The Adaptive Brain

2019-2020

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 (16 hours), laboratory practical (16 hours), journal clubs (12
hours), student presentations (4 hours).

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.

Method of Assessment

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

Entry Requirements

Understanding in cell biology, neuronal communication and neuro-anatomy.
This course is suitable for third year BSc students in the life
sciences. Students Biomedical Science or Health and Life science track
Biomedical Science or Clinical Science can register directly. Students
from other studies or
other universities please send a brief CV with grade list to Ruud Toonen
(r.f.g.toonen@vu.nl). Admission will be decided based on previous
education and achieved grades.

Literature

Neuroscience, Purves, Sinauer Associates Inc., U.S., 5th Revised
edition, ISBN: 9780878936953

Target Audience

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

Additional Information

The track ‘Neurosciences’ is an excellent preparation for the Master
Neurosciences.

Recommended background knowledge

Understanding in cell biology, neuronal communication and neuro-anatomy

General Information

Course Code AB_1050
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. R.F.G. Toonen
Examiner dr. R.F.G. Toonen
Teaching Staff dr. R.F.G. Toonen
prof. dr. S. Spijker
dr. R.E. van Kesteren
prof. dr. A.B. Smit
dr. J.R.T. van Weering

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Study Group*, Lecture, Computer lab, Practical*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.