Drosophila Neurobiology: Genes, Circuits & Behavior
July 1 - 21, 2016
Application Deadline: March 31, 2016


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

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.

2016 Speakers:

Jill Wildonger, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Susan Harbison, National Institute of Health
Vanessa Auld, University of British Columbia, CANADA
Ela Serpe, National Institute of Health
Melissa Rolls, Pennsylvania State University
Ed Levitan, University of Pittsburgh
Andy Frank, University of Iowa
Joe Fetcho, Cornell University
Maarten Zwart, HHMI, Janelia Research Campus
Astrid Prinz, Emory University
Cengiz Gunay, Georgia Gwinnett College
Ellie Heckscher, University of Chicago
Matthieu Louis, EMBL Center for Genomic Regulation, Spain
Claire McKellar, HHMI, Janelia Research Campus
Alex Keene, Florida Atlantic University
Kristin Branson, HHMI, Janelia Research Campus
Joel Levine, University of Toronto, Canada
Josh Dubnau, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Pavel Masek, Binghamton University
Vivek Jayaraman, HHMI, Janelia Research Campus
Vanessa Ruta, Rockefeller University

The course is supported by funds provided by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Science Foundation, Helmsley Charitable Trust and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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

This button links to a short form which confirms your interest in the course. 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 30 and plan to depart after lunch on July 21.