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Neural Systems and Behavior

Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, USA. May 30 - July 26, 2020

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May 30, 2020 08:00 AM to
Jul 26, 2020 06:00 PM

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This is an intensive eight-week laboratory and lecture course focusing on the neural basis of behavior. The course is intended for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and independent investigators. Limited to 20 participants.

This course provides broad training in modern approaches to the study of neural mechanisms underlying behavior, perception, and cognition. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and projects, students investigate neural systems at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels using state-of-the-art techniques. The eight weeks are divided into two-week cycles, providing participants with an in-depth familiarity with several different experimental model systems. In the first cycle, students study a simple invertebrate model system to develop general experimental skills in electrophysiology, neuroanatomy, and quantitative analysis of physiological and behavioral data. In subsequent cycles, students work on a series of different preparations, providing them with a breadth of knowledge in the field. The list of experimental model systems is updated year-to-year, but always includes a diverse array of vertebrate and invertebrate preparations, chosen to illustrate key concepts and novel techniques in the field. The goal of the course is to expose students to diverse approaches to the investigation of the neural basis of behavior.

The students in this course learn by doing real science. Research conducted by students and faculty during the course are sometimes sufficiently novel to merit publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Application deadline: January 31, 2020


Course Directors
Robert Froemke, NYU School of Medicine
Stephanie White, UCLA
Jade Zee, Northeastern University

Faculty (2019)
Alkema, Mark, UMass Medical
Angstadt, James, Siena College
Baca, Michael, University of Colorado, Denver
Barrios, Arantza, University College London
Beenhakker, Mark, University of Virginia
Bellono, Nicolas, Harvard University
Blitz, Dawn, Miami University
Brecht, Michael, Humboldt Univ Berlin
Card, Gwyneth, Janelia
Cardin, Jessica, Cardin, Jessica
Chacron, Maurice, McGill University
Clemens, Ann, Humboldt Univ Berlin
Coleman, Melissa, Claremont McKenna College
Daur, Nelly, NJIT
Deister, Chris, Brown University
Dolen, Gul, Johns Hopkins
Fairhall, Adrienne, Univ of Washington
Fisher, Yvette, Harvard Medical School
Fortune, Eric, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Froemke, Rob, NYU
Golshani, Peyman, UCLA
Iyer, Vijay, Mathworks
Jesuthasan, Suresh, Nanyang Technological University Singapore
Langston, Rosamund, University of Dundee
Laurent, Gilles, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
Maimon, Gaby, Rockefeller University
Markham, Michael, University of Oklahoma
Mathis, Alexander, Harvard University
Metzen, Michael, McGill University
Norris, Brian, Cal State San Marco
Pritchett, Dominique, Howard University
Ricoy, Ulises, Northern New Mexico College
Salazar, Vielka, Cape Breton University
Steele, Rob, UC Irvine
Szczupak, Lidia, Univ. Buenos Aires
Todd, Krista, Westminister College
Tritsch, Nicolas, NYU Medical Center
Tuthill, John, University of Washington
van der Meer, Matthijs, Dartmouth University
Weisblat, David, UC Berkeley
White, Stephanie, UCLA
Wright, Michael, California State University, Sacramento
Yapici, Nilay, Cornell
Yuste, Rafael, Columbia University
Zhen, Mei, University of Toronto

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