Dinamic Imaging in Neuroscience,CECs IBRO College 2013, Chile

IBRO College, December 2013


Aims and target population

The aim of the CECs IBRO College 2013 is to bring together young scientists from the latinamerican region with their peers from the Europe/North America regions that are interested in applying advanced real-time microscopy imaging techniques to their projects. Application from individuals that have obtained recently or are in the process of obtaining a PhD degree is encouraged. This "hands-on" school will be conducted by faculty from several IBRO regions, which are actively contributing to conceptual and technical developments in the field. Measurements will be carried out in brain cultures, in brain slices, and in anesthetised mice, complemented by mathematical modeling. 16 students will be accepted to participate in the practical part of the course, and lectures will be open to graduate and undergraduate students from the Universidad Austral de Chile.

The following areas will be covered

– Fundamental aspects of fluorescence microscopy
– Mathematical modeling of ion and metabolite dynamics
– Use of genetically-encoded sensors to monitor cell dynamics
– Use of FRET nanosensors to monitor ions and metabolites
– Use of single wavelength probes for fluorescent ion sensors
– Cellular and subcellular ion and metabolite dynamics
– Fluorescence imaging associated to electrophysiology
– Emerging imaging techniques


The College will be held in the Centro de Estudios Científicos CECs, Arturo Prat 514, Valdivia, Chile. The Centro de Estudios Científicos (Center for Scientific Studies) is a private, non-profit corporation, founded in 1984 for the development, promotion and diffusion of scientific research. The biological laboratory at CECs comprises 6 research groups totalling 50 people including researchers, staff and students that specialize on cell and tissue biology, with emphasis on imaging and electrophysiology. The laboratory has approx. 500 m2 of available space, housing general biochemical and molecular biology equipment and two fully-equipped Class II tissue culture rooms. Animals with controlled genetic background will be obtained from our in-house transgenic facility, where they are kept under Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) conditions. The research laboratory is equipped with two confocal microscopes and two fluorescence setups equipped with high numerical aperture objectives, monochromators, FRET Optosplits and high-end cameras. A further fluorescence setup is attached to a patch-clamp setup. There are other three fully-equipped electrophysiology setups available.

Preliminary Program

The School will last for ten days from Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 12th, December 2013. 16 students will be accepted, 8 from Latinamerican countries and 8 from Europe/North America. Morning lectures will be followed by experimental work. Students will also be asked to prepare a short overview of their own line of work to be presented during the first week. Four teams will be organized, each one including two individuals from latinamerica and two from Europe/North America, which will rotate through five workstations. On the last day of the school, the teams will present their results in a symposium.


Anna Devor University of California at San Diego, USA
Axel Nimmerjahn Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA
Bruno Weber University of Zurich, Switzerland
Christine Rose Heinrich Heine University, Germany
Felipe Court Universidad Católica de Chile
Gilles Bonvento MIRCen-CEA, France
Hana Uhlirova University of California at San Diego, USA
Karl Kafitz Heinrich Heine University, Germany
L. Felipe Barros CECs, Chile
Omar Porras Universidad de Chile
Pierre Magistretti Brain Mind Institute, EPFL, Switzerland Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering – KAUST – KSA
Steffen Haertel Universidad de Chile
William Shuttleworth University of New Mexico, USA

Financial Support

Successful applicants will be granted a fellowship covering local accomodation and meals. The fellowship will also cover the cost of airtickets for up to US$ 2,200 (Europe), US$ 1,600 (North America) and US$ 1,200 (South and Central America).

How to Apply

Applications will be received until SEPTEMBER 6th 2013 at the IBRO web site (http://ibro.info/)
Students will be notified about the outcome of their application by the end of sept 2013

Contact Us

For further information please contact:
L. Felipe Barros Email: lc.scec@sorrabf
Bruno Weber Email: hc.hzu.amrahp@revewb

Av. Arturo Prat 514 Valdivia, Chile.
Zip code 5110466



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