IBRO/ARC Specialized Course on Neurobiology of Adaptations to Environments: Focus on African Biotopes
June 18 - 24, 2014
Organizers: Khalid El Allali (Hassan II Agronomy and Veterinary Institute, Rabat, Morocco) & Paul Manger (School of Anatomical Sciences Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Aims and Scope of the School
- The purpose of this Africa Regional Committee (ARC) basic school is to provide an opportunity for young African students to acquire knowledge of the theoretical and technical advances in the neuroscientific study of wild animals in Africa and abroad, and how these might be applied to their own research.
- The course will focus on the neurobiological adaptations observed in relation to the environment. Students will have the opportunity to understand the structural, behavioral or physiological mechanisms that have evolved in wild species in order to help them to survive in their African ecological niches. In addition to the basic knowledge that will be given to the students on neuroanatomy and neurotransmitter systems, receptors and signaling systems, the school will focus on all aspects of brain plasticity, neuroendocrine adjustments and hormonal feed-back regulations taking into account the particular strategies for adaptation: from desert to Savanna biotopes. The school proposed will include not only lectures, journal clubs, sessions devoted to the research topic and work of students, but also interactive technical workshops.
Who should apply to this School?
- Only Students from African universities and institutions and enrolled in Master (2nd year) and PhD (1st and 2nd Years) programs.
- This intensive course, from 9am to 8pm during 6 days, requires strong participation and enthusiasm. Thus, only motivated students are encouraged to apply.
- Students will be selected by a scientific committee on the basis of their record (academic curriculum, motivation, completed application, etc.)
- All students will be asked to provide a poster and present their work, as well as to participate in the different discussions. A PowerPoint presentation and poster should be ready before coming to the school.
- Students should submit the following: a letter from supervisor, a letter of motivation (reasons for applying and expected benefit from attending this course), a detailed CV (one page long with topic of research), a copy of a valid passport with an expiration date allowing for a visa application and travel during the period of the School.
Deadline extended to February 15, 2014 (23:59 CET).