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Systems Biology of the Brain


10-11 November 2021

Lang EN Workshop language is English
Responsable de l'activité

Simon Sprecher


Prof. Simon Sprecher, UNIFR


Ms Gaëlle Botton-Amiot, University of Fribourg
Dr. Thibaut Brunet, Pasteur institute
Mr. Jules Duruz, University of Fribourg
Prof. Dirk Fasshauer, University of Lausanne
Mr. David Hain, MPI for Brain Research
Dr. Frank Hirth, Kings College London
Dr. Ana Jaksic, EPFL
Dr. Michael Kuba, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan (online)
Dr. Tsujoshi Momose, Sorbonne Université, Institut de la Mer de Villefranche-sur-Mer (IMEV)
Dr. Kristin Tessmar-Raible, University of Vienna
Dr. Tim Wollesen, University of Vienna



The human brain remains one of the biggest mysteries in natural sciences. The complex network of nerve cells and its large number of unidirctional connections however provides the basis for any form of basic human behaviour to higher cognitive functions. In the recent years, the advent of large-scale analysis techniques and genomic methods profoundly advanced the way we study the brain. Emergence of fields including neuromics, connectomics, neurogenetics and ethomics depict how the "omics-world" has taken a leading role in neuroscience. The two-day course with workshops will give an introductory overview of various aspects of analysis of the nervous systems. Lectures will include large-scale approaches to understand genes, neurons and synaptic connections in the brain. We will provide a broad overview on the evolving fields and reveal solutions of data handling. Moreover various genetic model systems from simple invertebrates such as insects and nematodes to higher mammals will be presented. The goal of the course consists in giving the students an overview into the emerging fields in neurosciences. Thus to provide all basic information of how novl techniques move to border of science and directly impact the approaches of how the complexity brain can be unveiled.


Wednesday, November 10, 2021
"Emergence organization and function of the first nervous system"

8:30-9:00 coffee and croissants
9:05-9:15 Welcome address (Simon Sprecher)
9:15-10:15 Thibaut Brunet, Institute Pasteur, France
10:15-11:15 Dirk Fasshauer, University of Lausanne, CH
11:15-12:00 Student presentation: Gaëlle Botton-Amiot, University of Fribourg, CH
12:15-14:15 LUNCH
14:15-15:15 Tsuyoshi Momose, IMEV, Sorbonne University, France
15:15-15:30 Coffee
15:30-16:30 Jules Duruz, University of Fribourg, CH
16:45 Apéro (in front pavillon vert)
18:30 Dinner for all participants in pavillon vert


Thursday, November 11, 2021"Diversification of nervous systems and cognitive abilities"

08:45-09:00 coffee and croissants
09:00-10:00 Kristin Tessmar-Raible, University of Vienna, Austria
10:00-11:00 Ana Jaksic, EPFL, CH
11:00-12:00 Frank Hirth, King's College, UK
12:00-13:30 LUNCH
13:15-14:15 Tim Wollesen, University of Vienna
14:15-15:15 David Hain, MPI for Brain Research
14:15-15:30 Coffee
15:30-16:30 Michael Kuba, OIST/Japan
16:30 Concluding Remarks End of Workshop

We thank the CUSO for their support


Fribourg, PER21 C140




IMPORTANT INFORMATION concerning COVID safety measures: participants must provide a certificate of vaccination or a negative test to participate to the course.


Venue: (

- Wednesday 10.11.2021 until 11 :00 PER21 C140

- Wednesday 10.11.2021 from 11 :00 PER21 Joseph Deiss

- Thursday 11.11.2021 until 12 :00 PER21 E230

- Thursday 11.11.2021 from 12 :00 PER21 A230



Deadline for registration 05.11.2021
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