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CrawFly Invertebrate Neurophysiology Course January 2020

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 8:30 AM


CrawFly Invertebrate Neurophysiology Course University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX, United States Course Overview ADInstruments and the Department of Biology at University of Incarnate Word will co-host a 5 day hands-on workshop for higher education life science instructors seeking to expand their curriculum reach in the neurosciences. The training event will be based on topics explored in the “Crawdad Project,” a three-year program funded by the National Science Foundation to promote the use of invertebrates in undergraduate physiology and neuroscience lab courses. The goals of this hosted workshop are to provide teachers hands-on experience with invertebrate preparations that demonstrate basic principles of nervous system physiology, and can easily be incorporated into laboratory courses back home.  **2 Scholarships are available for this workshop - please see information below. The application deadline is November 22nd.**   Course Agenda CRAWDAD (January 8th-10th) Topics to be covered:• Motor innervation • Neuroanatomy • Sensory systems • Ionic bases of resting and action potentials • Synaptic transmission • Synaptic plasticity • Central pattern generation for rhythmic motor activity Skills to be covered: • Neuromuscular Intro - Preparations used in Crayfish Motor Nerve, Resting Potential, Axonal conduction velocity; Rhythmic Motor Activity and Synaptic labs  • Dissecting Tips - General advice on successful dissection • Recording Tips - Background and troubleshooting for extra- and intracellular computer based data acquisition • Data Analysis - including spike sorting, matching presynaptic action potentials with postsynaptic potentials; measuring AP conduction velocity; calculating time constants for sensory receptor adaptation FRUITFLY (January 10th-12th)These exercises will introduce educators to modern neurogenetic techniques in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Topics to be covered:• Drosophila genetics• Optogenetics• ERG recording• Animal behavior• Synaptic transmission • Synaptic plasticity Skills to be covered: • Generating and rearing transgenic Drosophila• Using tissue specific genetic expression techniques• Building inexpensive systems for optogenetic experiments• Quantitative analysis of animal behavior• Recording excitatory junctional potentials at the larval neuromuscular junction• Recording electroretinograms from wild type and mutant animals• Recording action potential in flight muscles through optogenetic stimulation of the Giant Fiber system **A detailed schedule will be provided one week before the workshop. Lead Course Instructor Bruce Johnson Senior Research Associate at Cornell Dr. Bruce Johnson is currently a Senior Research Associate with the Harris-Warrick Lab in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. Bruce under the guidance of Dr. Ron Hoy hosted the first series of NSF-funded Crawdad workshops and has an extensive background in neurobiology research and education from his past and current affiliations with the Marine Biology Laboratory, Shoals Marine Lab, PKAL and FUN. He is a lead instructor at the annual Crawdad and CrawFly invertebrate neurobiology educator workshops hosted at Cornell. Terms and Conditions:*Training may be cancelled or rescheduled by Instructor due to adverse weather, low class enrollment, catastrophic event or for other reasons. All registrants will be notified at least 30 days prior to event and course registration fees will be fully refunded in the event of course cancellation. Registrant course cancellations must be received 30 days prior to the event start date to receive a full refund. No-shows and late cancellations will be charged the full event price.  If you would like to send someone in your place or receive a credit for a future training course, please contact the event coordinator at info@adinstruments.com.   Accommodations* For hotel accomodations, we recommend: Hyatt Place San Antonio Airport/Quarry Market 7615 Jones

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