On October 2021, the PhD Candidate Joao Moreira participated in a monthlong internship at the Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter-FL.
The internship was part of a collaboration established with the lab of Dr. Carmen Varela in July 2021, to develop a model of a Thalamocortical relay cell in NetPyNE. Since then, the resulting work has been submitted to SfN 2022 and a scientific paper is currently under development.
Dr. Dura-Bernal also joined the visit and during this period they had the chance to network with Dr. Varela and the students at lab.
During the internship, Joao was able to make significant improvements in the model that was being developed since the beginning of the collaboration and also learn more about some of the experimental techniques developed there, such as manufacturing of tetrodes and high-density LFP recordings, behavioral tests in rats, fluorescence imaging, cell staining, and brain slicing and preparation.
This internship was a great opportunity to showcase the NetPyNE tool and its functionalities and advantages, and also to expand the network of collaborators, bringing valuable insights into the computational models developed in our lab.