LASCON VI

LASCON 2016

VI Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience

São Paulo, SP, Brazil

January 3 – 29 2016

The sixth edition of the Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience – LASCON VI will be held in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. The school will last for four  weeks and will cover topics as: biophysically detailed single neuron models; reduced and simplified neuron models; neural network models; synaptic plasticity and memory models; neural dynamics; spike train analysis; connectomics; stochastic models in neuroscience; and computational psychiatry. These models will be illustrated with the use of programs like NEURON, neuroConstruct, Matlab, NEST, Brian and the Virtual Brain. The faculty is composed of an international team of world-renowned researchers in the field of computational neuroscience.

Students should be fluent in English (written/spoken) and have a solid background in life and/or hard sciences (some experience in computer programming is also desirable). Applications should be made electronically using the application form in this website. Applicants are also requested to submit a detailed CV (in English) and to provide two letters of recommendation. The number of students is limited to 20 so the student selection will be competitive and based on the information provided. Costs for accommodation will be covered by the school organization. There is no registration fee for the school. The school will not give travel support for students, who are encouraged to apply for this to both national and international funding agencies.

Selected students will have to bring their own laptops with the necessary programs already installed on them (the organizers will announce the list of programs and their versions prior to the beginning of the school).

At the end of the school students will present preliminary results of simulation projects developed during the school. These projects will be made in groups of two students, and the decisions on the project themes will be made during interviews of students and the school organizers and lecturers in the middle of the second week of school. Student groups will work on the chosen projects during the rest of the school, in parallel with the other activities, and make a first presentation of the progress achieved at a poster session in the beginning of the final week of school. Then, based on suggestions and comments made by lecturers and other students during the poster session, student groups will resume their work and present their final results orally on the last day of school.

Before arriving at LASCON, students are encouraged to study the material under the “Resources for Students” link in the LASCON webpage. It contains basic stuff that students will need to know to follow the classes.

Application Deadline: September 6, 2015

Organizing Committee

Organizers

Antonio Galves (University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil)

Antonio J. Costa-Filho (University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil)

Antonio Roque (University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil)

Marcelo Reyes (Federal University of ABC, Santo Andre, SP, Brazil)

Local Organizers

Cristiane Salum (Federal University of ABC, Santo Andre, SP, Brazil)

João Peschanski (NeuroMat – FAPESP, Brazil)

Julian Tejada
 (Federal University of Sergipe, Aracaju, SE, Brazil)

Lourdes Netto (University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil)

Quélita Lidaiana (Federal University of ABC, Santo Andre, SP, Brazil)

Rafael Camargo (Federal University of ABC, Santo Andre, SP, Brazil)

Simone Harnik (NeuroMat – FAPESP, Brazil)

Scientific Committee

Adriano Tort (Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, RN, Brazil)

Antonio Galves (University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil)

Antonio J. Costa-Filho (University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil)

Antonio Roque 
(University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil)

Arnd Roth 
(University College, London, UK)

Cristiane Salum (Federal University of ABC, Santo Andre, SP, Brazil)

Julian Tejada
 (Federal University of Sergipe, Aracaju, SE, Brazil)

Marcelo Reyes (Federal University of ABC, Santo Andre, SP, Brazil)

Osame Kinouchi 
(University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil)

Rafael Camargo (Federal University of ABC, Santo Andre, SP, Brazil)

Reynaldo Pinto 
(University of Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos, SP, Brazil)

Rodrigo Oliveira
 (Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Lisbon, Portugal)

Sidarta Ribeiro (Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, RN, Brazil)

Volker Steuber 
(University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK)

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