Practicals and demonstrations


From the essentials to state of the art techniques for neurophysiologists

The course offers a choice of intensive, hands-on practicals and students attend numerous demonstrations of high-level techniques through visits to labs at the Université Paris Cité, the Ecole Normale Supérieure, the Paris Brain Institute (ICM) and the Institut de la Vision.


Consolidate your knowledge of the concepts of electronics and optics with the two “benches”. Everybody does these.

Intensive training on basic concepts

Electronics bench

Build operational-amplifier circuits, learn about digital electronics, understand what your interface does.

Optics bench

Learn about what is inside a microscope and how to couple exetrnal optics to it.


Three two-day blocks, which students choose from the following :

Mandatory Patch training

To unlock advances patch workshops an intitial two days traning is provided to teach students to do their own DIC in vitro patching.

Photolysis of caged neurotransmitters

Use a laser to trigger focal photorelease of L-glutamate, GABA in cerebellar slices. Learn how to calibrate photorelease like a pro, using caged fluorophores.

Extracellular Field recording

In this practical you will learn to perform field recordings in hippocampal slices, induce and record LTP as well as using optical stimulation of channelrhodopsin-expressing inputs

Patch-clamp recording and synaptic stimulation in slices

Learn about slice preparation, recording, amplifier operation, optimisation of recordings and synaptic stimulation. Two setups are available.

Sodium imaging with ultra-fast cameras

Learn how to use ultra-fast CCD or cMOS camera imaging and laser light sources to image neuronal signals in slices; the practical will apply these techniques to imaging intracellular sodium ions.

Imaging Calcium concentration in whole cell recording in slices

Learn how to use organic and genetically encoded calcium indicators, fast CCD imaging and LED illumination to record calcium responses from somata, dendrites and terminals during whole-cell recording.

2-photon calcium imaging

Learn to use 2-photon microscopy to measure intracellular calcium concentrations in subcellular compartments.


Discover high-density multielectrode recording and high-throughput analysis using Neuropixels.

2-photon voltage imaging

Discover the latest techniques for voltage recordings using high-speed 2-photon imaging.

Open-source miniscopes

Learn how to assemble and deploy open-source miniscopes to perform in vivo calcium recordings in freely-moving animals.


Custom demonstrations of state of the art techniques

    • Holographic stimulation
    • Tissue Clearing
    • Light-sheet microscopes
    • 3D acousto-optic deflectors
    • And more…


Tim Harris

Janelia Farm, USA

Luiza Filipis

Inserm Grenoble

Samuel Garcia


Louis Richevaux

Paris Descartes

Flavia Alusini

Paris Descartes

Maria Fernanda Niiño

Paris Descartes

David Ogden

Paris Descartes

Pierre Yger

Institut de la Vision

Brandon Stell

Paris Descartes

Maxime Beau


Marin Manuel

Univ. Rhode Island, USA

Desdemona Fricker

Paris Descartes

Marco Diana

Paris Descartes

Joana Lourenço


Angela Vergnano

Paris Descartes

Nelson Rebola


German Sumbre


Sébastien Wolf


Marco Canepari

Inserm Grenoble

Mahesh Karnani

VU, The Netherlands

Boris Barbour


Eric Schwartz

Paris Descartes

Benjamin Mathieu


Antonin Singer

Paris Descartes

Ludovic Tricoire


Alan Montarras


Laila Blömer

Inserm Grenoble

Igor Delvendahl

University of Zurich

Michael Graupner

Paris Descartes

Murat Orynbayev

Paris Descartes

Vincenzo Marra

University of Leicester

Nelson Rebola


Nicolas Gervasi

Collège de France

Federico Trigo

IIBCE, Uruguay