International Graduate School in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience

THE IGSIN COURSE - Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (IGSIN913)

Course in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (6 ECT's) Planned for autumn 2024. Registration will be announced aprox. July 2024

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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.

Biologisk og medisinsk psykologi: Milde, AM, Grønli,J., Flaten, A. (2024)



Tentative schedule 2024:

Week 39
23.09.202413:00 - 13:45 Welcome and presentation of the courseMarco Hirnstein (UoB)
 14:00 - 16:00 Basic geneticsStephanie Le Hellard (UoB)
 16:15- …Mount Ulriken?Social activity: Exploring nature and nurture 
24.09.202409:15 - 10:00 Presentation PhD projectMarco Hirnstein (UoB)
 10:15 - 12:30 Neuropsychiatry: SchizophreniaErik Johnsen (UoB/HuH)
 13:30 - 14:15 Demo. Gene expression in CNSRita Holdhus (UoB)
 14:30 - 16:15 Epigenetics in psychiatric disordersKira Daniela Høffler (UoB)
25.09.202409:15 - 10:00 Presentation PhD projectMarco Hirnstein (UoB)
 10:15 - 12:30 Basic Neurophysiology and neurotransmissionClive Bramham (UoB)
 13:30 - 16:30 Biological rhythms and sleep Janne Grønli (UoB)
26.09.202409:15 - 12:30 Basic neuroanatomy: "The Human Brain - A Painting and Crafts Course" - Part I Jelena Mrdalj/Marco Hirnstein (UoB)
 13:30 - 16:00 Basic neuroanatomy: "The Human Brain - A Painting and Crafts Course" - Part IIJelena Mrdalj/Marco Hirnstein (UoB)
27.09.202409:15 - 10:00 Presentation PhD projectMarco Hirnstein (UoB)
 10:15  - 12:00 Basic neuroanatomy: "The Human Brain - A Painting and Crafts Course" - Part IIIJelena Mrdalj/Marco Hirnstein (UoB)
 13:00 - 15:00LABBasic neuroanatomy: Dissection of the brain - demoJelena Mrdalj (UoB)
Week 40
30.09.202409:15 - 10:00 Presentation PhD projectMarco Hirnstein (UoB)
 10:15 - 12:15 Non-invasive brain stimulation: Methods and applicationsMarco Hirnstein (UoB)
 13:30 - 16:15ALREKClinical neuropsychologyAstri Lundervold (UoB)
01.10.202409:15 - 12:00AlREK, 3F9 Hardbakka Demo: Neuropsychological testsEike Wehling/Steinun Adolfsdottir (UoB)
 13:15 - 16:00ALREKBrain imaging: fMRI - Methods & ApplicationsKarsten Specht (UoB)
02.10.202409:15 - 12:00 Emotion, affect and the brainStefan Koelsch (UoB)
 13:00 - 16:00 

Neuropsychiatry: Depression and bipolar disorder

Ute Kessler (UoB)
03.10.202409:15 - 10:00 Presentation PhD projectMarco Hirnstein (UoB)
 10:15 - 12:00 Human electrophysiology: EEG/ERPDaniela Pfabigan (UoB)
 12:45 - 14:00LABDemo of in vivo reg in the rat/EEG-ERPClive Bramham / Daniela Pfabigan
 14:30 - 16:00LABDemo of in vivo reg in the rat/EEG-ERPClive Bramham / Daniela Pfabigan
04.10.202409:15 - 11:00 Language and NeuroimagingKarsten Specht (UoB)
 11:15 - 13:00MR facilities, hospitalDemonstration 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


Maximum number participants:15 


Deadline for registration: 

August 20