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


Michaelmas term 2014

October 16 2-4 pm

Introduction to laboratory techniques: basic rules and good laboratory practice

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury


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 and Dr Barbara Lorber


October 30  9.30am- 5pm

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

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury and Dr Barbara Lorber


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 (Jan 2015).

Details will follow

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