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International Graduate School of Neuroscience

The International Graduate School of Neuroscience (IGSN) offers an english language PhD-programme in all aspects of neuroscience from the molecular level to higher cognitive functions.

The IGSN was founded in October 2001 as an initiative of the Northrhine-Westfalian government to provide a forum for PhD candidates with superior academic track records. The IGSN offers an international network of renowned scientists, world leading supervisors and provides an excellent scientific environment.

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The IGSN provides PhD-students with a comprehensive and multidisciplinary research training programme in basic, cognitive, clinical, and computational neuroscience. A key goal of IGSN is to give PhD students the opportunity to conduct high level research in a nurturing educational environment, that equips them to work in a multidisciplinary manner in the neuroscience field.

A fast-track international PhD in Neuroscience (completed within 3 years) together with additional training in management and complementary skills is aimed to produce a new generation of young neuroscientists that can compete at the highest level, both professionally and internationally.

IGSN Calendar

13.01.2014: Symposium
Title: Major Depression: factors dynamics, effects
Speaker(s): Sen Cheng, Jürgen Margraf, Indira Tendolkar
Host(s): Selver Demic
03.02.2014: Symposium
Title: Technical developments in modern neurosurgery
Speaker(s): Joachim K. Krauss, Athanasios Petridis, Martin Scholz
Host(s): Martin Scholz
MARCH 2014
10.03.2014: Symposium
Title: Chemical and Optogentics: Applications in Neuroscience
Speaker(s): Deniz Dalkara, Olivia Masseck, Alexandre Mourot
Host(s): Stefan Herlitze
APRIL 2014
01.04.2014: IGSN Conference
Title: Receptors and ion channels: The molecular basis of synaptic signaling and modulation (April 1st - 2nd, 2014)
Speaker(s): Bernd Fakler, Vidar Gundersen, Helmut Kettenmann, Frank Kirchhoff, Philippe Lory, Claus Pietrzik, Jürgen Sandkühler, Stephan Sigrist, A. B. Smit, Anne Stephenson, DirkTrauner, Chris de Zeeuw
Host(s): Denise Manahan-Vaughan, Michael Hollmann
03.04.2014: Colloquium
Title: Fit for purpose: the impact of physical activity on cognitive function in the rat
Speaker(s): Áine Kelly. Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institut, Dublin
Host(s): Denise Manahan-Vaughan
MAY 2014
05.05.2014: Symposium
Title: Explorations into the Avian mind
Speaker(s): Mike Colombo, Richard Hahnloser, Harald Luksch
Host(s): Charlotte Koenen
JUNE 2014
02.06.2014: Symposium
Title: Single cell mechanisms in epilepsy
Speaker(s): Heinz Beck, Dominique Durand, Fang Zheng
Host(s): Beate Knauer, Dina Safina
01.09.2014: Symposium
Title: Animal models of psychiatric disorders
Speaker(s): Astrid Friebe, Christina Winter, Susanne Wolf
Host(s): Georg Juckel, Martin Brüne
15.09.2014: Colloquium
Title: Thyroid hormones and cortical neurodevelopment: etiological implications for psychiatric diseases
Speaker(s): Pere Berbel, Dept. of Histology and Anatomy, University Miguel Hermández, Alicante, Spain
Host(s): Irmgard Dietzel-Meyer
22.09.2014: Symposium
Title: Cellular and subcellular mechanisms underlying Alzheimer's disease
Speaker(s): Ella Bossy-Wetzel, Tara Spires-Jones, Patricia Szot
Host(s): Viviane Reijak, Hannah Twarkowski
23.09.2014: Colloquium
Title: The entorhinal cortex and spatial navigation: focusing on path integration
Speaker(s): Etienne Save, Lab. of Cognitive Neuroscience, Aix-Marseille University, France
Host(s): Magdalena Sauvage
06.10.2014: Symposium
Title: The effect of environmental enrichment on hippocampal physiology and memory function
Speaker(s): Nicoletta Berardi, Thomas Foster, Abdul H. Mohammed
Host(s): Motoharu Yoshida
27.10.2014: Colloquium
Title: Stress System regulation of Inflammation
Speaker(s): Nicolas Rohleder, Dep. of Psychology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA
Host(s): Oliver T. Wolf
03.11.2014: Symposium
Title: Principles of Brain Wiring
Speaker(s): Hermann Cuntz, Stefan Rotter, Dirk Schubert
Host(s): Patrik Krieger
01.12.2014: Symposium
Title: Perception of the human body
Speaker(s): Beatrice de Gelder, Jan Jastorff, Gyala Kovács
Host(s): Boris Suchan, Sarah Weigelt
19.01.2015: Symposium
Title: Representation and processing of olfactory information in the olfactory system
Speaker(s): Edi Barkai, John Bekkers, Donald Wilson
Host(s): Janna Aarse
MARCH 2015
02.03.2015: Symposium
Title: The darker side of the Hippocampus: addiction and cognitive dysfunction
Speaker(s): Raymond Kesner, John J. Wagner, Rita Fuchs*
Host(s): Denise Manahan-Vaughan
APRIL 2015
28.04.2015: Conference
Title: Cortical and subcortical representation of sensory and cognitive memory (April 28-29, 2015)
Speaker(s): TBA
Host(s): Denise Manahan-Vaughan

Speakers marked with * are requested

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Painting Competition 2014

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IGSN Malwettbewerb 2014 für die Bochumer Grundschulen.
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IGSN painting competition 2014 for Bochumer primary schools.
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Cultural Trip to Aachen

Advisory Board member Dr. Paul Rheinländer recently invited IGSN students for a cultural day out.

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IGSN Conference

On the 1st and 2nd of April, the sixth IGSN conference took place, entitled "Receptors and ion channels: The molecular basis of synaptic signaling and modulation"

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Communicator Award

Onur Güntürkün is the winner of this year's Communicator Award, conferred by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany.

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IGSN Online Application

The online application for our 2014 programme has now closed.

Thank you very much to everybody that applied.


The BoNeuroMed programme started in Oct. 2009.

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