Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BM001D
Credits (ECTS)6
Category03 (Advanced)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
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prof. dr. G.J.M. Martens
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. E.J.M. Storkebaum
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. E.J.M. Storkebaum
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. E.J.M. Storkebaum
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. E.J.M. Storkebaum
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
KW1  (31/08/2020 to 01/11/2020)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
The aim of this course is to give students an appreciation of current issues in Neurobiology, in particular molecular and cellular aspects, and more specifically regarding chemical and electrical communication in the brain, and how these can impact on behaviour; the (epi)genetic, molecular and cellular background of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders; experimental design and interpretation of results of neurobiological studies, including handling of big data.
This course considers advanced topics in Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology. Topics include chemical communication in the brain, electrical communication in the brain, neuroinformatics, neurogenomics, and molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in neurodegenerative diseases. Aspects of these topics are presented, with emphasis on recent developments. Furthermore, the students will experimentally design and interpret results of neurobiological studies, including handling of big data, in computer-assisted, simulated research projects, analyze and present scientific articles, and critically evaluate a scientific study to write and review a research proposal, patent application or business plan, and give and peer review a to-the-point pitch. The lectures and exam are in English.

Instructional Modes
  • Lecture
  • Response course
  • Presentation

Presumed foreknowledge
Bachelor level Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Neurobiology
Test information
- Exam, minimum grade 5.0, counts for 70%
- Article analysis, no minimum grade, counts for 15%
- Pitch2Peer assignment, no minimum grade, counts for 15%
For students in Master Medical Biology; Master Molecular Life Sciences; Master Natural Sciences; Master Cognitive Neuroscience (with proper background).
Required materials
To be announced
Study material (PDFs of PowerPoints, Guidelines, etc) is made available during the course on Brightspace, before the pertinent Lectures, Simulated Research Projects, Article Analysis, Pitch2Peer.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Simulated Research Project
Attendance MandatoryYes

Digital Exam
Test weight14
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock KW1, Block KW2

Article analysis
Test weight3
Test typeReport
OpportunitiesBlock KW1

Test weight3
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock KW1