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Of Mice and Men: A Crash Course in Comparative Neuroanatomy

Course description:

Research on rodent models of neurological, neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders is widely used with the aim of developing novel therapeutic strategies for these disorders. Such studies are inevitably based on the assumption that rodent and human brains are structurally and functionally similar enough to enable cross-species translation of research results. Often, however, researchers lack the knowledge in comparative neuroanatomy to adequately assess the potential and pitfalls of their trasnlational approach.

In the present workshop, we provide an overview of the neuroanatomy of the human and mouse brain, focusing in particular on those brain regions most relevant to neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. We will highlight similarities and differences between the two species, with the overall aim of providing students with a basic awareness of the strengths and limitations of translating brain research from mice to men.               

Trainers: Prof. Dilja Krueger-Burg, Prof. Dr. Michael Schmeißer, students, and postdocs from the Institute of Anatomy, JGU Mainz

Target audience: doctoral students, postdocs, and clinician scientists

Maximum number of participants: 20

Next workshop: 08.10.2024, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Venue: TBA

Contact: To participate in this workshop, please send an email to Dilja Krueger-Burg (dkruegerburg[@]uni-mainz.de) by 20.09.24.               
For the workshop, 1 CP for scientific skills training can be credited.