The International Astrocyte School is aimed at all those who are attracted by the most intriguing hypotheses on the role of astrocytes in brain function and wish to learn how to best approach these problems. The school, with its strategy of disseminating state-of-the-art knowledge, is especially targeted at young scientists beginning their careers in this field, but is also open to senior scientists wishing to refresh their glial background.

Gliotransmission in the brain network

Methodological approaches to study gliotransmission

Functional significance of gliotransmission


The first edition of the International Astrocyte School, focusing on gliotransmission, will be held from 27 March to 3 April 2011. The selected location is Bertinoro, Italy (40 km south of Ravenna), in a medieval castle with modern congress facilities. Participation is limited to 30 students. Both students and faculty will be hosted at the same venue, thus favouring a strong interaction.

This edition's faculty comprises 12 high-profile pioneering researchers in the astrocyte field. For an overview of the topics covered, please see the Programme page. The intensive scientific programme will be complemented by two half days of cultural activities, taking advantage of the exceptional location. Additional details (including participation fees, application procedure, etc) can be found in the information page.



Alfonso Araque, Madrid, Spain
Giorgio Carmignoto, Padua, Italy
Vincenzo Crunelli, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Tommaso Fellin, Genoa, Italy
Philip G. Haydon, Boston, MA, USA
Hajime Hirase, Hirosawa, Japan
Baljit Khakh, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Stephane Oliet, Bordeaux, France
Gian Michele Ratto, Pisa, Italy
Richard Robitaille, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Andrea Volterra, Lausanne, Switzerland
Robert Zorec, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Organising secretariat

Azuleon .:meetings:.

email IAS.2011@azuleon.org


Important dates

  • Applications open
    11 November 2010
  • Notification of selections
    2 February 2011
    (check your myIAS2011 page)


  • Applications
    17 January 2011
  • Attendance confirmation
    9 February 2011
  • Payment
    28 February 2011

School Executive Board

Alfonso Araque
Madrid, Spain
Giorgio Carmignoto
Padua, Italy
Richard Robitaille
Montreal, Quebec, Canada



The IAS 2011 gratefully acknowledges the support of