SOW-DGCN32
Early Onset Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-DGCN32
Credits (ECTS)6
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Cognitive Neuroscience;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
prof. dr. C. Greven
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Examiner
prof. dr. C. Greven
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Lecturer
prof. dr. C. Greven
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. C. Greven
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Lecturer
dr. E. Sprooten
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Academic year2021
Period
SEM1  (06/09/2021 to 28/01/2022)
Starting block
SEM1
Course mode
full-time
Remark
Please note: if you do not yet have a master's registration, you are not yet registered for the tests for this course.
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
This course will focus on early onset neurodevelopmental disorders, the underlying brain mechanisms, early environmental and genetic risk factors, and later patterns of normal and deviant behaviour. After this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the clinical features of neurodevelopmental disorders, with a focus on such as ADHD and ASD.
  2. Understand the association between brain development and early onset neurodevelopmental disorders.
  3. Understand the contribution of genetic and environmental factors to early brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders (at levels of quantitative genetics, molecular genetics, epigenetics, imaging genetics, early environmental risk factors).
  4. Understand concepts and research literature on animal models on neurodevelopmental disorders.
Content
  1. You will learn to understand the principles of early brain development in the context of early onset neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, ASD and intellectual disability.
  2. After the course, you can explain the association between brain development, genetic plus environmental factors and neurodevelopmental disorders. You will grasp brain imaging, genetics and cognitive research techniques, applied to the study of these disorders. You will also learn about the effect of early environmental risk factors (e.g., maternal stress, fetal exposure to alcohol and nicotine, exposure to SSRIs) on brain development, evidence for shared neural and genetic underpinnings of neurodevelopmental disorders and and about animal models (mice, rats) of neurodevelopmental disorders.
  3. You will present a research paper on one of the topics together with another student. Throughout the course, you give feedback on presentations of other students and reflect critically on scientific papers.
Level

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information

Specifics

Required materials
Blackboard
Materials will be made available on Brightspace. Students will be scheduled to prepare, present and discuss papers in detail in the course.

Instructional modes
Assignment
Attendance MandatoryYes

Remark
Practical exercises; there is also a non-compulsory animal lab visit, and non-compulsory clinical outing to Karakter chi

Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

General
Lectures, student presentations and assignments, and practical exercises; there is also a non-compulsory animal lab visit, and non-compulsory clinical outing to Karakter child and adolescent psychiatry.

Presentation
Attendance MandatoryYes

Remark
Student presentations

Tests
Closed book exam
Test weight80
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2

Remark
Given the corona situation, we may need to fall back on an open-book exam with the same weight.

Presentation
Test weight20
Test typePresentation
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2

Remark
NOTE: enrollment for a course automatically registers you for its exam. For participating in the retake, register again.