Neuroimaging Course

Advanced Neuroimaging Techniques

February 5 – 17, 2024

This is an intensive and comprehensive laboratory-oriented course focusing on applying imaging techniques to neuroscience research. The objective of this imaging course is to gain exposure to modern imaging tools, from the principles of optics to applications in modern neuroscience.

This course is intended for anyone interested in using imaging in their neuroscience research, including graduate students, postdoctoral or clinical researchers, and early-career independent investigators. The course has been formatted to include lectures in the morning and laboratory sections in the afternoon and evening. Students will rotate through all laboratory sections and focus on one section (and one optional section) for the remainder of the course.

Laboratory Sections

  • Functional imaging of genetically defined populations in behaving animals
    Sarah Stern 
  • Holographic photostimulation and imaging of neuronal populations in vivo
    Ian Oldenburg, Nino Mancini, and Salil Bidaye
  • Long wavelength, 3-photon microscopy for in vivo deep brain imaging
    Arani Roy
  • Neural imaging in unrestrained animals
    Kuan Hong Wang 
  • Super-resolution microscopy with DNA PAINT
    Vidhya Rangaraju and Chao Sun 
  • STED super-resolution microscopy
    Nicolai Urban  
  • Two-Photon Fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) and fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)
    Ryohei Yasuda 
  • Simultaneous imaging of neuronal voltage and intracellular signaling
    Ahmed Abdelfattah 
  • Multicolor functional imaging with miniature microscopy
    Mary Phillips 
  • In vivo multiphoton imaging of structural plasticity in the mouse brain
    Yi Zuo
  • Correlative light and electron microscopy
    Naomi Kamasawa 



Once you create an account in the online application portal, you can edit, save, and revisit your application as many times as you wish before the application deadline. Note that your application may be edited even after submission until the application deadline. All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by the respective application deadline. The general application deadline is 5 pm EST, November 27, 2023, for applicants who do not require a travel visa to attend the course. The application deadline for applicants who require a travel visa to attend the course is 5 pm EDT, November 1, 2023. 

The following required application materials must be submitted in the online application form: 

  • Online application form

  • CV

  • Research Statement: In approximately 500 words, please tell us why you are interested in MPFI’s Advanced Neuroimaging Techniques Course, how attending this course will contribute to your ongoing or future research, and what you hope to gain from the course. In your statement, you should succinctly outline your academic training, research projects, and long-term career goals. 

  • Two letters of reference: Contact information for two referees (name, institutional affiliation, and email address) who will be contacted automatically once their contact information is submitted in the online application. You will receive an email notification once a referee has submitted a recommendation letter on your behalf. It is recommended that you submit referee contact information as early as possible so that letters can be received by the application deadline. 

For CLEM EM Module applicants, please include answers to the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in learning CLEM?

  • What kind of specimens (e.g. brain tissue, slice culture, cells, etc.) do you want to work on?

  • Please describe your previous EM experience. 



Applicants requiring a travel visa: 5 pm EST Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Applicants NOT requiring a travel visa: 5 pm EST
Monday, November 27, 2023

NOTE: All application materials must be submitted no later than the application deadline. Decisions will be made approximately two weeks following the application deadline.  Please email if you have any questions about the application.

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Registration Information

If you are chosen to participate in the course, you will receive an email that contains detailed registration and payment instructions. At this time, information will also be available to assist you in making travel plans.


Course tuition fees include all aspects of course participation including meals, but not lodging. A lodging fee will be added for those who desire course housing. Those who register for a “shared room” will be housed in a double-occupancy hotel room and be provided transportation to and from the course location. Those who register for a “single room” will be housed in a single-occupancy hotel room and be provided transportation to and from the course location. 

  • Course tuition fee: $2,100 
  • Shared room lodging fee: $1,700 
  • Single room lodging fee: $3,000 


Travel Grant Information

Travel Grant Information 

A limited number of travel grants are available to support lodging and travel costs for selected participants to attend the 2024 Advanced Neuroimaging Techniques Course at MPFI. Applicants will be asked to provide a justification for requesting support to be considered for a travel grant. Requests for travel grants will not affect selection decisions made by the selection committee. 

Travel grants to attend the 2024 Neuroimaging Techniques Course at MPFI are generously sponsored by the Max Planck Florida Scientific Fellowship Program. 


Those who register for a shared or single room will be housed at the Courtyard Marriott Palm Beach Jupiter hotel. The check-in date for all rooms is February 5; check-out is February 18. You can indicate on your registration form whether you will need to stay extra nights prior to the start of the meeting and/or after the meeting (early arrival and late departure fees will be charged). During the course, a shuttle is arranged for course participants to travel to and from the Institute. 



Breakfast will be provided by the Courtyard Marriott Palm Beach Jupiter for all participants staying in the hotel. Lunch and dinner will be offered to all course participants in the Dreyfoos Atrium at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, except for on the outdoor activity day (dinner on your own). Please indicate any special dietary requests, allergies, or restrictions in the course registration form.  



Three airports are located near our institute: 

  • Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) 16 miles 
  • Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) 63 miles 
  • Miami International Airport (MIA) 85 miles 

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