Small Brains, Big Ideas – PLUS Biomedical Insights from Invertebrate

October 29th to November 7th, 2012
Santiago-Valparaíso, Chile
Facultad de Medicina Universidad de Chile
Santiago, Chile
Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencia
Valparaíso, Chile


The second version of the succesful 2010 course will take place from October 29th to november 7th 2012. The course will be orchestrated by a group of lectures and hands on laboratory that will expose Latin-American students/junior Faculty to recent advances and modern techniques in neurosciences, using invertebrates as model systems. The course as before will primarily focus on Drosophila melanogaster and Caenorhabditis elegans, and the use of these animal models both in basic neuroscience and biomedical research. This time, however we have incorporated scientists working with butterflies and bees two powerful invertebrate models for research of the brain function.
The course will include areas ranging from genetic approaches to the study of the nervous system, brain and synapse development, cellular and molecular neuroscience, analysis of brain circuits, and behavior. Instructors will be both faculty members from the host institutions as well as renowned scientists in each field. This will allow students not only to gain first hand experience with approaches in these model systems, but also to interact and network with leaders in the specific areas of research.

The course has no registration fee but we will be able to accept only a limited number of applicants. Additionally a small number of travel grants will be available, please attach a request to the application.

Applications to the course are now open, deadline: June 29th

We have received support from Wellcome Trust, which allows us to increase the number of accepted students. To give more opportunities to apply we have extended the deadline to July 30th.

Please send recommendation letters in a separate mail to

We will maintain updated this web site with the news about the organization of the course.


  • Jimena Sierralta, Ph.D.,
    Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Millenium Biomedical Neuroscience Institute
    Faculty of Medicine
    Universidad de Chile
  • John Ewer, Ph.D.,
    Millenium Interdisciplinary Center of Neuroscience
    Universidad de Valparaíso
  • Yuly Fuentes-Medel, PhD.,
    MIT Sloan School of Management

To apply: application format and informations
More information:
Recommendation letters might be sent in an independent mail.

Faculty of Medicine, Universidad de Chile, Chile.

Faculty of Biology, Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile.

Department of Neurobiology, Medical School, University of Massachussetts, U.S.A

Wellcome Trust

Oxford University, United Kingdom.

Institute of Biomedical Neuroscience and Interdisciplinary Center of Neuroscience of Valparaiso, Chile

The Company of Biologists