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Summer School Program in Translational Neuroscience (2018)


Lecturer(s) :

Micera Silvestro




Only this year


Next time: unknown


The aim of the course organized as a 1 week summer school is to bring fundamental knowledge of the main experimental tools and concepts in neurophysiology to the community of engineers working in neural engineering, neuroprosthetics or biomedical engineering fields.


The scientific program of the course will be organized into  panels that cover the fundamentals of experimental and analytic tools used in neurophysiology and applied in neuroprosthetics.

Panel 1:    Interfaces with the peripheral and central nervous systems.

Panel one will cover different types of interfaces with the central (brain and spinal cord) and peripheral (nerves) nervous systems, compare their application range (temporal and spatial selectivity), and provide understanding of their microfabrication for an optimal interfacing with the nervous structure.


Panel 2:    Electrophysiology / Optical imaging.

Panel two focuses around the main tools used to image the neural circuits and systems, including optogenetics. Large scale recording techniques as well as single cell recording techniques will be covered.


Panel 3:    Understanding networks, circuits, and connectivity in neural systems.

Panel three will provide an in-depth understanding of how neural circuits can be dissected, and how their interaction in larger networks can be understood. We aim at looking at this topic both with standard anatomy and optogenetic techniques, as well as computational modeling, both techniques being extremely valuable and complementary.


Panel 4:    Applications to neuroprosthetics.

The last panel is directed towards the applications of the presented concepts in the field of neuroprosthetics. How can these tools refine current existing systems and techniques? How have they engendered translation from the basic understanding to a useful application in clinics, aiding patient treatment, assistance, and rehabilitation?


The course is in fact a summer school that is organized every year by a team of EPFL and Brown University. The school is organized 1 year in Switzerland and 1 year in the US.

When in Switzerland, 20 EPFL students can participate. When it is held in the US, eight EPFL students can participate. Selection of participants is based on a motivation letter.

This event is supported by the ETH Board and Brown University, and is sponsored by the Wyss Center

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Learning Outcome:  Have a broad knowledge of the different tools used in neuroscience that can be applicatble to translational research. The student should be able to understand how he can expand his PhD project by integration of new techniques that he learned during the course.



translational neuroscience, neural engineering, neurophyioslogy



In the programs

    • Semester
    • Exam form
    • Credits
    • Subject examined
      Summer School Program in Translational Neuroscience (2018)
    • Lecture
      30 Hour(s)
    • Exercises
      4 Hour(s)

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  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German