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EMBO Practical Course

Optical interrogation of neural circuits

10 – 16 May 2020 | London, UK

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 20 March 2020
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 March 2020
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 25 March 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 May 2020

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About the Practical Course

The past decade has witnessed a revolution in the use of light to interrogate neural circuits. Advances in two-photon and three-photon microscopy and in genetically encoded activity indicators have provided us with unprecedented new opportunities to study neuronal circuit dynamics in the brains of living animals. These imaging approaches now allow the investigation of synaptic physiology, dendritic integration, neuronal and glial activation, and neuronal population dynamics in vivo. At the same time, two-photon optogenetic techniques now permit the activity of neurons to be controlled with millisecond precision. Combining simultaneous imaging and optogenetics now enables true 'all-optical' interrogation of neural circuits, allowing causal links to be made between activity patterns and behaviour. In this EMBO Practical Course we aim to provide intense and comprehensive training to young researchers to allow them to successfully apply these optical techniques for their own research. Our target audience is young neuroscientists and biophysicists (PhD and postdoc level) for whom it is difficult to obtain the appropriate training, either because they do not come from specialized imaging labs or because they lack training in the relevant physical or biological principles. The course will provide participants with the theoretical background and practical knowledge to master the latest multiphoton interrogation methods.

 

Speakers

 

Programme

 

Registration

  • Registration Deadline
  • 20 March 2020
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 March 2020
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 25 March 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 May 2020

 

  • STUDENT/POSTDOC EUR 400
  • ACADEMIC EUR 500
  • INDUSTRY EUR 1000

Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Closing banquet

Payment

Selected participants will be sent payment details by email.

Selection criteria

The main selection criterion will be scientific excellence, as well as project-related need for training in optical techniques. We will select mostly students who are at the doctoral or early post-doctoral stage of their training. We anticipate that participants will mainly come from European countries, and we will aim to ensure a good gender and geographic balance.

Please include your CV (two pages maximum) and a one-page letter of motivation.

Abstract guidelines

The abstract should be 300 words maximum (excluding title and authors)

The abstract should describe a current (ongoing) project being carried out by the applicant that is of relevance to the course. It should state the research objective and rationale, summarize the methods and results, and state the conclusions. You can include references if you like.

Poster specifications

Maximal dimensions 2m x 1m (landscape).

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants page.

Child care grant

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need.

 

Contact

Caroline Reuter

c.reuter@ucl.ac.uk

Tel. +44 (0)20 7679 6756

 

 

Venue

Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research
University College London Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
UK

Accommodation

Students will be provided with accommodation.

Transport

UCL is located in central London which is easily accessible by train (including the Eurostar), bus (from most UK and European capitals) and plane. Directions from the 4 major airports to UCL are below.

Heathrow: Take the Piccadilly line tube into central London and change at Green Park to the Victoria line to Warren St (this takes an hour). When leaving Warren Street Tube, cross the big road immediately in front of you (Tottenham Court Rd - ignore the even bigger Euston Rd to the left!) go to the right down Tottenham Court Rd and take the second left (University St) which runs into Gower St roughly opposite the main entrance to UCL. Then follow the directions above. Alternatively, but much more expensive, take the Heathrow Express train to London Paddington, then the Circle Line Tube east to Euston Square, take the exit which is for University College Hospital, then walk down Gower St to UCL's main entrance.

Gatwick: Take the Gatwick Express to London Victoria, then the Victoria Line tube north to Warren St. When leaving Warren St Tube, cross the big road immediately in front of you (Tottenham Court Rd - ignore the even bigger Euston Rd to the left!) go to the right down Tottenham Court Rd and take the second left (University Street) which runs into Gower St roughly opposite the main entrance to UCL.

Stansted: Take train to London Liverpool St, then the Circle Line tube west to Euston Square, then follow directions above.

Luton: Take a Thameslink train to London St Pancras International Thameslink, then (easiest) simply walk, or take the Circle Line tube west to Euston Square (one stop), then follow directions above.

About the Area

UCL is located in the heart of central London, one of the most dynamic cities in the world, and is within walking distance of many attractions, including the British Museum, National Gallery, Royal Opera House and the theatres of the West End.

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