Participants

LASCON 2012

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.

Application Deadline: September 10, 2011

Organizing Committee

Organizer

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)

Lecturers (courses and tutorials)

Arnd Roth. Neural Computation Laboratory, Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, University College, London, UK
Emilio Kropff. Neuronal Plasticity Laboratory, Leloir Institute, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gennady Cymbalyuk. Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Harel Shouval. Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX, USA
Moshe Abeles. The Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
Olaf Sporns. Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
Reynaldo Pinto. Institute of Physics of Sao Carlos, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos, SP, Brazil
Tom Tetzlaff. Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Computational and Systems Neuroscience, Research Center Juelich, Juelich, Germany
Volker Steuber. Biocomputation Research Group, School of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
William Lytton. Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, State University of New York, New York, NY, USA

Lecturers (invited lectures)

Adriano Tort. Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN, Brazil
Boris Marin. Institute of Physics, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
Geraldine Bosco. Department of Computing and Mathematics, School of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters of Ribeirao Preto, University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil
Giseli de Sousa. Biocomputation Research Group, School of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
Julian Tejada. Laboratory of Neural Systems, University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil
Luciano da F. Costa. Institute of Physics of Sao Carlos, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos, SP, Brazil
Mauro Copelli. Department of Physics, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, PE, Brazil
Pedro Carelli. Department of Physics, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, PE, Brazil
Rodrigo Publio. Laboratory of Neural Systems, University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil
Roland Köberle. Diptera Lab, Institute of Physics of Sao Carlos, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos, SP, Brazil
Sam Neymotin. Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, State University of New York, New York, NY, USA
Sergio Neunschwander. Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN, Brazil
Sidarta Ribeiro. Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN, Brazil
William Barnett. Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA

Tutors

Boris Marin. Institute of Physics, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
Cesar Celis. Laboratory of Neural Systems, University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil
Denise Arruda. Laboratory of Neural Systems, University of São Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil
Diogo Vieira. Laboratory of Neural Systems, University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil
Giseli de Sousa. Biocomputation Research Group, School of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
Lucas Figueira. Laboratory of Neural Systems, University of São Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil
Sam Neymotin. Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, State University of New York, New York, NY, USA
William Barnett. Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA

Selected students

Adriano Reimer. Neuropsychopharmacology Laboratory, University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil
André Coleman. Medical School, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ângelus Canena. Biomedical Engineering Institute, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil
Antonio Godói. Polytechnic School, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Bilzã Araújo. Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos, Brazil
Bruno Medeiros. Department of Physics, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
Bryan Souza. Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN, Brazil
Camila Zugarramurdi. Medical School, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay
Daniel Fernandes. National Laboratory of Scientific Computation, Petropolis, Brazil
Daniel Padilla. Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience Laboratory, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Daniel Penalva. Institute of Theoretical Physics, Paulista State University, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ezequiel Salido. Medical School, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Federico Davoine. Engineering School, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay
Fernanda Matias. Department of Physics, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
Fernando Mayoral. Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Frederico de Angelis-Reis. Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Gary Hammen. School of Medicine, Washington University in Saint Louis, Saint Louis, MO, USA
Gonzalo Sanguinetti. Department of Electronics, Computer Sciences and Systems, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
João Paulo Machado. Institute of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
João Dornas. Institute of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Juan Sanguinetti-Scheck. School of Sciences, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay
Karla Batista. International Center for Neurological Restoration, Havana, Cuba
Luciano Fernandes. Institute of Biology, Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Luis Suárez. Institute of Physiology, Molecular Biology and Neurosciences, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Markus Hilscher. Department of Neuroscience, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Mehdi Bayati. Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, Zanjan, Iran
Ritwik Kulkarni. Cognitive Neuroscience Sector, International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy
Rodrigo Siqueira. Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sergio Conde. Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN, Brazil
Thiago Borduqui. Medical School, University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil
Thiago Moulin. Medical Biochemistry Institute, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Thiago Mosqueiro. Institute of Physics of Sao Carlos, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos, Brazil
Vítor dos Santos. Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN, Brazil
Wesley Godoy. Center for Mathematics, Computation and Cognition, Federal University of ABC, Santo Andre, Brazil

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