Neurodegenerative Diseases: From Lab to Patient and Back

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

From molecules to brain, cells to behaviour, this interactive course provides you with a comprehensive insight into various aspects of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Vanishing White Matter. It addresses both clinical aspects and methodologies for the study of brain diseases with expert lecturers presenting their applied and fundamental research work.

Students and professionals in the field of Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, Physics and other medically oriented disciplines with an interest in brain function in health and disease, and especially the underlying molecular mechanisms. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students and professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds. 

You are challenged to deepen your own knowledge of a selected neurodegenerative condition by working with peers from different academic backgrounds on an integrated, interdisciplinary approach for presentation at the end of the course – a project that requires active involvement, mechanistic thinking and thorough reasoning, and will develop your critical and constructive faculties. 

The course is organized by the Centre for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR), one of the centres of expertise at the Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam. The CNCR operates integrated research programmes, covering everything from genes to behaviour, each combining mouse and human studies. Its teams are leaders in their specific fields, renowned for the use of state-of-the-art techniques 

At the end of the course, you:

  • Gained a basic knowledge of neurodegenerative diseases, the “foundation”. 
  • Gained an in-depth knowledge of specific research approaches and methods to address various aspects of neurodegenerative diseases, the “toolbox”.
  • Formed an overview of current limits and future needs, the “perspective“.
  • Integrated this information to propose new ideas and hypotheses for neurodegenerative diagnostics and therapy, the “potential”.

Visits to several of the state-of-the-art laboratories at the Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam, including the electron microscopy, confocal and life cell imaging and animal and behavioural facilities.

Selected scientific papers will be made available and must be studied prior to the lectures.


Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
6 Jul 2019 - 20 Jul 2019
Levels Bachelor / Undergraduate
Credits 3.0 ECTS
Program fee 1,150 EUR
Accommodation fee 425 EUR
Extra information about the fee:
There are several accommodation options, ranging in price from €425 to €550. There are discounts:
€150 discount for early birds (register before 15 March, 23.59 CET).
€250 discount for all students from partner universities.
€200 discount when you apply for 2 courses, €300 when you apply for 3 courses.
€450 discount if you are currently a student at VU Amsterdam. Visit our website to see all housing options and for a list of partner universities.
Application deadline 1 May 2019
Entry requirements:
At least enrolled in 2nd year of Bachelor studies.

Contact information:

Skype: VU Amsterdam Summer School - by appointment, email first
Telephone: +31 20 59 86429

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