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EURON/MHeNs Courses and Events 2018

EURON/MHeNs Courses and Events 2018

January 10-12, 2018    

ESM Data Analysis Course  

Maastricht University / Wolfgang Viechtbauer    

Graduate level course on methods for analyzing intensive longitudinal data as collected in studies using experience sampling methodology. Topics covered include: A brief introduction to ESM and related methods, data checking/preparation/cleaning, mixed-effects models for analyzing multilevel data (random intercepts and slopes models), models allowing for remaining correlation in the residuals (serial/autocorrelation), models with more than two levels, checking model assumptions, model selection/comparison/testing, models for other types of outcomes (e.g., dichotomous, multinomial, ordinal), psychometrics (reliability, validity, factor analysis with multilevel data), power analysis, and various advanced topics.    

MHeNs staff: W. Viechtbauer    

41 participants


January 22, 2018    

CIN Workshop “CNS pathways of hearing – neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropsychology”    

Maastricht University / David Linden, Sonja Kotz, Rainer Goebel, Marie-Therese Moers     

Content: Auditory Pathways: focus on cortical and subcortical pathways; Tinnitus; Links between auditory and visual system.    

MHeNs staff: D. Linden, R.  van den Berg, J. van Tongeren, E. George. Other staff UM (FPN): S. Kotz , R.  Goebel, F. De Martino, B. Sorger, L. Riecke, M. Roberts    

59 participants

January 23, 2018    

12th MHeNS Topics in Translational Neuroscience Workshop “Stress, depression and Alzheimer’s Disease
Maastricht University / Daniel van den Hove, Nicole Senden, Marie-Therese Moers    

12th MHeNs one-day workshop for PhD students. This workshops takes a closer look at the link between stress, depression and Alzheimer’s disease, also highlighting alternative explanations on their association, e.g. by regarding MD as a prodromal phase or consequence of AD.    

MHeNs staff: D. van den Hove, S. Koehler. Invited speaker: Prof. Arfan Ikram (University Medical Center Rotterdam) 
24 participants    

0,5 ECTS

February 8 - 9, 2018    

New Mood revival Meeting: Innovative aspects of serotonin and depression in neurodegeneration and neurodegenerative diseases    

Maastricht University / Harry Steinbusch, Marie-Therese Moers    

NewMood brought together 13 clinical and basic science groups in 10 EU countries to address the major unmet need of improving the understanding of depression, the drug treatment of which remains only partially effective and reliant on neurochemical actions discovered 50 years ago. Using a highly translational animal–human approach, the strategy has been to identify new depressive endophenotypes at the cognitive–behavioural, neural systems and molecular level that are the shared outcome of various interacting environmental and genetic risk mechanisms, in order to identify new candidate biomarkers of illness and targets for treatment.     

MHeNs staff: H.Steinbusch, D. van den Hove, J. Prickaerts, G. Kenis, K.P. Lesch, B. Rutten, L. Curfs, S. Eussen, S. Koehler, F.  Verhey. Invited speakers: B. Deakin (University of Manchester, UK); G. Juhasz  and G. Bagdy (Semmelweis University, Budapest), L. Lanfumey, M. Levy. M. Hamon and R. Mongeau (Ecole des Neurosciences INSERM U894, Paris;  R. Corredetti (Florence, Italy); S. Barde (University of Pune, India/ University of Skovde, Sweden), L. Kawa (University of Skovde, Sweden); B. Belloch (University of Navarra, Spain); R. Maldonado (Barcelona, Spain); T. Sharp (University of Oxford, UK), M.  Kanarik and J. Harro (University of Tartu, Estonia)    

83 participants

Jan - June, 2018     

Course Software/Tools for Scientific Computing and Research    

Maastricht University / Wolfgang 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.  Other topics 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. Çınar (PhD student MHeNs), S. van Kuijk (MUMC+)

ca. 18 participants    

April 17-18, 2018    

ESM Course - Experience Sampling Method in Psychopathology 

Maastricht University / Debora Op’t Eijnde

This 2day course gives 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, N. Volbragt, K. Borkelmans, W. Viechtbauer. In addition: Claudia Simons (GGZE) and Nele Jacobs (Open University)

15 participants

April 20-23, 2018    

First Annual PAIN-Net Meeting    

Maastricht University / Karin Faber, Marie-Therese Moers, Peggy Bisschoff, Nicole Senden    

The First Annual meeting of the PAIN-Net consortium, the molecule-to-man pain network. Topics: clinical neuroscience; clinical neurophysiology, methods in genetics, research ethics and integrity, safety in research, basic science of pain and applied research. Invited talks and oral presentations of early stage researchers.
MHeNs staff: C. Faber, J. Hoeijmakers, W. Mess, D. Hilkman, B. Smeets, M. Molasy (PhD student).
33 participants

May 24-25, 2018    

Science of Translation: Optimizing animal models for neuropsychiatry    

Cologne University / Department of Stereotactic and Functional / Neurosurgery / Thibaut Sesia, 
Veerle Visser-Vandewalle in collaboration with EURON    

The Science of Translation: Optimizing Animal Models for Neuropsychiatry conference strives to promote interactions between senior scientists and junior scientist. Topics: (1) Animal modeling and testing causality; (2) Animal modeling and decoding the brain signaling; (3) Animal modeling and piloting new approaches. Invited plenary Lecture: Anthony Grace: “Translating from Animal Models to Human Schizophrenia: Insights into Pathophysiology, Treatment and Prevention”; poster session.    

EURON: T. Sesia, V. Visser Vandewalle, 
A. Blokland    

74 participants

May 25-26, 2018    

4th Joint meeting of the Belgian-Dutch Neuromuscular study group and German Reference center for Neuromuscular Diseases, DGNN    Universitäts Klinikum Aachen / Joachim Weis, Doris Dahmen and Stephanie Labisch from Aachen, Peter Van den Bergh, Brussels, Kristl G. Claeys, Leuven, Karin Faber, Maastricht, Nathalie Goemans, Leuven, Nicolette Notermans, Utrecht, Werner Stenzel, Berlin in collaboration with EURON.  

Third meeting of Belgian-Dutch Neuromuscular Study Club and the Reference Center for Neuromuscular Diseases of the DGNN. The meeting is designed to foster the interaction between clinicians, neuropathologists and basic researchers engaged in the study of neuromuscular diseases and is open to everyone interested. However, advertisement for the meeting is limited to preserve the character of a smaller, highly interactive symposium.Topics: (1) Motor neuron diseases and Myasthenia; (2) Peripheral neuropathies; (3) Muscle disorders.    

MHeNs staff: K. Faber, M. De Baets, M. Losen, J. Hoeijmakers, M. Sopacua (PhD student).
93 participants
June 11-14, 2018    

Course From Human Neuroanatomy to Psychopathology    

Maastricht University/ Ali Jahanshahi, Gunter Kenis, Boris Kramer,  Jörg Mey, Marie-Therese Moers, Peggy Bisschoff, Nicole Senden    

This EURON/MHeNS course introduces PhD students to basic concepts and modern methods of neuroanatomy, functional neuroanatomy and neuropathology. Particular emphasis is placed on the neuroanatomical background of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The course of four consecutive days consists of lectures on mammalian brain anatomy, vasculature of the brain, functional and structural MRI methodologies. On all days students receive practical training in lab courses including dissection of a human brain and microscopical neuroanatomy of rodent brains and samples from human neuropathologies. There will be site visits to the MRI and TMS facilities and the Nanoscopy M4I unit. On several days we will link the functional and anatomical concepts to clinical neuropsychiatric disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, affective disorders and developmental disorders. Current research questions will be addressed in one interactive seminar based on group work.    

MHeNs staff: L. Ackermans, W. Backes, M. Bauwens, L. Goossens, G. Hoogland, H. Jacobs, A. Jahanshahi, 
G. Kenis, B. Kramer, J. Mey, D. Linden, R. van Oostenbrugge, N. Senden, H. Steinbusch, B. Kramer, J. Vermeulen / Other staff: M4I unit: C. Lopez-Iglesias, M. Lenders, H. Kuipers, H. Duimel and W. van de Wetering; A. Roebroeck (FPN, UM), A. Herrler (Dept. Anatomy, UM); B. Brône (EURON, Hasselt University), A. Jankovski (EURON, UC Louvain), 
C. Yurttas (EURON associated partner Ege University, Izmir),  A. Goswami (EURON, UK Aachen), A. Flohr ( Hoffmann-La Roche, Switzerland).    
17 participants
1.5 ECTS

July 1-6, 2018     

Summer Course on Fear, Anxiety, Obsessions & Trauma    

Universities of Maastricht and Florence / Koen Schruers, Liesbet Goossens, Chiara Forzi    
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 programme offers a scientific training in the subspecialty of affective disorders. Taught by leading scientists, the programme deals with the latest developments in the field. It is a complement for professional training in psychiatry, clinical psychology and neuroscience. The course can be taken as a single course in the Summer School on Affective Neuroscience, leading to a certificate, that includes this course and the Summer Course on Mood, Agression & Attraction. More information: http://affect-neuroscience.org.   
MHeNs staff: K. Schruers, T. van Amelsvoort, L. Goosens.
15 participants
4 ECTS (summer course only)

Oct. 3-5, 2018    

EPI-AD/EURON WORKSHOP Neuroepigenetics: a life span perspective    
EPI-AD consortium and EURON - University of Barcelona / Daniel van den Hove, Gunter Kenis, 
Nicole Senden    

The students will be introduced into the latest developments in these fields through interactive lectures and workshops based on specific research questions. Learning goals include the role of neuroepigenetics in psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders, the technological approaches in epigenetic research, and techniques to examine the effect of epigenetic changes. TOPICS: 1) Epigenetic regulation of brain development and aging; 2) Neuroepigenetics of psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders; 3) Stem-cell based approaches in epigenetics research; 4) Epigenetic editing and 5) Epigenomic technologies & data analyses.      

MHeNs staff: D. van den Hove, G. Kenis, N. Senden, R. Riemens (PhD student).
19 participants

Sept. 13-14, 2018    

20th EURON PhD days: Jont PhD student meeting of the Institute of Neuroscience (UC Louvain) and EURON UC Louvain/ 
Maastricht University /Pascal  Kienlen-Campard, Aleksandar Jankovski, G.Kenis, P. Bisschoff, 
M. Moers, N. Senden   
The annual EURON PhD days is a network event of all EURON partners. The PhD students get the opportunity to present their research via oral and poster presentations and the EURON scientists will give short oral presentations. The themes of the sessions in 2018: 1) The Developing Brain; 2) (Patho) physiology of the mature Brain; the Aging Brain. Invited Key Note lecture “Biological mechanisms of mental disorders – new insights from genetics and neuroimaging”- David Linden, UM. MHeNs staff: G. Kenis, D. Linden, N. Senden. Other EURON partners: UC Louvain: P. Kienlen-Campard, A. Jankovski,  F. Tissir. P. leprince (Ulg); M. Rothermel (RWTH Aachen); C. Lefebvre (Lille)  
110 participants    

0,5 ECTS for attendance + 0.5 ECTS extra when having a poster or oral presentation

Nov. 28, 2018    

MHeNs 11th Annual Research Day “Career perspectives in and outside academia”    

Maastricht / D. Linden, M. Moers    

Annual meeting with keynote speakers from MHeNs; PhD student and post doc presentations in the form of elevator pitches and poster presentations, debates. Interview “Personal career development” with Annemarie Penn-te Strake: Mayor of Maastricht. Special topic lecture:  New privacy regulation?  Erik Lammers (FHML) AVG/GDPR.    

MHeNs staff: D. Linden, T. van den Crommenacker, M. van Boxtel, N. Leibold, K. Deckers, M. de Vugt, S. Leijdesdorff, 
D. Paes (PhD student)    

190 participants
Poster presentation: 0.5 ECTS plus additional 0.25 credit for elevator pitch presentation

December 3-5, 2018    

Meta-analysis course

Maastricht University / Wolfgang Viechtbauer    

Graduate level course on methods for meta-analysis. Topics covered include: Steps of a systematic review, extracting/calculating effect sizes and outcome measures for meta-analyses, equal/fixed/random/mixed-effects models, moderator analyses (meta-regression and subgrouping), model diagnostics (identifying outliers and influential studies) and sensitivity analyses, publication bias, multilevel/multivariate/network meta-analysis models (for handling dependent/correlated outcomes), missing data, and meta-analytic techniques for individual participant data.    

MHeNs staff: W. Viechtbauer    

38 participants