June 26 - July 16, 2015
Application Deadline: March 31, 2015

Karla Kaun,
Brown University
Stefan Pulver, University of St. Andrews, UK
Chi-Hon Lee, National Institutes of Health

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 three week course is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of topics and techniques, including the latest approaches for studying 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 development or function or focus on state-of-the-art techniques and approaches in Drosophila neuroscience. 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 on inquiry-based projects, utilizing the different morphological and physiological measurements and behavioral paradigms learned at the course. This includes molecular-genetic analyses, immunocytochemistry, recording of activity using electrophysiology and genetically encoded calcium indicators, optogenetic and thermogenetic control of neural activity, as well as numerous quantitative behavioral measures. Collectively, the course will provide a comprehensive and practical introduction to modern experimental methods for studying the neural basis of behavior in Drosophila.

2015 Speakers:
Vanessa Auld, University of British Columbia, Canada
Albert Cardona, HHMI/Janelia Research Campus
Richard Daniels, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Josh Dubnau, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Leslie Griffith, Brandeis University
Susan Harbison, NIH/NHLBI
Edward Kravitz, Harvard Medical School
Joshua Krupp, University of Toronto, Canada
Joel Levine, University of Toronto, Canada
Edwin Levitan, University of Pittsburgh
Matthieu Louis, EMBL, Spain
Gaby Maimon, The Rockefeller University
Eve Marder, Brandeis University
Pavel Masek, University of Nevada, Reno
Claire McKellar, HHMI/Janelia Farm Research Campus
Kate O'Connor-Giles, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Astrid Prinz, Emory University
Dragana Rogulja, Harvard Medical School
Melissa Rolls, Penn State University
Andrew Seeds, HHMI/Janelia Farm Research Campus
Mihaela Serpe, NIH/NICHD
Glenn Turner, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Maarten Zwart, University of Cambridge, UK

The course is supported by funds provided by the National Institute of Drug Abuse

Scientists from developing countries accepted into this course may be eligible for scholarships provided by the International Brain Research Organization 
Cost (including board and lodging): $4,705

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No fees are due until you have completed the full application process and
are accepted into the course.


Students accepted into the course should plan to arrive by early evening on June 25 and plan to depart after lunch on July 16.