FENS-IBRO Young Investigator Training Programme - Lab visits

The Young Investigators have been selected. We are happy to announce the successful applicants:

  1. Alves de Almeida Carneiro, Monique Marylin, PhD student (Portsmouth, UK)
  2. Bittencourt, Guido, Diploma student (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  3. Brzdak, Patrycja, PhD student (Wroclaw, Poland)
  4. Caracci, Mario, PhD student (Santiago, Chile)
  5. Cheaha, Dania, Postdoc (Hat-Yai, Thailand)
  6. Corsi-Zuelli, Fabiana. PhD student (Ribeirro Preto, Brazil)
  7. Costa, Giulia, Postdoc, Monserrato (Cagliari, Italy)
  8. DeOliveira-Mello, Laura, PhD student (Salamanca, Spain)
  9. Dominova, Irina, PhD student (Kaliningrad, Russian Federation)
  10. Dorst, Matthijs, PhD student (Stockholm, Sweden)
  11. Dumanska, Hanna, Postdoc (Kyiv, Ukraine)
  12. Espinoza, Francisca, PhD student (Concepcion, Chile)
  13. Fedorova, Jana, PhD student (Kosice, Slovakia)
  14. Ferreiro, Dardo, PhD student (Natal, Brazil)
  15. Foldi, Claire, PhD (Melbourne, Australia)
  16. Gennaccaro, Laura, Postdoc (Bologna, Italy)
  17. Giri, Subhajit, PhD student (Kolkata, India)
  18. Gomez, Ricardo, Postdoc (San Cristobal de La Laguna, Spain)
  19. Gomez de Salazar, Macarena, PhD student (Llobregat, Spain)
  20. Gusevac Stojanovic, Ivana, PhD student (Belgrade, Serbia)
  21. Henckens, Marloes, Postdoc (Nijmegen, Netherlands)
  22. Jan, Asad, Postdoc, Aarhus C (Denmark)
  23. Klaver, Lianne, PhD student (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  24. Ledo, Rocio, PhD student (Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
  25. Martinez Damonte, Valentina, PhD student (La Plata-Tolosa, Argentina)
  26. Miranda, Magdalena, PhD student (Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  27. Peralta Ramos, Javier Maria, PhD student (Córdoba, Argentina)
  28. Pereira, Marlene, MSc (Coimbra, Portugal)
  29. Pershina, Ekaterina, PhD studen (Pushchino, Russian Federation)
  30. Ponzoni, Luisa, Postdoc (Milano, Italy)
  31. Pradel, Kamil, PhD student (Cracow, Poland)
  32. Rassia, Katerina Eleonora, Diploma student (Koropi, Greece)
  33. Samokhina, Evgeniia, PhD student (Pushchino, Russian Federation)
  34. Santos, Luis Eduardo, Postdoc (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  35. Shadfar, Sina, PhD student (Sydney, Australia)
  36. Skobeleva, Kseniia, MD (St.Petersburg, Russian Federation)
  37. Sobrido-Camen, Daniel, PhD student (Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
  38. Sonmez, Ekin, PhD student (Kocaeli, Turkey)
  39. Tokarska, Anna, PhD student (Stockholm, Sweden)
  40. Ulhaq, Zulvikar Syambani, MD (Kumamoto, Japan)
  41. Vyas, Yukti, PhD student (Auckland, New Zealand)


A letter with information on how to further proceed was sent to the successful applicants.


About the YITP Program:
German neuroscience PIs invite young investigators from abroad  for a 2 – 3 weeks stay to their lab. Stays in local laboratories will allow young guest researchers to meet senior and junior scientists, get familiar with the laboratory’s environment, facilities and techniques in different fields of neuroscience, to favour future exchanges and networking.

27 labs in 13 German cities offer in total 41 slots (see list below). This program is generously supported by IBRO-PERC which provides grants to partially cover the costs of the stay and additional travel within Germany.
In addition, IBRO-PERC provides a limited number of special travel grants for coming to Germany for applicants from under-priveleged countries. Furthermore, YITP applicants may apply for FENS-IBRO travel grants or national travel support.

Applications must be submitted via an online form. Only those applications will be considered, applications directly to the labs will not enter the selection procedure.


• You are a Master or PhD/MD student or young postdoctoral fellow (max. 8 years after receiving PhD or MD) 
• You are not working in a German laboratory 
• You are registered at the FENS Forum 2018
• You have submitted an abstract as first author to the FENS Forum 

In addition, a motivation letter and a letter of recommendation are required. Applicants from under-priviledged countries can apply for travel support in the online forum.

For application please use the online form.

The selection procedure will be based on the qualification and the educational background of the applicant.

Please note that the application for a lab slot does NOT replace the registration for the FENS Forum. Registration for the FENS Forum is independent from the application for a lab slot and must be performed separately.

Please find below the list of host labs:
(Download list as PDF)

  Name of
Lab / PI
City Description of the
topics / techniques
Postal address Duration of the stay Slots
1.    Molecular Pharmacology
Prof. Dr. Volker Haucke

Berlin Molecular cell biology of synapse function: (1) How is the presynaptic compartment assembled and what organelles deliver presynaptic vesicle and active zone proteins? (2) How are synaptic vesicles recycled and how do defects in this process affect neurotransmission and behavior? Techniques: optical live imaging; neuronal cultures incl. iPS derived neurons; electrophysiology; mouse behavior Leibniz Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) Berlin-Buch
Robert-Rössle-Str. 10
13125 Berlin
Monday, June 18 – Thursday, July 6
(18 days)
2. Proteostasis in Aging and Disease
Dr. Janine Kirstein
Berlin Analysis of molecular chaperones and their role in ameliorating neurodegenerative diseases. We analyse the activity of specific chaperone and chaperone complexes in vitro, in cells (HEK, HeLa and HD-patient derived NPCs) as well as in a nematode model (C. elegans) expressing human amyloid proteins such as Htt, a-synuclein, tau, TDP-43 and Abeta1-42. We aim to understand how chaperones recognize amyloid proteins and how they can disaggregate amyloid fibrils or suppress the fibrilization.  Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology (FMP)
Robert-Rössle-Strasse 10
13125 Berlin
July 12 – 22 2018
(10 days)
3. Medical Psychology/Psychobiology
Prof. Dr. Christine Heim

Berlin Developmental Programming of Health and Disease, Longterm Consequences of Early-Life Adversity, Pre- and Postnatal Stress Effects, Transgenerational Transmission. We focus on clinical studies and apply neuroendocrine, immune, metabolic measures, neuroimaging and molecular markers. Institute of Medical Psychology, Hufelandweg, Luisenstr. 57,  10117 July 12-26
(15 days)
4. Clinical Neuroimmunology Group & Neurodiagnostics laboratory
Prof. Dr. Friedemann Paul
Berlin The afferent visual system in multiple sclerosis and related disorders: (1) Quantification of neuro-axonal retinal damage with optical coherence tomography; (2) Evaluating optic radiation integrity with  diffusion tensor imaging-based tractography NeuroCure Clinical Research Center, Charité – Universitätsmedizin, Sauerbruchweg 5, 10117Berlin 14 days, June or July 2018 (flexible) 1
5. Neuroimmunology and Neurodegeneration
Prof. Dr. Seija Lehnardt

Berlin We are active in the field of experimental and clinical neurosciences. In particular, we focus on
-Immunological aspects of neurodegenerative / neuroinflammatory diseases

  • Cell-autonomous mechanisms in neurodegeneration
  • Biology of the microglia
  • Role of immune pathways in brain development
Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin,
Institute of Cell Biology and Neurobiology and
Department of Neurology
Chariteplatz 1
10117 Berlin
July 12 –  July 26
(15 days)
6. Clinical Neurosciences
Prof. Dr. Andreas Meisel

Berlin Stroke induces local inflammatory reaction and suppression of immune responses in the periphery. Using mouse MCAo model, mouse bronchoscopy and various immunological techniques, we investigate approaches to prevent/treat stroke-associated infections. Additionally, we focus on microglia/lymphocyte responses and explore the role of CNS resident and peripheral immune cells for functional outcome after cerebral ischemia. Department of Experimental Neurology, Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin   15 days
(July 12 - 26, 2018)
7. Molecular Neuroscience and Biophysics
Prof. Dr. Andrew Plested

Berlin Glutamate receptor ion channels of fast chemical synapses. We use electrophysiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, structura biology, fluorescence microscopy to study receptors and synapses in vitro, in cell cultures and in brain slices. Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie, Berlin-Buch
Robert-Rössle-Str. 10, 13125 Berlin
2 – 3 week before July 6, or after July 11, 2018. 2
8. Neuroepigenetics
Prof. Dr. Ferah Yildirim

Berlin We investigate epigenetic, transcriptional and posttranscriptional regulatory mechanisms of neuronal gene expression in brain disease. Our current research efforts include: i) Profiling epigenetic and transcriptional mechanisms of neuronal vulnerability in disease, ii) Pre-clinical testing of new therapeutic targets in Huntington’s disease, iii) Linking gene expression programs to neuronal function and morphology by single cell RNA sequencing. Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Department of Neuropsychiatry & NeuroCure Charitéplatz 1, Virchowweg 6
10117 Berlin
July 12 – July 27
12 business days
9. Human Neuroimaging
Prof. Dr.

Berlin Introduction to analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) signals: (1) Design of general linear model; (2) Model estimation; (3) Statistical thresholding. Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Mitte,
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience,
Berlin Mitte,
Philippstr.13, Haus 6, 10115 Berlin
June 18 – Thursday, July 6
(18 days)
10. Cognitive Neurobiology
Prof. Dr. York Winter

Berlin Analysis of behaviour: mice, rats, bats. Topics: learning, memory, decision making, motor functions Institut fuer Biologie, Philippstrasse 13, 10115 Berlin Two weeks before the FENS 2
11. Department of Neurodegenera-tive Diseases and Gerontopsychiatry
Prof. Dr. Michael Heneka

Bonn The role of innate immune response in Alzheimer´s disease (AD), Parkinson´s disease (PD) and Fronto-Temporal-Dementia (FTD):
1, Interaction between glia and neuronal networks
2, The role of inflammasome in the development of neurodegenerative diseases
3, Preclinical animal models of Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and septic encephalopathy
University of Bonn Medical Center
Clinic Of Neurodegenerative Diseases and Gerontopsychiatry
53125 Bonn
Monday, June 18 – Friday July 6
(15 days)
12. Cellular Neurosciences; University of Bonn
Head: Prof. Dr. Christian Steinhäuser
PI: Prof. Dr. Christian Henneberger

Bonn (1) Analyses of neuron-astrocyte interactions in the epileptic brain; do dysfunctional astrocytes cause temporal lobe epilepsy? (2) How do astrocytes and NG2 glial cells communicate with neurons? We use patch clamp analyses combined with 2-photon imaging and single-cell RT-PCR in acute brain slices to perform structure-function analyses. University of Bonn, Medical Faculty, Institute of Cellular Neurosciences, Sigmund-Freud-Str. 25, 53105 Bonn Monday, June 18 – Thursday, July 5
(18 days)
13. Cellular Neurosciences
Prof. Dr. Martin Korte

Braun-schweig Learning, memory and forgetting, in particular the role of neurotrophins for synaptic plasticity; the function of APP in synaptic physiology and loss of balance between homeostasis and plasticity in processes of neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration with a particular focus on microglia cells TU Braunschweig, Zoologicla Institute, Div. Cellular Neurobiology, 38106 Braunschweig Monday, June 18 – Thursday, July 6
(18 days)
14. Neurobiology
Prof. Dr. Christine R. Rose

Düsseldorf Astrocyte function, ion regulation and neuron-glia interaction at developing and mature synapses in mouse brain under physiological and pathophysiological conditions.
Main techniques:

  • high-resolution fluorescence imaging (confocal/2-photon/wide-field imaging of sodium and calcium)
  • electrophysiology (patch-clamp, ion-selective microelectrodes)
  • Immuncytochemistry/Immunoblots
Institute of Neurobiology, Heinrich Heine University,
Building 26.02.00, Universitaetsstrasse 1, 40225 Düsseldorf
Thursday, July 12 – Friday, July 27
(16 days)
15. Systems Neuroscience
Prof. Dr.
Siegrid Löwel

Göttingen The Löwel lab is focussed on understanding the experience-dependent development and plasticity of neuronal circuits in the mammalian cortex. We combine behavioral analyses with imaging/recordings of neuronal activity and structure to explore how experience and learning influence nerve cell circuits in the healthy and diseased brain. Department of Systems Neuroscience
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Von-Siebold-Str. 6
37075 Göttingen
Monday, June 18 – Friday, July 6, 2018
(19 days)
16. Division of Neurophysiology
Prof. Dr. Christian Lohr
(only in German)

Hamburg Cell physiology of glial cell function and sensory information processing:
1) Role of glial cells in synaptic transmission and neurovascular coupling (calcium imaging, immunohistology).
2) Purinergic signaling in odor information processing (patch clamp recordings).
Institute of Zoology
University of Hamburg
Martin-Luther-King-Pl. 3
20146 Hamburg
Thursday, July 12 - Friday, July 27 (16 days) 1
17. Cellular Neurophysiology
Prof. Dr. Jens Rettig

Homburg Formation and function of synapses: (1) Molecular mechanisms of exo- and endocytosis of cytotoxic granules in T cells; Methods: STED microscopy, SIM, TIRF microscopy, electron microscopy, electrophysiology, molecular and cell biology methods. (2) Function of cytotoxic T lymphocytes in vivo; Methods: 2P-microscopy. killing assays. (3) Catecholamine release from adrenal chromaffin cells; Methods: Patch-clamp, capacitance measurements, amperometry, calcium measurements. Saarland University
Center for Integrative Physiology and Molecular Medicine (CIPMM)
Building 48
66421 Homburg
Monday, June 18 – Thursday, July 6
(18 days)
18. Molecular Neurobiology
Prof. Dr. Frank Zufall
Homburg Mammalian olfaction is composed of a variety of subsystems that rely on distinct sensory neurons. Activation of specific neurons initiates a process of neural recognition that can influence hormonal state and behavior. We use an integrative, multidisciplinary approach (molecular biology, optical and electrophysiological recordings, behavioral analysis) to decipher such olfactory subsystems. Center for Integrative Physiology and Molecular Medicine (CIPMM)
Kirrberger Str. 100,
Building 48
66421 Homburg
Monday, June 18, 2018 - Thursday, July 6, 2018 (19 days) 1
19. Molecular Physiology
Prof. Dr. Frank Kirchhoff

Homburg Our research focuses on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neuron-glia interaction in the central nervous system.
We are pursuing two main research questions:
(1) How do glial transmitter receptors sense and modulate synaptic transmission? What is the impact for living organisms?
(2) How do glial cells respond to acute injuries within the central nervous system?
For functional analysis we generated transgenic mouse models with cell-type specific expression of fluorescent proteins and inducible gene deletion. We are applying a combination of biochemical and molecular biological methods together with imaging techniques such as two-photon laser-scanning microscopy (2P-LSM) oder CCD imaging.
Center for Integrative Physiology and Molecular Medicine (CIPMM)
University of Saarland
66421 Homburg
 July 12 –  July 20
(9 days)
20. Neurobiology
Prof. Dr. Otto W. Witte
Jena Structural and functional alteration of the diseased and aged brain: (1) how does microglia aging contribute to cognitive impairment (2) how does aging influence neural stem cell activity and neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus (3) how does ischemic stroke alter regulation of brain blood flow (4) how do autoimmune diseases affect synaptic plasticity (5) how does unscheduled cell cycle re-entry influence neuronal senescence Hans-Berger Department of Neurology
Am Klinikum 1
07747 Jena
Monday, June 25 –
Friday, July 06
(10 days)
21. Animal Physiology
Prof. Dr. Eckhard Friauf

Kaisers-lautern Neurotransmission at fast auditory synapses. Patch-clamp recordings. Intracellular dye injections. Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Biologie / Tierphysiologie
Erwin-Schrödinger-Straße, 67663 Kaiserslautern
Monday, June 18 – Friday, July 6
(18 days)
22. Institute of Anatomy
Prof. Dr. Ingo Bechmann

Leipzig Brain morphology in health and disease (with focus on neurons, glial cells and vasculature):
- life imaging
- confocal laserscanning microscopy
- electron microscopy
- histology
- immunocytochemistry
Institute of Anatomy
Medical School, University of Leipzig
Liebigstr. 13, 04103 Leipzig
Monday, June 25 – Friday, July 6
(12 days)
23. Cellular Neurosciences
Prof. Dr. Carsten  Duch

Mainz Development and Function of Motor Circuits in the Drosophila CNS (1) molecular and cellular mechanisms of motor neuron dendrite growth; (2) ion channel function in adaptive motor control; (3) neuronal structure function relationships. Institute of Developmental Biology and Neurobiology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Col. Kleinmann Weg 2. 55099 Mainz
Monday, June 18 – Thursday, July 6
(18 days)
24. Institute of Physiology
Prof. Dr. Heiko J. Luhmann

Mainz Development, function and plasticity of the mouse cerebral (barrel) cortex:
(1) Role of early neuronal activity patterns in cortical development and control of programmed cell death; (2) role of GABAergic interneurons in sensory cortical processing; (3) chloride regulation and E-I shift of GABA in early development.
Institute of Physiology
University Medical Center Mainz
Duesbergweg 6
D-55128  Mainz
Monday, June 18 -
Friday, July 6
(18 days)
25. Systems Neurobiology
Prof. Dr. Benedikt Grothe

München/ Martinsried We use a comparative approach investigating animals living in different 'auditory worlds' (high frequency specialists like bats; models for ancient mammalian hearing like short tailed opossums; low frequency specialists like gerbils; mice and rats as “standard” models for hearing in modern placental mammals. Additionally, we are using transgenic mice to study developmental mechanisms Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Department Biologie II, Grosshaderner Str. 2, 82152 Planegg-
June 26 – July 6, 2018 (10 days) 1
26. Molecular and Translational Neuroscience
Prof. Dr. Leda Dimou
Ulm Our research focus is on oligodendrogenesis and specifically in the function and differentiation potential of NG2-glia in the adult brain. Using fate mapping, transplantation techniques, MACS, transcriptome analysis and in vivo 2-photon microscopy we are studying the behavior and potential of NG2-glia under physiological and pathological conditions. Molecular and Translational Neuroscience
Ulm University
N27, Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm
June 18 – July 5  (14 days)
July 12 –  July 27
(12 days)
27. Developmental Neurobiology
Prof. Dr.
Rudolf Martini
Würzburg Role of the innate and adaptive immune system during the pathogenesis of inherited disorders of the peripheral and central nervous system in mice.
1) Histopathology of glia and axons: Immunocytochemistry, light- and electron microscopy, retrograde labelling
2) Identification of immune cells: immunocytochemistry, (immuno)electron microscopy, flow cytometry
3) Clinical and physiological analysis of disease: rotarod-analysis, optical coherence tomography, electrophysiology
University Hospital of Würzburg, Department of Neurology, Developmental Neurobiology, Josef-Schneider-Str. 11
97080 Würzburg
June 18 – July 6  (15 days) 2-3


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