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Course module: BMB416005
Essentials of Neuroscience
Course info
Course codeBMB416005
ECTS Credits3
Category / LevelM (M (Master))
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Biology of Disease;
Contact persondr. G.M.J. Ramakers
Course contact
dr. G.M.J. Ramakers
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
BMS_P1_A  (05/09/2022 to 13/11/2022)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
Study mode
RemarkF2F and online editions available.
Dates: F2F (BMS_P2_A) 16-1-2023 - 27-1-2023
online (BMS_P1_A) 7-11-2022 - 20-
Enrolment periodfrom 30/05/2022 up to and including 26/06/2022
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Additional informationYou will be enrolled for this course by administration of the programme of this course.
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 22/08/2022 up to and including 19/09/2022
Waiting listYes
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Course goals
At the end of the course the student:
  1. has knowledge of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying psychiatric (e.g. schizophrenia, addiction, autism and ADHD) and neurological diseases (e.g. epilepsy and Huntington”s disease);
  2. can formulate a research question and describe experiments to address this research question in the field of neuroscience;
  3. can present and defend a research question in front of peers;
  4. has an overview of research in the field of neuroscience at the UMC Utrecht.
Period (from – till):
Essentials of Neuroscience Online course: 7 November 2022 - 20 January 2023 (BMS_P1_A).
Essentials of Neuroscience Face-to-Face course: 16 January - 27 January 2023 (BMS_P2_A).
Ramakers, Adan, Burbach, Pasterkamp, Hol; UMC Utrecht Brain Center, Department of Translational Neuroscience.

Course description
Overall aim
The aim of the course is to provide sufficient background in molecular and cellular neuroscience to understand mechanisms underlying psychiatiric and neurological diseases.
Description of the Essentials of Neuroscience Face-to-face course: 
This intense two weeks course is intended for non-neuroscience master students who want to get more background into neuroscience. The lectures during the course cover a broad range of neuroscience topics from gene to neurological disease and include neuro-anatomy, neurodevelopment, synaptic plasticity, neurogenetics and diseases. The lectures are given by experts from the UMC Utrecht Brain Center. During the afternoons the students will work in couples on an assignment on a neurological disease. This assignment will results in a scientific presentation of a research proposal on the disease, which will discuss all aspects covered in the lectures, ranging from clinical symptoms and treatment, to molecular and cellular mechanisms, to genetic studies and genes involved. These presentations will be held on the last Friday during a symposium.

Description of the Essentials of Clinical Neuroscience Online course:
This online course gives you a unique opportunity to study the state of the art insights in Neurosciences, discover the research strengths of UMC Utrecht and experience our educational philosophy. Wherever you are, you can join our academic community of eager, young minds from behind your computer!
The course will consist of web lectures by renowned experts as well as articles, group assignments, individual assignments, peer feedback and feedback from teachers. During the course you will interact with other participants through assignments and discussions. The course will be moderated actively by professional moderators and teaching staff of the Brain Center Rudolf Magnus of UMC Utrecht.

Literature/study material used:
Parts of Neuroscience (Purves et al., Sinauer Ass.Inc., Sunderland, Massachusetts, 4e editie, 2004 (ISBN 978-0-87893-697-7)) and recent reviews and original articles.

Essentials of Neuroscience Online course: You can register for this course via Osiris Student via BMS_P1_A. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide. The maximum number of participants is 40.
Essentials of Neuroscience Face-to-Face course: You can register for this course via Osiris Student via BMS_P2_A. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide. The maximum number of participants is 16.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
BoD students: This course is one of the specific cardiovascular BoD-courses. Additional to the mandatory Kick off course, BoD students should accomplish 12 EC with specific (cardiovascular) BoD courses.
This is not applicable for the online variant of this course.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes, except for NSCN students.

Prerequisite knowledge:
No special requirements.
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
Required materials
Instructional formats
Core lecture

Field trip

Group assignment

Group discussion

Guest lecture

Individual work


Online Education



Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

Active participation: 10%
Research proposal 75%
Presentation 15%

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