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Methods of Neurosciences

The focus of the Elite Graduate Program “Translational Neuroscience” is on practice-oriented training in neuroscientific research methods. In the course series “Methods of  Neuroscience”, students get to know nu­me­rous both established and innovative methods in the first semester of their studies, such as in the field of “functional neuroimaging”.

Learning from experts

As part of the methodology course "Functional Neuroimaging", the students received a practice-oriented introduction to functional and molecular neuroimaging tech­no­lo­gies. Prof. Dr. med. Andreas K. Buck and Prof. Dr. med. Dr. rer. nat. Takahiro Higuchi, both experts in nuclear medicine and trans­la­tio­nal research, presented current ex­pe­ri­men­tal approaches in neurobiology and both established and innovative mo­le­cu­lar imag­ing techniques. As an intro­duction to the topic, the students re­ceiv­ed an ex­plan­ation of the anatomical and functional structures of the brain in small animals and humans. 

Practice-oriented training

The students of the Elite Graduate Program "Translational Neuroscience" got to know preparation and imaging techniques which are used to examine the function and patho­mechanisms of neuronal model systems. The clinical aspects of neurobiology with focus on molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms were particularly reflected on during this course. The lecturers enlightened clinical aspects of functional neuroimaging using examples from among other patients with neurodegenerative diseases and dementias.

Text: Angela Dreykluft, Elite Graduate Program "Translational Neuroscience"