PENS Training Center

Imaging Brain Function: From Molecules to Mind

September 3 - 23, 2006 / Lausanne & Geneva, Switzerland


Imaging techniques form an increasingly important approach for gathering information regarding both the structure and function of the nervous system.

In this course, we will cover the theoretical and practical aspects of imaging, ranging from single molecules to the whole human brain. The school includes a first week of lectures, presentations and informal discussions followed by two weeks of experiments during which students will perform small research projects in a laboratory of their choice. The following technologies will be discussed and practiced: electron microscopy, evanescent wave microscopy, time-lapse imaging, confocal imaging, two photon imaging in brain slices and in vivo, digital holographic microscopy, intrinsic optical imaging, voltage-sensitive dye imaging, EEG and fMRI in mouse and human.

The course is offered to graduate students and young postdocs in all fields of Neuroscience. It will be held close to Lake Geneva, surrounded by wonderful mountain and lakeside scenery. A total of 26 students will be accepted.

Faculty and Tutors include: Paola Bezzi, Olaf Blanke, Alan Carleton, Jean-Yves Chatton, Christian Depeursinge, Amiram Grinvald, Rolf Gruetter, Harald Hirling, Jean-Pierre Hornung, Ehud Isacoff, Sandor Kasas, Jozsef Kiss, Graham Knott, Nikos Logothetis, Fernando Lopes Da Silva, Christian Lüscher, Pierre Magistretti, Henry Markram, Reto Meuli, Christoph Michel, Michel Mühlethaler, Dominique Muller, Micah Murray, Thomas Oertner, Carl Petersen, Sophie Schwartz, Antoine Triller, Horst Vogel, Andrea Volterra, Patrik Vuilleumier, Egbert Welker.

Organizers: Pierre Magistretti, Dominique Muller, Carl Petersen, Egbert Welker

Costs per participant / Stipends Tuition fee 350 €, covering costs for refreshments, lunches and accommodation. A limited number of tuition fee waivers and travel stipends are available for students who need financial help for attending the course.

Please submit your application electronically via the PENS Website.

Contact: Sonia Bolea, Coordinator, Lemanic Neuroscience Program.

Application deadline: May 1, 2006.

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