Stefano Vassanelli's 'NeuroChip' Lab

CSNII School on Neurotechniques 2014
The toolbox for investigating the function of neural circuits
March 10 - 14, University of Padua - Italy

Investigating information processing and identifying operational rules of brain neural circuits relies on the capability to selectively record and stimulate multiple neurons within a network.
The toolbox of available techniques conceived to meet this need is rapidly expanding.
The CSNII School on Neurotechniques 2014 will offer an overview on advanced electrical- and light-based recording methods of neuronal excitability, focusing on those that are most relevant for the investigation of neural networks ‘in vitro’ and ‘in vivo’ and for application in neuroprosthetics.
Techniques derived from information theory for the analysis of neuronal population signals will be presented and practical demonstrations of experimental recording sessions provided.


  1. Multi-electrode and multi-transistor arrays
  2. Implantable brain probes for acute and chronic recording
  3. Carbon nanotubes for brain-chip interfacing
  4. Calcium imaging
  5. Voltage sensitive dye imaging
  6. Bacterial rhodopsins and optogenetics
  7. Pharmacological and functional magnetic resonance imaging
  8. Mixed electrophysiology, genetics and behavior approaches
  9. Information theory and the analysis of neuronal population signals
  10. Closed-loop electrophysiology and hybrid systems

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Invited speakers:

Berdondini Luca (Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genova)
Ballerini Laura (SISSA, Trieste)
D'Angelo Egidio (University of Pavia)
Del Giudice Paolo (National Insitute of Health, Italy)
Ferraina Stefano (University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’)
Giugliano Michele (University of Antwerp)
Gozzi Alessandro (IIT, Rovereto)
Mappelli Jonathan (University of Modena)
Martinoia Sergio (University of Genova)
Mongillo Marco (University of Padova)
Panzeri Stefano (IIT, Rovereto)
Papaleo Francesco (University of Padova and IIT)
Prigge Mathias (Weizmann Institute of Science)
Thewes Roland (University of Berlin)
Zeck Guenther (NMI at the University of Tuebingen)
Zeitler Ralf (Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems)

PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and scientists working in related fields.
To participate apply on or before February 20, 2014.
For more information, contact,
Participation: Free*. The number of seats is limited.

*Sponsored by the European Commission, Project CSNII
(GA No 601167, FP7, FET Proactive, Neuro-Bio-Inspired Systems)


Residenze ESU

Residenza Belzoni

Hotel Igea

Casa Santa Caterina

Visit of Padua
Saturday March 15th, from 9.30 to 12.00
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Venue: Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, section of Physiology, via Marzolo 3, 35131, Padova

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