A new initiative, offering international high-level hands-on courses in neuroscience, will radically change the European scene for higher education in brain research.
Starting in 2015, the CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme offers an annual programme of 5-7 training courses that covers innovative techniques from molecular to integrative whole brain function and from fundamental questions to clinical applications. The aim is to establish a distinguished training centre in Europe where neuroscientists at all stages of their career can meet, learn, and establish networks.
The CAJAL training courses last from 2-4 weeks and take place at two prominent training sites: the Bordeaux Neurocampus in Bordeaux and the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon. Organised by highly regarded scientific experts, those courses are intended for neuroscientists who want to (re-)direct their career decisively to a new area or new applications. To that end, the programme provides the essential comprehensive, high-level and condensed instructions to get started, as well as the framework to build a professional network.
The 2015 and 2016 CAJAL programme includes attractive and diverse training courses such as:
- Behaviour and Neural system
- Advance Techniques in Synapse Biology
- Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience
- Bioinformatics for Neuroscientists
- The CAJAL-ISN course on Glial cells in health and disease
- Nutrition and Brain functions
- Neuronal Cell Biology – Cytoskeleton and Trafficking
- Hippocampus from Circuits to Cognition
The programme, through the two outstanding European sites, represents an ideal higher education platform for any international scientific organisation. Like the International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN) which is organising the Glial cells in health and disease course in 2016, the CAJAL partners are looking forward to expanding their cooperation to a number of large European and international organisations from throughout the spectrum of neuroscience disciplines. Those partnerships will allow presenting the future participants with broader opportunities but will also be an enriching experience for the organisations.
The four CAJAL partners, FENS (Federation of European neuroscience Societies), IBRO (International Brain Research Organization), Bordeaux Neurocampus and the Champalimaud Foundation are committed to develop a competitive programme that builds on, but also decisively expands, the current neuroscience training activities in Europe.
“We all believe that the CAJAL programme will foster this new pan-European leading training hub where neuroscientists can broaden their perspectives” says Monica di Luca, FENS President and acting Chair of the CAJAL Steering Committee.