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January 16, 2020

Attending LASCON 2020 in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Attending LASCON 2020 in Sao Paulo, Brazil

MetaCell is participating to LASCON, the VIII Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience, which takes place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 6th to 31st January 2020.

LASCON is a project by the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center (RIDC) for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat).

It's a school which lasts four weeks and covers many computational neuroscience topics including networks of biophysical and simplified neuron models; synaptic plasticity and learning; spike train analysis; statistical methods in neuroscience; models of extracellular fields; modeling of brain stimulation; predictive coding; dynamics of neuronal functional connectivity; and computational psychiatry. These models will be illustrated using programs such as NEURON, NeuroML, XPP-AUTO, Matlab, NEST, Brian and the Virtual Brain.

The faculty is composed of an international team of world-renowned researchers in the field of computational neuroscience, and we are very proud to be a part of it. Below a couple of snapshots from LASCON which involved MetaCell, and links to learn more about the school.


Salvador Dura Bernal, Research Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, ran a few classes including 'Networks of Biophysical Neuron Models with NEURON/NetPyNE'.

NetPyNE is a python package to facilitate the development, parallel simulation and analysis of biological neuronal networks using the NEURON simulator. Over the years MetaCell has worked closely with Salvador and contributed significantly to the user interface of NetPyNE.


Our very own Facundo Rodriguez presented 'Modeling and Applications for Computational Neuroscience in Python' - an informative talk on the growing importance of Python within the scientific community, which included many insights on the day-to-day at MetaCell.

Destination of LASCON students

  • Most (51%) of those who did LASCON more than 10 years ago are now faculty;
  • Most (43%) of those who did LASCON between 10 and 6 years ago are now post-docs or researchers;
  • And most (67%) of those who did LASCON less than 6 years ago are now graduate students.

Learn more about LASCON

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