FAPESP-Baylat Workshop on Neural Basis of Stress, Fear and Anxiety



The aim of this joint workshop is to promote and enhance collaborations of neuroscientists from research institutions of the State of São Paulo (Brazil) and the Free State of Bavaria (Germany), within the topic of Stress, Fear and Anxiety. As key states on research productivity and impact on each respective country, this is a strategic opportunity to enhance the research collaboration between Brazil and Germany. Both states are well represented on the topic of Stress, Fear and Anxiety, with established research groups on the field, and will greatly benefit from the strengthening of this transatlantic network.


More specifically, German researchers will contribute to Brazilian groups with know-how of cutting-edge techniques and advances still not fully implemented in Brazil; and Brazilian researchers will contribute to German groups with their expertise in more naturalistic experimental settings for behavioral research, and strong background on pharmacology. Besides, talented young researchers from both states will have the opportunity to learn about different methods and perspectives, and think of new creative ways of developing their own research projects. Also, cross-country internships for training and exchange of post-docs will be encouraged after the connections are made.



Who can participate?


Early career researchers, or PhD students about to defend thesis, working on research institutions of the Free State of Bavaria or of the State of São Paulo, to be selected based on their application documents.


a. Early career researchers must have a PhD, obtained less than 10 years prior to the workshop.

b. PhD students must have their thesis defense scheduled for no more than 12 months after the start of the workshop.


All candidates selected to participate in the workshop will have travel and accommodation costs covered by the organizers!



How to apply?


The interested candidates should send the following documents by email*:

- Letter of recommendation (max. 1 page) (preferably written by the current or past supervisor), stating the strengths of the candidate and the possible benefits from the participation on the workshop;

- Candidate’s brief scientific CV (max. 2 pages);

- Letter of motivation (max. 1 page), highlighting the possible benefits of participating in the workshop and future career plans;

- Short description (max. 2 pages) of own research project.

- PhD students must send a document of their institution or of their PhD supervisor stating that they are about to finalize their thesis within maximum 12 months after the start of the workshop.

*for applicants in Germany: documents should be addressed to wotjak@psych.mpg.de; for applicants in Brazil: documents should be addressed to fsguimar@fmrp.usp.br ; cc: rcalmada@usp.br Important dates: Application deadline: 12 of January 2018 Evaluation of the applicant’s documents: 15-19 of January 2018 Communication of approval to the selected applicants: 22-26 of January 2018.



Important dates


Application deadline: 12 of January 2018

Evaluation of the applicant’s documents: 15-19 of January 2018

Communication of approval to the selected applicants: 22-26 of January 2018



2018 workshop overview


a. Formal keynote lectures by the workshop coordinators and mentors

  • Dr. Francisco S. Guimarães
    “Role of atypical neurotransmitters in the control of fear responses”

  • Dr. Carsten T. Wotjak
    “Role of endocannabinoids in fear regulation”

  • Dr. Newton S. Canteras
    “Dynamics of the neural circuits responding to predatory threats”

  • Dr. Sâmia Joca
    “Glutamate and beyond: new avenues paving the way for improved therapeutics in depression”

  • Dr. Rüdiger Klein
    “Central amygdala functions – from fear learning, to prey hunting, and appetite control”

  • Dr. Alon Chen

  • TBA

b. Research sessions: where the early career researchers/ PhD students about to defend thesis are able to share their current research (oral presentations).

1. Neurobiology of social defeat (Chair: Dr. Newton Canteras)

2. Stress and neural plasticity (Chair: Dr. Sâmia Joca)

3. Cutting edge tools: from tracing to functional studies of neuro circuits (Chair: Dr. Rudiger Klein)

4. Cannabinoids in stress, fear and anxiety (Chair: Dr. Francisco Guimarães / Dr. Carsten Wotjak)

c. Networking sessions: where researchers are able to interact and explore opportunities for collaboration (e.g. speed-networking sessions).


d. Poster session: where other young participants will present their work


e. Discussion on the short and long-term funding opportunities in the Free State of Bavaria/Germany and in the State of São Paulo/Brazil.

The coordinators and mentors, together, will discuss the funding possibilities in both countries, stressing joint applications possibilities (DAAD/Capes program, for example). We will also have former students and post-docs from Brazil that undergone training in German institutions to speak about their own experiences.


f. Meet the Professor: the coordinators and mentors will be available for short group discussion on scientific topics such as specific research interests, job/fellowships opportunities, career development, collaborative investigation etc.


g. Cultural activity: get-together meeting for all participants to interact in an informal environment.


h. Visit to relevant research facilities: the participants will have the opportunity to visit the laboratories of the School of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto (University of São Paulo) during of the workshop.



Financial support