Biomolecular and Neurosciences track Neuro Sciences

Understanding Brain Function in Health and Disease

Mechanisms of brain function

Over the last three decades neuroscience has become a truly integrative science, from the molecule to the systems level and beyond, encompassing normal human brain function as well as the biological mechanisms underlying brain diseases. The aim of the minor Biomolecular & Neurosciences track Neurosciences is to offer students in-depth knowledge of Bio-molecular Sciences and Neuroscience. Students will gain insight into the latest knowledge of experimental cell biology during the first two courses of the minor (Experimental Cell Biology I and II) and focus on mechanisms of brain function in health and disease in the three Neuroscience courses. 

The Neuroscience track of the Minor Biomolecular & Neurosciences is tailored to highly motivated students that plan to pursue a career in Neuroscience. This track is recommended for students who plan to enroll in the Master Neuroscience.

Courses in:

Biomolecular & Neuro Sciences:

  • Experimental Cell Biology I
  • Experimental Cell Biology II

Neuroscience:

  • Molecular principles of brain disorders: Which factors contribute to brain disease? Students will gain insight in the etiology of neurological and psychiatric brain disorders. We will address the role of genes, environment, epigenetics and gene-networks in relation to brain disorders.
  • The Adaptive Brain: How does the brain adapt to changing environment? Students will gain insight into molecular and cellular neurobiology, with a focus on adaptive mechanisms in the brain. Practice molecular and cellular biological laboratory skills.
  • Neuronal Networks and Behavior: How networks of brain cells control behavior. In Neuronal Networks & Behaviour we will discuss different aspects of brain function ranging from sensory information processing, control of movement, learning and memory to cognition and emotions. We will study how neuronal networks in different brain areas give rise to these functions.

For specific information about each course, please visit our study guide.

Admission and registration

Admission
This minor is suitable for third year BSc students in the life sciences. Students Biomedical Science or Health and Life science track Biomedical Science can register directly. Students from other studies or other universities please send a brief CV with grade list to the course coordinator Dr. R.F.G. Toonen  (r.f.g.toonen@vu.nl). Admission will be decided based on previous education and achieved grades. If your admission is approved and the minor coordinator informed the Education Office, you will be enrolled for the courses in August.

Registration
Please see the application procedure for more information.

Admission for students from other universities

1 Students from other universities please register as VU student, see
2 Please send a brief CV with grade list to the course coordinator Dr. R.F.G. Toonen  (
r.f.g.toonen@vu.nl). Admission will be decided based on previous education and achieved grades. If your admission is approved and the minor coordinator informed the Education Office, you will be enrolled for the courses in August when you are officially enrolled.

Questions about the programme

For specific questions, please contact course coordinator Dr. R.F.G. Toonen via r.f.g.toonen@vu.nl or +31205986946.

Related Master's programmes

Samenvatting Biomolecular and Neurosciences track Neuro Sciences

Taal

Engels

Duur

1 semester (30 EC)

StartDatum

1 September

Interessegebied

Gezondheid en Beweging

Faculteit

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