9. IN VIVO PHENOTYPING OF MUTANT RODENTS: INTEGRATING NEURAL ACTIVITY, NEUROCHEMISTRY, HEART RATE AND BEHAVIOR
Aim of the course for Ph.D. students and post-docs is to advance phenotyping of mutant rodents models with a focus on models of psychopathology using an integrative view by combining behavior assays with electrophysiological, autonomic and neurochemical measures under physiological conditions.
The course will deal with various behavior tests in the emotional and cognitive domains that may serve to investigate aspects of human affective disorders. The behavioral readouts will partly be complemented by autonomic, electrophysiological, and neurochemical measures for an integrative approach. For that purpose, besides the local organizers working with these methods, international speakers will talk about advanced methods and data analysis for an improved understanding and critically address the prospects and limitations of these methods. Hands-on experience will be provided for various surgical techniques required in this field of research from brain cannula placement to ECG radio-transmitter implantation.
Desired background level of participants
Course participants should have a sincere interest in behavioral neuroscience and its integrative aspects. Participants will have to read material from each lecturer upfront in order to get primed on the topic and improve the quality of the discussion effectively. Reading material will be made available through online access.
Difference between PhD- and master-course
Duration of the course / ECTS
50 hrs / 1,8 ECTS
A total of 16 lectures from renowned international speakers presented over 6 course days with ample time for discussion and exchange followed by afternoon practicals and demonstrations on methods in behavioral neurosciences
Maximum number of participants
Dr. M. Loos
Dr. T. Pattij
Dr. O. Stiedl (main organizer)
Year / dates next course
The next course will be organized in August 2019
Program of course
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