August- September 2015, 5th TReND school on insect neuroscience and Drosophila neurogenetics, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
17th August 5th September 2015

Aims and scope:

To introduce the use of insects as powerful yet inexpensive model systems in neuroscientific research. With their comparatively simple nervous systems, tractable genetic access and low maintenance costs, Drosophila and other insects have rapidly consolidated their status as key model systems in scientific research. We will explore questions on basic research in neuroscience as well as research with important applications, such as mosquito genetics or how Drosophila can be used as a model for human diseases. For example, combining the knowledge we have on Drosophila neurogenetics with research in mosquito biology is a powerful strategy to understand the molecular and neural basis of their devastating host seeking behaviour, and how this can help to design knowledge-driven strategies to control it. This course aims to introduce key concepts in insect genetics and neuroscience to scientists at African institutions to promote the use of such model systems in their research. Subjects covered will range from lab maintenance and grant writing to state of the art neurogenetics, behavioural and electrophysiological research techniques.
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