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Neurodegenerative Diseases Foundation, Tools and Perspectives

Neurodegenerative Diseases Foundation, Tools and Perspectives

Teachers from all disciplines, from the lab to the clinic, will be part of the course to make it a complete interdisciplinary experience.

Course description

This course will give the students insight into different aspects of neurodegenerative diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Vanishing White Matter: from molecules to brain, and from cells to behaviour. The course is organised by the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research ( The CNCR generates integrated research programs from genes to behaviour, each combining mice and human studies. It operates as an expertise center of the Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam. Research teams at the CNCR stand out by their specific research areas and their state-of-the-art techniques. Methodology to study brain diseases (cell and animal models, microscopy, (electro)physiology and behaviour) and translational and clinical aspects (etiology, pathology, genetics, diagnostics and treatment) will be discussed. Expert lecturers will cover their fundamental and clinical research topics. During this interactive course students are challenged to deepen their knowledge on a selected neurodegenerative disease by working in groups of students with different backgrounds to encourage an integrative way of thinking across disciplines, ultimately resulting in a presentation at the end of the course.

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About this course

Course level

  • Master / Advanced

Course coordinator

  • Rik van der Kant


  • 3 ECTS

Contact hours

  • 50


  • English

Tuition fee

  • €650 - €1150

Additional Course Information

  • Learning objectives

    The students will:

    • Obtain basic knowledge on neurodegenerative diseases (“the foundation”).
    • Obtain in-depth knowledge on specific research approaches and methods to address various aspects of neurodegenerative diseases (“the toolbox”).
    • Generate an overview of current limits and future needs (“the perspective“).
    • Integrate this information to propose new ideas and hypotheses towards diagnostics and therapy of neurodegenerative diseases (“potential new leads”).
  • Course schedule

    Classes will take place from Monday 4 July until Friday 15 July. In general classes will be during the week between 9am and 17pm (please take exceptions into account). Wednesday afternoons and weekends will be off for optional social activities or personal time. Good to be aware that self-study will be required in your private time (nights and weekends). Saturday 2 July and Saturday 16 July are arrival and departure days (in case you arrange accommodation via our housing service). More details will be shared in the course syllabus which will be shared with the participants in June. 

  • About the course coordinator

    Rik van der Kant is group leader of the Amsterdam Dementia Discovery Group. His research team uses mice and human stem cells models to discovery novel drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. van der Kant is also part of clinical trial team that is currently clinically evaluating novel interventions for the treatment of Alzheimer. 

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