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Spring school :: Graduate-level Program in Neuroscience







Models in neuroscience:
turning experiments into knowledge

http://www.neuroscience.spb.ru/school

* SchoolFlyer.pdf ( 298 Kb )

Chairman/Director: Acad. Prof. Risto Näätänen (Cognitive Brain Research Unit, Helsinki, Finland)

The school will focus on training students to transform experimental data into plausible theoretical models. The lectures will describe how to use mathematical model-based approaches to infer knowledge from the experimental data and how to exploit statistical models for establishing the significance of findings. The school will emphasize the role of modeling as a knowledge structuring tool. The goal of the school is to bridge the gap between future cellular and cognitive neuroscientists and to engage the students majoring in physics and math into the field of computational neuroscience. We welcome the applications from graduate students and young post-docs with interest in cellular and cognitive neuroscience as well as the students with physics/math major.

The school is sponsored by Master's Programm From Neuron to Cognitions, IBRO, PENS, FENS, FGSN, Intel, Source Signal Imaging Inc.

Faculty includes:

  • P.M. Balaban (IHNAN RAS, Moscow)
  • L.J.Graham (R.Descartes University, Paris)
  • R.Greenblatt (Source Signal Imaging Inc., San Diego )
  • J.Makela (Biomag laboratory, Heksinki University)
  • C.Meunier (R.Descartes University, Paris)
  • O.Pongs (University of Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany)
  • F.Pulvermuller (MRC, Cambridge, UK)
  • A.Semyanov (NNSU, Nijniy Novgorod; RIKEN, Tokyo)
  • T. Taira (Neuroscience Center, Finland)
  • M. Walker (UCL, UK)

Topics include:
Cellular neuroscience: biophysics of ionic channels, synaptic and circumneuronal signal transmission, synaptic plasticity, techniques of imaging and electrophysiology


Cognitive neuroscience: memory, attention, language, brain imaging , multi-modal integration in cognitive data analysis, event-related potentials and fields


Computational neuroscience: single-neuron and neural population modeling, dynamic causal modeling (DCM), non-parametric statistical analysis of EEG/MEG data

Place and time: Saint Petersburg, Russia, April 27 - May 5, 2008

Scientific Organizers

  • Dr. Anna Shestakova (Cognitive Brain Research Unit, University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • Dr. Vasily Klucharev (FC Donders Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Netherlands)
  • Dr. Alexei Ossadtchi (St. Petersburg State University, Russia)
  • Dr. Anton Chizhov (Ioffe Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia)
  • Dr. Igor Kanunikov (St. Petersburg State University, Russia)
  • Dr. Viktor Kazantsev (NNSU, Nijniy Novgorod, Russia)
  • Dr. Yury Shtyrov (Medical Research Council, Cambridge, UK)

Summary
The logical sequence of lecture topics guides students through the scope of neuroscience problems at different levels, starting from biophysics of ionic channels, underlying spike generation in a neuron, and mechanisms of synaptic and extrasynaptic transmission through models of single ionic channels, neurons, neural populations and neural masses to EEG&MEG-signal analysis and interpretation allowing for the exploration of higher nervous activity such as memory and cognition in general.

The lectures on experimental neuroscience will be followed by the theoretical lectures describing appropriate tools to analyze experimental data and to build realistic, data-driven models. During practical sessions the students will model real neurobiological data from cellular and cognitive neuroscience experiments. Each session structure reflects the stages of an investigation: from an experiment via physiological model to theoretical model. The lectures will cover the advanced experimental paradigms used in cellular and cognitive neurosciences (e.g. dynamic clamp measurements, modeling of neuronal populations, event-related potentials, coherence analysis and synchrony detection).

This school is organized jointly by St. Petersburg University and the Department of Neurodynamics and Neurobiology of Nijniy Novgorod State University (NNSU, Russia) in collaboration with experts at the University of Helsinki (Finland), Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (Cambridge, UK), FC Donders Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging (Netherlands), University College London (UK).

School is supported by:

  • From Neuron To Cognition, Russian Master's Program in Neuroscience (Joint European Tempus project CD_JEP-25026-2004 WEB site www.neuroscience.spb.ru )
  • Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).









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