Netherlands, Amsterdam

Neurodegenerative Diseases: From Clinic to Bench

when 2 July 2016 - 16 July 2016
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 1150

From molecules to brain, cells to behaviour, this interactive course provides students with comprehensive insight into various aspects of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. It addresses both clinical aspects (etiology, pathology, genetics, diagnostics, and treatment) and methodologies for the study of brain diseases (cell and animal models, microscopy, physiology and electrophysiology, behaviour) with expert lecturers presenting their applied research. Students are challenged to deepen their knowledge of a neurodegenerative condition by working with peers from international backgrounds on an integrated, interdisciplinary project requiring active involvement, mechanistic thinking, and thorough reasoning.

The course is organized by the Centre for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR), a centre of expertise at the Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam that conducts integrated research programmes on everything from genes to behaviour. Its staff are leaders in their fields, renowned for the use of state-of-the-art techniques. Visits to several state-of-the-art laboratories at the Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam are a special feature.

Course leader

Dr. Wiep Scheper

Target group

Students 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.

Course aim

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

Credits info

Contact hours: 45

Fee info

EUR 1150: The tuition fee includes an airport pick-up service, welcome goodiebag, orientation programme, on-site support, 24/7 emergency assistance, and a transcript of records after completion of the course.

An early bird discount of €100 is available for students who apply before 1 March, and students from VU Amsterdam as well as from exchange partner universities will receive a €250 discount. You apply for the discount simply by indicating that you are currently a student at VU Amsterdam or at a partner university in the online application.

All courses include excursions. We will also organize trips and excursions as part of our social programme, which is a great way to get to know your fellow students and learn more about Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The social programme is not included in the tuition fee.

Furnished accommodation is available. Various housing options will be offered, starting at €425 for two weeks.


The Amsterdam Summer School offers ten scholarships that cover the full tuition fee of one course. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is 31 March. Information about how to apply for the scholarship will be posted on the Summer School Website.