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    US/Canada Regional Committee provides support for MBL and CSH courses

    Are you planning to apply for a Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory or Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Course? If you are accepted (and live ouside the US, Canada or Europe), the MBL and CSH can provide support through the IBRO US/Canada Regional Committee. These IBRO fellowships cover travel and course fees and include support to attend the Society for Neuroscience Annual meeting. Courses that are eligible for support include the following:


     Ion Channels & Synaptic Transmission
    June 4 - 24
    Applications by: March 15

    Drosophila Neurobiology: Genes, Circuits & Behavior 
    July 1 - 17
    Applications by: March 31

    Advanced Techniques in Molecular Neuroscience
    July 1 - 17
    Applications by: March 31

    Computational Neuroscience: Vision
    July 11 - 24 Applications by: March 31

    Imaging Structure & Function in the Nervous System
    July 23 - August 12
    Applications by: April 15

    Brain Tumors 
    August 6 - 12
    Applications by: April 15



    Neural Systems & Behavior
    Directors: Andre Fenton and Hans A. Hofmann
    An intensive eight-week laboratory and lecture course focusing on the neural basis of behavior, including the cellular and synaptic levels, sensory and motor systems, neurogenetics, and the analysis of complex systems. Intended for graduate students, postdoctoral students, and independent investigators who wish to gain a broad perspective on neural systems and how they produce behavior.

    Directors: Graeme Davis, and Timothy A. Ryan 
    An intensive and comprehensive laboratory-oriented course in cellular and molecular neurobiology intended primarily for advanced doctoral or postdoctoral students and for clinical scientists who have completed their residency training and are beginning independent research careers. Established investigators interested in acquiring expertise in areas of neurobiology beyond their own research specialty will also be considered.

    Methods in Computational Neuroscience
    Directors: Michale Fee and Mark Goldman 
    Animals interact with a complex world, encountering a wide variety of challenges: they must gather data about the environment, discover useful structures in these data, store and recall information about past events, plan and guide actions, learn the consequences of these actions, etc. These are, in part, computational problems that are solved by networks of neurons, from roughly 100 cells in a small worm to 100 billion in humans. Careful study of the natural context for these tasks leads to new mathematical formulations of the problems that brains are solving, and these theoretical approaches in turn suggest new experiments to characterize neurons and networks. This interplay between theory and experiment is the central theme of this course

    NeuroStereology Workshop
     Mark West 
    The goal of the workshop is to teach research scientists how to design, supervise, and critically evaluate stereological studies of the nervous system.  Stereology is a methodology that provides meaningful quantitative descriptions of the geometry of three-dimensional structures from measurements that are made on two-dimensional images sampled from a structure of interest.

    Summer Program in Neuroscience, Ethics, & Survival (SPINES)
     Keith Trujillo and Jean King 
    The Summer Program in Neuroscience, Ethics & Survival (SPINES) provides a rich experience in neuroscience. The core of the program is an intensive one-month experience, in which students are exposed to neuroscience laboratory techniques, contemporary neuroscience research, ethics and survival skills (including grant writing, teaching, public speaking, and others). Lecture, lab, workshop and discussion formats are used. In a second optional month, students may apply to work full time in a research laboratory at the MBL, especially those funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. The program is targeted to groups underrepresented in neuroscience to increase the probability of professional success, although applications from any qualified students interested in the SPINES curriculum are welcome. This is a full fellowship program; all costs of attending the course, including travel, housing, and meals at MBL are covered by the National Institute of Mental Health and MBL.

    Deadline for MBL applications: Mostly early February or March.

    For more information on this USCRC funding program, contact Catherine Carr at

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