Paris School of Neuroscience – Spring School 2011
Optical Imaging and Electrophysiological Recording in Neuroscience
Application deadline: 31 January 2011

Dates: Tuesday April 12th – Friday April 20th 2011

Université Paris Descartes, 45 Rue des Saints Pères, 75006 Paris

Photophysics and photochemistry of fluorophores. Data analysis and image analysis. Conventional and confocal microscopy. CCD cameras. Patch clamp and extracellular recording. Multi-electrode arrays. In vivo electrical recording.Two-photon confocal and other non-linear microscopy. Light sources and lasers for fluorescence excitation. Fluorescent indicators for calcium and other ions and membrane potential. Adaptive optics in microscopy. Photolysis. Brain slice and In vivo imaging. Viral transfection of genetically encoded markers and indicators.

24 lectures and eight days hands-on practical work.
Practical work is in three blocks of 2-3 days based around six rigs with two demonstrators for each.
The topics are: Slice recording and synaptic transmission in cerebellum and spinal cord, Extracellular recording and analysis, Dendritic patch recording, CCD imaging of membrane potential, CCD imaging of Ca2+, Photolysis.

HOW TO APPLYDeadline 31 January 2011 -
Applications should be made online at
Applications for the full course should include: a CV (1-2 pages max), a description of the current research project (5000 characters limit), a letter of recommendation from the thesis advisor or the lab PI.
There are 18 places. Further information is available at

800€. includes: registration fee, accommodation close to the University (12 nights) and lunches provided each day in the lab.
For Paris based students
400€. includes: registration fee, and lunches provided each day in the lab.
No fee for attendance at the lectures only but registration at is required.
The payments should be made by bank transfer (more information sent by email after the selection).

FACULTY in 2010 were
Brad Amos, Philippe Ascher, Celine Auger, Boris Barbour, Marco Beato, Brice Bohours, Jonathan Bradley, Marco Canepari, Mariano Casado, Larry Cohen, Maxime Dahan, John Dempster, Marco Diana,
Stephane Dieudonne, Mathieu Ducros, Valentina Emiliani, Desdemona Fricker, Lyle Graham, Boris Lamotte d’Incamps, Clément Léna, Sandrine Leveque-Fort, Jean Livet, Isabel Llano, Troy Margrie,
Alain Marty, Uwe Maskos, Gail McConnell, Sheyla Meija, David Ogden, Martin Oheim, Francisco Palma-Cerda, Reiner Polder, Christophe Pouzat, Ede Rancz, Stefanie Reichelt, Eric Schwartz, Brandon Stell, Klaus Suhling, German Szapiro, Martin Thomas, Pierre Vincent


Université Paris Descartes, 45 Rue des Saints Pères, 75006 Paris
Metro Line 4 / “St Germain des Prés” Station / Bus Lines 39, 63, 86, 87, 95


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