Den internasjonale forskerskolen i integrativ nevrovitenskap


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THE IGSIN COURSE - Integrated Neuroscience (IGSIN913)

Course in Integrated Neuroscience (6 ECT's) 2022 - not decided yet, but probably week 39-40


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.


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.


27.09.202114.00 - 14.45BB 9. etg rom 110 Wellcome and presentation of the course
 14.45 - 17.00BB 9. etg rom 110 Basic Neurophysiology
28.09.202109.15 - 10.00 Sentralblokk B302 Presentation PhD Project
 10.15 - 12.00Sentralblokk B302 Psychiatric genetics, with focus on schizophrenia and bipolar disorders
 12.45 - 13.30Sentralblokk B302Epigenetics in psychiatric disorders
 13.30 - 14.45Sentralblokk B302Demo. Gene expression in CNS
29.09.202109.15 - 10.00BB 9. etg rom 110 Presentation PhD Project
 10.15 - 12.00BB 9. etg rom 110 Neurotransmission
 12.45 - 15.30BB 9. etg rom 110 Emotion, affect and the brain
30.09.202109.15 - 10.00BB 3. etg.  Aud 2 Presentation PhD Project
 10.00 - 12.00BB 3. etg.  Aud 2 Neuropsychiatry: Schizofrenia
 12.45 - 15.30BB 3. etg.  Aud 2 Neurpsychiatry: Depression
01.10.202109.15 - 12.00Sentralblokk D302Basic neuroanatomy
 12.45 - 14.30Sentralblokk D302 Dissection of brain. Demo
04.10.202109.15 -12.00ZoomLangugae & Neuroimaging
 12.45 - 15.30ZoomBrain Stimulation: Methods and Applications
05.10.202109.15 - 10.00Alrek  - MuninPresentation PhD Project
 10.15 - 12.00Alrek  - MuninClinical neuropsychology
 12.45 - 16.00Alrek  - Munindemo. neuropsychol. tests
06.10.202109.15 - 12.00Alrek  - MuninThe neuroscience of memory
 12.45 - 16.00Alrek  - MuninBiological rhythms and sleep 
07.10.202109.15 - 10.00BB 9. etg rom 110 Presentation PhD Project
 10.15 - 12.00bb 9. etg rom 110 Human el.Physiol: EEG/ERP
 12.45 - 14.15BB 9. etg rom 110 Demo of in vivo reg in the rat/EEG-ERP, group 1
 14.15 - 16.00BB 9. etg rom 110 Demo of in vivo reg in the rat/EEG-ERP, group 2
08.10.202109.15 - 12.00BB 3. etg  Aud 4Brain imaging: fMRI - Methods & Applications
 12:15 - 14:00BB 3. etg  Aud 4Evaluation of the IGSIN course & Lunch



Deadline for delivery of essay: To be decided during course


Academic questions to: karsten.specht@uib.no

Administrative questions to: vivian.fosse@uib.no

Limited number of participants:15

Registration here:



Deadline for registration: September 3.