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    Applications Open for IBRO-Kemali School

    IBRO-Kemali School

    "Cannabinoid function in synapses, circuits and brain: from molecules to disease mechanisms"

    Pozzuoli, Italy

    September 28 - October 3, 2015

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    Organizer: Dr. Luigia Cristino (Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry of Pozzuoli, CNR)

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    School Secretariat (Dr. Silvia Gabrielli) for all enquiries:

    Venue: Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry, National Research Council (CNR), Via Campi Flegrei 34, 80078 Pozzuoli (NA), Italy, Comprensorio Olivetti 

    Aims and Scope of the School

    The school will provide top-level education in neuroscience and reinforce the network of collaboration and friendship between young, promising neuroscientists from all countries of the Mediterranean basin.


    The 2015 IBRO-Kemali School will blend long-held conceptual milestones that provided molecular fundaments for endocannabinoid and synaptic plasticity research with the newest, groundbreaking results in this field. Besides capturing the physiological roles of the endocannabinoids in metabolism and synapse development and physiology, the School will present key insights in synaptic plasticity and human brain function/disease states marked by alterations in neuroplasticity. Pathological processes (i.e. pain, addiction, aging, epilepsy, neurodegenerative diseases and other neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders) linked to alterations in synaptic plasticity/endocannabinoid signaling will be discussed from multiple levels of analysis (i.e. from molecules to brain), also in view of the widespread recreational abuse as well as the medicinal use of cannabinoid-based preparations. The Faculty will bring together established investigators from various basic science and clinical disciplines, featuring lectures also outside the endocannabinoid field to promote interdisciplinarity and interactions. The School will feature tutorials/hand-on work on advanced neuroimaging tools and techniques.

    In the collegial atmosphere of the School, the program will include:

    - lectures and discussions on new findings and cutting-edge concepts about the endocannabinoid system and synaptic plasticity, with opportunities for informal gatherings during breaks;

    - tutorials and roundtables on professional skills (scientific paper and grant writing, etc.);

    - hands-on training and tutorials in using: i) ALLEN BRAIN ATLAS resources to understand the mouse brain atlas for the study of gene expression, mouse and human development and neuroanatomy; ii) LEICA high super resolution microscopy applied to cell and brain advanced imaging.

    The opportunity to organize practical laboratory activity in the headquarters of the School, at the Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry of the National Research Council of Pozzuoli, will also be considered. 

    Who should apply to this School?

    Young (up to 35 years of age) neuroscientists (PhD students, post-docs, promising neuroscientists) from all countries of the Mediterranean basin.

    What costs will be covered for selected applicants?

        • Daily: lunch, coffee during the breaks  and evening dinner
        • Travel expenses (from/to international airport for flights)
        • Hotel accommodation during the School

    Application deadline: June 15, 2015 (11:59 p.m. CET)

    Apply here