Information for Applicants

The workshop provides intensive practical tuition in a number of microelectrode, patch clamp and optical techniques applied to single cells and whole tissues.   It is intended for postgraduate students, post-doctoral workers or established scientists applying the techniques in their research. The following core techniques are offered as 3-day hands-on experiments:

  • Patch clamp – single channel, whole cell recording
  • Brain slice recording
  • Single electrode voltage-clamp of ascidian oocytes- ion conductance and fertilization
  • Two electrode voltage clamp of molluscan neurons
  • Cell injection and transgenic labelling techniques
  • Ion-selective microelectrodes to measure ion concentrations in hippocampal slices
  • Fluorescent indicators in cardiac and neuronal cells. Genetically encoded indicators
  • Photolysis and photostimulation
  • Optical bench for microscope imaging and optics

There is a whole day of practical electronics and an optical bench teaching microscope optics.

Daily lectures, demonstrations and practicals in topics:

Electronics and instrumentation, Microscopy - Signal processing, data analysis and interpretation - Extracellular recording - Multi-electrode arrays, - In vivo whole cell patch clamp recording,-Virus injection, Channel reconstitution and bilayer recording, -Photolysis -  Amperometry and Capacitance measurements -  Optogenetic probes.

To view and download the Poster, please click

To view the poster created following the 2018 Workshop, please click

To see an interview with the Founders of the Workshop, please go to one of the equipment lender's web-page here.

There are 20 places. Accommodation (for 14 nights – arrive & depart on Wednesday) is close to the laboratory.  Breakfast and lunch is provided in the lab each day.

The course fee of £1,500 includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch and tuition.   Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements.

How to Apply

Please use the 

Please ensure that you list in order of priority four 3-day techniques that you would like to learn selected from the list on the application form. Indicate what your likely source of funding is.  Applicants who expect to require visas to attend the course should indicate this on the application.

  provide a concise description of your research, your reasons for wishing to attend and your experience of techniques taught on the workshop. Maximum length 4 pages.

  provide a brief CV (2 sides), including list of publications.

 accompany the application with a letter of recommendation from an academic referee, preferably PhD supervisor or Head of Laboratory.   This letter should indicate how your research, the laboratory in which you work and the area of research that you intend to pursue will benefit from your participation in the workshop.
All applicants will receive acknowledgement fairly immediately after their submission, certainly before the application deadline, and ALL applicants will be notified of the outcome. If you are unsure if your application has been safely received, please contact the office on 01752 426493 (Mrs Alex Street).

Funding

UK Research Councils

At present there is no ‘guaranteed fee’ agreed for Research Council students.   Application should be made with MRC, BBSRC or EPSRC through appropriate channels for support from the studentship.

Affiliates of the Physiological Society

Help with funding is usually available for young physiologists working in the UK.   If you wish to apply please indicate clearly in your application to the workshop.  You will, of course, need to be a Member of the Physiological Society. There is no need to apply for the travel grant directly to the Physiological Society before workshop applications are assessed, please wait until the workshop application outcome is known.   We will provide a letter to accompany your application for the travel grant.

Information is on www.physoc.org/grants/

Bursaries

The workshop can provide a limited amount of bursaries. If you think you will have difficulty finding the full fee and will need a half bursary, please indicate clearly in your application.

Application submission:

Please submit by email the 

Attach your Curriculum Vitae and Research Project (giving a concise description of your research, your reasons for wishing to attend and your experience of techniques taught on the workshop). Maximum length 4 pages. Also a PDF copy of a signed Letter of Recommendation on organisation letterheaded notepaper from an academic referee, preferably PhD supervisor or Head of Laboratory.   This letter should indicate how your research, the laboratory in which you work and the area of research that you intend to pursue will benefit from your participation on the course.

Please send these three parts to arrive no later than 17:00 on 31 March 2020mbacourses@mba.ac.uk
Please make the subject of the email ‘Application CPW 2020′ followed by your surname.

Applicants who are visa dependent will need to apply for visiting visas.  Letters will be provided to those in need of supporting visa documentation

All applicants will receive acknowledgement fairly immediately after their submission, certainly before the application deadline.   Please telephone the office if you are uncertain whether your application has been safely received.  A meeting to assess applications will occur during May and ALL applicants will be notified of the outcome.

(This is the 2019 lecture timetable; the 2020 timetable will be very similar)

Discouraging inappropriate conduct:

The workshop encourages questioning and intellectual debate among all participants as part of an inclusive and friendly group. Inappropriate behaviour or harassment of any kind that goes against this is unwelcome. The MBA has a policy and procedures aimed at discouraging inappropriate behaviour. By applying to the course you acknowledge this code of conduct.

Pre-course Reading

The Plymouth Workshop Handbook 

http://plymsea.ac.uk/7954/

Electronics documents will be sent to course participants separately.

WEBMAXC STANDARD

https://somapp.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/pharmacology/bers/maxchelator/ 

AXON GUIDE

https://www.moleculardevices.com/axon-guide