About ACAN

  • The Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience (ACAN), held on North Stradbroke Island near Brisbane, delivers an intensive learning experience. Leading Australian and overseas experts work with small groups of students to provide rigorous training in the theory and practice of neurophysiology and fluorescence imaging.
  • During the three-week course, participants will:
    • attend lectures about the fundamentals of cellular neuroscience
    • receive extensive hands-on laboratory training in patch clamping and imaging using the latest equipment
    • conduct a research project of their own choosing

ACAN has a new Director, Prof Stephen Williams, Queensland Brain Institute.

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Past and present ACAN faculty include:

  • Cliff Abraham, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • George Augustine, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore
  • John Bekkers, Eccles Institute of Neuroscience, ANU, Canberra, Australia
  • Yves De Koninck, Quebec Mental Health Institute, Quebec, Canada
  • Lynn Dobrunz, University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA
  • Ian Gibbins, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
  • Yuki Goda, RIKEN Brain Institute, Wako, Japan
  • Brett Graham, University of Newcastle
  • Michael Hausser, Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, London, UK
  • Rebecca Howard, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, USA
  • Shaul Hestrin, Stanford University, USA
  • Meyer Jackson, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
  • Matthew Larkum, Charité Medical University, Berlin, Germany
  • Henry Lester, CalTech, USA
  • Sarah Lummis, University of Cambridge, England
  • Joe Lynch, Queensland Brain Institute, Brisbane, Australia
  • Paul Martin, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Dan Minor, University of California San Francisco
  • Bill Ross, New York Medical College, USA
  • Pankaj Sah, Queensland Brain Institute, Brisbane, Australia
  • Bert Sakmann, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany
  • Massimo Scanziani, University of California San Diego and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA
  • Angus Silver, University College London, England
  • Paul Slesinger, Mt Sinai School of Medicine, NY, USA
  • Stephen Smith, Stanford University, USA
  • Nelson Spruston, Janelia Farm, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA
  • Charles F. Stevens, Salk Institute, USA
  • Greg Stuart, Eccles Institute of Neuroscience, ANU, Canberra, Australia
  • Jane Sullivan, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
  • Jack Waters, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA
  • Stephen Williams, Queensland Brain Institute, Brisbane, Australia
  • Karen Zito, University of California Davis, USA