The Adaptive Brain

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Adaptive Brain

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Neuroscience

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    Gain insight into molecular and cellular neurobiology, with a focus on adaptive mechanisms in the brain. Practice molecular and cellular biological laboratory skills.

    COURSE CONTENT
    Molecular signal transduction, synaptic plasticity, early brain development, construction of neural circuits, modification of brain circuits as a result of experience, repair and regeneration in the nervous system.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures, laboratory practicaL, journal clubs, student presentations.

    The focus of this course is on scientific experiments: a laboratoy practical on molecular biological techniques and journals clubs in which scientific papers are discussed.

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Exam (Multiple Choice) (60%); student presentation laboratory practical (20%), journal club presentation (20%) each at least grade 5.5

    RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE
    Understanding in cell biology, neuronal communication and neuro-anatomy

    TARGET AUDIENCE
    Course in the track ‘Neurosciences’ in the minor ‘Biomolecular Sciences and Neurosciences’.

    REMARKS
    The track ‘Neurosciences’ is an excellent preparation for the Master Neurosciences. This minor course requires a minimum of 25 participants to take place.

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