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Molecular Neuroscience
 
February 22 - 26
Ana Luisa Carvalho (alc@ibili.uc.pt), Carlos B. Duarte (cbduarte@ci.uc.pt), Cláudia Cavadas (ccavadas@gmail.com), Ramiro D. Almeida (rda2001@med.cornell.edu)

Ph.D. Programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine 2009/2010
Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC)
University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

Molecular Neuroscience Course
Cnc Auditorium, 2nd floor

Date: February 22-26, 2010

Coordinators:
Ana Luisa Carvalho (alc@ibili.uc.pt)
Carlos B. Duarte (cbduarte@ci.uc.pt)
Cláudia Cavadas (ccavadas@gmail.com)
Ramiro D. Almeida (ramirodalmeida@gmail.com)

Lecturers:
José A. Esteban
Centro de Bíologia Molecular Severo Ochoa - CSIC
Universidad Autómona de Madrid
Madrid, Spain
Email: jaesteban@cbm.uam.es
 
Clive Bramham
Department of Biomedicine
University of Bergen
Bergen, Norway
Email: Clive.Bramham@biomed.uib.no
 
João Peça
Department of Neurobiology
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC
USA
Email: peca@neuro.duke.edu
 
Ana Luisa Carvalho
CNC &
Department of Life Sciences
University of Coimbra
Coimbra, Portugal
 
Carlos B. Duarte
CNC &
Department of Life Sciences
University of Coimbra
Coimbra, Portugal
 
Ramiro D. Almeida
CNC
University of Coimbra
Coimbra, Portugal

 
COURSE SCHEDULE:
Monday, February 22nd
9-9.15h: Structure of the course; Introduction of students and lecturers

9.15h-10.30h: Introduction to Synapses: Structure-Function and Molecular Composition
Ana Luisa Carvalho

11-12.15h: Presynaptic Terminal Differentiation
Ramiro D. Almeida

14-15.15h: Molecular Triggers of Synapse Formation and Maturation
Ramiro D. Almeida

15.30-16.30h: Molecular architecture of the postsynaptic density and the role of scaffolding proteins in disease
João Peça
 
Tuesday, February 23rd
9h-10.15h: Postsynaptic Receptor Function
José A. Esteban

10.30h-11.45h: Molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity: postsynaptic receptor trafficking
José A. Esteban

14-17h: Project presentations by students (based on the assigned papers)

Ana Carolina Moreira, Marta Vieira, Miranda Mele

Ana Luísa Pinho, Elisabete Augusto, Patrícia Monteiro

Ana Raquel Martins, Carlos Matos, Tânia Perestrelo
 
Wednesday, February 24th
9h-10.15h: Synaptic plasticity and memory
José A. Esteban

10.30h-11.45h: Inter- and intra-cellular communication by neurotrophins
Carlos B. Duarte

14-17h: Project presentations by students (based on the assigned papers)

Ângela Crespo, Joana Fernandes, Márcio Rodrigues

Carlos Rodrigues, Ana Rita Santos, Paula Banca

Cláudio Roque, Luís Ribeiro, Liliana Letra 
 
Thursday, February 25th
7.30h-12h: Bird watching near Coimbra (everyone invited)

14h-15.15h: Molecular mechanisms of late phase synaptic plasticity – role of mRNA trafficking and local dendritic translation
Clive Bramham

16h: Seminar by José Esteban
Intracellular machinery and signaling mechanisms for synaptic plasticity
 
Friday, February 26th
9h-10.15h:
Structural changes associated with synaptic plasticity
Clive Bramham

10.30-13.30h: Project presentations by students (based on the assigned papers)

Helena Leitão, Dominique Fernandes, Graciano Leal

Humberto Ferreira, Conceição Pereira, João T Costa

Marília Cordeiro, Luís Leitão, Tiago Alfaro 
 
16h: Seminar by Clive Bramham
The Arc of synaptic memory
 
Background reading:
 
Student Assignments:
The students were organized in groups (Groups 1-9) and each group was assigned an original paper. The group will design and present a project, based on the evidences presented in the paper. The project will define possible routes that the research could take, taking into account the state of the art in the field, and should be presented in the form of a grant proposal. The presentation (20 min + 20 min discussion) should include:
- Title
- Brief review of the field
- Identification of the contribution of the assigned paper to the field
- Identification of the question that stems from the assigned paper and which will be addressed in the proposed work
- Objectives
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