In the Basic and Applied Neuroscience track you can concentrate on a variety of topics within a broad neurobiological scope. This is the track that keeps several options open, but focuses mainly on the neural principles of (cognitive) neuroscience. It is also a good choice if you are interested in Neuroscience, but not sure whether your professional destination will be research.
Although this track does not focus on individual diseases as such, there are many interesting links covered between fundamental mechanisms in the brain and disease phenomena. Examples are: potassium homeostasis and migraine, regulation of excitability and epilepsy, modulation of signal transduction pathways and schizophrenia and the deregulation of developmental processes. The track in Basic and applied neuroscience focuses on complex questions such as:
- How do neurons produce their specialized firing patterns?
- What is the information processing role of astrocytes, e.g. neuron-glia interactions?
- How do genes encode development and can we regenerate neurons circuits?
The track will introduce you to several modern research techniques. There will be hands-on computer practicals and a lab rotation to prepare you for a later research project period. At the end of the compulsory Advanced Neuroscience (12 EC) course you should be able to read, understand and discuss the modern neuroscience literature. This course has a specific focus on neurophysiology and cellular neuroscience. In a second optional course in Capita Selecta from Basic and Applied Neuroscience (12 EC) you will update your neurogenetics, neuro anatomy and learn more about the principles of neuron-glia interactions. A number of optional skill courses will be given in the month of June, including Advanced Neuroinformatics (6EC). This course entails the analysis skills on various types of data collected by different aggregation levels (neuron, circuit, whole brain) in modern Neuroscience. Besides the course based training you will write a Master thesis (12 EC), and you will be involved in experimental work. A Neuroscience Summer School is optional.
The Applied section of the track will teach you translational research: how can we make basic knowledge useful in practical/commercial situations. Also it focuses on the essence of data analysis and individual courses on, for example the analysis of molecular data (e.g. micro-array) and cellular data (e.g. patch-clamp whole cell and single channel) bring you up to speed with techniques essential to neuroscience. As to give an example, the skills acquired in this track can guide you in using fundamental knowledge to improve stimulation protocols in Deep Brain Stimulation, construct innovative stem cell therapies to treat brain disease and employ knowledge to design new types of brain computer interfaces.
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Last updated April 19, 2016