IV Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience

University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil

January 15 – February 10 2012

The fourth edition of the Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience – LASCON IV will be held at the University of Sao Paulo at Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo State, Brazil. The school will last for four weeks and will cover topics as: biophysically detailed single neuron models;  simplified neuron models; neural network models; synaptic plasticity and memory models; system-level brain models; information theory and spike train analysis; and computational cognitive neuroscience. These models will be illustrated with the use of programs like NEURON, neuroConstruct, XPP-AUTO, NEST and Matlab. 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 30 so the student selection will be competitive and based on the information provided. Costs for accommodation and meals 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.

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 organizer 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.

Organizing Committee


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

Local Co-Organizer

Julian Tejada
(University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil)

Other Local Organizers

Denise Arruda
Diogo Vieira
Lucas Figueira
Rafael Arantes
(University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil)

Scientific Committee

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

Antonio Jose da Costa-Filho
(University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil)

Arnd Roth
(University College, London, UK)

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

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

Rodrigo Oliveira
(Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Lisbon, Portugal)

Rodrigo Publio
(University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil)

Volker Steuber
(University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK)

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