Nutrition and Brain functions, Cajal Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme

Nutrition and Brain functions, Cajal Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme

While it is well established that poor nutrition leads to cardiometabolic risk, emerging evidence is associating poor nutrition with increased risk of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases. Thus, it is then necessary to understand how proper nutrition promotes optimal brain function and protects from the development of mood and cognitive disorders. In order to reach this challenging goal, synergies must be established between the neuro and nutritional sciences. Two major areas of nutritional neuroscience that will be explored in this course are the role of the brain in the regulation of food intake and the effect of nutrients on brain physiology, function and pathology which will influence the risk and progression of mood and cognitive disorders.

The purpose of this advanced course will bring both nutritional and neuroscience researchers together for a 3-week intensive course that will integrate both fields.  The advance course will provide key foundational knowledge from genes to populations, as well as hands-on experience and exposure to state-of-the-art methodologies in both fields allowing the early researcher to conceptualize the key questions in the field enabling them to design and defend approaches to solve the questions. While the advanced course will include basic models, a focus will be on the application of results to humans.

The advanced course will combine theoretical and practical training. Methodological and goal-oriented training will be achieved by guiding the students through hands-on experiments during their stay. In addition, the school will promote interactions between students and internationally renowned scientists via a lecture series to stimulate students’ discussion on lectures and laboratory experiences as well as stimulating the students’ interests in the area.  Additional skills will include seminars on publishing and presenting research in the nutritional neurosciences.


Fee : 3.500 € (includes tuition fee, accommodation and meals)

The CAJAL Programme has limited funds available. 4 stipends (waived fee) are available per course. You can apply for a stipend inside the course general application form.

However, any applicant in need of a grant is encouraged to first request it from their lab, institution or government, if possible.

Applications open in February 2016.

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Informations pratiques


Bordeaux Neurocampus, France

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The training courses are meant for advanced PhD-students and junior post-docs with excellent qualification and a strong motivation to pursue a career in neuroscience, i.e. the future Principle Investigators in this field. The course provides comprehensive, high-level and condensed instructions to apply advanced methodology. Participants should have a broad and detailed knowledge of synapse biology, a good understanding of recent literature and a basic understanding of advanced methodology in this field.