Medical Neuroscience encompasses fundamental neuroscience that is directed toward application to the clinical context and clinical, applied neuroscience. Medical Neuroscience is conducted using molecular, behavioural, and cognitive neuroscience approaches: Molecular, neuroanatomical and electrophysiological techniques in vitro are applied to understand the functions and anatomy of neuronal networks better. Behavioural, electrophysiological animal models are developed and investigated in pursuit of neurotransmitter and hormonal alterations related to neurological or psychiatric states and lastly, cognitive neuroscience approaches employ neuroimaging techniques to investigate human behaviour and brain activity in vivo. The course aims to give an introduction to research on in the medical neurosciences, give a basic understanding of the brain and its disorders to interested students early in their studies. This early exposure to medical neuroscience may help in establishing a knowledge base on which further courses can build.
The course will start with an introductory lecture on cognitive neuroscience, which will give an overview of the currently most widely used neuroimaging methods in human brain research (EEG, MEG, fMRI and PET). This introduction is followed by two introductory lectures on behavioural and molecular neurosciences that introduce animal imaging, animal models in psychiatric and neurology research, in vitro neuronal network modelling, and electrophysiological techniques. This is followed by lab tours at the local research facilities of the Donders Institute’s Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (DCCN) and the Translational Neuroscience Unit (TNU). The content of the lecture will be put into a research context through a literature assignment. In this assignment, groups of students will read a medical neuroscience paper. Each group will subsequently present a summary of their paper.|
20 min oral exam with the main examiner (dr. Joanes Grandjean) + 1 co‐ examiner.
The students will be tested on the knowledge acquired during the course. During the exam, the student will be randomly assigned two topics to elaborate on from a pre‐determined list.
Particularities: All materials will be provided.
Lectures (5h), lab visit (4h), literature assignment (7h), interactive discussion (2h), self‐study (38h)
Tests: 20 min oral exam