Fibre photometry enables the precise examination of the activity of specific neuronal populations with high spatiotemporal specificity in freely behaving animals. The technique is quickly gaining popularity due to its relative simplicity and compatibility with multiple behavioural experimental paradigms. However, its utilization is not standardized in literature, leaving implementation and data analysis across research groups quite a challenge.
This workshop in fibre photometry aims to offer intensive training to members of the research community who are interested in integrating the technique into their studies, while adhering to open science principles.
The workshop will take place in person at the University of Calgary from November 21-24, 2023. Content will include lectures, seminars, demonstrations, and some hands-on work with topics including: Introduction to Fibre Photometry; Data Collection; Surgical Demonstrations; Experimental Demonstrations; Data Analysis; and Data Interpretation. There will also be a special Research Seminar presented by Dr. Christophe Proulx of Université Laval.
For complete information on the workshop, please refer to the full Application Guidelines.
||August 21, 2023
||September 22, 2023
|Notification of Decision:
||October 2023 (subject to change)
||November 21-24, 2023
To be eligible for review, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral researchers engaged in neuroscience research with a significant emphasis on fibre photometry
- Principal Investigators may apply, but trainees will be given priority
- Applicants must be affiliated with a Canadian post-secondary institution
- Priority will be given to trainees and researchers from Alberta, but trainees outside Alberta are eligible to apply
- Additional considerations:
- Applicants should have a well-defined intention for applying the fibre photometry technique to their research
- Applicants must be comfortable viewing animal surgery
- Prior experience with any programming language is not required
For complete information on eligibility, please refer to the full Application Guidelines.
Applications must be submitted electronically through the Online Application Submission. The individual who wishes to attend the workshop must be the one to apply.
It is imperative that the application is proofread before submission; changes to the application after the deadline are not allowed. Only a single copy of an application will be accepted. A list of application questions is provided in the Application Guidelines for reference only.
Applications must be submitted in completion before 11:59 PM MT on September 22, 2023.
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure the application submission adheres to all requirements and is submitted before the deadline.
For complete information on how to apply, please refer to the full Application Guidelines.
All eligible and complete applications will undergo evaluation by a review committee composed of CSMOpto team members and a representative of CAN.
Applications will be evaluated and ranked on the following criteria:
- Preference for Alberta-based applicants
- Preference for neuroscience trainees
- Qualifications and experience of the applicant
- Justification for attendance and benefit to applicant’s program of study or research project
- Benefit and contribution to supervisor’s program of neuroscience research
A maximum of 12 applicants will be invited to participate based on the review committee evaluations. CSMOpto and CAN will not enter discussion on specific items in the review process or reasons for the rejection of applications. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
For complete information on the review process, please refer to the full Application Guidelines.
Successful applicants must accept their offer within five (5) business days of receiving the notification of decision from CAN. An acceptance form will be provided and must be returned with supporting documentation to CAN by email, signed by all relevant parties, within this timeframe. Any potential conditions or required clarifications and their related timelines will be outlined with the offer. Failure to comply with this requirement may lead to withdrawal of the offer.
Successful applicants, on acceptance of their offer, will be registered for the four-day workshop. Registration is covered by CSMOpto and includes the workshop fee, refreshments and lunch for the four workshop days, and for attendees from outside of Calgary, some coverage for accommodations and travel fees. More information on travel and accommodation coverage will be provided with the notification of decision.
Successful applicants who accept their offer are required to attend all four days of the workshop and provide feedback to workshop coordinators following the final day.
For complete information on the Terms and Conditions, please refer to the full Application Guidelines.