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2014 Latin American Training Program Fellows
2014 Latin American Training Program Fellows
LATP Fellows and UNAM students listen to a lecture during the 2014 LATP Fellows course in Queretaro, Mexico
LATP Fellows and UNAM students listen to a lecture during the 2014 LATP Fellows course in Queretaro, Mexico.
Studends in lab at UNAM
Students in lab at UNAM
SfN, with support from The Grass Foundation, is pleased to launch the Latin American Training Program. This comprehensive, yearlong online program provides a unique training opportunity for young investigators from across the Latin America and Caribbean region.

The course consists of webinars, recorded content, informal online discussions, and Web chats which incorporate cutting edge science and professional development topics. Eligible trainees from Latin America and the Caribbean will join a community of scientists to engage in this dynamic dialogue. SfN is partnering with the Latin American Regional Committee of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) in this effort.

Fifteen selected trainees from the program will also participate in a three-week course in August 2014 at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Queretaro (UNAM). The course will bring together top faculty from across the region and North America to provide participants with high-quality lectures, lab exercises, and training on vital professional development topics.

Material from the course in Queretaro will later be used throughout the online program to allow students from all over Latin America to benefit from the science and topics discussed. UNAM faculty will lead trainees in a series of conversations throughout the year on science and important topics for the field, such as how to publish a manuscript, how to navigate scientific meetings, and the importance of advocacy and public education.

Congratulations to the 2014 Latin American Training Program Fellows:

Elisa Ventura Aquino, Centro de investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del I.P.N.
Maira Bicca, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
Diana Elinos Calderon, Instituto De Investigaciones Biomédicas
Martha Canto-Bustos, CINVESTAV
Raian Contreras, Universidad de Los Andes
Francisca Cornejo, Pontificia Universidad Católica De Chile
Ana P Crestani, Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul
Yohami Fernandez, Universidad de la Habana
Felipe Gomes, Universidade de São Paulo
Betina Gonzalez, Pharmacological Research Institute
Jesus Hernandez, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Humberto Mestre, Universidad Anahuac Mexico Norte
Diego Armando Ordóñez, Universidad Nacional De Colombia
Jose Prieto, Instituto De Investigaciones Biológicas C. Estable
Alexandre Rodrigues, Fluminense Federal University

Applications for the 2014 program are now closed.

Course Details

  • The Institute of Neurobiology at UNAM in Querétaro, México will host the Latin American Training Program entitled “Encoding and Processing of Information in the Nervous System” August 4-22, 2014.

    The course will focus on the following three fundamental aspects:

    • Molecular and cellular basis of synaptic transmission will offer an introduction to conceptual and experimental approaches to fundamental problems in cell communication with a focus on bioinformatics in neuroscience and the role of calcium in neural transmission and homeostasis.
    • Integrative Neurophysiology: Information processing in cortical and subcortical circuits will immerse students in the methods used to record and analyze the activity of neuronal circuits in the nervous system, including the techniques of voltage clamp, optogenetic activation, extracellular recording, fluorescence imaging, as well as functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brain.
    • Neurobiology of behavior will focus on the fundamental methods in behavioral experimental analysis, neuroanatomical and neurochemical techniques with an emphasis on the analysis of neurotransmitter systems involved in motor control, evaluation of the olfactory system and behavioral models for the study of sensory memory processes.  

    The course is intended to foster cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas and techniques among graduate students involved in neuroscience research from throughout Latin America.

Latin American Training Program Associates

  • All eligible applicants will be part of the virtual Latin American Training community for a training program that will feature interactive webinars, recorded lectures from the course at UNAM, and live discussions with course faculty. Additionally, Associates will benefit from the community’s online networking and mentoring component, which will facilitate alumni and faculty communication for years to come. At the conclusion of the training program, those who have successfully completed the online course components will receive a certificate of completion.

    The Latin American Program will begin in July 2014 with an introductory webinar that will preview the following nine months of training. Each month thereafter, Latin American Training Program Associates will participate in a webinar, watch an online video, or engage in dialogue online. Throughout the month, trainees will engage in conversation with fellow participants and faculty from the region on the course topics on SfN’s learning portal.

    Associates can tentatively expect the following schedule:

    July 2014

    August 2014

    September 2014

    October 2014

    November 2014

    December 2014

    January 2015

    February 2015

    March 2015

    April 2015

    May 2015

    Opening Webinar

    Live webcast of lecture from UNAM/engaging dialogue

    Scientific Webinar/Video

    Professional Development Webinar/Video

    Professional Development Webinar/Video

    Engaging dialogue in the learning portal

    Professional Development Webinar/Video

    Scientific Webinar/Video

    Professional Development Webinar/Video

    Professional Development Webinar/Video

    Closing Webinar

    All accepted trainees are expected to be engaging participants in the training course. In addition to participating in the monthly webinar, participants are expected to engage in dialogue related to professional development and scientific topics, complete trainee surveys, and work within the community to achieve an optimal learning experience.

Latin American Training Program Fellows

  • Fifteen top candidates will be selected to attend the three-week, in-person course hosted by UNAM (August 4-22, 2014 in Queretaro, Mexico) as a supplement to their participation in the virtual course.

    Each course topic will be covered by a mix of regional and foreign faculty. Scientific and professional development lectures and rotating small-group lab assignments and presentations will be a fundamental portion of the Fellow’s curriculum.

    If chosen to participate as a Fellow, trainees will receive complimentary membership to the Society for Neuroscience for the year they are enrolled in the program.


  • All neuroscience trainees (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) from Latin American or Caribbean countries qualify to participate as Associates. Fellows will be chosen based on the strength of their letter of recommendations, CV, and essay. Strong applicants will have demonstrated excellence in the field and have an interest in the course topic. Prior publication will be viewed favorably. All applicants must be:

    • Citizens or permanent residents of Latin America or Caribbean countries.
    • Enrolled in an advanced degree-granting program or postdoctoral fellowship in Latin America or the Caribbean.
    • Bilingual in English.

How to Apply

  • Late graduate students and early post-docs should submit the following via

    • CV
    • Letter of recommendation (second is optional)
    • Essay: Why do you wish to participate in the program? How will you benefit? (500 word maximum)
    • All application materials must be submitted in English.

    Login or register and submit all materials through SfN's award nomination site.

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