Vanishing boundaries between neurodevelopmental disorders
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleMED-BMS22
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Medical Sciences; Biomedische wetenschappen;
prof. dr. J.H.L.M. van Bokhoven
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. J.H.L.M. van Bokhoven
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. J.H.L.M. van Bokhoven
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. B. Franke
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Academic year2019
W02-B  (06/01/2020 to 31/08/2020)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksThursday and Friday for 4 weeks after the start of the period. Check schedule for exact test date (in case of resits).
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registration openfrom 17/09/2019 up to and including 16/12/2019
Waiting listYes
Placement procedureDone manually by Back Office
ExplanationDone manually by Back Office
The main objectives of this module are:
After completion of the course, students are able to
  1. Understand the differences and communalities between various NDDs.
  2. Describe the genetic underpinnings of various NDDs.
  3. Understand  the  principles  and  virtues  of  generic  profiling  mnethodologies  (Genetics, genomics, metabolomics)
  4. Describe the major molecular networks and cellular mechanisms that are disrupted in NDDs.
  5. Explain the possibilities and limitations of in vitro and in vivo models for neurobiological investigations into the mechanisms of disease.
  6. Reflect critically on scientific papers on topics covered in the course.
  7. Present a research paper and to give feedback on presentations of other students.
The module 

Neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) are a large group of cognitive, neurological, and psychiatric disorders that collectively have an unparalleled impact on our healthcare system. Despite considerable heterogeneity in main clinical features and comorbidities, communalities between individual disorders are also apparent. The overlapping spectrum of cognitive features in NDDs is reflected in the molecular and cellular underpinnings of these disorders. In this course, we aim to illuminate the genetic and environmental factors contributing to NDDs and to gain insight into the unique and common molecular and cellular mechanisms of their neuropathology. To that end, we will offer a program that will encompass: (i) standardized clinical and diagnostics protocols used in NDDs; (ii) the use of robust genetics, genomics and metabolomics profiling; (iii) the development and application of cell and animal disease models; (iv) the use of innovative behavioral, neurophysiological and neuroimaging protocols; (v) the development of strategies for therapeutic intervention.

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information


Instructional modes
Working group

Written exam; open questions
Test weight70
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock W02-B, Block W02-B

Test weight30
Test typePresentation
OpportunitiesBlock W02-B, Block W02-B