Drosophila 2018

Course "Drosophila melanogaster models for neurodegenerative diseases"


Trieste, Italy

17 - 20 April 2018


Meeting Location

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology - ICGEB
Padriciano 99
I-34149 Trieste, Italy


Scientific Organiser

Fabian Feiguin (ICGEB Trieste, Italy)


Meeting Secretariat

ICGEB Meetings and Courses Unit
Padriciano 99
I-34149 Trieste, Italy
Tel: +39-040-3757333, Fax: +39-040-226555
Email: coursesicgeb.org


Drosophila models of neurological disease are essential to understand complex human diseases in many different aspects of the biomedical research. The programme of the course will cover the latest achievements in Drosophila state-of-the-art methodologies aimed to the accurate representation of human disease and the design of innovative therapeutic approaches. The course is particularly aimed to train ICGEB member countries students and young scientists interested in adopting Drosophila as experimental system. To maximize the benefit of the programme, priority will be given to participants already working with this model organism. The event will start with an introduction of Drosophila neurogenetics. This will be followed by an overview of various strategies to induce cell-type specific gene expression or silencing in the nervous system. In parallel, the course will also instruct participants on how to measure synaptic activity, perform in vivo imaging analysis, assess complex behaviors and evaluate these Drosophila traits in a quantitative manner. These topics will be examined using recent examples of disease model that have been developed and are being actively used by all the faculty members.



  • Neurogenetics
  • Synapses formation and maintenance
  • Subcellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration
  • Axonal regeneration
  • Drug discovery



What participants say about the ICGEB Drosophila Course:

"The course was outstanding"

"The stations were perfect and very informative,
thanks to the organisers and the lab staff!"

"Very interesting and wonderful speakers!
All of them gave super delivery of their talks"

"Excellent!! *****!!"

"Very well organised, super friendly organisers and lecturers,
I appreciate their dedication"

"It is really a useful and wonderfully organised event ever attended."

"The practicals were perfect and very informative"

"Wonderful speakers!
Superb delivery of their talks, from basic aspects to specific work"

"Materials and tools provided were amazing"

"Very stimulating. I enjoyed every aspect of it,
I'm looking forward to starting up drosophila research"



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