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Imaging in Neurosciences


Admission requirements

  • Thorough basic knowledge of principles of neuroscience is essential; successful completion of the second year course “Introduction in the Neuroscience”, or a similar course is mandatory.

  • Bear, Connors and Paradiso; Neuroscience, Exploring the Brain.; 3rd Ed. 2006; Ch 2-7 and 9-14.

  • Successful completion of How to write a research proposal is strongly recommended.


Period: 22 October 2018 - 16 November 2018

Modern imaging technologies are indispensable for medical research and clinical diagnosis and treatment of most disease processes. Currently, a wide array of imaging modalities is available for studies of humans and animals, including x-ray technology and computer tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine (e.g. PET) and optical imaging.

This course has two objectives. The first objective is to provide a thorough understanding of the physical principles underlying these technologies. This theory is essential in order to understand why a specific technique may be the most appropriate choice for a clinical or research question.

The second goal is to highlight current research and clinical applications of modern imaging modalities in neuroscience and cardiovascular applications, both for routine clinical care and for advanced research applications. Topics will e.g. cover functional MRI for cognitive neuroscience, Alzheimer’s Disease and metabolic syndrome.

Practically, students will attend lectures and read selected papers on each lecture topic. You will collate information gained in small groups, and prepare journal club presentations. You will work on two research assignments, in a workgroup setting and individually. For both assignment you will be provided with actual research data and background information and be asked to formulate a research hypothesis, to design an analysis strategy to test this hypothesis, to perform the proposed analysis and to report on the outcome with a poster presentation and a written report.

Course objectives

The student:

  • has an overall understanding of the theoretical and practical back ground of neuroimaging

  • has an of the different techniques used for neuroimaging

  • can implement this knowledge in the design of a paper about a chosen subject

  • can convey this knowledge and views to the other students

  • collaborate with peers during Journal Club

  • can preparing a scientific poster

  • can revise the poster after instructions from

  • can convey knowledge and views to the other students

  • can implement acquired knowledge in the design of an poster presentation about a chosen subject


All course and group schedules are published on our LUMC scheduling website or on the LUMC scheduling app.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, group work, self study assignments, demos, research project.

Course load

Total course load is the amount of EC’s multiplied with 28 hours.

Assessment method

  • Written paper

  • Student participation in Journal Club

  • Poster analysis experimental data

  • Oral presentation of assignment during a plenary session with all course participants


Blackboard will be used during this course.

Reading list

Will be distributed during the course.


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