At the end of the course, the student is able to:
- analyse a neurodevelopmental process and describe this process at a scientific and academic level, using the obtained knowledge of various disciplines (morphological, cellular and molecular aspects).
- discern the various research approaches and strategies used by developmental neurobiologists, think critically and independently, and summarize, introduce and discuss these issues in a well-arranged report.
- critically read and evaluate a primary research article in the neurodevelopmental field and articulate understanding of the research article to peers by making and presenting a poster/giving a clear oral presentation based on the article, and critically analyze and discuss an oral presentation of a colleague student.
The course Neurodevelopment deals with the basic principles of neural development as exemplified by key experiments and observations from past and recent times. The (responsive) lectures are organized ontogenetically, beginning from the induction of the neural primordium and ends with the emergence of behavior. The course covers all major topics along the way, including the patterning and growth of the nervous system, neuronal determination, axonal navigation and targeting, neuron survival and death, and synapse formation and plasticity.
Furthermore, during the simulated laboratory course the use of model organisms, the intensive application of biochemical, molecular and cellular approaches, and the introduction of new imaging technologies is discussed. The course ends with a symposium where you discuss your poster or give a presentation in parallel sessions based on literature analysis of leading scientific papers in the field of neurodevelopment.