Frontiers in Neurophotonics

An International Summer School on Advanced Optical Imaging and Photoactivation Techniques


The next edition of the Frontiers in Neurophotonics Summer School will take place June 10-20, 2018 at the Neurophotonics Centre.

View the Neurophotonics Summer School 2017 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.

The deadline to apply for the 2018 Summer school is March 1st 2018.


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. Frontiers in neurophotonics 2018 Summer school

Preliminary list of 2018 speakers:

  • Denis Boudreau - Université Laval, Canada
  • Robert Campbell - University of Alberta, Canada
  • Anna Devor - University of California in San Diego, USA
  • Valentina Emiliani - Paris-Descartes, France
  • Maria Angela Franceschini - MGH Harvard, USA
  • Kurt Haas – University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Tim Murphy - University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Ed Ruthazer – McGill University, Canada
  • Fan Wang - Duke University, USA
  • and more to come...

Topics covered:

  • Tracking cell migration and maturation in live brain slices. Example
  • Video-rate multimodal imaging in vivo. Example
  • Coherent Anti-stokes Raman Scattering microscopy. Example
  • 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 !