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Brain Diseases


Entry requirements

Only open to students that are admitted to the Minor Brain and Cognition and that have completed the first part of the minor.


  • Day 1: Lectures giving an overview of the spectrum of disorders involving emotion and cognition, their aetiology and epidemiology, diagnostic approaches and current therapeutic options.

  • Day 2/3: Vascular Dementia (or other relevant neurological topic)

  • Day 3/4: Alzheimer

  • Day 4/5: Depression

  • Day 5/6: Anxiety

  • Day 7: Colloquium: Each group of students prepares an in-depth presentation on a topic from the course (selected from a list). The presentations should integrate approaches from Clinical Medicine, Psychology/Social sciences and Neuroscience.

Course objectives

  • Obtain basic knowledge on the spectrum of brain diseases affecting cognition and emotion.

  • Obtain basic insight in the aetiology, epidemiology, diagnostics and treatments of some specific brain diseases.

  • Obtain insight in (upcoming) research approaches relevant for these disorders

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures and tutorials

  • Colloquium (by students)


The timetable for this course can be found on this website.
Always keep an eye on Blackboard and check with your course coordinator for potential changes.


Day Time Location
7 Oct 2016 09.00-12.00 USC | exam
19 Dec 2016 10.30-13.30 LUMC V3-36 | resit exam

Assessment method

Working group assignments for which three pairs of students (preferably a combinations of students from different scientific backgrounds) each perform a sub assignment. The whole working group will meet to discuss and integrate the various sub assignments and integrate these into a presentation. Presentations will be judged on content by teachers and other students during a mini symposium. Assessment is on team level.

Reading list

Will be made available on Blackboard.

Contact information

For questions about enrolment, please contact the coordinator of the minor in Brain and Cognition

For questions about the course, please contact the course coordinators via the Secretariat Psychiatry: