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First Neuroimmune Summer School

Enzo Ottaviani enzott at c220.unimo.it
Thu Jan 11 07:58:58 EST 1996

June 17 - 30, 1996

Rimini, Italy
Hotel Villa Rosa Riviera
Viale Vespucci, 71
47037 Rimini
Tel. 0541/22506
Fax 0541/27940

The school is under the patronage of: the University of Modena and the Azienda Unita'
Sanitaria Locale of  Rimini, Italy.

Sponsors: Association of ImmunoNeurobiologists, Alfa Wassermann (Italy), Compix (USA),
Image Analytics (USA), Nikon (USA), Sigma Tau (Italy), World Precision Instruments (USA),
Zanbon (Italy).

1. An intensive/extended student course (two weeks) with hands-on research experience.
The course is also open to interested doctors and professors, and is designed to emphasize
the new field of neuroimmunology, as well as its implications for biology and medicine and its
significance for future research. The course will present a formal lecture series, laboratory
work and informal continuous contact with the experts in the field.

2. A mini course (two days) on:  "1. laser confocal microscopy, 2. image analysis and  nitric
oxide via amperometric probe" will be organized by Nikon  on June 14 - 15.
The tuition fee for the mini course is $ 100.00.
Reservations must be made by April 1, 1996.

Lecturers: E. Ottaviani, Dept. Animal Biology, University of Modena (Italy), D. Sonetti, Dept.
Animal Biology, University of Modena (Italy), C. Franceschi, Dept. Biomedical Sciences,
University of Modena (Italy), T. V. Bilfinger, Dept. of Surgery, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY
(USA), G. Fricchione, Harvard Medical School, Boston (USA), G.B. Stefano Neuroscience
Institute, SUNY, Old Westbury, NY (USA)


1. Signal Molecule Mechanisms Involved in Intercellular and Intracellular Communication
a. apoptosis
b. desensitization
c. tolerance
d. biochemistry

2. Neuroimmunology
a. immunocyte receptors, i.e.  opioid and opiate
b. cardiopulmonary bypass grafting- a neuroimmune phenomenon
c. aging
d. morphine: A new signal molecule
3. Aspects of Immunology and Neurology related to Pathological Disorders
a. human immunodeficiency virus
b. infections/sepsis
c. stress
d. psychiatry, i.e. schizophrenia
    i. microglia
    ii. postcardiotomy delirium
    iii. addiction
4. Evolution
     a. stereospecificity
b. common mechanisms in divergent organisms
c. cognitive denial
Laboratory Techniques
1. Immunocyte and ganglionic preparations
2. HPLC and RIA determination of signal molecules
3. Flow cytometry
4. Computer-assisted microscopic image analysis
     a. cell behaviour
     b. pharmacological alterations
     c. in situ  hybridization
    d. colour analysis
    e.  video analysis
5. Nitric oxide determinations with amperometric probe
6. Pharmacology of Immuno-active signal molecules
7. Confocal laser microscopy
8. Individual projects using the above

Duration: Two weeks
Place: Rimini, Italy, on the Adriatic coast.
Tuition, Room and Board: $ 1700.00 (not including travel)
Lecture only: $500.00
Applications must be made by April 15, 1996

The school will be suitable for predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers in related fields. A
limited number of scholarships will be available.

Applications and reservations for  both courses should be sent to:
Dr. E. OTTAVIANI, Department of Animal Biology, University of Modena, via Berengario, 14
- 41100 Modena (Italy).
Tel. 059/243566-Fax 059/581020  - E.mail = enzott at c220.unimo.it
 Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a description of the applicant's scientific
background and interests and one letter of recommendation.
Applicants for the Neuroimmune Summer School will be informed by May 1, 1996, whether
they have been accepted.

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