The Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience (ACAN) is an intensive three-week course provided by the Australasian Neuroscience Society. The course guides participants through the theory and practice of electrophysiological recording and optical imaging techniques using a unique balance of small group lectures and hands-on laboratory work. During the course, each participant will be trained by leading experts in the field to ensure they can become proficient in the latest techniques of patch-clamp recording (in vitro and in vivo), calcium imaging and optogenetics.
In 2016, the ACAN faculty included George Augustine (Singapore), Brad Baker (Korea), Andreas Frick (France), Yukiko Goda (Japan), Maarten Kole (Netherlands), Matthew Larkum (Germany) and Mala Shah (UK) together with prominent faculty from across Australia and New Zealand.
The first week introduces participants to the theoretical basis of neuronal function, principles and practice of electrophysiological recording and in vivo recording techniques.
In the second week, the course covers fundamentals of synaptic transmissions, synaptic plasticity, learning and memory which provides participants with a clear understanding of neuronal network operations.
In the final week, participants learn about the principles of neuronal imaging, practice advanced optical imaging techniques and master techniques in optogenetic control of neuronal circuits.
Throughout the course students will also carry out a small research project of their own choosing. This might be a pilot experiment for research you wish to conduct in your own lab.
The course is limited to a maximum of
12 students who must be one of a:
Preference will be given to current residents of Australia or New Zealand.
The course is heavily subsidised but a fee of A$4500 (incl GST) is required which covers:
NZ Scholarships are available.
Applications must include the following attachments:
The Neurological Foundation of New Zealand is pleased to announce that it will be offering scholarships to New Zealand-based beginning neuroscientists to allow them to participate in the Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience (ACAN). Awards of up to $1,000 per attendee will be provided. Applicants should be either NZ citizens or hold permanent residency. It is important that applicants secure the necessary additional funding from their host institution before applying. The ACAN organizers will select the participants and then the Foundation will enter into discussions with the successful New Zealand-based applicants.
ACAN Director and Course Coordinator
I would definitely recommend ACAN to other neuroscientists. I feel like I levelled up as a scientist over the three weeks of the course. It was intensive and challenging, but one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional life. The quality of the teaching and instruction is incredible, the scientists that visit are world experts in their field, and quite often the discoverers of the theory they are teaching.
Founded by Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, ACAN has been running for over 10 years. The Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS) formally took over responsibility for ACAN from the Finkel Foundation in 2009.
Leading scientists from around the world generously contribute their time and expertise to ACAN on a voluntary basis to provide high quality instruction in the latest neuroscience techniques.
ACAN is held annually at the University of Queensland's Moreton Bay Research Station (MBRS) situated on North Stradbroke Island near Brisbane.
Each student will have a private study-bedroom located at the MBRS. Course faculty will be accommodated in nearby houses. Most meals will be provided by professional caterers at the MBRS, with some meals at local restaurants.
For any enquiries or further information regarding ACAN 2017, please contact the ACAN Director, Professor Stephen Williams, by calling or sending an email.