Call for applications 2014

SBBIV4Practical course
Small Brains, Big Ideas: Biomedical Insights from Invertebrates
October 6-15 2014
Santiago & Valparaíso (Chile)

The third version of this successful practical course will take place from October 6th to 15th, 2014. The course will consist of lectures and hands-on laboratory exercises that will expose Latin-American students/junior Faculty to recent advances and modern techniques in neurosciences, using invertebrates as model systems. As in previous years, the course will primarily focus on Drosophila melanogaster and Caenorhabditis elegans, and the use of these animal models in basic neuroscience and biomedical research. However it also includes work on honeybees, which is a powerful invertebrate model for research on learning and memory.

The course will cover subjects ranging from genetic approaches to the study of brain and synapse development, cellular and molecular neuroscience, analysis of brain circuits, and behavior. Instructors include faculty members from the host institutions as well as renowned scientists in each field. This allows students to gain first hand experience with these model systems and to interact and network with leaders in the specific areas of research. The course ends with a one-day international symposium.


  • Jimena Sierralta, Ph.D., Biomedical Neuroscience Institute (BNI), Faculty of Medicine, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
  • Andrea Calixto, Universidad Mayor, Santiago, Chile.
  • Yuly Fuentes-Medel, MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA, USA.
  • John Ewer, Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Center of Neuroscience of Valparaíso (CINV), Universidad de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile.


Please fill out the application and attach a complete CV at the end. When finished, convert the document to a single PDF. Name the PDF file using your surname (eg., Suarez.PDF) and send it to: Small Brains Big Ideas

Please put your name in the “Subject line” of the e-mail followed by “Small Brains Big Ideas course application” (e.g., “Fernanda Suarez, Small Brains Big Ideas application”).

Deadline: July 30th, 2014.
Note: Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.