Neurodegenerative Diseases

From clinic to bench
From molecules to brain, cells to behaviour, this interactive course provides you with a comprehensive insight into various aspects of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Vanishing White Matter. It addresses both clinical aspects and methodologies for the study of brain diseases with expert lecturers presenting their applied and fundamental research work.
Course levelBeginner Bachelor/Advanced Bachelor
Block 1
8 to 22 July 2017
Recommended course combination Block 2: Human Movement Analysis, Brain and Mind
Block 3: Nature & Nurture: Twin Research and Human Genetics, The Gentle Art of Helping
Co-ordinating lecturerDr. Wiep Scheper
Other lecturersDr. Oliver Stiedl, Dr. Jan van Weering, Prof. Matthijs Verhage, Prof. August B. Smit, Prof. Marjo van der Knaap, Prof. Sabine Spijker, Prof. Danielle Posthuma, Prof. Philip Scheltens
Form(s) of tuitionInteractive seminar, demonstrations, self-study
Form(s) of assessmentPresentation and multiple-choice test
ECTS   3 credits
Contact hours45
Tuition fee€1150

Students of Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, Physics and other medically oriented disciplines with an interest in brain function in health and disease, and especially the underlying molecular mechanisms. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students with a wide variety of backgrounds.

You are challenged to deepen your own knowledge of a selected neurodegenerative condition by working with peers from different academic backgrounds on an integrated, interdisciplinary approach for presentation at the end of the course – a project that requires active involvement, mechanistic thinking and thorough reasoning, and will develop your critical and constructive faculties.

The course is organized by the Centre for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR), one of the centres of expertise at the Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam. The CNCR operates integrated research programmes, covering everything from genes to behaviour, each combining mouse and human studies. Its teams are leaders in their specific fields, renowned for the use of state-of-the-art techniques
  • You gain a basic knowledge of neurodegenerative diseases, the “foundation”. 
  • You gain an in-depth knowledge of specific research approaches and methods to address various aspects of neurodegenerative diseases, the “toolbox”.
  • You form an overview of current limits and future needs, the “perspective“.
  • You integrate this information to propose new ideas and hypotheses for neurodegenerative diagnostics and therapy, the “potential”.
Visits to several of the state-of-the-art laboratories at the Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam, including the electron microscopy, confocal and life cell imaging and animal and behavioural facilities.
Selected scientific papers will be made available and must be studied prior to the lectures.
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