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    2nd School on Insect Neuroscience and Drosophila Neurogenetics, Bushenyi (Uganda)


    Dates: August 19 - September 8, 2013

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    Organizers: Lucia Prieto Godino, Sadiq Yusuf, Jimena Berni and Tom Baden

    Purpose of the School: To introduce the use of insects as a powerful yet inexpensive model for systems in neuroscientific research. With their comparatively simple nervous systems, tractable genetic access and low maintenance costs, Drosophila and other insects have rapidly consolidated their status as key model systems in scientific research. This course aims to introduce key concepts in insect neuroscience to junior scientists at African institutions to promote the use of such model systems in their research. Subjects covered will range from lab maintenance and grant writing to state of the art neurogenetics, behavioural and electrophysiological research techniques.

    The course will be divided in three weeks. The first week will be a general theoretical and practical introduction to the field. The second and third weeks will consist of theoretical lectures common to all students and a series of alternative practical modules. Students will choose one out of three practical modules running in parallel each week.

    Who should apply?

    - Master students, PhD students, and junior Postdoctoral Fellows

    - The course is intensive, running 6 days a week from 9am in the morning to 8pm in the evening, and requires strong involvement, motivation and drive to learn. Thus, only enthusiastic and motivated students are encouraged to apply.

    - Only applicants from African institutions will be accepted.

    - Students will be selected on the basis of their academic record and written statements concerning their interest in neuroscience and how they expect to benefit from participating in the course.

    - There will be no attendance fee. Selected students will receive economy round-trip airfare from a major international airport in their country to Kampala, and will be offered transportation to the school in Bushenyi. Accommodation will be provided, but not meals.

    A detailed CV must be submitted as well as a letter of motivation (no more than one page long) explaining your reasons for applying and how you plan to benefit from attending this course.

    Deadline for applications: May 15, 2013 (11:00 p.m. GMT)

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    Funding provided by the Africa Regional Committee