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Crete Course in Computational Neuroscience

Erik De Schutter erik at bbf.uia.ac.be
Thu Feb 15 07:41:32 EST 1996

                                 SECOND CALL


                       AUGUST 25 - SEPTEMBER 20, 1996

                                CRETE, GREECE

DIRECTORS:    Erik  De Schutter (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
              Idan Segev (Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel)
              Jim Bower (California Institute of Technology, USA)
              Adonis Moschovakis (University of Crete, Greece)

The Crete Course in Computational Neuroscience introduces students to 
the practical application of computational methods in neuroscience, in 
particular how to create biologically realistic models of neurons and 

The course consists of two complimentary parts.  A distinguished 
international faculty gives morning lectures on topics in experimental 
and computational neuroscience.  The rest of the day is spent learning 
how to use simulation software and how to implement a model of the 
system the student wishes to study.  The first week of the course 
introduces students to the most important techniques in modeling single 
cells, networks and neural systems.  Students learn how to use the 
GENESIS, NEURON, XPP and other software packages on their individual 
unix workstations.  During the following three weeks the lectures will 
be more general, moving from modeling single cells and subcellular 
processes through the simulation of simple circuits and large neuronal 
networks and, finally, to system level models of the cortex and the brain. 
The course ends with a presentation of the student modeling projects.

The Crete Course in Computational Neuroscience is designed for advanced 
graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a variety of disciplines, 
including neurobiology, physics, electrical engineering, computer science 
and psychology.  Students are expected to have a basic background in 
neurobiology as well as some computer experience.  A total of 25 students 
will be accepted, the majority of whom will be from the European Union
and affiliated countries.  A tuition fee of 500 ECU ($700) covers lodging, 
travel from EC countries to Crete and all course-related expenses for 
European nationals.  We specifically encourage applications from 
researchers younger than 35, from researchers who work in less-favoured 
regions, from women and from researchers from industry.  We encourage 
students from the Far East and the USA to also apply to this inter-
national course.

More information and application forms can be obtained:
   - WWW access: http://bbf-www.uia.ac.be/CRETE/Crete_index.html
   - by mail:  Prof. E. De Schutter
               Born-Bunge Foundation
               University of Antwerp - UIA, 	 
               Universiteitsplein 1
               B2610 Antwerp
	       FAX: +32-3-8202541
   - email: crete_course at bbf.uia.ac.be

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  April 10th, 1996.  Applicants will be notified of the
                       results of the selection procedures before May 1st.

FACULTY: M. Abeles (Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel), D.J. Amit 
         (University of Rome, Italy and Hebrew University, Israel), 
         A. Berthoz (College de France, France), R.E. Burke  (NIH, USA), 
         C.E. Carr (University of Maryland, USA), A. Destexhe (Universite
         Laval, Canada), R.J. Douglas (Institute of Neuroinformatics, 
         Zurich, Switzerland), T. Flash (Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, 
         Israel), A. Grinvald (Weizmann Institute, Israel), J.J.B. Jack 
         (Oxford University, England), C. Koch (California Institute of 
         Technology, USA), H. Korn (Institut Pasteur, France), A. Lansner 
         (Royal Institute Technology, Sweden), R. Llinas (New York 
         University, USA), E. Marder (Brandeis University, USA), M. 
         Nicolelis (Duke University, USA), J.M. Rinzel (NIH, USA), W. 
         Singer (Max-Planck Institute, Frankfurt, Germany), S. Tanaka 
         (RIKEN, Japan), A.M. Thomson (Royal Free Hospital, England), 
         S. Ullman (Weizmann Institute, Israel), Y. Yarom (Hebrew 
         University, Israel).

The Crete Course in Computational Neuroscience is supported by the 
European Commission (4th Framework Training and Mobility of Researchers 
program) and by The Brain Science Foundation (Tokyo). 

Local administrative organization: the Institute of Applied and 
Computational Mathematics of FORTH (Crete, GR).

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