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Registration for next year’s European Neuroscience Conference by/for Doctoral Students ENCODS 2018

ENCODS is a conference for PhD students at all stages of their PhD. Great communications skills are a vital part of disseminating science, which is why the program includes workshops evolving subjects like scientific writing and presentation skills. ENCODS is a great way for young scientists to interact with each other and with senior scientists in a different setting than usual, and serves as the optimal platform for the initiation of important collaborations across borders. At ENCODS, we believe that open-minded interaction is key to moving the field forward. We encourage all PhD students with an interest for Neuroscience to visit encods.eu to read more about the conference and apply for the 2017 ENCODS.

ENCODS 2017 will take place in Berlin, Germany July 5-6 2018. 

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UNDERSTANDING THE BRAIN is one of the most ambitious projects of the 21st century. The physiological processes that are underlying activities such as learning, perception, vigilance, stress resistance, decision making or interactions between humans and machines are now within the scope of a better understanding by neuroscientists. Applications are numerous for our everyday life but also for neuropsychiatric pathologies' treatment.

In order to enhance research in these fields and to foster scientific excellence in France,  ENP scouts today for the few who will make tomorrow's research.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT: TEMPORALLY PRECISE SINGLE-CELL-RESOLUTION OPTOGENETICS
Team leader Valentina Emiliani and coll in collaboration with Ed Boyden at MIT (Cambridge, USA) now devised a way to control single-neuron by optogenetics. Authors using a light-sensitive opsine protein targeted to neuronal bodies (soma-targeted) developed by Ed Boyden and taking advantage of the patterned 2-photon holographic illumination for optogenetics applications developed by the highly skilled expertise of the Emiliani’s team show exquisite figures and recordings of single synaptic response to stimulation paving therefore the way for a future clear neuronal connectivity map.
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT: SEROTONIN 2B RECEPTORS IN MESOACCUMBENS DOPAMINE PATHWAY REGULATE  COCAINE RESPONSES
ENP team leader Luc Maroteaux and coll determine to unravel links between serotonin and dopamine systems in development and pathophysiological situations. Cocaïne, a powerfully addictive stimulant drug because of  the changes it creates in the brain after repeated use, is known to increase levels of the brain dopamine.
Research Highlight: Formation and suppression of acoustic memories during human sleep
Listeners may learn novel sensory informations during sleep but the question of how sleep stages and their associated rhythms modulate environmental learning remains unanswered. ENP team leader Sid Kouider and his coll. now demonstrate that the formation and suppression of new memories can take place during sleep.