- 7 hrs computer course
- 16 hrs lecture
- 8 hrs group project work without guidance
- 8 hrs Individual project work without guidance
- 4 hrs problem session
- 40 hrs individual study period
Bachelor level Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Neurobiology
The aim of this course is to give students an appreciation of current issues in Neurobiology, particularly molecular and cellular aspects and how these can impact on neurodgenerative/neurodevelopmental disorders and behavior.
This course considers advanced topics of molecular and cellular aspects of neurobiology. Particular attention is given to where such mechanisms impact on behaviour. Among the topics covered in recent years are: Hypothalamic Control of Feeding; Oxytocin: a Multifunctional Behavioral Neuropeptide; The Neurobiology of Fear; Adult Neurogenesis; The Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms involved in Neurodegeneration; Genetic and Epigenetic Mechanisms underlying Neurodevelopmental Disorders. A selection of these, or similar topics will be presented in the course. Instructors for the course are: Bruce Jenks (8h of lectures) and Gerard Martens (8h). The lectures are in English (Exam can be in English or Dutch).
A. Adult Neurogenesis
B. The molecular basis of neurodegenerative diseases: Protein folding and protein misfolding; Molecular cell biology of Alzheimer’s disease; Molecular cell biology of Parkinson’s disease.
C. The molecular basis of neurodevelopmental disorders:. Complexity of the brain and of organisms; Complex disorders and (Neuro)Genomics; Complex disorders and gene-environment interactions; the molecular basis of schizophrenia; the molecular basis of depression.