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A Diamond in Nigeria

Diamond Trip Nigeria


Dr. Jeff Diamond
was invited to give a mini-course on Neurophysiology at the Federal University of Technology in Akure (FUTA), Nigeria. This connection was made possible by TReND, a grassroots organization that puts scientists willing to teach in touch with African universities that have a need for education. TReND which stands for Teaching and Research in (Neuro)science for Development in Africa, is non-profit organization run entirely by volunteer scientists at universities worldwide.

Dr. Diamond planned a five-day course, with two lectures per day and an afternoon of practical lab work. Lectures started with membrane biophysics and continued up through synaptic plasticity and circuit dynamics. In the afternoons the students soldered together a computerized electronic neuron (a “Spikeling”) that fired action potentials and could send and receive synaptic signals. Through the week they used their Spikelings to examine ideas that were discussed in the lectures. The students were extremely enthusiastic and welcomed him very warmly, “surely the highlight of my trip” - Diamond. NINDS was happy to support Dr. Diamond’s participation in such a worthwhile program and donated 50 Spikeling labs to the Department of Physiology at FUTA for students to continue their education.

Diamond Trip Nigeria

Diamond Trip Nigeria

Diamond Trip Nigeria

Diamond Trip Nigeria

Diamond Trip Nigeria