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EURON/MHeNs Courses and Events 2017

EURON/MHeNs Courses and Events 2017

Jan. 9, 2017    
11th MHeNS Topics in Translational Neuroscience Workshops “Studying Experience and Behaviour in Neuroscience: Methods and Challenges”    
Maastricht / J. van Os, G. Kenis, U. Reinighaus, N. Senden    
In this workshop, the Faculty, consisting of clinical professors of Psychiatry and Psychology in Division 2 (Mental Health) of MHeNs, and working at the interface of science and mental distress, will present the challenges facing translational neuroscience in bridging the gap between molecules and experience. The translational leap from neuron to mental symptom represents the fundamental frontier; progress in this area is crucial but faces numerous difficulties that in recent years have come more to the fore in the scientific and societal debate.    MHeNs: T. van Amelsvoort, P. Delesapaul, D. van den Hove, G. Kenis, J. van Os, F. Peeters, U. Reinighaus, K. Schruers.     
28 participants   
0.5 ECTS

Jan. 25-26, 2017  
EURON-Japan Workshop: New Developments applied to Neuroscience    
Kyoto, Japan / T. Mizuno, K. Ono, N. Senden, H. Steinbusch    
The workshop has been organized in the framework of the EU program EDU-NEURO EU-JP: a Double Degree Master’s programme between 4 EURON partner universities and 3 Japanese universities - a mobility programme for Master students.     
MHeNs: A. Jahanshahi, B. Rutten, H. Steinbusch, H. Vles. Japan: invited speakers: Hiroshi Kiyama (Nagoya University), Ryosuke Takahashi (Kyoto University).    
60 participants   
2 days

April 3-6, 2017    
MHeNs Course “From Human Neuroanatomy to Psychopathology”    
Maastricht / A. Jahanshahi, H. Jacobs, B. Kramer,  J. Mey, M. Moers, N. Senden    
Lectures on the development and cerebrovasculature of the brain followed by theoretical lessons on functional and structural MRI methodologies combined with visits of MRI and TMS scanners. Hands-on training on the neuroanatomy by real dissection of the human skull and brain and microscopical analysis of the human and rodent brain under normal and pathological conditions. The functional and anatomical concepts will be discussed during presentations on clinical neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, epilepsy, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, affective disorders and developmental disorders.    
MHeNs: W. Backes, M. Bauwens, L. Goossens, G. Hoogland, H. Jacobs, A. Jahanshahi, B. Kramer, J. Mey, R. van Oostenbrugge, J. Prickaerts, N. Senden, H. Steinbusch, , B. Kramer, Y. Temel, J. Vermeulen / Other staff: C. Lopez-Iglesias (M4I, UM), R. Ravelli (M4I), UM), M. Lenders (M4I, UM), A. Roebroeck (FPN), A. Herrler (Dept. Anatomy, UM); B. Brône (EURON, Hasselt University), A. Goswami (EURON, UK Aachen), S. Johann (EURON, UK Aachen); Invited speakers:  A. Flohr ( Hoffmann-La Roche, Switzerland), E. Salmon (EURON, ULg).    
27 participants   
1.5 ECTS

April 20-21 / Nov. 2-3, 2017    
ESM Course - Experience Sampling Method in Psychopathology: Opening the black box of daily life    
Maastricht / P. Delespaul, D. Op’t Eijnde    
This 2day course aims to give you a full overview of all aspects related to the use of the Experience Sampling Method in psychopathology: background, techniques, questionnaires, statistics and implementation of your study. The study of persons in the context of normal daily life may provide a powerful and necessary addition to more conventional and cross-sectional research strategies in psychopathology. The Experience Sampling Method (ESM), also known as Ecological Momentary Assessments (EMA), is a mobile assessment approach designed to measure thoughts, mood, symptoms, and contextual information in the flow of daily life. ESM thus allows to capture the film rather than a snapshot of daily life reality of patients or research subjects. ESM has been proven to be feasible in patients with a wide range of psychopathology, including schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorder, and personality disorders. The availability of mobile technology as the PsyMate™ allows easy implementation of ESM in your practice.   MHeNs staff: P. Delespaul, K. Borkelmans, N. Jacobs (OU), W. Viechtbauer, C. Simons, D. Op ‘t Eijnde    
18 participants   
2 days

May 4, 2017     
EURON PhD course “Microglia in health and disease”  
Hasselt / B. Brône, T. Vanmierlo, N. Senden, H. Steinbusch    
The PhD course is preceding the annual Spring meeting of the Belgian Society for Cell and Developmental Biology. The theme of the meeting and the PhD course is Microglia in Health and Disease.   
MHeNs: H. Steinbusch. Others: C. Lefebvre (EURON, Lille), J. Walter (Bonn), A. Sierra (Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience), P. Ponsaerts (University of Antwerp), V. Wittamer (ULB), K. Biber (University of Freiburg).    95 participants   
1 day

June 14, 2017     
Master Class “Autoimmunity in neuropsychiatric disorders”    
Maastricht / C. Hoffmann, P. Martinez    
Little is known about the etiology of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and psychosis, but patients have been shown to have immunological abnormalities. The identification of autoantibodies targeting the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDA-R), which causes neurological and psychiatric symptoms, has reinvigorated the hypothesis that other patient subgroups may also suffer from an underlying autoimmune condition. Next research goals should focus on discovering undiagnosed autoimmune cases, the identification of the antigens “membrane proteins and ion channels” targeted by the autoantibodies and to understand how the autoantibodies can cause neuropsychiatric symptoms.    
MHeNs: C. Hoffmann, P. Martinez, R. Rouhl (Neurology); Others: J. Damoiseaux (MUMC Maastricht), M. Titulaer (Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam), V. Ramaekers (CHU Notre-Dame des Bruyères, Liège)    
35 participants   
1 day

July 2-7, 2017     
Summer Course on Mood, Aggression & Attraction    
Florence / Universities of Maastricht and Florence / K. Schruers   
This course is part of the International Master of Affective Neuroscience, a postgraduate programme by the universities of Maastricht and Florence, a combination of residential courses and distance teaching. The Summer School on Affective Neuroscience offers the Summer Courses of the Master in Affective Neuroscience as stand-alone courses. The courses are well suited for clinicians and other professionals who want to update their expertise on affective pathology. All students of the Summer School will take the entire program of the Summer Course mixed in with the Master students, to ensure an optimal learning experience. The topic of the Summer Course alternates each year between Anxiety- and Mood-related psychopathology. The teaching format is a challenging combination of lectures and workshops. A distinctive feature of the courses is their informal atmosphere; the students and professors mix easily, creating many opportunities to discuss your ideas with prominent scientists.     
MHeNs: K. Schruers, W. Beuken, L. Goosens, I. Lange. Other staff: V. Voon (Cambridge),  J. Bessa (Minho), R. Picard (MIT), S. Claes (Leuven), R. Hurlemann (Bonn), K. Kendrick (Chengdu), T. Zohar (Tel Aviv), D. Mobbs (Caltech)   52 participants   
4 ECTS (summer course only)

Oct. 7-11, 2017    
EURON Workshop Psychoparmacology: from laboratory to Clinic    
University of Crete, Heraklion / A. Blokland, J. Prickaerts, W. Riedel, N. Senden, H. Steinbusch, K. Thermos, D, Karagogeos In this EURON workshop different topics in Psychopharmacology will be presented. The topics for this event are: Neurodegeneration, Neurodevelopment, Psychosis,  Addiction and experimental medicine, Drug development and neurohealth. The students will be introduced into the latest developments in these fields and will get a better understanding of how drugs work in the brain and drugs can be developed for treatment in various brain diseases.   MHeNs: J. Prickaerts, N. Senden, H. Steinbusch. FPN: A. Blokland, W. Riedel,  K. Kuypers. Other staff: H. Schmidt (UM, Carim; M. Bani (UCB Parma Brussels), B. Biemans (Hoffmann La Roche, Basel), P. Bitsios (Crete), J. Bothmer (Grünenthal, Aachen), J. Homberg (RUMC Nijmegen), M. Kas (RU Groningen), B. Leonard (Ireland), G. Panagis (Crete), T. Palenicek (Czech Republic), J. Riba (Barcelona, Spain), I. Zaganas (Crete), K. Thermos (Crete)    
40 participants   

Oct. 19-22, 2017   
3rd Clinical Neuroscience Course “Neuromodulation”    
Samsun, Turkey / Y. Temel, A. Jahanshahi,, E. Kocabiçak   
The topic of this Course is “Neuromodulation: the rising trend in treating nervous system disorders.” This course is organized by the Ondokuz Mayıs University, Maastricht University and European Graduate School of Neuroscience.  Developments in the field of Neuromodulation are promising and have the potential to provide answers to these demographic changes. Another area of Clinical Neuroscience where neuromodulation is playing an increasingly
important role is the field of psychiatric disorders. Deep brain stimulation for patients with severe Tourette’s syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder results in significant improvements of quality of lives of patients. For other psychiatric disorders, the role of Neuromodulation is unclear. Several novel concepts are being developed in the field of Neuromodulation, ranging from adaptive systems, smarter and user-friendly hardware and software programming options, to modulation of microcircuits by light and nanoparticles. In this Course, most relevant developments in the field of Neuromodulation for Neurological, Psychiatric and Neurosensory disorders will be discussed. This will be combined by highlighting promising new experimental approaches.
MHeNs: Y. Temel, A. Jahanshahi, S. Hescham, L. Ackermans.    
245 participants   
4 days

Oct. 25-26, 2017    
19th EURON PhD days    
Maastricht University /P. Bisschoff, M. Moers, N. Senden, H. Steinbusch, V. Pouls,  D. Paes, N. van den Hoogen, N. Mason, J. Devoght, E. Houben, Q. Lemaire, K. Carvalho     
The annual EURON PhD days is a network event of all EURON partners. The PhD students get the opportunity to present their research via elevator pitch and poster presentations. The EURON scientists will give short oral presentations and a key speaker is invited. The EURON PhD days 2017 will be an important milestone for the consortium because it reflects the last meeting chaired by Prof. Harry Steinbusch, founding director of EURON.    
MHeNs:  D. van den Hove, G. Kenis, J. Prickaerts, J. Mey, B. Rutten, N. Senden,  H. Steinbusch; FPN: A. Blokland. Former Marie Curie fellows (PhD students) of MHeNs/EURON: T. Vanmierlo, W. van de Berg,  L. Chouliaras, G. Koopmans, J. Gerardo Nava. Other staff: B. Kampa (EURON/RWTH Aachen)    
75 participants   
1 ECTS (+ 0.5 extra when having a poster or oral presentation)

Nov - Dec 2017
Course “Software/Tools for Scientific Computing and Research”    
Maastricht University / W. Viechtbauer     
Organized by the Scientific Computing and Research @ UM Club (SCRUM Club):  a club for people interested in exploring and learning about software and tools for scientific computing and research.  Many other topics will be covered (e.g., version control via Git/GitHub; tools and websites for open science and reproducible research; other software and programming languages for scientific computing, such as Python, Julia, and Octave; free and open-source SPSS-like alternative stats packages, such as JASP, jamovi, and PSPP; presentation software/tools that are alternatives to PowerPoint; project/file organization; reference managers/tools; the use of social media for communicating about science/stats/academia/research; etc.).    
MHeNs staff: W. Viechtbauer, O. Cinar, S. van Kuijk    
10-20  participants  
continuous education

Nov. 29, 2017     
MHeNs 10th Annual Research Day “Healthy living and work-life balance”    
Maastricht / N. De Vries, M. Moers, C. van Heugten, W. Janssen, S. Guloksuz, C. Vingerhoets, M. Losen, L. de Nijs,  P. Bisschoff    
Annual meeting with several keynote speakers, PhD student presentations in the form of elevator pitches and selected poster presentations and debates.     
MHeNs: T. van den Crommenacker, M. van Boxtel, B. Rutten, Y. Temel, T. van Amelsvoort, Invited speaker:
R. Reinsbroek (NeuroLabNL)    
150 participants   
0,5 ECTS (+ 0.25 extra when having a poster or oral presentation)