the classical application of microbial rhodopsins'


£26.00 for students (undergraduates, postgraduate and PhD students) 

£52.00 for non-students 

Please register using the form below. 

This event is supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and organised by the British Neuroscience Association

12th FENS Forum - 11-15 July, Glasgow 2020    

This course precedes the 12th FENS Forum of Neurosience. Please see the main meeting website for full information and registration:


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