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Journal Club of Systems Neuroscience (2016)

ECTS points: 1 per semester


Course parameter:
Time of year: all year
Level of course: PhD course
Capacity limits: 20
Language: English


Objective of the Course:
The course  is a journal club where current topics in neuroscience are discussed. The aim of the course is to find and discuss novel research articles in the field of neuroscience and to develop a general understanding of the current state of neuroscience research, relevant experimental techniques and theoretical approaches. Topics covered will be:


  • Neuroeconomics
  • Behavioral neuroscience
  • Neural and genetic basis of decision-making
  • Neural computations & neural networks
  • Electrophysiological recordings, GCaMP imaging, optogenetics,…
  • Other topics based on participants’ interests

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Select and present relevant papers in neuroscience at an academic level
  • Obtain a general understanding of neuroscience approaches and perspectives, including experimental techniques and theoretical models
  • Analyze, review and constructively criticize papers regarding their hypotheses, techniques and conclusions

Course Contents:
Weekly meetings to discuss scientific papers selected in advance by the student who is presenting. The presenter will make a brief introduction of the papers and lead the following academic discussion. The expected duration per journal club is 3 hours, (2 hours to read papers and search information and one hour to attend the journal club). All participants are expected to read the papers and actively participate in the presentation and discussion.



  • Interest in behavioral, cognitive and computational neuroscience
  • Basic knowledge of animal models, imaging techniques, neural networks or optogenetics advantageous

Date and Place:
Wednesdays, 13:00-14:00, 1170 library (440)


Name of lecturer:
Duda Kvitsiani, DANDRITE


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Revised 20.06.2016