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Advanced Course - Neuronal Circuits and Behavior

Publication date: 15-01-2014 17:07

Neuronal Circuits and Behavior

January 20-31, 2014 CNC AUditorium (2nd floor, Faculty of Medicine, Pólo I)

No registration required for partial attendance (all lectures are open)

The aim of this course is to provide an integrated view into the functioning of neuronal circuits and the methodologies used to probe how neural networks assemble and communicate with one another. A second aim is to address questions related to how neuronal computations give rise to behavioral outputs and perceptions. Teaching will be based on lectures that focus on particular circuits or brain region and the underlying behavioral programs and disorders associated with their function. The students will gain knowledge on how information in coded in the brain, how it is propagated and will be introduced to the state of the art methodologies applied in the field of neurophysiology and behavioral analysis. This will include discussion and exploration of practical examples on the application of techniques such as: in vivo recordings with multi-electrode arrays, local field potential analyses, brain imaging, optogenetics, genetic engineering or multi-photon microscopy.
Coordinator: João Peça (CNC, IIIUC) Lecturers: Shih-Chieh Lin (NIH); Miguel Castelo-Branco (UC/IBILI); Tiago Maia (Columbia University/ Univ. Lisboa); Susana Lima (Champalimaud Foundation); Luísa Pinto (ICVS, Univ. Minho); Ana Oliveira

(CNC); Jorge Valero (CNC); João Peça (CNC, IIIUC)