Objectives of the course
The course is a journal club where current topics in circuit neuroscience are discussed. The aim of the course is to find and discuss novel or seminal research articles in the field of neuroscience and to develop a general understanding of the current state of neuroscience research, relevant experimental techniques and theoretical approaches. Topics covered will be:
- Neural and genetic basis of behavior (incl. visual system, emotions and higher cognitive functions like decision-making)
Participants can choose among different discussion formats, including paper discussion, own research data or problem discussion related to circuit neuroscience.
The course consists of bi-weekly meetings to discuss scientific papers selected in advance by the student who is presenting. The presenter will make a brief introduction of the papers and lead the following academic discussion. The expected workload per journal club amounts to 3 hours, (2 hours to read papers and search information and one hour to attend the journal club). All participants are expected to read the papers and actively participate in the presentation and discussion. The paper discussions are connected to a forum on AU labbook, to share questions and additional discussion material before and after the presentation.
At the end of the course students should be able to:
- Select and present relevant papers in neuroscience at an academic level
- Obtain a general understanding of neuroscience approaches and perspectives, including experimental techniques and theoretical models
- Analyze, review and constructively criticize papers regarding their hypotheses, techniques and conclusions
Keisuke Yonehara, DANDRITE, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University
National and international graduate students interested in neurology and neuroscience. Participants should be interested in bridging the gap between basic and clinical neuroscience.
This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at graduate schools in the other Nordic countries. All other participants must pay the course fee.
Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from Nordic countries. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.
Lectures, group works, discussions.