Training school/hand-on workshop in Convergence Neuroscience

Bridging the gap between human patients and animal models of neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs)

Theme: the workshop aims to facilitate integration of human-mouse phenotyping data, with a focus on social and cognitive deficits, and to improve the use of animal models in preclinical and clinical research of NDDs in general and those associated with copy-number variations (CNVs) in particular. We will practice several cutting-edge paradigms of phenotyping animal models of NDDs.

Date and location: Genova, Italy, 08-12 October 2018

Local host: Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Via Morego 30 – 16163 Genova, Italy

Responsible supervisors: Shlomo Wagner and Francesco Papaleo.

Application process: Any Ph.D. student, post-doc or researcher interested in behavioral phenotyping of NDDs animal models. A FELASA or equivalent certificate of basic animal manipulations and well-being is recommended. Please send a CV and a short cover letter to

Deadline: August 31st2018

Practical details: The duration of this Training School is five working days (Trainees are suggested to arrive in Italy on Sunday 07/10 and depart on Friday 12/10, in the afternoon). A grant of up to 600 EURO (up to 400 EUR for Italian residents) will be provided for accepted participants as a contribution to the travelling costs, accommodation and subsistence during the Training School.

About the hosts: The training school will be hosted by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a Foundation and aims to promote excellence in basic and applied research and to promote the development of the national economy. The construction of IIT’s laboratories began in 2006 and ended in 2009. IIT’s total staff is comprised of 1632 people from more than 55 countries. Average age is 34 years and 41% of the staff are women. The scientific field is represented approximately by 80% of overall staff. Approximately 46% of scientific staff come from abroad. Of these, 32% consist of foreigners and 14% are Italians who returned from abroad. Today, the scientific staff consists of 7% principal investigators, 11%.

Hotel recommended:
Best Western Porto Antico
Mercure San Biagio Hotel

For booking with special rate, please write to Otherwise feel free to book somewhere in Genova. IIT will arrange, from city downtown, a daily shuttle buses (morning and late afternoon) to reach the Institute.

For info and details regarding the registration fees, please write to