International Graduate School in Integrated Neuroscience

THE IGSIN COURSE - Integrated Neuroscience (IGSIN913)

Course in Integrated Neuroscience (6 ECT's)

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Course information

Teaching language:

English. If all participants and teachers are native Norwegian speakers, part of the course may be presented in a Scandinavian language.


Approximately thirty hours of lectures, demonstrations and/or laboratory work, concentrated over a two week period.

The course will have a problem-oriented focus and students are expected to participate during the whole teaching period. The course is given once a year.

Note that in-person presence is required at least for 80% of the course to obtain any ECTS points. We discourage from registering for the course if this criterion cannot be met.


The course is intended to give the students a basic and integrated understanding of the interplay between neurobiological systems and cognition, affect and behaviour. They will also receive an introduction to basic central methods in neuroscience. 

Specific goals:

During the course the students will be introduced to the most important neurobiological systems (neuroanatomical and neurophysiological). They will be introduced to neuromolecular mechanisms and neuropharmacology. Important psychiatric and neuropsychological clinical conditions as well as normal psychological functions will be described and methods for measuring these will be demonstrated.

Student qualification:

The course is obligatory for students accepted by IGSIN. It is expected that students take the course during their first year in the programme. The students at IGSIN will take priority to attend the course. For other applicants relevant qualifications at Master’s level are required. Applicants can have a relevant background in medicine, psychology, biology, information science, linguistics etc.

Student evaluation:

A written essay focused on integrative perspectives on neuro-anatomical, physiological, chemical and psychological aspects of mental diseases and normal behavioral functions.

Recommended literature:

About 400 pages

Bear,M.F., Connors,B.W. Paradiso,M.A. (2015). Neuroscience. Exploring the brain., Baltimore: Lippincott, Williams and Williams. Chapters: 1, 5 - 7, 15, 18, 20-25.

26.09.202214.00 - 14.45BB-build. 9.fl., room 110Wellcome and presentation of the course
 14.45 - 17.00BB-build. 9.fl., room 110Basic Neurophysiology
27.09.202209.15 - 10.00BB-build. 9.fl., room 110Presentation PhD project
 10.15 - 12.00BB-build. 9.fl., room 110Psychiatric genetics, with focus on schizophrenia and bipolar disorders
 12.45 - 13.30BB-build. 9.fl., room 110Epigenetics in psychiatric disorders
 13.30 - 14.45BB-build. 9.fl., room 110Demo. Gene expression in CNS
28.09.202209.15 - 10.00BB-build. 9.fl., room 110Presentation PhD project
 10.15 - 12.00BB-build. 9.fl., room 110Neurotransmission
 13.00 - 15.45BB-build. 9.fl., room 110Emotion, affect and the brain
29.09.202209.15 - 10.00Conference room 3. floorPresentation PhD project
 10.00 - 12.00Conf room/ZoomLanguage and neuroimaging 
 13.00 - 15.45Conf room/ZoomBrain stimulation: Methods and applications
30.09.202209.15 - 12.00Conference room 3. floorBasic neuroanatomy
 12.45 - 14.30LabDissection of brain. Demo
03.10.202209.15 -12.00BB-build. 9.fl., room 110Neuropsychiatry: Schizofrenia
 12.45 - 15.30BB-build. 9.fl., room 110Neurpsychiatry: Depression
04.10.202209.15 - 10.00BB-build. 9.fl., room 110Presentation PhD project
 09.15 - 12.00BB-build. 9.fl., room 110The neuroscience of memory
 12.45 - 16.00BB-build. 9.fl., room 110Biological rhythms and sleep 
05.10.202209.15 - 12.00Alrek, BorgaskaretClinical neuropsychology
 12.45-16.00Alrek, Borgaskaret/LABdemo. neuropsychol. tests
06.10.202209.15 - 10.00BB-build. 9.fl., room 109Presentation PhD project
 10.15 - 12.00BB-build. 9.tl., room 109Human el.Physiol: EEG/ERP
 12.45 - 14.15LABDemo of in vivo reg in the rat/EEG-ERP, group 1
 14.15 - 16.00LABDemo of in vivo reg in the rat/EEG-ERP, group 2
07.10.202209.15 - 12.00Lunch room 9th floorBrain imaging: fMRI - Methods & Applications
 12:30 - 14:00Cafeteria 4th floorevaluation of the IGSIN course & Lunch


Deadline for delivery of essay: To be decided during course


Academic questions to: Marco.hirnstein@uib.no

Administrative questions to: vivian.fosse@uib.no

Limited number of participants:15 

Registration here:



Deadline for registration: August 20.