2024 Patricia Levy Zusman International Minicourse in Regeneration Biology
Hosted by the Center for Neuroregeneration and Department of Neurosurgery
About Zusman Neural Network
The Zusman Neural Network aims to stimulate new ideas that will fill the gap between physiology and functional-based brain stimulation technologies and the molecular and cellular understanding of innate neuronal plasticity. This is achieved through a hyper-focused environment in workshops with an incubator set up, allowing participants to attend technical presentations on targeted subjects and providing a facilitatory environment to promote communication and collaboration between attendees. We further this by providing educational opportunities to the next generation of scientists aimed at deepening their understanding of the mechanics and synthesis of project development in systems neuroscience as well as the implementation and interpretation of experimental design, scientific rigor, and statistics in neuroscience.
Throughout its history, neural regeneration has been a challenging discipline in terms of modeling and rigorous assessment of plasticity. Rigorously modeling the injured nervous system is a challenge given its innate complexity. Further, repair/regeneration of the nervous system requires a multidisciplinary approach, along with the integration of multiple tools and many areas of expertise (e.g., biology, engineering, immunology), making it an undoubtedly complex discipline. One of the most common problems seen in the field since its inception has been the empirical testing of neural regeneration, particularly both at the anatomical and the functional level. Ultimately, the complex nature of the nervous system and the neural regeneration field requires a level of consideration from multiple disciplines in order to generate investigative principles that lead to scientific rigor and reproducibility. This mini-course aims to deepen trainees’ understanding of the mechanics and synthesis of project development in systems neuroscience as well as the implementation and interpretation of experimental design, scientific rigor, and statistics in neuroscience.
Our mission is to be an educational hub for trainees and early-stage investigators interested in learning historical principles as well as modern tools for the rigorous analysis of neural regeneration.
- Initiation of Growth
- Guidance and Targeting
This course is limited to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
|Philip J. Horner, PhD
Professor of Neuroregeneration, Academic Institute
Full Member, Research Institute
Scientific Director, Center for Neuroregeneration
Weill Cornell Medical College