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June 28 - July 16, 2013
Application Deadline: April 15, 2013

Gregory Macleod, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Kate O'Connor-Giles, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Adrian Rothenfluh, UT Southwesterm Medical School

See the roll of honor - who's taken the course in the past

This laboratory/lecture course is intended for researchers at all levels from beginning graduate students through established primary investigators who want to use Drosophila as an experimental system for nervous system investigation. The two and a half-week course is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of topics and techniques, including the latest approaches to study nervous system development, activity and connectivity, as well as complex behaviors and disease models. Daily research seminars present comprehensive overviews of specific subfields of nervous system function or focus on specific techniques and approaches to study fly neurobiology. Expert guest lecturers discuss their findings and approaches, and bring along their own assays and techniques for students to learn in the laboratory part of the course. The hands-on portion of the course is centered around student-led projects, where gene mutants are discovered and analyzed throughout the course utilizing the different morphological and physiological measurements and behavioral paradigms at hand. This includes electrophysiological and in vivo calcium recordings, anatomical examination and circuit mapping, as well as numerous quantitative behavioral measures. Collectively, the course will provide a comprehensive and practical introduction to modern experimental methods for studying the Drosophila nervous system.

Last year's lecturers included:
Ravi Allada, Northwestern University
Sarah Certel, University of Montana
Richard Daniels, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Josh Dubnau, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Edward Kravitz, Harvard Medical School
Chi-Hon Lee, NIH/NICHD
Edwin Levitan, University of Pittsburgh
Claire McKellar, HHMI/Janelia Farm Research Campus
Stefan Pulver, HMI/Janelia Farm Research Campus
Noreen Reist, Colorado State University
Melissa Rolls, Penn State University
Vanessa Ruta, The Rockefeller University
Julie Simpson, HHMI/Janelia Farm Research Campus
Glenn Turner, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Motojiro Yoshihara UMass Medical School

We anticipate that this course will besupported with funds provided by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke and the National Science Foundation.

Scientists from developing countries accepted into this course may be eligible for scholarships provided by the International Brain Research Organization (Click here for details)

Cost (including board and lodging): $4,235
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