Applications Open for the 8th Canadian IBRO School of Neuroscience


Applications Open for the 8th Canadian IBRO School of Neuroscience


USCRC: 8th Canadian IBRO School of Neuroscience on Development and Plasticity

Montreal, Canada
May 13 – 30, 2014

Deadline: January 31, 2014 (23:59 CET)

Aims and scope:

IBRO-USCRC is pleased to offer an advanced neuroscience course for 12 to 14 IBRO Alumni and other young investigators residing in Africa and Latin America. The students will participate in interactive sessions on current topics of neuroscience.  These interactive sessions, coordinated by Dr. Ellis Cooper, will include lectures, discussions and visits to laboratories related to the theme of the School.

The material will cover the basic science of development and plasticity of the nervous system. There will be demonstrations of relevant experimental approaches, including functional imaging. In addition, there will be group discussions with experts on specific issues related to developing countries such as relevant diseases and practical issues related to conducting research in low resource settings, as well as sessions on career advancement, preparing manuscripts and grant applications.

A special feature of this School will be its integration with the 8th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting (May 25-28, 2014). All students enrolled in this School will be full participants at these meetings, presenting their own work on a poster, attending scientific sessions, and participating in interactive sessions with selected speakers.

Who should apply?

Priority will be given to doctoral, postdoctoral students, young physicians doing fellowship and/or clinical research and young faculty members residing in Africa and Latin America who are likely to transfer the knowledge gained in the school to their research, particularly in the area of pain. IBRO Alumni are encouraged to apply.

The applicants should be fluent in English (written/spoken), have a degree in basic or clinical sciences, and be involved in neuroscience research. Students will be chosen based on their academic record and their potential for leadership in the scientific community of their home country. The criteria include academic achievements, publications, letters of reference, and in particular, the statement of how this School will benefit the applicant’s own research career.

Students selected to attend the School will have their travel and living expenses (housing and meals) covered by the School. Visas and other immigration arrangements are the responsibility of the student.

Educational Objectives:

  • To help understand basic mechanisms related to development and plasticity of the nervous system, implications of understanding of basic mechanisms on disorders and their implications for therapy.
  • To present and discuss the students’ own research.
  • To foster long-lasting links with some of Canada’s top neuroscientists and institutions.
  • To forge new contacts between investigators in Canada, Africa, and Latin America.


Organizing Committee of Canadian IBRO Schools of Neuroscience

Albert J. Aguayo (Past President of IBRO), Chair
Ellis Cooper (McGill University)
Jonathan Dostrovsky (University of Toronto)
Ante L. Padjen (McGill University)
Jane Roskams (University of British Columbia)
Guy Drolet (Université Laval)
Brian McVicar (University of British Columbia)
Cathy Ranking (University of British Columbia) 


Society for Neuroscience
Canadian Association for Neuroscience
McGill University
Montreal Neurological Institute

How to apply:

Applications are available only on-line. There are no hard copies of application forms.

Apply here