Dynamics of Youth will be hosting three 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 fifth year in a row, and last year was first time that it has been supported by Dynamics of Youth. The course is a collaboration between the UMC Utrecht Brain Centre and the Faculty of Science. I will be organising it together with Casper Hoogenraad, Corette Wierenga and Lukas Kapitein.”