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4.10.2017 at 08:00 - 6.11.2017 at 23:59
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Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Fri 10.11.2017
09:15 - 17:45


Doctoral candidates and late-stage master’s students interested in biological psychiatry.

  • Students will be able to relate the practices and approaches used by other biological disciplines to their own field.
  • Students will be able to apply this knowledge to discuss with researchers from different fields about the advantages or disadvantages of multidisciplinary approaches to research of psychiatric disorders.
  • Students will be able to evaluate the presented research in biological psychiatry for the presence of multidisciplinary aspects, and integrate theoretical additions to their own research and the presented research.
  • General skills: Students will be able to present their own research to their peers
  • General skills: Students will be able to evaluate the presentations of their peers

The aim of the course is to provide greater understanding to the students of how other disciplines approach the same problem of understanding psychiatric disorders through biological mechanisms.

The aim of the educational day is to introduce students from mixed backgrounds to the concepts and techniques being used by other approaches to addressing the biological nature of psychiatric disorders. This is intended to provide the students and researchers with greater insight into what can be achieved by multidisciplinary methods, and to help understand how their own research fits into other researchers’ approaches, even if the same techniques are not being applied. This is designed to precede the Annual Finnish Symposium on Biological Psychiatry so as to create greater discussion between students and researchers at this meeting, with all students taking part into this course expected to attend this symposium.

Students are expected to submit a research abstract upon which they will base a poster to be presented at the Annual Finnish Symposium in Biological Psychiatry (some abstracts may be selected for oral presentation). Students are also expected to state a research expertise, through which they can be placed into multi-expertise groups for discussion purposes. Although the target students are those active in research of psychiatric disorders, participation is also open to researchers studying neuroscience, neurology or psychology.

SCHEDULE: (time scales for the program are relative to the Annual Finnish Symposium on Biological Psychiatry)

20th October:

Discussion forums and peer groups are created on Moodle.

10th November: Educational Day

Contact session

Introduction to psychiatric disorders

Concurrent session I: Epidemiology, Neuroimaging, Cell models

Concurrent session 2: Genetics, Psychology, Animal models

5th December weeks prior:

Peer group reports

Annual Finnish Symposium on Biological Psychiatry

Symposium, poster presentations and poster feedback

20th - 22nd December

Short answer questions in Moodle

Course material will be provided by the teacher through Moodle.

Grading scale 0-5. Assessment criteria will be available at the course Moodle site.

William Hennah (william.hennah@helsinki.fi), Antti Latvala (antti.latvala@helsinki.fi)

Participation in NEUBM-301 or 302 Biological psychiatry symposium is part of this course. Students should separately register and submit an abstract to the symposium.