9. IN VIVO PHENOTYPING OF MUTANT RODENTS: INTEGRATING NEURAL ACTIVITY, NEUROCHEMISTRY, HEART RATE AND BEHAVIOR

Aim
Aim of the course for Ph.D. students and post-docs is to advance phenotyping of mutant rodents models with a focus on models of psychopathology using an integrative view by combining behavior assays with electrophysiological, autonomic and neurochemical measures under physiological conditions.

Content
The course will deal with various behavior tests in the emotional and cognitive domains that may serve to investigate aspects of human affective disorders. The behavioral readouts will partly be complemented by autonomic, electrophysiological, and neurochemical measures for an integrative approach. For that purpose, besides the local organizers working with these methods, international speakers will talk about advanced methods and data analysis for an improved understanding and critically address the prospects and limitations of these methods. Hands-on experience will be provided for various surgical techniques required in this field of research from brain cannula placement to ECG radio-transmitter implantation.

Desired background level of participants
Course participants should have a sincere interest in behavioral neuroscience and its integrative aspects. Participants will have to read material from each lecturer upfront in order to get primed on the topic and improve the quality of the discussion effectively. Reading material will be made available through online access.

Difference between PhD- and master-course
Not applicable

Duration of the course / ECTS
50 hrs / 1,8 ECTS

Format
A total of 16 lectures from renowned international speakers presented over 6 course days with ample time for discussion and exchange followed by afternoon practicals and demonstrations on methods in behavioral neurosciences

Maximum number of participants
24

Organizers
Dr. T. Pattij
Dr. O. Stiedl (main organizer)
Prof. Dr. M. Verhage

Year / dates next course
The next course will be organized August 28-31 and September 1-2, 2017

Program of course
See downloadable file

Registration through
Els Borghols (els.borghols@vu.nl)
Please click here for the application form.

FENS and IBRO-PERC provide 4 stipends of € 750 for master and/or PhD students interested in attending this course.
Through these stipends FENS and IBRO-PERC aim to encourage and promote international experience of students; hence, students that are currently residing or studying in the Netherlands are not eligible for a FENS and IBRO-PERC stipend for this course.
To apply for a FENS and IBRO-PERC stipend, please follow this link (application open February 15, 2017).