Hot topics in neurology and psychiatry

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Doel vak

1.To describe and explain complex neurological and psychiatric
conditions, including risk factors, disease mechanisms, symptoms and
treatments [domain-specific knowledge]
2. To gain insight in the latest neuro-scientific methods and studies on
neurological and psychiatric disorders [domain-specific knowledge]
3.To summarize, analyze and reflect on research papers in the fields of
psychiatry, neurology, and related disciplines [academic skills]
4.To identify new directions for translational research in order to
create and peer-review a research proposal[academic skills]
5.To appreciate the state of the art in terms of challenges in the
fields of neurology and psychiatry research [attitude]

Inhoud vak

Globally, millions of people suffer from neurological and psychiatric
disorders that drastically affect quality of life. Unfortunately, for
most of these disorders, we still have no effective interventions, which
necessitates the development of advanced prevention strategies,
diagnostic tools and new treatments. In this minor, you will meet
researchers and clinicians in the field of neurology and psychiatry and
thus gain insight in current research topics to become a “translational
clinical scientist”. You will learn to critically read, analyze and
debate papers in the field of neurology and psychiatry, write an opinion
paper and present your own research proposal. Topics in psychiatry
include crisis and forensic child and adolescent psychiatry, as well as
epidemiology, neuropsychiatry and the use of big data in adult
psychiatry. Neurological topics include the histopathology, clinical
findings and treatment options for disorders such as epilepsy, childhood
white-matter disorders, multiple sclerosis, neuro-oncology, Parkinson
and Alzheimer’s disease. You will meet patients and their treating
physicians, visit a juvenile justice institution, a center where they
treat depression with ECT, the epilepsy center “SEIN”, learn all about
how brain networks relate to cognition and disability, learn how to look
under the microscope at brain tissue and how to interpret functional and
structural brain scans. In this exciting and diverse minor, you will
gain knowledge as well as new skills and ways to apply them in this
important field.


Interactive lectures, practicals, working groups


Writing assignment, research proposal writing, oral presentation,
debate, two central exams.


Third year Bachelor’s students in Medicine, with an active interest in
psychiatry. Also eligible are third year Bachelor’s students from
related life sciences disciplines, possessing the required level of
background knowledge (i.e. pathological mechanisms and symptoms of
common psychiatric disorders).

Toelichting Canvas

This minor is supported by a corresponding CANVAS course, which contains
all of the required information of this minor including an overview of
the required articles and assignments. The CANVAS course will also be
used to post announcements relevant to the minor. You will automatically
have access to the CANVAS course.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

Knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology is recommended.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode M_BHTNP19
Studiepunten 24 EC
Periode Semester 1
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit VUmc
Vakcoördinator dr. M.M. Schoonheim
Examinator dr. M.M. Schoonheim
Docenten dr. M.M. Schoonheim
dr. L. Diergaarde
F.A.-Souverein MA
dr. I. Bos

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