Amsterdam, Netherlands

Introduction to Sub-Molecular Agricultural Sciences

online course
when 10 January 2022 - 14 January 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 800

The aim of this course is to teach students how to take a single idea in quantum mechanics and demonstrate it through practical application. The course shall apply the same teaching methodology employed by the NASA HRP (human research program). With the three foundations of analysis, students will examine the interactive and synergistic relationship of Light, Water, and Magnetism.

We will provide a framework for gaining and organizing knowledge and not just a set of facts but also a plan of action.

- As scientists, the students will be required to be immersed in nature and observe it. Such observed behaviour is formulated into a statement called Natural Law
- A number of Laws can tell us what happens, but it doesn’t tell us the WHY
- We will do our best to explain the WHY and make observations from first-hand experiences.

In better understanding the WHY, students will be able to complete simple and easy-to-apply practical tasks to help develop a foundational knowledge of the translational sciences.

One of the tracers we will use in this course is Agricultural Deutenomics, or the discrimination of hydrogen and its twice heavier stable isotope, deuterium, which provides a knowledge base in the standard and integrative arms of health sciences. It explains principles of visual diagnostics (MRI) by diverse proton and deuterium behaviours, biochemistry with disease-related modified enzyme reaction architectures, as well as stable kinetic isotope induced tissue damage for translational and clinical medicine.

Course leader

James C. Lech

Target group

Open to Bachelor and Master’s students, PhD candidates, and professionals from all disciplines.
Who should join?
Professionals and/or students who are considering Master's or doctoral degrees in the standard and/or integrative medical sciences with interests in translational and clinical sciences besides delivering standard care for patients. Open to final year Bachelor students as well.

We welcome participants from all countries and encourage you to apply.

Additional Requirements:
Students who apply for this course should be interested in agricultural biochemistry and the health effects of environmentally stable isotopes.

If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please contact us:

Course aim

By the end of this course, students will be able to understand the biochemical role of deuterium in human disease development and, as a result, be able to incorporate new diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic principles in medical decisions based on deuterium depletion to improve outcomes.

Credits info

3 EC
Contact hours: 30

Fee info

EUR 800: Fees
- Students and PhD Students: €600
- Professionals: €800
- Students, PhD students and employees at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC: €500
Applications received before the 1st of October (Early Bird Discount) receive €50 discount!

The tuition fee includes:
- Application and registration
- Exclusive course content for a limited number of students
- Individual/group guidance from course organiser
- Access to all online VU facilities such as the library and online learning environments
- A certificate of attendance after completing the course
- A transcript of records mentioning the grade and the obtained ECTS
- Full support of the winter school team
- Optional online social activity


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