Department of Clinical Neurosciences

School of Clinical Medicine



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Workshops  in cell and molecular neuroscience
Workshops take place in the John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair  0930-1700hrs. Contact Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury ( for further details and to book a place. 

** Check the times of individual workshops carefully!**  Most are 2-4 pm but there are exceptions (longer workshops)

For details of the seminar series, click here

See details of the CRASH COURSE IN NEUROSCIENCE at the foot of this page. Or click here


Michaelmas term 2014

October 16 2-4 pm

Introduction to laboratory techniques: basic rules and good laboratory practice

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury and Dr Jessica Kwok


October 23  2-4pm

Introduction to cellular neuroscience: neurobiology of cells, cell culture and histology

Importance of pluripotent stem cells, ips cells and cell therapy in Neurodegenerative diseases.

Retinal ganglion cell in neuroprotection.

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury


October 30  9.30am- 5pm

Cell biology 1. Neuronal cultures. Retinal and cortical neuron culture

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury and Dr Hiro Koseki


November 6  9.30am- 5pm

Cell biology 2.  Adult skin cells to neuron and glial transformation

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury and Lucy Collins


November 13-14 2pm – 5pm

Brain anatomy. Anatomy and Histology of Rodent Brain.

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury


November 20 9.30 -5pm

Immunohistochemistry. Staining methods of tissue sections from different brain regions

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury


November 27 2pm-4pm

Cellular pathology in neuro-inflammation and nerurodegenerative diseases.

Abnormal cellular pathology in brain cancer. 

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury and Dr Sara Piccirillo


December 4 9.30am-11.30am

Microscopy workshop 1 : fluorescence and confocal microscopy

Prof James Fawcett


December 11 9.30 am – 1pm

Microscopy workshop 2 :  Fluorescence and confocal microscopy (continued)

Dr. Ruma Raha-Chowdhury, Dr Simona Foscarin  and Dr. Richard Eva


 Lent term 2014

January 15  2-4 pm

Introduction to molecular neuroscience: basic techniques.

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury


January 20  10am-5pm

Extraction of DNA from brain tissue and plasmids

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury


January 29  2pm- 4pm

Transfection and transduction.

Dr Aviva Tolkovsky


February 5  2-4 pm

 Injury in rodent model, introduction of viral vectors.

Dr Patrice Smith and Dr Sara Solomon


February 12 2-4 pm

Dissection of spinal cord and DRG neurons

Dr Patrice Smith and Dr Sara Solomon


February 19 10am – 5pm

 Total RNA and cDNA synthesis.

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury


February 26 2-4 pm

Genomic expression in normal and diseased brain

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury


March 5th 10am-5 pm

 PCR and quantitative-PCR analysis

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury and Dr Rumina Vuono


March 12-13 2-4 pm

 Use of Animal models to study disease pathology in PD and HD.

Dr Bernardino Ossola and Dr Rumina Vuono


March 19 2-4 pm

Cellular localisation of RNA by in-situ Hybridisation, arrays and gene silencing

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury and Dr Simon Stott


March 26-27  10am-5 pm

 In-situ Hybridisation of brain sections

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury and Dr Simon Stott


April 16 2-4 pm

 Proteomics tools: Western blotting and ELISA

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury and Dr Jessica Kwok


April 23-24 10am-5pm

Western blotting

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury



Crash course in neuroscience: for those with no previous training in this subject.

Lecture Room 9, 8 Mill Lane.  2-4 pm.

Dec 5:  Prof Joe Herbert: The functional architecture of the brain

Dec 8: Prof James Fawcett: The neuron and its connections

Dec 9:  Prof Robin Franklin: Glial cells-what they are and what they do


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