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European Institute of Theoretical Neurosciences


The European Institute of Theoretical Neurosciences (EITN, scientific director Alain Destexhe) is in the framework of the Human Brain Project (HBP), to attract high profile researchers and foster inetrdisciplinary neuroscience research.

The EITN is an open place to foster theoretical neuroscience activities related to the HBP, and has been planned to create strong interactions with the theoretical neuroscience community to bring new ideas and theories to the project. The EITN finances external researchers through an extensive workshop and visitor program.

The theoretical neuroscience activities of the EITN are being animated by all principal investigators of the HBP theoretical neuroscience division. Several postdocs, PhD students, visitors, in addition to the Director and the EITN team will be welcoming you at the Institute.

Our offices are located on the CNRS campus in Gif-sur-Yvette, building 32, 1 avenue de la Terrasse,
91190 Gif-Sur-Yvette, France.
A conference room is available for events with a capacity of 40 seats.

The parisian venue of the European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience is located 74 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine 75012 Paris, France.
The closest subway stations are Ledru Rollin
(line 8) and Bastille (lines 1, 5 and 8).

The EITN would be pleased to welcome you for a long stay visitor.

Visitors should apply to the EITN, and send a short project to explain why their visit is profitable to the HBP. The scientists in charge of the HBP SP4 will review applications. One of the main criterions is that the visitor must interact with the HBP and that this interaction is of scientific benefit to all parties.

Visitors can stay to periods from one week to 3 months. The length of the stay will be determined as a function of the mutual benefits of the visit to the candidates and to the HBP.

The EITN will provide financial help towards travel and lodging expenses, but it must be understood that this help cannot cover the totality of their stay. The amount of the financial help will generally be proportional to the time spent at the EITN.

The different scientific themes investigated at the EITN, as well as the different HBP researchers involved, are described below.
Examples of such research themes are :

  • Bridging scales : Derive simplified neuron and neural circuit models from biophysically morphologically detailed models ; Modeling brain signals at different scales, from intracellular, local field potentials, VSD up to EEG and MEG signals ;
  • Generic models of brain circuits : provide theoretical methods for large-scale simulations with generic networks models. The models investigated are aimed at being fully compatible with the Human Brain Projects platforms ;
  • Learning and memory : Derive learning rules from biophysical synapse models ; Unsupervised learning rules and emergent connectivity ;
  • Models of cognitive processes : Models for perception-action ; Models for working memory ; Models of biologically realistic network states, wakefulness and sleep ;
  • Linking model activity and function to experimental data : link theoretical models at different levels of description to cross-bridge neuroscience and models implemented in various Human Brain Project platforms.

Each of these themes are the basis of the events organized at the EITN during the year. External visitors whose expertise is related to these themes are encouraged to apply to the visitor program and participate to workshops.

For more details : www.eitn.org

 

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