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2020 Neuropixels course

An online course from University College London, 12-14 October 2020

Neuropixels probes are transforming neurophysiology, with over 265 laboratories worldwide adopting them in 2019 alone. The probes have 1,000 sites closely spaced on a thin shank, yielding recordings of up to 500 neurons per probe. 

This course aims to train students and postdocs to use these probes and to spike sort using Kilosort and Phy. In past years we have run it as a practical course with hands-on demonstrations and experiments, but this year due to Covid-19 we will hold it online. 

The course involves exercises to be done at home between lectures, so we can only support a limited number of students, and the applications are now closed. If you missed this opportunity, please check the videos online after the course, and see the Neuropixels Wiki for alternative courses.  

The course is supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Organizers

Lecturers

Teaching assistants at the 2019 Neuropixels course at UCL

Teaching Assistants

  • Marius Bauza
  • Jai Bhagat
  • Antonin Blot
  • Dario Campagner
  • Alex Fratzl
  • Sepiedeh Keshavarzi
  • Dimitar Kostadinov
  • Yaara Lefler
  • Cristina Mazuski
  • Nate Miska
  • Viktor Plattner
  • Laura Schwartz
  • Karolina Socha
  • Mateo Velez-Fort

Tentative schedule 

                        Day 1 -- 2:30 - 6:30 PM UK TIME
                        • Introduction to Neuropixels - Carandini - last year's slides 
                        • The technology in Neuropixels - Mora
                        • Science with large recordings - Harris - last year's slides
                        • Recording across the brain with Neuropixels - Steinmetz - last year's slides
                        • Practicalities of Neuropixels recordings - Steinmetz - last year's slides
                        • Assignment: Planning a Neuropixels trajectory - Peters
                        Day 2 -- 2:30 - 6:30 PM UK TIME
                        • Review of Day 1 assignment - TAs
                        • Introduction to spike sorting and Kilosort - Pachitariu
                        • Curating sorted spikes with Phy - Steinmetz - last year's slides
                        • Assignment: Analyzing ground-truth data - Steinmetz
                        Day 3 -- 2:30 - 6:30 PM UK TIME
                        • Review of Day 2 assignment - TAs
                        • Neuropixels + Imaging - Peters
                        • Neuropixels + Optogenetics - Siegle
                        • Implanting chronic Neuropixels in rats - Dimitriadis - last year's slides - CAD + CAD
                        • Implanting chronic Neuropixels in mice - Campagner - last year's slides
                        • Semi-chronic recordings - Isogai

                        Tutorial at the 2019 Neuropixels course at UCL