Latin American Training Program
The Latin American Training Program (LATP) provides webinars, recorded content, and online discussions on cutting edge science and professional development to young investigators from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Latin American Training Program
All eligible trainees from Latin America and the Caribbean will join an online community of scientists to engage in dynamic dialogue around professional development and scientific topics. Fifteen top candidates also participated in a three-week course from August 26 - September 15, 2018 in the Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencias de Valparaíso (CINV) at the University of Valparaíso in Chile. Travel, lodging, and meals were covered as part of the fellowship. The course topic is, "From Molecules to Behavior: The Quest for New Treatments of Neuropathologies." The course will bring together top faculty from across the region and the world to provide participants with high-quality lectures, lab exercises, and training on vital professional development topics.
Material from the course at the University of Valparaíso will later be used throughout the online program to allow students from the region to benefit from the science and topics discussed.
About the Program
The Latin American Training Program (LATP) is a comprehensive, year-long online training program. It provides webinars, recorded content, and online discussions on cutting edge science and professional development to young investigators from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Now in its fifth year, the LATP is supported by The Grass Foundation, The Latin American Regional Committee of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), US/Canada Regional Committee (US/CRC) of IBRO, and the selected hosted institutions.
All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Latin America or the Caribbean and enrolled in an advanced degree-granting program or postdoctoral fellowship in the region. All applicants must also be proficient in English. Coursework, webinars, and online discussions are conducted in English.
The 2018 application has closed. The 2019 application window will be open from February to March, 2019.
All eligible neuroscience trainees (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) from Latin America or the Caribbean qualify to participate as Associates. In the selection of Fellows, preference will be given to those trainees who have demonstrated excellence in the field and have an interest in the course topic. Prior publication will be viewed favorably. Applicants must submit the following documents
- Curriculum vitae
- Letter of recommendation
- An essay describing why you wish to participate in the program and how will you benefit (500 word maximum)
- All application materials must be submitted in English.
Latin American Training Program Live Course
From August 26 - September 15, 2018, the 2018 Fellows Course took place at the University of Valparaíso in Chile. The course, "From Molecules to Behavior: The Quest for New Treatments of Neuropathologies", had three modules
- From Ion Channels to Neuronal Network Activity
- From Genes to Normal Pathological Behavior
- The Quest for New Treatments of Neuropathologies
Laboratory practicals conducted in the afternoons. They included
- Techniques using the zebrafish model to study development of the nervous system.
- Gene expression and neural network in drosophila melanogaster.
- Electrophysiology of connexin hemichannels and gap junction channels linked to genetic deafness
- Electrophysiology and calcium imaging in the retina.
- Functional analysis of gap junction channels.
- Classical and new methodologies to study synaptic function and plasticity
- Brain neurochemistry
- Electrophysiological and fluorescent techniques to study ion channels structure-function relationship
- Discover new bioactive compounds by virtual screening
- Mathematical modelling of neuron behavior
- Expression of ion channels and electrophysiology of larva muscle in Drosophila
- Monitoring the release of transmitters using electrochemical techniques
Latin American Training Program Associates
The online Latin American Training Program begins in the summer with an introductory webinar that previews the upcoming year of training. All eligible applicants will be part of a virtual Latin American Training community that features interactive webinars, recorded lectures from the course, and discussions with course faculty. Additionally, Associates will benefit from the community’s online networking component, which will facilitate alumni and faculty communication.
At the conclusion of the training program, those who have successfully completed the online course components will receive a certificate of completion.
There is an expectation for accepted trainees to engage fully in the training course. In addition to the activities described above, participants will be asked to complete trainee surveys, and work within the community to achieve an optimal learning experience.
Latin American Training Program Fellows
- Lucas Bayonés, University of Buenos Aires Institute of Physiology, Molecular Biology and Neurosciences
- Natalia Giannina Armando, University of Buenos Aires Instituto de Investigación en Biomedicina
- Nicolás Matías Rosas, Institute for Research in Biotechnology, National University of San Martín
- Fernando Castillo Díaz, University of Buenos Aires Institute of Cellular Biology and Neuroscience School of Medicine
- Barbara Ciralli Boerner, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
- Katiane Roversi, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
- Lina Delgado Garcia, Universidade Federal de São Paulo Escola Paulista de Medicina Departamento de Bioquímica
- Yorka Alejandra Muñoz, Universidad de Chile
- Eliana María Báez Jurado, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Departamento de Nutrición y Bioquímica
- Elisa Viveros Araque, Universidad Icesi
- Jenny Banguero Otero, Universidad del Valle
- Oscar Alejandro Hidalgo Lanussa, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
- Sheila Ribalta Mena, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional
- Leticia Robles Martínez, National Autonomous University of Mexico Neurobiology Institute
- Miguel Alfredo Martin Inca Martinez, Cayetano Heredia University