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

Check out more pictures on our Flickr Stream!

Calls for Symposia: SONA2017 conference

Together with Makarere University, TReND is proud to organise the upcoming biennial conference of the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA), to be held in Entebbe, Uganda on June 11tt-14th 2017. We are proud to count of a total of 9 internationally outstanding Plenary speakers, which include 2016 Brain Prize winner Tim Bliss or the discoverer of the Gal4 system Andrea Brand.

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The conference website is now live, and the call for symposia is now open. For details, please refer to the website at

Also, please find the poster announcing the conference as a pdf here. Please do feel free to print this and add to your Departmental bulletin board!

Teaching Bioinformatics at Khartoum, Sudan


In March 2016 TReND volunteers Aled and Richard ran a week long whole exome and RNA sequencing data analysis course at the University of Khartoum, Sudan. The course was attended by 25 students, mostly from the University of Khartoum with a wide range of backgrounds, including researchers from medicine, veterinary and chemistry departments. Read the lively school report here!