Developing Neural Circuits Course 2020

Course Directors:

Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama, OIST Neuronal Mechanism for Critical Period Unit

Ichiro Masai, OIST Developmental Neurobiology Unit

David Van Vactor, Harvard Medical School/OIST

Hiroshi Kawasaki, Kanazawa University

Hiroshi Kohsaka, University of Tokyo

DNC2020 postponed

The DNC co-organizers would like to announce that after careful consideration of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 health crisis, we have decided that holding the workshop as scheduled in early August would be problematic. Because travel restrictions, mandatory quarantines, and general anxiety about the virus may persist and will be impossible to predict, we have decided to postpone our DNC course for at least six months. Although this is unfortunate, we feel that this is the best way to protect all participants and insure that the program will be as vibrant and positive as DNC workshops in the past.

While it is difficult to predict the coming months, we are exploring options to reschedule DNC for early 2021. We will announce our plans once we have clear plan for the new schedule. We sincerely hope the crisis will be under control by then, allowing us to resume safe international travel and gatherings.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

What's new

Mar 16: DNC2020 was postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak

Feb 28: Application deadline is extended to March 13, 2020, 11:59 PM (PST)

Feb 4: DNC2020 is OPEN for application

About this course

The assembly of the functional nervous system is one of the most complex developmental process in nature. Discovering the mechanisms involved is vital both for advancing basic scientific understanding and as a foundation for future strategies to treat neurological disorder, congenital cognitive impairment and neural injury. This course aims to efficiently and rapidly introduce students to the intellectual background, model systems, experimental methods and expert investigators in this topic area and will be of tremendous value in establishing the next generation of young neurobiologists.

Overview of DNC2020

DNC2020, Developing Neural Circuits Course (former Developmental Neurobiology Course), will be held at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.

  • This course is designed for Ph.D. students and junior postdocs.
  • All lectures will be given in English


  • This course is designed for Ph.D. students and junior postdocs.
  • Application deadline (extended): March 13, 2020, 11:59 PM (PST)
  • Application opening: February 4, 2020

Support for participants

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology covers:

  • Tuition
  • Lodging, meals during course (full coverage)
  • Travel (partial coverage)

We strongly encourage applicants to seek external travel grants/fellowships.

For more information, go to Travel and Accommodation page.

Course Lecturers

Haruhiko Bito (Univ Tokyo)

C-T Chien (Academia Sinica)

Mike Crickmore (Harvard Univ)

Yasunori Hayashi (Kyoto Univ)

Hailan Hu (Zhejiang Univ)

Mineko Kengaku (Kyoto Univ)

Gil Levkowitz (Weizmann)

Yulong Li (Peking Univ)

Thomas McHugh (RIKEN CBS)

Kinichi Nakashima (Kyushu Univ)

Sang Ki Park (POSTECH)

Sam Reiter (OIST)

Todd Roberts (UT Southwestern)

Dragana Rogulja (Harvard Univ)

Minoru Saitoe (Tokyo Metro Insti Med Sci)

Aakanksha Singhvi (Fred Hutch)


If you have any questions, please contact: