Drugs and the Brain: from laboratory to clinic

Autumn 2021
Location: University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece


The course “Advanced Skill Training in Neuroscience Courses: a Case Study of Drugs & Brain” has been awarded, by the FENS Committee for Higher Education and Training (FENS-CHET), with the grant for the “Education and Training Clusters” call,  aiming to stimulate and strengthen the cooperation among NENS schools. This grant is supported by the FENS  and IBRO-PERC.

European Graduate School of Neuroscience (EURON)
University of Crete, Faculty of Medicine, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
University of Minho, School of Medicine, Braga, Portugal
This multidisciplinary five-days course covers all major neurobiological aspects related to traditional psychopharmacological treatments and new developments in drug modulation of brain function (including classical neuropsychopharmacological agents, cognitive enhancers, illicit drugs and nutraceuticals), its underlying mechanisms, as well as targetable biological systems and processes (microbiome & gut-brain axis, the blood-brain barrier and neuroinflammation).  The set-up of the course is intended to encourage active participation of students and to stimulate interaction between experts and participants. After expert lectures in the morning, students will work on challenging problems or statements, present and discuss the outcome in a plenary meeting, during live-streamed Q&A sessions, and also present their research project in a pitch presentation. Background material will be provided online beforehand.

The course is mainly intended for PhD students and junior post-docs. However, second year master students with a strong motivation to pursue a PhD in neuroscience may attend providing places are available. A maximum of 50 participants can attend the course on-site. Another 50 students of NENS schools can participate in the online activities.  
More information how to apply will follow.