Welcome to ACAN 2017

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Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty interested in using electrophysiological and optical techniques in their research are encouraged to apply for a place on the Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience (ACAN) 2017, which will be held from the 23rd of April to the 13th of May 2017 at the Moreton Bay Research Station, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland.

ACAN is an intensive three-week course that guides participants through the theory and practice of electrophysiological recording and optical imaging techniques using a unique balance of small group lectures and hands-on laboratory work. Lectures from experienced national and international faculty will outline in an informal atmosphere the theoretical basis of cellular and systems neuroscience, and the principles of electrophysiological and optical recording techniques. During the course each participant will become proficient in patch-clamp recording, both in vitro and in vivo, calcium imaging, optogenetics, and many other techniques through unbridled access to state-of-the-art equipment, guided by the faculty. The course is also a lot of fun, with many ACAN students developing close friendships and collaborations during and after the course.

In order to apply for ACAN 2017, you should be a currently enrolled PhD student, a postdoctoral fellow, or junior faculty (preferably with no more than 5 years after completing your PhD).

The application deadline is Friday the 23rd of December 2016.

The fee for ACAN 2017 is A$4500, which covers all meals, accommodation, laboratory supplies and teaching materials. Scholarships from the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand are available for NZ citizens/permanent residents.

I look forward to receiving your application.

Stephen Williams

Queensland Brain Institute