• Duration: July 23 – August 8, 2016
  • Venue: OIST Campus
  • Organizing Institution: Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
  • Language: All lectures will be given in English.
  • Contact: dnc.secretariat[at]oist.jp
  • Poster: PDF version   DNC2016

Important Dates:

  • Begin Accepting Applications: February 12, 2016
  • Application Deadline: March 13, 2016 → March 22, 2016 *Submission deadline has been extended.
  • Notification of Application Results: by mid April, 2016
  • Participants arrive in Okinawa: July 23, 2016
  • Participants depart Okinawa: August 8, 2016


  • Deadline: March 13, 2016   ⇒  March 22, 2016
  • To apply to participate in the workshop, please go to the Application Page.
  • The course is targeted mainly to Ph.D. students and junior postdocs.
  • OIST will provide a financial support to cover the costs of registration, meals, and accommodation for all selected participants.  The limited number of travel scholarships are also available to aid applicants who do not have any other funding sources to cover their flight costs.  However, we strongly encourage the students to seek their own funding for travel to/from Okinawa. For more information, please go to Travel and Accommodation page.

Course Directors

  • Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama (OIST Neuronal Mechanism for Critical Period Unit)
  • Ichiro Masai (OIST Developmental Neurobiology Unit)
  • David Van Vactor (HMS Van Vactor Lab/OIST Formation and Regulation of Neuronal Connectivity Unit)
  • Tomomi Shimogori (RIKEN BSI Molecular Mechanisms of Thalamus Development)

Course Faculty and Lecturers


  • Rosalind Segal  (Harvard Medical School)
  • Takaki Miyata (Nagoya University)
  • Su Guo (UCSF)
  • Tomomi Shimogori (RIKEN BSI)
  • Hisashi Umemori (Harvard Medical School)
  • Thomas Clandinin (Stanford University)
  • Hiroshi Kohsaka (University of Tokyo)
  • Minoru Saitoe (Tokyo Metropolitan Inst. Medical Science)
  • Naoshige Uchida (Harvard University)
  • Richard Mooney (Duke University)
  • Nirao Shah (UCSF)
  • Atsushi Miyawaki (RIKEN BSI)
  • Herwig Baier (Max Planck Inst. Neurobiology)
  • Tsuyoshi Miyakawa (Fujita Health Univ.)
  • Yimin Zou (UCSD)

[Teaching Lab Lecturers]

  • Takako Morimoto (Tokyo Univ. of Pharmacy and Life Science)

Teaching Labs and Instructors

Lab 1: Super-resolution imaging and analysis (Imaris)
Lab 2: Whole mount in situ hybridization using mouse embryos [Shimogori]
Lab 3: Ca imaging and electrophysiology recording from Drosophila larvae [Kohsaka / Morimoto]
Lab 4: Live imaging of zebrafish nervous system and Crispr/CAS9 genome editing [Masai]
Lab 5: Electrophysiology and imaging in zebra finch brain [Yazaki-Sugiyama]