NEUROTWIN
Virtual Study Abroad: Dynamical Neuroscience in Ukraine
May 10-28 2021

Each day the lectures start at 16:00 Kyiv time
(9 AM Atlanta, 15:00 CET)
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10.05.2021 - Opening Remarks
Prof. Gennadiy Cymbalyuk, Neuroscience Institute, GSU, Atlanta, USA. Lecture and Tutorial: Neurons and their circuits as Dynamical Systems
— Prof. Gennadiy Cymbalyuk, Neuroscience Institute, GSU, Atlanta, USA.

11.05.2021
Lecture: Exploring presynaptic mechanisms of synaptic function with optical sensors
— Prof. Dmitri Rusakov, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, University College London, United Kingdom.
Tutorial: Modelling astrocytes on clouds using Astro
— Dr. Leonid Savchenko, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, University College London, United Kingdom.

12.05.2021
Lecture: Study design: non-trivial challenges in common issues
— Prof. Georgiy Bakalkin, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Uppsala University, Sweden.
Tutorial: Molecular neuroscience: focus on the analysis of RNA molecules.
— Dr. Olga Nosova, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Uppsala University, Sweden.

13.05.2021
Lecture and tutorial: Integrative Neuroscience: Interrogating neural code with open-access, massively parallel electrophysiological recordings
— Dr. Maxym Myroshnychenko, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Bethesda, United States.

14.05.2021
First hospital tour
Master class: Multimodal Neuromonitoring in Neonates.
— Dr. Denis Surkov, Chief of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Regional Children’s Hospital, Dnipro, Ukraine.
Lecture: Modeling of neurons of the peripheral nervous system.
— Prof. Sergey Korogod, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kyiv, Ukraine.

15.05.2021
Lecture and Tutorial: Integrative Neuroscience: Interrogating neural code with open-access, massively parallel electrophysiological recordings.
— Dr. Maxym Myroshnychenko, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Bethesda, United States.

16.05.2021 — Day-off

17.05.2021
Lecture and Tutorial: Experimental models of seizures and epilepsy in a study of consequences and mechanisms of temporal lobe epilepsy.
— Dr. Alina Savotchenko, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kyiv, Ukraine.

18.05.2021
Lecture: Whole-cell vs. unitary current recordings: do we get the same answers regarding biophysical and pharmacological properties of ion channels?
— Prof. Aleksandr Zholos, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine.
Tutorial I: Automation of electrophysiological data analysis using Origin. Insights into the gating mechanisms of ion channels with the help of the Quantify Unknown Biophysics (QUB) software.
— Prof. Aleksandr Zholos, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine.
Tutorial II: Modelling and molecular dynamics simulation of the full-length receptor- operated TRPC4 cation channel and its docking with PIP2.
— Katerina Andriienkova, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine.

19.05.2021
Lecture: How fly and worm helped to study human diseases.
— Prof. Yaroslav Shuba, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kyiv, Ukraine.
Tutorial: Electrophysiological methods of research.
— Dr. Bizhan Sharopov, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kyiv, Ukraine.

20.05.2021
Lecture I: The basics of pain research.
— Prof. Nana Voitenko, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kyiv, Ukraine.
Lecture II: Spinal mechanisms of pain processing.
— Prof. Boris Safronov, Neuronal Networks Research Group, Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Portugal.
Tutorial: Patch-clamp registration and data analysis of dorsal horn neurons' activity recorded from intact spinal cord ex vivo preparation.
— Dr. Sergii Romanenko and Dr. Oleh Halaidych, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kyiv, Ukraine.

21.05.2021
hospital tour
Master class: MExcursion to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Laboratory of functional diagnostics with a presentation on current research in clinical neurophysiology, electroencephalography, and electrocardiography.
— Dr. Olena Piddubna, Department of Functional Diagnostics, Dnipropetrovsk Region Medical Center for Mother and Child, Dnipro, Ukraine with the participation of Prof. Iryna Kulagina, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology Kyiv, Ukraine.
Lecture: Modeling of neurons of the central nervous system.
— Prof. Sergey Korogod, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kyiv, Ukraine.
Tutorial: Usage of NEURON software for modeling of CNS neurons.
— Prof. Sergey Korogod, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kyiv, Ukraine.

22.05.2021
Lecture: Ca2+—dependent signaling of Neuronal Calcium Sensor proteins.
— Prof. Pavel Belan, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kyiv, Ukraine.
Tutorial: Simulation of Neuronal Calcium Sensor protein signaling NEURON simulation environment.
— Arsentii Ivasyuk, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kyiv, Ukraine.

23.05.2021 — Day-off

24.05.2021
Lecture: The role of receptor-operated and sensory TRP channels in smooth muscle contractility disorders.
— Prof. Aleksandr Zholos, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine.
Tutorial: Introduction to the patch-clamp techniques. Effects of ion channel modulators on integral and single-channel currents in isolated smooth muscle cells.
— Dr. Dariya Dryn and Dr. Mariya Melnyk, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kyiv, Ukraine.

25-th, 26-th, 27-th of May 2021 — Prof. Cymbalyuk, Prof. Korogod, Dr. Myroshnichenko, and Prof. Zholos Consulting projects

28.05.2021 — Students’ presentations
Program
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Event description: The students enrolled in this Summer School will learn about contemporary methods and discoveries in quantitative fields of neuroscience, while submerged in a vibrant intercultural environment. Students will learn a broad range of quantitative topics of neuroscience: dynamical principles of neuronal activity, basics of data-analysis, biophysics of ion channels, biophysics of neurons, and behavioral tests. This online course will be conducted virtually in collaboration with the Bogomolets Institute of Physiology in Kyiv, Ukraine. Students will attend virtual lectures on contemporary topics in neuroscience, with virtual laboratory tours, and engage in tutorials and projects providing hands-on experience in related data analysis and computational neuroscience modeling using Matlab and Neuron software. The course will be organized in the format of an international summer school with the participation of students and professors from GSU, Ukraine, the European Union, and the UK. Attendees will make friends with students from the top academic institute of Ukraine leading in the field of neuroscience. They will submerge in the perfect environment for studying, making new friends and having fun! Students will also have opportunities for virtual city tours. The students will discover Eastern Europe and explore Kiev, an ancient city known for architecture, historical monuments, and a vibrant cultural life.