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    IBRO/ARC School on Behavioral Bioassays in Neuroscience: Nairobi, Kenya

    IBRO/ARC School on Behavioral Bioassays in Neuroscience:

    Brain and Behavior from Invertebrates to Small Mammals

    Nairobi, Kenya

    December 4 - 13, 2014


    Organizers: Dr Nilesh Patel (University of Nairobi) & Prof. Richard Brown (Dalhousie University, Canada)


    Aims and Scope of the School

    Setting up behavioral bioassay and data analysis for small African mammals and insects and presentation of results.



    Africa has unique fauna, the study of which can contribute to neurosciences, e.g., the naked mole rat. This school follows up on other schools to increase the study of small African mammals with the long-term goal of understanding the neurochemistry and neurobiology of their brain adaptation to living in different ecological environment. Besides contributing to the basic understanding of the brain function, these animals could provide models for study of neurological disorders and infectious diseases of the nervous system.

    The school will cover the neurobiology of small African mammals and insect disease vectors such as mosquitos and tse-tse flies. Through lectures and laboratory work, the students will be introduced to basics of behavioral bioassay, and conduct a small project. In addition, they will be introduced to open hardware and software for construction of low-cost equipment.


    Who should apply to this School?

    Graduate students with experience in behavioral neuroscience. The student must have a background in neuroscience evident either by degree program or previous IBRO school attendance. For those who have attended other IBRO schools, they need to show how they used the knowledge gained in their research, preferably by citing publications.


    This School is open only to African residents with proof of student status.

    Selected applicants will have their airfare and accommodations covered. Visa costs, local travel within their country is not covered.


    If you have any questions about the school, please contact Dr Nilesh Patel (


    Applications deadline: September 20, 2014 (11:59 p.m. CET/Paris time)

    Apply here.