An integrated approach to marine invertebrate biodiversity: evolutionary and functional adaptations

  • Monday, September 17
    • morning 9.00-13.00
      Introduction to the course
      Staff presentation
      Annelids in evolutionary developmental biology (A. Giangrande)
      Systems neurobiology of the Platynereis ciliated larva (G. Jékeli)
    • afternoon 15.00-19.00
      Polychaete reproduction, regeneration and larval diversity (A. Giangrande)
  • Tuesday, September 09
    • morning 9.00-13.00
      Functional biology of echinoderms: new insights on well known models (M. Sugni, C. De Benedetti)
      The Uniqueness of Echinoderms (V. Arizza)
    • afternoon 15.00-18.00
      Functional biology of echinoderms: new insights on well known models. (M. Sugni, C. De Benedetti)
      Immunobiology of echinoderms (V. Arizza)
    • after dinner 21.00-22.30
      Hemichordates: structure, development, and evolution (T. Stach)
  • Wednesday, September 10
    • morning 9.00-13.00
      Bivalve molluscs: an overview (P. Venier)
      Stress responses in bivalve molluscs (P. Venier)
    • afternoon 15.00-19.00
      Experimental approaches to cells and tissues of Mytilus galloprovincialis (P. Venier/S. Domeneghetti)
    • after dinner 21.00-22.30
      The medicinal leech: a valuable model to study neuroprotection and nerve repair in Annélids. (J. Vizioli)
  • Thursday, September 11
    • morning 9.00-13.00
      The evolution of chordate sensory and neural complexity; lessons from sea squirts, cephalochordates and lampreys (S. Shimeld)
    • afternoon 15.00-19.00
      The compound ascidian Botryllus. schlosseri as a model organism for the study of sexual and asexual reproduction (L. Manni).
      Journal club: paper presentation by students
    • after dinner 21.30-22.30
      Journal club: paper presentation by students
  • Friday, September 12
    • morning 9.00-13.00
      Cnidarians and the evolution of Metazoa: old dogmas and new perspectives (R. Pennati)
      Recent advances in Anthozoan innate immunity evolution (M. Cammarata)<
    • afternoon 15.00-18.00
      Experimental approaches on Anthozoan immunological activities (MG Parisi)
  • Saturday, September 13
    • morning 9.00-13.00
      Practical course on Botryllus schlosseri immunobiology (N. Franchi)
      Final discussion and conclusions
      Final examination for credits acknowledgement