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First LAZEN Zebrafish Course

The First LAZEN Zebrafish Course will take place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, next December 5-10. This is a joint initiavive between the Latin American Zebrafish Network (LAZEN; http://www.zebrafish.cl/lazen.html) and PPG em Biologia Celular e Molecular, PUCRS (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul; http://www.pucrs.br/), that aims to introduce inexperienced  researchers and technicians into the use of this animal experimental system.

The course will consist of lectures on the rationale and practical applications of different experimental approaches in the zebrafish, conducted by Latin American researchers with extensive experience on the subject.  The target audience includes students (undergraduate and graduate) and researchers who want to deepen their knowledge about this animal model which use is increasing worldwide and has significant strategic and competitive advantages in several areas of research, as well as animal care technicians who want to expand their expertise.

The program will include the following topics:

-  General view and history of zebrafish and LAZEN.
- Obtention and development; manipulation of embryos and larvae.
- Behavioral protocols and pharmacological approaches; memory, anxiety and stress.
- Toxicology and drug screenings.
- Genetics and transgenesis; morpholino  and  DNA injections.
- Microscopy, immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization.

Additionally, we will offer a limited number of places for practical training, to be held in the mornigs, the same dates. Applicants interested in these positions should write to the LAZEN board (lazen@zebrafish.cl) explaining the reason for their interest, and the expected contribution of this training to their professional formation. Please include a note from the supervisor supporting the application and a short CV. Students from all Latin America are welcome, but they are encouraged to get their own financial support. Eventually, there will be a small amount to partially support travel of two or three non-Brazilian students. Please, state and justify in the application if this support is needed

For more information: http://www3.pucrs.br/portal/page/portal/educon/index/extensao/curso?cd_curso=326.

Registration to the theoretical course can be made at Educação Continuada, PUCRS (Prédio 15, sala 112 PUCRS central campus), telephone (+5551) 3320-3727 or through the e-mail: educacao.continuada@pucrs.br . Cost: R$ 112,00

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: 29/11/2011
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