International Graduate School in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience

THE IGSIN COURSE - Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (IGSIN913)

Course in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (6 ECT's) Planned for week 39-40 2023

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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.



Tentative schedule 2023:

Week 39
25.09.202314:00 - 14:45 Welcome and presentation of the courseMarco Hirnstein (UoB)
 15:00 - 17:00 Psychiatric genetics, with focus on schizophrenia and bipolar disordersStephanie Le Hellard (UoB)
26.09.202309:15 - 10:00 Presentation PhD projectMarco Hirnstein (UoB)
 10:15 - 12:00 Epigenetics in psychiatric disordersStephanie Le Hellard (UoB)
 12:45 - 14:00 Demo. Gene expression in CNSStephanie Le Hellard (UoB)
 14:30 - 16:45 Basic NeurophysiologyClive Bramham
27.09.202309:15 - 10:00 Presentation PhD projectMarco Hirnstein (UoB)
 10:15 - 12:00 Language and NeuroimagingStefan Heim (RWTH Aachen)
 13:00 - 15:30 NeurotransmissionJan Haavik (UoB)
28.09.202309:15 - 12:30 Basic neuroanatomy: "The Human Brain - A Painting and Crafts Course" - Part I Janina Kirsch (University of Freiburg)
 13:30 - 16:00 Basic neuroanatomy: "The Human Brain - A Painting and Crafts Course" - Part IIJanina Kirsch (University of Freiburg)
29.09.202309:15 - 10:00 Presentation PhD projectMarco Hirnstein (UoB)
 10:15  - 12:00 Basic neuroanatomy: "The Human Brain - A Painting and Crafts Course" - Part IIJanina Kirsch (University of Freiburg)
 13:00 - 15:00 Basic neuroanatomy: Dissection of the brain - demoJelena Mrdalj (UoB)
Week 40
02.10.202309:15 - 10:00 Presentation PhD projectMarco Hirnstein (UoB)
 10:15 - 12:30 Neuropsychiatry: SchizofreniaErik Johnsen (UoB/HuH)
 13:30 - 15:45 Neuropsychiatry: DepressionKetil Ødegård /Ute Kessler (UoB/HUH)
03.10.202309:15 - 12:00 Biological rhythms and sleep Janne Grønli (UoB)
 12:45 - 15:30 Emotion, affect and the brainStefan Koelsch (UoB)
04.10.202309:15 - 12:00ALREK?Clinical neuropsychologyAstri Lundervold (UoB)
 12:45 - 16:00ALREK?Demo: Neuropsychological testsAstri Lundervold (UoB)
05.10.202309:15 - 10:00 Presentation PhD projectMarco Hirnstein (UoB)
 10:15 - 12:00 Human el:Physiol: EEG/ERPDaniela Pfabigan (UoB)
 12:45 - 14:15LABDemo of in vivo reg in the rat/EEG-ERP, group 1Clive Bramham / Daniela Pfabigan
 14:15 - 16:00LABDemo of in vivo reg in the rat/EEG-ERP, group 2Clive Bramham / Daniela Pfabigan
06.10.202309:15 - 12:00 Brain imaging: fMRI - Methods & ApplicationsKarsten Specht (UoB)
 12:00 - 13:00 Demonstration MR ScannerKarsten Specht (UoB)
 13:00 - 14:00Cafeteria 4th floorevaluation of the IGSIN course & LunchMarco Hirnstein (UoB)

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: Not open yet



Deadline for registration: August 20.