All Precongress Events will take place at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology

Address: 3 Pasteur Str.
02-093, Warszawa

CED Training Days

26 and 27 August 2017

: Wioletta Waleszczyk and Cambridge Electronic Design

Cambridge Electronic Design will be holding two Spike2 and Signal training events before and after the 13th International Congress of Polish Neuroscience Society in Warsaw.

CED produce data acquisition, analysis and experiment control systems using the powerful 1401 family of laboratory interfaces and versatile Spike2 or Signal software. CED specialist applications include intracellular and extracellular physiology, spike shape analysis, EEG, EMG, ECG, behavioural studies, evoked response, organ bath, signal averaging, spectral analysis, patch and whole cell voltage clamp systems (including high speed dynamic clamping) and teaching systems.

The first of these two training day events will take place at the Nencki Institute, Warsaw over the weekend, 26th – 27th August, prior to the conference with the second session held on Friday the 1st of September at the Jagiellonian University Institute of Zoology, Krakow.

Although there will be a basic structure to the days, introduction, a look at sampling, analysis etc. we welcome you to request specific features or tasks that you would like more knowledge about.

Please reply with an indication that you would be interested in attending one of both of these sessions. Entry is free of charge.

Workshop on Optogenetics

27 and 28 August 2017

Organizers: Ewa Kublik, Ewelina Knapska, Aleksandra Składowska, Kacper Kondrakiewicz (Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS, Warsaw, Poland)

Chair: Ewa Kublik (Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS, Warsaw, Poland

Optogenetics is an excelent tool allowing for precisely timed modulation of the activity of specific populations of neuronal cells. Since its introduction in 2005 opogenetics became one of the basic tools in the neurophysiology laboratories around the world, but unfortunalety not yet in Poland. The aim of the workshop is familiarize our collegues withe the practical aspects of the this method and thus encurrage them to include it in their scientific repertoire.

August 27th (Sunday) afternoon 13:00 – 17:30

Short theoretical talks with discussion:
13:00 - Opening and introduction (Ewa Kublik, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS, Warsaw, Poland).
13:20 - Genetic engineering tools for optogenerics (Rafał Czajkowski, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS, Warsaw, Poland).
14:00 - Optics: basis of light sources, light propagation, optic fibres (Aleksandra Składwoska, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS, Warsaw, Poland).
14:40 - How to drive the light into the tissue? (Ewa Kublik, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS, Warsaw, Poland)
15:20 - Optogenetics and electrophysiology (Ewa Kublik/ Ferenc Matyas, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences )
16:00 - Optogenetics and behavior (Kacper Kondrakiewicz, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS, Warsaw, Poland)
16:40 - General discussion

August 28th (Monday) morning 10:30 – 13:30

Practical part – parallel sessions in small groups in labs and conference/Nencki hall.

10:30 – 13:30 - Presentation of optogenetical equipment by producers and resellers – in the hall.
11:00 – 13:30 - Work with optical fibres

  • workshop in the laboratory for 3-5 small groups
  • cutting fibres, polishing fibres, assembling implants
  • measurment of ligh intensity

11:30 – 13:30 - Presentation of the setups in Nencki laboratories

  • guided tour for 3-5 subgroups
  • description of the setup configuration
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