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Systems Biology of the Brain


11-12 September 2017

Lang EN Workshop language is English
Responsable de l'activité

Simon Sprecher


Prof. Simon Sprecher, UNIFR


· Aki Nose, University of Tokyo, Japan· Bertram Gerber, Leibniz Institute for Neuroscience, Magdeburg, Germany· Chris Doe, University of Oregon, USA· Volker Hartenstein, UCLA, USA· Aravi Samuel, Harvard University, USA,· Matthias Landgraff, University of Cambridge, UK· Rainer Friedrich, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland· Philipp Schlegel, University of Cambridge, UK· Anton Miroschnikow, Limes Institute, Bonn, Germany· Casey Schneider-Mizell, HHMI Janelia Research Campus, USA· Simon Sprecher, University of Fribourg, Switzerland


The human brain remains one of the biggest mysteries in natural sciences. The complex network of nerve cells and its large number of unidirectional 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, neurgenetics 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 th 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 novel techniques move the border of science and directly impact the approaches of how the complexity brain can be unveiled.


University of Fribourg, 0.110 Auditorium Plant Biology, Building PER04, Rte A. Gockel 3




See preliminary program


PhD students of StarOmics are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class) and meals (up to 25 CHF). Please send the original tickets (no copies, except for the general abonnement) with the reimbursement form to Corinne Dentan (see:


No fees requested.

The workshop is also open for non-participants of the CUSO Star-omics Ph.D. program. Guests are welcome. Please register immediately. The number of participants is limited!

Deadline: 15 August 2017



Deadline for registration 15.08.2017
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