Involvement of LNEC in training by research

LNEC members participate in teaching Science in the Biology and Health program of the University
of Poitiers within the COMUE Poitiers-Limoges-Tours-La Rochelle-Orleans, a life science program
including Neuroscience and Neuropsychology. Thus, LNEC Professors and lecturers give regular
courses of Physiology and Neuroscience for bachelors and masters students in Cellular biology,
Physiology and Neuroscience as well as for bachelor students in neuropsychology. Most LNEC
members including clinicians and researchers either regularly or occasionally participate in the
teaching activities. Overall, members of the LNEC give course in 4 faculties of our university: the
Fundamental and Applied Science Faculty, the Medicine and Pharmacy Faculty, the Health and
Sports Science Faculty and the Humanity and Arts and Letters Faculty. In addition, members of the
LNEC have been invited to teach at other universities in France and abroad.
Mohamed Jaber was a co-founder and a member of the council of PRES Biology-Healthcare doctoral
school (ED SVS 154 then ED 524) from 2012-2014; since that date Marcello Solinas is a member of
this Council.
Several LNEC members played a major role in the organization committee of scientific events in
Poitiers. Those events, of various sizes, have all contributed to the dissemination of knowledge
towards various publics including students.

Actions towards our PhD students

We collectively take pride in the major attention and efforts we deploy towards our PhD students.
The laboratory policy is to improve the students’ scientific outcome and to support and facilitate
their immersion into the scientific community.
Below are several examples of such actions:
– We organize every two weeks a data/journal club in the lab and encourage our students and
post-docs to present either a publication or their ongoing project and research activities.
– We organize every year our annual retreat (see above) dedicated to scientific presentations
by PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. These meetings are a good way to create
bonding within the lab members and especially the young collaborators; they also provide
them a good training to improve their critical spirit and open their knowledge to other fields of
research.
– All of our students are involved and present posters in regional (Structure Fédérative de
Recherche SFR FED 4226 Tours-Poitiers), national (SFN French Society of Neuroscience) and
international (FENS Federation of European Neuroscience Societies) conferences, to name a
few.
– Our students are also committed to transfer their knowledge in various ways. For instance, we
have a partnership with l’Arbre Des Connaissances through a specific program entitled
Apprentis Chercheurs MAAD Inserm (mécanismes d’addiction à l’alcool et aux drogues). This
project allows high- and middle- school students (from 15 to 17 years-old), supervised by PhD
students, to be engaged to a scientific project throughout the academic year, which leads to the
organization of a workshop where the apprentis chercheurs can present the project they were
involved in.
– Every year, our students help organize a national event called La semaine du cerveau (Brain
Awareness Week), where they go to different schools and organize open discussions about
Neuroscience, in order to enhance awareness and knowledge of a specific field of research and
to promote research activities and careers.
– Two of our students are scientific correspondents to the FRC (Fédération pour la Recherche
sur le Cerveau) and write lay articles about major scientific achievements for the Federation
journal and internet site.
– Our PhD students participate in teaching in different grades at the University of Poitiers
(mainly bachelor degrees). With the participation of the Doctoral school, the students can
attend at least 30 hours of intensive residential training on the teaching career called
formation DCACE (Doctorant Contractuel à Activité Complémentaire d’Enseignement). During
these courses, they can develop required skills for teaching, such as the ability of speaking in
front of an audience.

Student’s training at the LNEC

From middle-school students to Master’s and doctoral students, LNEC contributes to the
introduction to research and training for research of a very diverse public. Among others, we host:
• An average of 10 middle school and high school students per year for short-term
observational internships.
• An average of 20 bachelor’s (L3) and master’s (M1) students per year for variable
training periods (from one to several months).
• An average of 3 master’s (M2) students per year over the last 5 academic years. It is to be
noted that most of the master students originated from other universities.
• The LNEC has hosted 18 doctoral students from the E524 since 2012 (see Appendix 10),
including scientists and medical students; 8 of theses were successfully defended, 10 are
undergoing. Of the graduates whose situation is known: 2 are postdoctoral fellows, 3 are
contractual Research and teaching assistants (ATER), 1 is employed by the medical or
academic sector and 2 are employed by the industrial sector. Currently, 10 students are
working towards their doctoral degrees: 9 students from the faculty of science and 1
from the faculty of medicine and pharmacy.
LNEC is strongly involved in hosting foreign colleagues and students either as master or doctoral
students, as post-doctoral researchers but also as visiting professors.

 

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