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General information incl. course registration | LN PhD Courses: Introductory level | LN PhD courses: Intermediate and advanced level | EPFL "special" course: Mechanisms of Memory Consolidation, Reconsolidation and Extinction : Relevance for Psychiatry (December 21-22, 2015) | EPFL courses | CUSO courses | Unil MS courses | Unige MSc couses | Other course offers | Introductory Course in Laboratory Animal Science

General information incl. course registration

The courses listed below offer a pluri-disciplinary education in all fields of neuroscience at the doctoral level. Those students not holding a MS degree in Neuroscience or Biomedical Sciences are encouraged to follow master level courses in order to reach the required level for advanced doctoral courses. Lectures are given in English, except for those courses whose titles are indicated in French.

Course dates are constantly updated. For courses with so far unknown dates the respective column is empty or only gives an indication of the foreseen period . Please keep visiting the website to learn about new propositions and registration deadlines. In case you are interested in taking online courses (MOOCs), please have a look here.


Course registration:
For LN PhD courses, Unil MSc courses and Unige MSc courses, write an e-mail at least two weeks before the course starts (unless other deadline is specified in the course description). Please copy your thesis director every time to register to a course, and use your university account (no gmail, hotmail, etc).
For EPFL courses please read the information available below under "EPFL courses".


Course locations:
Please see here for course locations in Lausanne and Geneva.



LN PhD Courses: Introductory level

Course title ECTS Dates
Course Module: Clinical Neuroscience (Lausanne; course is fully booked) 2 from October 7, 2015 (6x; biweekly)
Course Module: Modern Neuroimaging Methods (Lausanne) 2 from October 14, 2015 (6x; biweekly)
Neuroeconomics & Neurofinance (Geneva; Register before October 1) 2 October 22 - December 10, 2015
Experimental Neurotoxicology (Lausanne; register before October 1) 1 October 30 - December 12, 2015
Introduction to MATLAB (Lausanne; register before September 25) 2 October 12 - November 30, 2015
Introduction to programming and algorithms (Geneva) 2 October 21 - December 8, 2015
Biostatistics for non-statisticians: good practices, misuse and pitfalls (Geneva; register befor October 24) 1 November 10, 11 & 17, 2015
EPFL-BMI Symposium (Lausanne; Registration bebore November 30 >>> see EPFL announcement further down) 1 December 21 & 22, 2015
Introduction to fluorescence imaging for the analysis of living cells (Lausanne; Register before December 15) 1 January 5 - February 6, 2016
Sex hormones and Oxytocin/Vasopressin signaling in the brain: implications for social behavior and autism spectrum disorder (Lausanne; program tba) 1 February 15-16, 2016
Auditory Neuroscience (Geneva; register before February 19) 1.5 March 3- April 21, 2016
Inborn Diseases of Metabolism Affecting Brain Development (Lausanne) 1 Spring 2016
Measuring BehaviourS: Design and analysis of behavioural experiments in neuroscience (Lausanne; program tba) 2 October 10-15, 2016 (most likely)
EEG in neurology and neuroscience (Lausanne) 2.5
Les gènes à l'épreuve de l'environnement : une approche épigénétique des maladies psychiatriques 1




EPFL "special" course: Mechanisms of Memory Consolidation, Reconsolidation and Extinction : Relevance for Psychiatry (December 21-22, 2015)

In three sessions, the different phases in a life of a memory will be elucidated by invited speakers. Please see here for more details.
Session 1: Memory formation and consolidation
Session 2: Memory reconsolidation
Session 3: Memory extinction.

Students will be exposed to the state-of-the-art in the molecular and physiological research aspects of these studies, as well as to the main technologies used in this field. These range from behavioral neuroscience, to electrophysiological recordings, to molecular (proteomic, transcriptomic and epigenetic) profiling, to imaging techniques in both rodents and humans, and to psychological questionnaires in human participants. Furthermore, the students will also get to appreciate that reconsolidation and extinction are not biologically proven theories, but mere concepts, over which a heated debate may sometimes arise in publications and symposia.

Course registration before November 30: As described below for EPFL PhD courses; do not forget to put the LNDS coordinator in copy!

EPFL courses


LN PhD students are most welcome to attend the courses listed in the section "Doctoral Program courses" at the EPFL-EDNE PhD courses website, except from the BIO609 course.

Since February 2012, the EPFL request external students to register as an auditor beforehand, by way of a special form that can be found here. This form is to be filled in and sent back to the EDNE administrator with a scanned copy of the PhD student card, and with notice to your home program administration.

Sending your PhD student card for the registration as an EPFL external auditor is necessary once per semester.

Please keep these points in mind:

  • Some EPFL-EDNE courses have limited space. For those, the EDNE students have the priority, therefore sending your e-mail to the EDNE administrator is not a confirmation of attendance.
  • Registration to courses taking place in the spring semester is possible anytime.
  • Use your university email account (no gmail, hotmail, etc), copying the LN coordinator and your thesis director in your message to the EDNE administrator.
    If you don't respect these rules, we will not be able to process your registration!


REGISTRATION to other EPFL PhD courses

You might also find interesting PhD courses in other EPFL programs. Please ask the LN coordinator if you wish to take any of the EPFL PhD courses outside the EPFL-EDNE program.
To register to any EPFL PhD course outside the EDNE program, please apply directly to the coordinator of the specific program.



The EPFL-EDNE coursebook recommends some MSc courses to its Neuroscience PhD students. You might also find interesting MSc courses in other EPFL programs. Please ask the LN coordinator if you wish to take any of the EPFL MSc courses. To register to any MSc EPFL course, please apply through the EPFL Students' Desk.




CUSO courses

The CUSO (Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale) offers a range of courses on research-related soft skills (e.g. scientific writing). Moreover, the varying doctoral programs provide courses on statistics, research and analysis methods etc.
Some links to these CUSO program websites are here (not comprehensive):

Please register directly via the several CUSO course website entries and provide the LNDS coordinator with your certificate of attendance and a course description to validate your credits.



Unil MS courses


Please note that the Unige MSc courses listed above are not comprehensive. Click here to see the comprehensive program of the Geneva MSc program in Neuroscience.
There are several other courses offered that are of interest for LNDS PhD students, e.g. on topics like neurobiology, memory, affective neurosciences, language, genetics and bioinformatics.
Not all of the courses are given in English (but the compulsory ones for PhD students asked to complement their non-neuroscience background are).
For most of the courses, the exam can be taken either in English or in French (by request to the person in charge of the course). Please note that these MSc courses are validated with 3 credits for MSc students, but we will validate only 2 credits for our PhD students. Geneva students can often enroll directly in these courses via the Chamilo platform (but please write to the LNDS coordinator, too).



Other course offers

These courses listed below have varying modes of registration.

  • Course links marked with an asterisk * direct you to a site with self-enrollment ("s'inscrire en ligne") . Please do so and provide the LN coordinator with a course certificate after you followed the course (i.e. as when you register for a CUSO course). Please note that the UNIL language course are oftentimes only accessible for UNIL students.
  • For courses at Unige on research-related soft skills marked with a plus + (e.g. scientific writing), please contact the course organizer directly since these courses are not organized by the LNDS.
  • Courses marked with a hashtag # are organized by the Doctoral School of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of UNIL and the Life Science PhD students have preferential access. The registration periods for these courses are indicated here. Contact the LNDS coordinator to get registered for a particular series, will do my best to do so, but watch out for alternative offers, e.g under the CUSO section.
  • For unmarked courses, send an e-mail to lndscourses@gmail.com (with the name of the course as subject and your supervisor in copy) at least two weeks before the beginning of the course as usual.

Introductory Course in Laboratory Animal Science

You can register directly on the RESAL website, but please remember to inform the LN coordinator about your registration (with copy to your thesis director as usual), and send the course certificate to the coordinator for credit validation.

COURSES IN ENGLISH IN LAUSANNE AND GENEVA (Priority is given to the non-french speaking persons)

  • JANUARY 2016 at UNIL-Dorigny:
  • from 18th to 22th of January 2016 (theory and practice)
  • from 25th to 27th of January 2016 (practice)


  • JUNE 2016 at the UNIL-Dorigny:
  • from 13th to 17th of June 2016 (theory and practice)
  • from 20th  to 22th of June 2016 (practice)



  • MARCH 2016 (UNIL-Dorigny):
  • from 14th to 18th of March 2016 (theory+practice)
  • from 21th to 23th of March 2016 (practice)


  • AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2016 (CMU- Geneva):
  • from 29th of August to 2nd of september 2016 (theory+practice)
  • from 5th  to  7th of September 2016 (practice)


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LNDS e-learning system

For several courses, you will be informed about reading materials. Those will be stored in MOODLE. If you cannot access, please send an e-mail to the LN Coordinator.

The LNDS-MOODLE also contains reading materials for students who have to complement their study background by neuroscience topic introductions. Please see here for more information.


LN Journal Clubs

Check here for current journal clubs

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