Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

28.8.2017 at 08:00 - 30.10.2017 at 09:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Mon 30.10.2017
10:00 - 12:00
Tue 31.10.2017
10:00 - 12:00
Wed 1.11.2017
10:00 - 12:00
Thu 2.11.2017
10:00 - 12:00
Fri 3.11.2017
10:00 - 12:00


Doctoral candidates of Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind and other interested doctoral candidates and late-stage MSc students. Optional course.

Basic neuroscience and genetic courses.

After the course, the students will:

  • understand the basic principles of gene regulation by epigenetic mechanisms
    • be familiar with the traditional and also cutting edge methods of evaluation of epigenetic changes
    • understand epigenetic modulation of plasticity and development of SNC
    • comprehend the involvement of epigenetics on brain functions and disorders

The course will be offered every other year, period II.

  • Theory and an overview of methodological approaches to study the main epigenetic events: DNA methylation, histone modifications, non-coding RNA.
  • review of the most critical neuroepigenetic processes involved in SNC functions and disorders: learning and memory, circadian cycle, Rett syndrome, Prader-Willi/Angelman syndrome; Alzheimer’s disorders, stress-related psychiatry disorders, autism.

This is an intensive course requiring compulsory attendance.

Lectures, small-group discussions and presentations, required literature, written exams (Exam1, Exam2).

  • Contact teaching (10h): Lectures and Journal Club presentations (100% participation)
  • Independent work (40-50h): reading course material and preparation of the JC presentation.
  • Optional exam (2 cr): independent work and exam (30-40h)

Course reading material will be provided by the teacher. Suggested reading of academic books, scientific papers and on-line videos.

The course will be graded as 0-5. Evaluation will be based on written presential examination (ExamI1 and Exam2) and active participation during the journal club which will give up to 50 % of the final grade. A successful Exam1 will exempt the Exam2 evaluation.

Instruction language: English.

Caroline Biojone and Juzoh Umemori