"Optical Imaging and Electrophysiological Methods in Neuroscience" Spring School

The "Optical Imaging and electrophysiological methods in Neuroscience" Spring School are initiated and organized by ENP members David Ogden, Boris Barbour and Brandon Stell.


Since 2009 the ENP has financed the "Spring School in Optical Imaging and Electrophysiologigical Methods in Neuroscience". This two-week course offers a unique combination of in-depth theory, technical expertise and hands-on experience to 18 participants per year, who are mostly PhD students and post-docs. Many students come from Paris and Europe, with significant numbers coming from North America, but students have come from many countries worldwide.

The course covers many advanced optical and electrophysiological techniques, such as in vivo two-photon microscopy and high-speed voltage imaging, but also provides a solid grounding in electronic and optical methods that are essential in neuroscience today.
Some 50 lecturers, instructors and helpers from many Parisian institutes as well as from abroad volunteer each year, while a dozen French and international companies loan cutting edge equipment. The Fédération de Recherche en Neurosciences (Paris Descartes) and the IBENS provide facilities. The course is organised principally by David Ogden (CNRS UMR8118, Paris Descartes), with co-organisers from the IBENS (Boris Barbour, Stéphane Dieudonné, Jonathan Bradley) and Paris Descartes (Brandon Stell).

The support of the ENP (and more recently co-financing by the Région Ile-de-France - DIM Cerveau et Pensée) has been critical in enabling the course to run continuously and to build up the international reputation it now enjoys.