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Drosophila Neurobiology: Genes, Circuits & Behavior

  December 06, 2011  
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
July 2 - July 19, 2012

This laboratory/lecture course is intended for researchers at all levels from beginning graduate students through established primary investigators who want to use Drosophila as an experimental system for nervous system investigation. The two and a half-week course is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of topics and techniques, including the latest approaches to study nervous system development, connectivity and activity. Daily research seminars present comprehensive overviews of specific subfields of nervous system function or focus on specific techniques and approaches to study fly neurobiology. Expert guest lecturers discuss their findings and approaches, and bring along their own assays and techniques for students to learn in the laboratory part of the course. The hands-on portion of the course is centered around student-led projects, where gene mutants are discovered and analyzed throughout the course utilizing the different morphological and physiological measurements and behavioral paradigms at hand. This includes electrophysiological and in vivo calcium recordings, anatomical examination and circuit mapping, as well as numerous quantitative behavioral measures. Collectively, the course will provide a comprehensive and practical introduction to modern experimental methods for studying the Drosophila nervous system.
Organized by: Gregory Macleod, Kate O-Connor-Giles, Adrian Rothenfluh
Invited Speakers:

Last year's lecturers included:
Ravi Allada, Northwestern University
Richard Benton, University of Lausanne
Heather Broihier, Sarah Certel, University of Montana
Abanti Chattopadhyay, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Aaron DiAntonio, Washington University School of Medicine
Josh Dubnau, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
David Featherstone, University of Illinois at Chicago
Marc Freeman, UMass Med School/HHMI
Michael Galko, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Gregory Jefferis, MRC LMB
Valerie Kilman, Northwestern University
Chi-Hon Lee, NIH/NICHD
Edwin Levitan, University of Pittsburgh
Mala Murthy, Princeton University
Kate O'Connor-Giles, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Melissa Rolls, Penn State
Adrian Rothenfluh, UT Southwesterm Medical School
Vanessa Ruta, HHMI/Columbia University
Glenn Turner, CSHL
Patrik Verstreken, VIB and KULeuven
Leslie Vosshall, The Rockefeller University
Benjamin White, National Institute of Mental Health
Bing Zhang, University of Oklahoma

Deadline for Abstracts: March 15, 2012





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