Invertebrate Neuroscience

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A rapid introduction to neurological biochemistry using Drosophila melanogaster

  • Setareh S. ChongEmail author
  • Anthony J. Wilkinson
  • Sangeeta Chawla
Technical Report


Short, cost-effective teaching activities are a useful way of providing an integrated view on biological processes. Here we describe a brief, hands-on workshop that allows pre-university students to explore their understanding of a neurological pathway from its chemical bases to phenotype. The workshop effectively introduces the students to data collection and analysis in an enjoyable way and at an appropriate level, determined by an end of session feedback survey. The design of the workshop can be adapted and scaled to generate diverse sessions such as university teaching practicals or summer school training workshops.


Dopamine LRRK2 Parkinson’s disease Teaching Outreach 



We would like to thank Dianne Doubtfire and Nicola Charlton for technical support, Stephanie Ellis for administrative support, and Antje Kuhrs for discussions. Chris Elliott and Richard Maguire for fly strains. Natalie Armstrong for suggestion of the development of the workshop. Paul Shields for photography. Jack Munns for the idea of fly racing card. James Chong for critical reading of the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of BiologyUniversity of YorkYorkUK
  2. 2.Departments of ChemistryUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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