Molecular Principles of Brain Disorders
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
Gain insight into the etiology, expression and treatment of various brain diseases, as well as models used in preclinical science.
Our brain enables us to perform even the most complex tasks. Sometimes however, diseases of the brain compromise its optimal function. In this course students learn what the clinical manifestations are of the neurological and psychiatric diseases, and what type of cellular or animal models are around to learn us more on how disturbed processes and systems in the brain lead to these illnesses and that may provide us with clues on treatment options. Various treatments options for these conditions, including the use of pharmacological agents and deep brain stimulation will be discussed.
In this course we will focus on a different themes:
Theme 1: Neurodegenerative disorders (coordinator Dr. Wiep Scheper)
Theme 2: Psychiatric disorders (coordinator Dr. Hylke Vervaeke)
Theme 3: Neurodevelopmental disorders of intellectual disability and autism (coordinator Dr. Rhiannon Meredith)
Next, you will be guided in writing a literature review.
Lectures, practical, computer lab, study group, and literature review
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
Exam (Multiple Choice) (60%), literature study (40%), each at least grade 5.5
RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE
Basic (first and second year level) courses in Cell Biology and Neurosciences
Course in the track ‘Neurosciences’ in the minor ‘Biomolecular Sciences and Neurosciences’. Course in the minor 'Topics in Biomedical Sciences'
The track ‘Neurosciences’ is an excellent preparation for the Master Neurosciences. This minor course requires a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 150. This course is part of the Minor Neurosciences and the minor Topics in Biomedical Sciences. Students from both minors have priority.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Some courses may require additional fees.