Dynamics of Youth will be offering a variety of Summer Schools this summer. What will the students learn, and who is behind it all? This issue, we’ll be talking with neuroscientist Jeroen Pasterkamp, coordinator of the ‘Neural Circuit Development and Plasticity’ Summer School.
How did this Summer School come about?
“Utrecht has a unique position in the field of brain research in the Netherlands, as we do a wide range of experimental work, have an excellent microscopy department and good culture models in the lab. Over the past few years, a research group has developed with a unique expertise, which is entirely focused on brain development and plasticity [the brain’s capacity to adapt to changes - ed.].”
“So we thought: wouldn’t it be great if we could express that in the Netherlands and abroad. I came into contact with the people who organise the Summer School, and we started talking about how that would work, and how we could do it. This year, we’ll be organising the Summer School for the sixth year in a row, again supported by Dynamics of Youth. The course is a collaboration between the Brain Center Rudolf Magnus at UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University's Faculty of Science. I will be organising it together with Harold MacGillavry, Corette Wierenga and Lukas Kapitein.”