Applications open for IBRO-UCT African Advanced School on Epilepsy

20 Jun 2015 - 12:45

We are pleased to announce the first School of the IBRO-African Centers for Advanced Training in Neuroscience at the University of Cape Town during 2-16 December 2015.


Prof. Dirk Lang (University of Cape Town).

Aims and Scope of the School

This advanced school aims to provide advanced research training in both clinical and basic aspectsof epilepsy.


The main objective of the IBRO Advanced School on Epilepsy is to provide a platform for junior researchers, postdoctoral fellows and senior PhD students to gain knowledge and experience in the use of advanced neuroscience techniques in clinical diagnosis and electrophysiology. The aim is also to promote collaboration across the continent of Africa and beyond to enhance the level of expertise in the neurosciences. The School will include lectures on state-of-the-art techniques as well as lectures aimed at providing a deeper understanding of e.g. the pathogenesis of epilepsy, the role of surgery in epilepsy, the effect of antiepileptic drugs on behaviour and cognitive function in patients with epilepsy. The basic aspect of the school will provide training in methods aimed at understanding seizures and epilepsy at multiple levels from genes to networks. This includes molecular methods, in vitro recording of seizure-like activity, whole cell-patch clamp, immunohistochemistry and calcium imaging.

Who should apply to this School?

Application is open to PhD & MD students, post-doctoral fellows & junior faculty engaged in clinical and/or basic research pertaining to epilepsy and are currently residing in Africa. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their CVs. Consideration will also be given to ensure participation of trainees from different parts of Africa.

What costs will be covered for selected applicants?

Accommodation and will be provided. Assistance with travel expenses to South Africa will be available if required and adequately motivated.


Apply here - Deadline: July 1, 2015 (11:59 p.m. CET)


For all enquiries, please contact Prof. Dirk Lang at

Co-sponsored by Society of Neuroscientists of Africa