The Catania International Summer School of Neuroscience has always attracted attendees from Europe interested in the most appealing topics in Neuroscience and Neuropsychopharmacology. This year, in collaboration with TEVA ITALIA srl, the School is focused on “ANIMAL MODELS OF HUMAN BRAIN DISEASES”. During the CISSN, 12 lectures of 120 min (including 30-min discussion)  will be delivered by experts among the best in the field of brain diseases.



CISSN is addressed to PhD students and Post-Doctoral fellows interested in Neuroscience.


CISSN 2017 topic


Psychiatric and neurological diseases are of significant burden for patients and societies. Despite decades of intense research, the progress in respect to innovative treatment strategies is very limited. This has to be ascribed, at least in part, to the low translational values of preclinical studies. This urges for a refinement of animal models of Human Brain diseases. The CISSN 2017 will introduce into cutting-edge approaches for studying brain pathology in model organisms. On basis of the RDoC system (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/research-priorities/rdoc/constructs/rdoc-matrix.shtml), we plan to cover all Research Domains and selected analytical units.



Carsten T. Wotjak, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry

Francesco Papaleo, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies

Anna Beyeler, University of Bordeaux

Marta Moita, Champalimoud Foundation

Trevor Robbins, University of Cambridge

Vivien Chevaleyre, Center for Psychiatry and Neuroscience, INSERM

Ofer Yizhar, Weizmann Institute of Science

Johan Ruud, Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research

Alon Chen, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry

Michal Schwartz, Weizmann Institute of Science

David Belin, University of Cambridge

Marco Venniro, National Institutes of Health, Baltimore (US)



  • Registration 15 April 2017
  • Attendees' selection by 08 May 2017
  • Announcement of travel grant winners after registration fee payment
  • Fee payment by 19 May 2017




Filippo Drago – BIOMETEC, University of Catania, (Italy)

Scientific Directors

Francesco Papaleo - PhD, IIT, Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Genova (Italy)

Carsten T. Wotjak - PhD PD  Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich (Germany)



CISSN - International Summer School of Neuroscience