Translational neuroscience
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Course moduleMED-MIN16
Credits (ECTS)12
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Medical Sciences; Biomedische wetenschappen;
dr. D. Schubert
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Contactperson for the course
dr. D. Schubert
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dr. D. Schubert
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
KK1-KK2  (31/08/2020 to 31/01/2021)
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Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After completion of the Minor, you ...
1. ... have an up-to-date view of the basic clinical aspects of selected neurological disorders and are able to apply knowledge of biological mechanisms from molecule to man to understand the presentation and treatment of various neurological diseases.
2. ... can extract information from primary and secondary neuroscientific literature and compile this into a written and oral report on translational research strategies
3. ... are able to formulate fundamental neuroscience questions that addresses recent unmet needs in clinics (=translational research). By incorporating state-of-the-art approaches you will also be able to design experiments to address these problems.
4. ... are able to work in interdisciplinary teams (team mates of different study background) for addressing complex research questions.
Why are there currently still no cures even for intensively studied neurodevelopmental and movement disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders? Starting from this basic question you are going to set a frame in this interfaculty minor “Translational Neuroscience” and draw upon the following topics: What is nowadays known about the neurobiological mechanisms underlying these disorders – and what is not known? What state of the art scientific tools do we currently have to investigate these disorders? Where is preclinical and clinical research now and are there new treatments and therapies in sight? The problems clinicians and researchers nowadays face with neurodevelopmental and movement disorders range from diagnostics, neurobiology, genetics and choosing suitable research methodologies to therapy.
Aim of this course is to enable you to apply the current knowledge in neurobiology to propose translational research strategies that will help to either better understand the etiology of neurological disorders or their potential treatments. The course has been found  very valuable by students of medicine, biomedical sciences, biology and molecular life sciences that want to learn about clinics and neurobiology - and - how to bridge between these two disciplines: that is translational neuroscience.

A core element of the minor is that during its entire length you will work in groups of three students in order to produce together a translational research proposal for studying a particular neurological or movement disorder. During this project you will carry out a systematic review of the scientific literature complementary to the information that has been taught in the course modules. Each group will be supported by a “personal tutor”, who is an expert scientist or clinician in the respective field.

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Content wise, we will first introduce the clinical problem settings. Partially using patient demonstrations, clinicians, who have hands-on experience on the respective disorders, will introduce the clinical aspects of selected relevant neurological and movement disorders. Subsequently researchers will provide you with the fundamental knowledge of neurobiological and genetic processes as well as state of the art methodologies (including (lab) practical(s)), at a level where you can appreciate the mechanisms that (potentially) underlie neurological disorders. Finally, we will explain and illustrate the current applications of various methodologies in translational and clinical research as well as in therapy and diagnostics. Towards the end of the course, you will have two times the chance to spend 1.5 days either in a lab or in a clinical department and to get hands on experience in translational research.
Taken together you will learn about the applicability, advantages and disadvantages of the experimental methodological approaches that are currently available to study the animal and human brain and how to integrate all this in your translational research proposal project. 
Please note: if you would like to have more information about MED-MIN16 or have any further questions, please visit the online session we offer on  Tuesday, May 26  at 14:00. If you want to join, please drop a quick email @ and I will send you the invite to the session.

Key words
Neurobiology, Systems neurobiology, neurodevelopment, genetics, in vivo and in vitro neuroscience research methodologies, neurological disorders, neuroimaging, translational research, research proposal.

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Written exams
Test weight30
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock KK2, Block KK4

Written assignments
Test weight20
Test typeReport
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Project Report: Subpart mini-review
Test weight10
Test typeReport
OpportunitiesBlock KK2, Block KK4

Project Report: final version
Test weight20
Test typeReport
OpportunitiesBlock KK2, Block KK4

Oral presentation
Test weight10
Test typePresentation
OpportunitiesBlock KK2, Block KK4

Performance during project
Test weight10
OpportunitiesBlock KK2, Block KK4