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PhD course: The neural basis of brain information processing and behaviour: Synapses, cells, circuits

A course offered in collaboration with Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research and Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing and the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University.

The course takes place from 14-20 October 2017 in Beijing.

Aim: The objective of this course are to give the student an overview of cutting-edge approaches for the study of neural function, brain information processing and behaviour, and to give the student the opportunity to get acquainted with international experts in these scientific fields. The format of the course aims at facilitating scientific interactions between the international speakers and the participants.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course the student have acquired the capacity to: 

  • Critically understand modern molecular, cellular and behavior-testing methods in relation to the analysis of neural information processing and brain function in health and disease.
  • Perform transdisciplinary scientific projects using a variety of physiological methods for the analysis of brain function
  • Evaluate own and general knowledge and understanding of brain function, and indicate avenues for further improvements.

Content: How do synapses, neurons and neuronal circuits account for sensorimotor functions, behaviour and higher functions such as perception? How do the wide architectural and physiological variety of neurons and brain network embed neuronal information processing? These problems are still imperfectly understood. This SDC Neuroscience PhD Course provides an overview of the current approaches addressing these issues, illustrating the modern palette of experimental techniques and the diversity of animal models. The speakers will highlight our current knowledge, but will also point to gaps in our understanding of brain function and indicate a wish list for future technical and conceptual developments in neuroscience. Key issues include molecular synaptic function, dendritic synaptic integration, connectomics, sensory physiology, active sensing, motor control, emotional behaviour, reward circuits and perception.

Each subject will be covered by international scientists presenting their own research, followed by Question and Answer sessions led by students organized in study groups.

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Confirmed speakers: Mu-ming POO, Institute of Neuroscience, Shanghai; David KLEINFELD, University of California San Diego, San Diego; Greg STUART, Australian National University, Canberra; Filippo Del BENE, Institute Curie, Paris; Rune BERG, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen; Fabrizio GABBIANI, Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston; Moritz HELMSTAEDTER, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt; Kim KROGSGAARD, Managing Director of The Brain Prize, the Lundbeck foundation, Copenhagen; Minmin LUO, National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing; Jens MIDTGAARD, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen; Johannes SEELIG, CAESAR Institute, Bonn; Yury SHTYROV, Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University, Aarhus; Jianyuan SUN , Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing; Saskia de VRIES, Allen Brain Institute, Seattle; Xiaoqun WANG, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing; Zheng WANG, Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai; Ninglong XU, Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 

Recommended knowledge for participation: Knowledge and understanding of neuroscience at a level en par with a Master’s degree

Language: English


Head of course: Associate Professor Kim Ryun Drasbek

Instructors: 10-15 speakers from Denmark, China, and the rest of the world

Number of participants: 25

Course costs: All expenses in China are covered. Students need only cover their own travels to Beijing.