DATA ANALYSIS IN NEUROSCIENCES, Moscow, August 18 – 30, 2014

School “DATA ANALYSIS IN NEUROSCIENCES”, Moscow, August 18 – 30, 2014

Today’s technologies enable neuroscientists to gather data in quantities previously unimagined. This course will address issues in large-scale data analysis for neuroscientists, including both cell-level and global data, with emphasis on statistical issues, such as estimation accuracy and testing, as well as spectral analysis and multivariate techniques. “DATA ANALYSIS IN NEUROSCIENCES” will be organized in Moscow from August 18 - 30, 2014 with support from RUSNANO. This course has been designed together with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA, where neurosciences are one of the major research areas. CSHL educational courses in this area are most popular among 33 educational courses within CSHL Meetings and Courses Program (more information at

The course is designed to build competence in quantitative methods for the analysis of high-throughput molecular biology data, specifically genomic microarray and next-generation sequencing data. Moscow program will be held in English by American, European, and Russian instructors and speakers. No translation will be provided.

Curriculum includes the following topics:

Part 1 Cellular Data Acquisition and Analysis:

  • Section 1: Electrophysiology: Single /multiple cells activity (including extracellular and intracellular recording techniques)
  • Section 2: Optical Imaging (modern methods of optical imaging, calcium imaging and genetically encoded sensors)

Part II Mathematical Tools

  • Network Analysis
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Spectral Analysis
  • Point Processes

Part III Methods of genomics and bioinformatics in neuroscience

Analysis of transcriptome, genome, and epigenome from brain structures and individual cells

  • NGS
  • Evolution of Neural Genome
  • Model Organisms in Neurogenomics
  • Physiology and Genomics

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It is an extremely intensive thirteen-day course with one day lab tour and one day-off. A working day starts at 8am and continues until late at night. Detailed lectures and presentations by guest speakers in morning and evening will be combined with hands-on computer tutorials in the afternoon.

Besides lectures and lab exercises, students will spend evening time in scientific and technical discussions which is a perfect way to do networking. Other than that, there will not be much room for leisure time. Absence from classes is not encouraged.

Students will be selected on a competitive basis. Applicants should have strong background in neurosciences or in neuroinformatics. Their application package includes CV, two recommendation letters, and a personal statement. In the latter, applicants should specify: (i) their experience with optical or cellular electrophysiological techniques or corresponding data analysis, (ii) how they will apply optical or electrophysiological methods in their current projects, (iii) microscope systems or cellular neurophysiological setups available to them in their laboratory or department, and (iv) their long-term goals in learning more about optical, neurophysiological and data analysis methods.

Applications should be submitted at before June, 15, 2014. In case you have questions, they could be sent at

Participation Fee:

The cost of participation in the course is 30 000 rubles, and includes room and board but not the travel expenses (the cost of similar courses at CSHL are from $3,600 to $4,545 plus overseas travel and visa). 10 stipends for participants will be available on discretion of course organizers.