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Course module: BMB416005
Essentials of Neuroscience
Course info
Course codeBMB416005
ECTS Credits3
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Biology of Disease;
Contact persondr. G.M.J. Ramakers
Teaching period
MASTER  (21/08/2017 to 18/08/2018)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
RemarkDate 22 Jan till 2 Feb 2018 Apply at least 1 week before start of the course. The maximum of participants is 40.
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Course goals
At the end of the course the student:
  1. has knowledge of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying psychiatric (e.g. schizophrenia, addiction, autism and ADHD) and neurological diseases (e.g. epilepsy and Huntington”s disease);
  2. can formulate a research question and describe experiments to address this research question in the field of neuroscience;
  3. can present and defend a research question in front of peers;
  4. has an overview of research in the field of neuroscience at the UMC Utrecht.
Period (from – till): 22 january 2018 - 2 Febuary 2018
Ramakers, Adan, Burbach, Pasterkamp, De Graan, Kas; UMC Utrecht, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, Department of Translational Neuroscience

Course description
Overall aim
The aim of the course is to provide sufficient background in molecular and cellular neuroscience to understand mechanisms underlying psychiatiric and neurological diseases.
Description of the course
This intense two weeks course is intended for non-neuroscience master students who want to get more background into neuroscience.  The lectures during the course cover a broad range of neuroscience topics from gene to neurological disease and include neuro-anatomy, neurodevelopment, synaptic plasticity, neurogenetics and diseases such as Epilepsy, Anorexia nervosa, Obesity and Parkinsons disease and are given by experts from the Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neurosciences. During the afternoons the students will work in couples on an assignment on a neurological disease. This assignment will results in a scientific presentation on the disease, which will discuss all aspects covered in the lectures, ranging from clinical symptoms and treatment, to molecular and cellular mechanisms, to genetic studies and genes involved. These presentations will be held on the last Friday during a symposium.

Literature/study material used:
Parts of Neuroscience (Purves et al., Sinauer Ass.Inc., Sunderland, Massachusetts, 4e editie, 2004 (ISBN 978-0-87893-697-7)) and recent reviews and original articles.

Apply at least 1 week before start of course.  Register via the study guide. The maximum number of participants is 40.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
BoD students: This course is one of the specific cardiovascular BoD-courses. Additional to the mandatory Kick off course, BoD students should accomplish 12 EC with specific (cardiovascular) BoD courses.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes, except for NSCN students.

Prerequisite knowledge:
No special requirements.
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
Required materials
Instructional formats (attendance required)
Core lecture (Required)

Field trip (Required)

Group assignment (Required)

Group discussion (Required)

Guest lecture (Required)

Individual work (Required)

Lecture (Required)

Presentation (Required)

Private-study (Required)

Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

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