School: Neurogenetics 2012

Neurogenetics. Unraveling behavior and brain mechanisms using modern technologies.

BioN School and  14th School in Behavioral Neurogenetics 

Moscow district, Russia, August 21 - August 25, 2012 

The advances of molecular genetics have revolutionised the field of modern neuroscience. The availability of novel methods and techniques has allowed to bridge cellular and molecular neurophysiology with behavioural 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 behaviour 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.

Scientific Organizers:

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

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

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

Olga Martynova (Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology RAS, Moscow, Russia)

Victoria Moiseeva (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia)

Pierre Mormede (INRA, Toulouse, France)

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

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

Elena Terenina (INRA, Toulouse, France)

Theoretical and practical classes will be carried out by the leading Russian and foreign scientists from Britain, France, Italy, USA, Finland and other countries. The working language of the school is English.

Topics of the school:

  •  Genetic tools to study cellular functional genomics: molecular genetics, viral transfections, optogenetics, candidate genes approach.
  • Model organisms for behavioral genetics: genetic models in behavioural 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

Detailed program - at the school website

Applications from PhD and MSc students, and students in their final year are accepted starting from April 15, 2012 to June 10 2012. Please, send CV and motivation letter to the school coordinator Dr. Victoria Moiseeva moiseeva dot victoria at gmail dot com

Admission decisions will be announced on June 14, 2012. 

Graduate students of BioN network can apply for travel grant covering travel and accommodation. Please, contact your local coordinator of BioN 

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