Course “Drosophila melanogaster models for neurodegenerative diseases”

Trieste, Italy
17-20 April 2018

Scientific Organisers

Fabian Feiguin (ICGEB Trieste, Italy)

Meeting Secretariat

ICGEB Meetings and Courses Unit
Tel: +39-040-3757333 
Fax: +39-040-226555
Email: [email protected] 

Drosophila models of neurological disease are essential to understand complex human diseases in many different aspects of the biomedical research. The programme of the course will cover the latest achievements in Drosophila state-of-the-art methodologies aimed to the accurate representation of human disease and the design of innovative therapeutic approaches. The course is particularly aimed to train ICGEB member countries students and young scientists interested in adopting Drosophila as experimental system. To maximize the benefit of the programme, priority will be given to participants already working with this model organism. The event will start with an introduction of Drosophila neurogenetics. This will be followed by an overview of various strategies to induce cell-type specific gene expression or silencing in the nervous system. In parallel, the course will also instruct participants on how to measure synaptic activity, perform in vivoimaging analysis, assess complex behaviors and evaluate these Drosophila traits in a quantitative manner. These topics will be examined using recent examples of disease model that have been developed and are being actively used by all the faculty members.


  • Neurogenetics
  • Synapses formation and maintenance
  • Subcellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration
  • Axonal regeneration
  • Drug discovery
What participants say about the ICGEB Drosophila Course:
The course was outstanding”
“The stations were perfect and very informative,
thanks to the organisers and the lab staff!”
“Very interesting and wonderful speakers! 
All of them gave super delivery of their talks”
“Excellent!! *****!!”
“Very well organised, super friendly organisers and lecturers,
I appreciate their dedication”
“It is really a useful and wonderfully organised event ever attended.”
“The practicals were perfect and very informative”
“Wonderful speakers! 
Superb delivery of their talks, from basic aspects to specific work”
“Materials and tools provided were amazing”
“Very stimulating. I enjoyed every aspect of it, 
I’m looking forward to starting up drosophila research”



Participation is subject to selection. Only a limited number of participants (20) are admitted to this Course to allow comfortable access to the instruments.

Selection will be based on applicants’ CV and potential benefit for their career. Geographical and gender balance, as well as priority order in the registration, will also be considered.

Priority will be given to PhD or postdoctoral students willing to adopt the Drosophila system in their laboratories, as well as to more senior investigators who wish to establish a fly facility in an ICGEB Member Country.

Deadline for registration: 

First call – 15 December 2017 (Trieste time)
CLOSED – Selection results will be notified shortly

Second call – 15 January 2018 (Trieste time)
CLOSED – Selection results will be notified shortly


Registration Fees

Selected participants will be notified and will need to finalise their registration with payment of the relevant registration fee.

Selected participants will be notified and will need to finalise their registration with payment of the relevant registration fee.

Postdocs and Academics:   €150

The registration fee includes:
– coffee breaks
– lunches and a get-together on the first day
– certificate of attendance
– access to the instruments for hands-on experience


Download the programme here


Abstract submission is subject to selection
Unless you have received a formal request from the Organising Secretariat, do not submit your abstract

Download the Abstract Form  and submit it as an email attachment to [email protected]  by 25th January 2018

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  • Abstracts should focus on unpublished material
  • Authorisation is requested for inclusion in the electronic Abstract Book to be distributed to all participants, together with personal contacts
  • Your abstract will be imported directly into the abstract book, so please follow the format indicated on the form to guarantee inclusion and accuracy

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Meeting Location

AREA Science Park
Padriciano 99
34149 Trieste, ITALY
Tel: +39-040-37571
Fax: +39-040-226555
[email protected]