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UZI Spring School

Development of the nervous system


May 11 - 13, 2012
Venice, Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti
Palazzo Franchetti

Development of the nervous system:
a comparative of behavioral approach

Sponsored by:
Accademia Nazonale dei Lincei

The Unione Zoologica Italiana (UZI), with the support of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, and the sponsorship of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, organizes the second UZI Spring School, an event that is intended to get together young researchers and senior scientists to address and discuss topics of large interest and particularly relevant in evolutionary neurosciences and related disciplines. The second edition of the UZI Spring School will be dedicated to the development of the nervous system with particular attention to the comparative and behavioral aspects.

Aims and rationale
The main task of the 2012 UZI Spring School is to learn and study the development of the nervous systems of a variety of model organisms from a comparative point of view. We also intend to introduce the students to the strict interrelationships between behavior and development and to the principal
evolutionary steps and main molecular pathways involved in neurogenesis. It is now widely accepted that evolutionary changes in the adult nervous system are largely caused by changes in neural development. At the same time, developmental neurobiologists have unraveled the molecular mechanisms of neural development in several species, leading to an explosion in evo-devo neurosciences. Thus we know that many aspects of neural development are highly conserved across phylogeny, but an important task not yet completely defined is how specific modifications in gene expression and function lead to evolutionary diversity of brain anatomy and plasticity. The School is taught by leading researchers in comparative and behavioral neurobiology and offers the unique opportunity to study the developmental neurobiology of
different groups of protostomes and deuterostomes. We trust that the participants can improve their knowledge on evolutionary and developmental neurobiology and can make more informed decisions about their future research direction.

Organization of the school
The school will be organized in four half-day sessions, from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. Each lecture will be comprehensive of discussion with the students (15 minutes at least). The audience will be composed by 30 selected junior researchers.

Organizing committee
Ettore Olmo (UZI Presidente), Gaetano Ciarcia (UZI), Fiorenza De Bernardi (UZI), Alessandro Minelli (UZI and IVSLA), Tomaso Patarnello (UZI), Mario Pestarino (UZI).

When to apply. Not later than 30th of March, 2012.
Not later than 30th of March, 2012.


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