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Frontiers in Neurophotonics

Important notice - March 2020

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the 2020 Frontiers in Neurophotonics Summer School has been cancelled.  The Summer school will be held next May 23 - June 2 2021, and we look forward to accepting application at the end of 2020 or early 2021.


The next edition of the Frontiers in Neurophotonics Summer School will take place May 23 - June 2 2021 at the Neurophotonics Centre.

View the Neurophotonics Summer School 2019 Program (PDF)

Trainees attending the school are selected through a competition. Applications will be submitted to a jury and evaluated on the basis of the quality of the candidate’s academic and research background, as well as their motivation and letters of recommendation.


Go to the How to Apply page to learn more about the application process.

View the Summer School archives to view the list of previous speakers and sample programs of the school.

Frontiers in Neurophotonics is an opportunity to meet fellow researchers and students from around the world, discuss and discover the latest advances in live cell optical imaging techniques put in perspective by experimental challenges in the field of neuroscience. The school will combine tutorials given by experts in photonics and neuroscience and hands-on experiments involving advanced optical approaches to measure, manipulate and follow molecular events in living neuronal cells.

2020 speakers:

  • Sara Abrahamsson (UCSC, USA)
  • Robert Campbell (University of Calgary and University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Daniel Côté (Université Laval, Canada)
  • Michèle Desjardins (Université Laval, Canada)
  • Stéphane Dieudonné (École Normale Supérieure, Paris)
  • Paul De Koninck (Université Laval, Canada)
  • Yves De Koninck (Université Laval, Canada)
  • Flavie Lavoie-Cardinal (Université Laval, Canada)
  • Jennifer Li (Max Planck Institute, Tuebingen, Germany)
  • Tim Murphy (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Ed Ruthazer (McGill University, Canada)
  • … and more to come!

Topics covered:

  • In vivo Ca2+ and microglia imaging in the olfactory bulb
  • Video-rate multimodal imaging in vivo. Example
  • Fast volumetric methods for whole brain imaging
  • Imaging protein trafficking in various neuronal compartments. Example
  • Tracking of single receptors on membrane Example
  • Fluorescence lifetime approaches. Example
  • Photobleaching and Photoactivation techniques. Example
  • Two-photon calcium imaging in axons and dendrites
  • Mapping synaptic connections between neurons
  • Super-resolution optical imaging
  • Optical microprobe applications in vivo

The school is supported with funds from Brain Canada.

We hope to see you in Quebec !