Neuron-Glia Interactions

2018-2019
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Doel vak

The course Neuron-Glia interactions aims to go beyond the neuron-only
view on functioning of the brain. Glial cells are as numerous as neurons
and have traditionally been viewed to support neuronal functions,
however, research of the last 2 decades suggests that glial cells may do
more than just supporting neuronal function. In fact, for the past few
years it has become evident that the functioning of the brain can be
understood only if the interaction of all cell types, i.e. neurons and
glial cells, is understood. This is a new understanding that is only
slowly becoming part of textbooks. The aim of this ‘Neuron-Glia
interactions’ course is to go educate MSc students in the contemporary
insights on cellular processes that underlie brain function.
At the end of this course you will be able to
• explain the cellular characteristics of astrocytes, oligodendrocytes
and microglia cells.
• explain the functional role of the different glia cell types in the
central nervous system.
• describe the current view on the implication of glia cell in different
brain disorders, e.g. psychiatric, mood and neurodegenerative disorders.
• analyze how landmark Neuroscience papers (in the Glia field) are
generated and composed.
• construct a research proposal (on a Glia research project)

Inhoud vak

This course builds on existing knowledge, obtained from BSc and early
MSc education, on neurobiology at the molecular, cellular and
physiological level. Lectures from glia research expert from different
universities will provide MSc students the required basic insight on
neuron-glia interactions, which forms a frame work for later parts in
the course were we will focus on thorough analysis of landmark papers in
the Glia field, followed by the design and writing of a research
proposal on Neuron-Glia interactions in health or disease.

Onderwijsvorm

Lectures, supervised workgroups and individual assignments, self-study,

Toetsvorm

The grading procedure will be as follows:
• Grade of the contribution to workgroups on paper analyses: 10%
• Grade of research project presentation: 10%
• Research proposal: 30%
• Final exam (lecture content): 50%
The grades for the research proposal and Final exam cannot compensate
for each other and should both be at least 5.5. The final grade needs to
be at least 5.5 to pass. For students that do not pass, one re-exam will
be available.
Participation in all workgroups is obligatory. Attending the lectures is
highly recommended

Literatuur

Literature can be studied during the course and will be provided at the
start of the course

Algemene informatie

Vakcode AM_1217
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 500
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. M.H.G. Verheijen
Examinator dr. M.H.G. Verheijen
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