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Registration for next year’s European Neuroscience Conference by/for Doctoral Students ENCODS 2018

ENCODS is a conference for PhD students at all stages of their PhD. Great communications skills are a vital part of disseminating science, which is why the program includes workshops evolving subjects like scientific writing and presentation skills. ENCODS is a great way for young scientists to interact with each other and with senior scientists in a different setting than usual, and serves as the optimal platform for the initiation of important collaborations across borders. At ENCODS, we believe that open-minded interaction is key to moving the field forward. We encourage all PhD students with an interest for Neuroscience to visit encods.eu to read more about the conference and apply for the 2017 ENCODS.

ENCODS 2017 will take place in Berlin, Germany July 5-6 2018. 

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UNDERSTANDING THE BRAIN is one of the most ambitious projects of the 21st century. The physiological processes that are underlying activities such as learning, perception, vigilance, stress resistance, decision making or interactions between humans and machines are now within the scope of a better understanding by neuroscientists. Applications are numerous for our everyday life but also for neuropsychiatric pathologies' treatment.

In order to enhance research in these fields and to foster scientific excellence in France,  ENP scouts today for the few who will make tomorrow's research.

Research Highlight: Formation and suppression of acoustic memories during human sleep
Listeners may learn novel sensory informations during sleep but the question of how sleep stages and their associated rhythms modulate environmental learning remains unanswered. ENP team leader Sid Kouider and his coll. now demonstrate that the formation and suppression of new memories can take place during sleep.
Research Highlight: A V0 core neuronal circuit for inspiration
Breathing involves permanent rhythmic contractions of skeletal muscles in a bilaterally synchronized manner. The executive control of respiration relies on sets of brainstem interneurons assembled into an ordered synaptic network: the respiratory central pattern generator (CPG). The ENP group leader Gilles Fortin and coll. investigate the relationship of defined neuronal subtypes to the organization of the respiratory CPG.
Research Highlight: Light controls cerebral blood flow in naive animals
Photoactivation of specific populations of cells via a combination of Optogenetics and fMRI is currently used to generate brain maps of connectivity and function. Group leader Serge Charpak and coll. now thoroughly examined in vivo the potential side effects of light on cerebral blood flow (CBF) in anesthetized naive mice using 2-photon laser scanning microscopy and ultrafast functional ultrasound.