Drugs and the Brain:
from Laboratory to Clinic

This multidisciplinary four-day course covers all major neurobiological aspects related to traditional psychopharmacological treatments and new developments in drug modulation of brain function (including classical neuropsychopharmacological agents, cognitive enhancers, illicit drugs and nutraceuticals), its underlying mechanisms, as well as targetable biological systems and processes (microbiome & gut-brain axis, the blood-brain barrier and neuroinflammation). The four days cover topics related to: Psychiatry, Reward, Psychedelics and Aging and Cognition.

The set-up of the course is intended to encourage active participation of students and to stimulate interaction between experts and participants. After expert lectures in the morning, students will work on challenging problems or statements, present and discuss the outcome in a plenary meeting, during live-streamed Q&A sessions.
To assure that participants are well prepared for the course (having a basic understanding of the principles of psychopharmacology), profit maximally from the lectures and being fully equipped to engage in discussions, background material will be provided online in the form of prerecorded lectures, knowledge clips and literature. Students registered to the course will study this material beforehand, and are monitored, i.e. using quizzes, in their progress.

The course is mainly intended for PhD students and junior post-docs. However, second year master students with a strong motivation to pursue a PhD in neuroscience may attend.   

The course has been awarded by the FENS Committee for Higher Education and Training (FENS-CHET), with the grant for the “Education and Training Clusters” call aiming to stimulate and strengthen the cooperation among NENS schools. This cluster unites four graduate schools that share a dedication to enhance the learning experience in neuroscience courses, to include skill training and to stimulate an interdisciplinary mindset. Future neuroscientists should ideally combine a range of competences that go beyond in-depth knowledge of their research domain. Communication and networking skills, ability to manage international collaborations, and understanding the multidisciplinary context of neuroscience are arguably equally important. This cluster will develop and introduce novel teaching formats in order to achieve advanced training of multiple skills during a PhD-level neuroscience course.


Registration for the full programme will close on the Sunday 19 September.


Full programme € 200,00
(access to preparation and background material; attendance lectures and Q&A sessions; parallel workshops) 
Partial programme € 100,00
(access to preparation and background material; attendance lectures and Q&A sessions)

Please contact us if you are living in a country classified as a low-income economie
If you are a PhD or a Master student of one of the organisers, please contact your supervisor.

European Graduate School of Neuroscience (EURON)
University of Crete, Faculty of Medicine, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
University of Minho, School of Medicine, Braga, Portugal