The Cajal Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme is proposing to develop a complete core technical training curriculum for new neuroscience researchers: the NeuroCore.
The NeuroCore curriculum will comprise four hands-on hardware modules, the NeuroKits (in yellow), and four software modules, the NeuroBits (in gray).
The NeuroKits are a set of four “kits”, boxes containing all the physical materials required to design and implement experimental hardware, which are sent to students prior to their course. The Cajal Programme will develop 4 NeuroKits:
- Bootcamp: introduction to computers (hardware, software). Build a robot. A first version of this course has already been developed, see more information here.
- E-phys: basics of electrophysiology. Build your own EMG,EEG system. A first version of this course has already been developed, see more information here.
- Optics: essential optical techniques. Build a microscope.
- Behaviour: modern tools for behaviour assay design. Build a psychophysics experiment. A first version of this course has already been developed, see more information here, combined with a new course on Modern Approaches to Behavioural Analysis based on the DeeplabCut software.
Each NeuroKit is then coupled with a computational module, the NeuroBits, which introduces the fundamentals of programming, data analysis, and machine learning with training tutorials directly linked to the data acquired by the instruments designed and built during each NeuroKit. The Cajal Programme will develop 4 NeuroBits:
- Software Architecture: fundamentals of programming
- Signal Processing: intro to 1D digital signal analysis
- Image Processing: intro to 2D digital image analysis
- AI/ML: Modern machine learning methods for neuroscience
This will allow us to create a highly effective learning platform, where the largest community of international neuroscience students and instructors ever assembled will share the same materials and knowledge.
This complete NeuroCore programme will be the first of its kind and provide foundational core training in the state-of-the-art technical skills required of a modern neuroscientist.