CrawFly Workshop January 2024

CrawFly Invertebrate Neurophysiology Workshop

A crawdad with its pincers raised.

ADInstruments and the Department of Biology at the University of the Incarnate Word will co-host a 5 day hands-on workshop for higher education life science instructors seeking to expand their curriculum reach in the neurosciences.

The training event will be based on topics explored in the “Crawdad Project,” a three-year program funded by the National Science Foundation to promote the use of invertebrates in undergraduate physiology and neuroscience lab courses.

The goals of this hosted workshop are to provide teachers hands-on experience with invertebrate preparations that demonstrate basic principles of nervous system physiology, and can easily be incorporated into laboratory courses back home. 

**2 Scholarships are available for this workshop - additional information is available on the registration page which can be accessed below. The application deadline is November 24th.**


Register for the course by clicking here

The scholarship application can be accessed by clicking here

Date and Time:

January 5th - 9th, 2024


University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, TX, US

Course Agenda    

  • FRUITFLY: These exercises will introduce educators to modern neurogenetic techniques in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

Topics to be covered:• Drosophila genetics• Optogenetics• ERG recording• Animal behavior• Synaptic transmission • Synaptic plasticity

Skills to be covered: • Generating and rearing transgenic Drosophila• Using tissue specific genetic expression techniques• Building inexpensive systems for optogenetic experiments• Quantitative analysis of animal behavior• Recording excitatory junctional potentials at the larval neuromuscular junction• Recording electroretinograms from wild type and mutant animals• Recording action potential in flight muscles through optogenetic stimulation of the Giant Fiber system


Topics to be covered:• Motor innervation • Neuroanatomy • Sensory systems • Ionic bases of resting and action potentials • Synaptic transmission • Synaptic plasticity • Central pattern generation for rhythmic motor activity

Skills to be covered: • Neuromuscular Intro - Preparations used in Crayfish Motor Nerve, Resting Potential, Axonal conduction velocity; Rhythmic Motor Activity and Synaptic labs  • Dissecting Tips - General advice on successful dissection • Recording Tips - Background and troubleshooting for extra- and intracellular computer based data acquisition • Data Analysis - including spike sorting, matching presynaptic action potentials with postsynaptic potentials; measuring AP conduction velocity; calculating time constants for sensory receptor adaptation

**A detailed schedule will be provided one week before the workshop.

We recommended booking your lodging at the Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Airport
95 NE Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78216
Use group code "10083702" prior to Dec. 3rd, 2023 to access the group rate

**Please note ADInstruments is not responsible for travel or accommodations. Please book your travel arrangements only after receiving a course confirmation email from ADInstruments.

Genevieve Bell

“If you’re trying to implement invertebrates into your lab work or into the classroom but you don't necessarily have people around you to help you or guide you, this is it. This is a great place to network, to get ideas, and to gain that knowledge of how to implement them in a classroom setting. It’s perfect.”

-Genevieve Bell