Summer School in Neurogenetics, Moscow, August 20-25, 2012

International Summer School: "Neurogenetics. Unraveling behavior and brain mechanisms using modern technologies"

August 20th to August 25th 2012

Zvenigorod, Moscow region, RF

The advances of molecular genetics have revolutionized the field of modern neuroscience. The availability of novel methods and techniques has allowed to bridge cellular and molecular neurophysiology with behavioral and cognitive neurobiology. The rapid development of new technologies constantly adds to the toolbox used by neuroscientists to unravel the mysteries of the brain. Neurogenetics has provided invaluable insights into the mechanisms of neurological disorders and cognitive dysfunctions. The primary focus of the school will be on the neurogenetics of behavior and cognition. Students will be provided with an overview of the genetic tools available in neuroscience research and will discuss the benefits and caveats of using different model organisms. Several lectures will also concentrate on the translational aspects of neurogenetics research. In addition, issues related to the ethics of scientific research will be discussed.

The school is partly supported by the Postgraduate Training Network in Biotechnology of Neurosciences (BioN), the first national educational network in neurosciences in Russia (supported by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Agency Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission  159313-TEMPUS-I-2009-1-FI-TEMPUS-JPCR, and BNI  (Behavioural Neurogenetics Initiative).

Major School Topics:

  • Genetic tools to study cellular functional genomics: molecular genetics, viral transfections, optogenetics, candidate genes approach.
  • Model organisms for behavioral genetics: genetic models in behavioral studies - mouse genetics, drosophila, zebrafish, nematode as model organisms.
  • Behavior, emotion and cognition: neurogenetic markers of behavioral plasticity, neurogenetic markers of synaptic plasticity regulation, stress biology, genetics and emotional behavior.
  • Mechanisms of neurological diseases and mood disorders: neurogenetics of neurological disorders, neuropharmacology, environmental pollutants and neurodegenerative disease

Faculty members/Invited speakers:

Konstantin Anokhin (Institute of Normal Physiology RAS, Moscow, Russia)

Pavel Balaban (Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology RAS, Moscow, Russia)

Eugeny Budygin (Winston-Salem University, USA) 

Byron C. Jones (Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA)

Alexander Kulikov (Institute of Cytology and Genetics RAS, Siberian Branch, Novosibirsk, Russia)

Pierre Mormede (INRA, Toulouse, France)

Pertti Panula (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Ivan Pavlov (UCL Institute of Neurology, London, UK)

Inga I. Poletaeva (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia)

Elena Terenina (INRA, Toulouse, France)

Robert Williams (Memphis, USA)

Stephanie Schorge (UCL Institute of Neurology, London, UK)

Hans-Peter Lipp (Zurich-Irchel University, Switzerland)

Nina Popova (Novosibirsk, Russia)

The number of participants will be limited to 30 and the school will be primarily opened to master and PhD students. The applicants will be selected upon their proficiency in English, their academic record and the focus of their work. Our goal is to provide lodging and meals for free during the whole school for all selected students.

Deadline for applications: 31 of May, 2012. Admission decisions will be sent on 14 June, 2012.

School venue: Hotel Zvenigorodskiy of Russian Academy of Science

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