Applications open: 4th IBRO/ISN school on Insect Neuroscience and neurogenetics: From Drosophila to mosquitoes

IMTU, Dar es Salaam Campus, Tanzania

Oct 24th Nov 6th 2016 (Deadline July 17th 2016; midnight GMT)


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Apply here.

Course poster here

In this 6th instalment of our classic insect neuroscience course (4th IBRO school, 2nd ISN school), we will take an even more advanced and translational turn, with a strong focus on affordable open science, and topics of particular relevance in the African context. The course will cover the basics of neuronal processing, including neurogenetic behavioural and electrophysiological experiments. We will also cover relevant topics on state-of-the-art science with affordable open source approaches. In addition, there will be modules on Drosophila as a model for brain disorders, the neurobiology of mosquitoe host seeking behaviours, and the biology neuron-specific viral infections. The course is intensive experimentally heavy and highly demanding. Full travel and accomodation scholarships will be given to selected participants.


Equipment Shipment arrived in Bingham, Nigeria

Thanks to efforts from Silvia, Marie, Veronika, Alejandra, Lucia and John, we managed to pack a lot of goodies for the summer course taking place in Bingham University, Nigeria, including centrifuges, a PCR machine, a water bath, a liquid nitrogen tank and computer screens. After some issues with the shipping company, we dispatched the two palettes, weighing over 500kg to Nigeria. After some more issues, we are happy to report that everything has been received and unpacked!

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Computational Neuroscience Course at UCT, South Africa

We are excited to promote a new Computational Neuroscience course taking place at the University of Cape Town, South Africa on Jan 9th-29th 2017. The IBRO- and SIMONS- sponsored course is being organised by TReND’s Joe Raimondo together with Tim Vogels, Peter Latham and Alex Antrobus.


The course, which will count of world class faculty will go on for 3 weeks, covering a wide range of topics in computational neuroscience.

Applications are now open.


Several successful grants

Over the past few weeks and months we are pleased to have secured a number of funding options for projects to take place in late 2016 and early 2017. These include the next installment of our traditional Neuroscience course in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a Molecular Biology course in Bingham, Nigeria, a number of outreach events around Gombe in Nigeria and the strengthening of a new collaboration with the University of Khartoum, Sudan. These activities will be supported by a number of funding agencies, including:

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We will post more details on any of those nearer the time!

C. Elegans course at KIU Ishaka, Uganda

Towards the end of last year, TReND’s Lukas von Tobel spent a month at KIU Ishaka, Uganda to teach a course on the genetics and neurobiology of the nematode C.elegans, a powerful model system in modern Neuroscience. Read about his experiences here!


“In September 2015 I went four weeks to Ishaka, Uganda, to teach students about the fascinating model organism C. elegans. The course included a general introduction to C. elegans on both theoretical and practical issues as well as the discussion of seminal papers using that nematode as a model system. The students learned to handle C. elegans and were then encouraged to embark on a small project on their own. We also isolated local nematode species and even though we have not identified the individual species following isolation, we phenotypically characterized them and were able to observe the variety of nematode species present in different type of soil. The experience was truly amazing and a cultural enrichment I wouldn’t miss. It has also sparked my enthusiasm for TReND.” – Lukas v Tobel

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