The department of Neuroscience was founded in 2001, resulting from a merger between the Physiology and Anatomy department. In 2008, the BNT department joined forces. At present we consist of about 150 people. Our research is dedicated to Plasticity and Dynamics of Sensori-Motor Systems, which we investigate at the physiological, anatomical end molecular level in 18 different research groups. We have teaching responsibilities within the whole bachelor's phase of the medical curriculum at the Erasmus MC, teaching both basic anatomy and physiology, as well as neuroscience. The department hosts its own Master of Neuroscience program. The department of Neuroscience is embedded in the ONWAR, Helmholtz, and MGC research school.
The central theme of research at the Department of Neuroscience is “Plasticity and Dynamics of Sensori-Motor Systems and Cognition”. This central theme is investigated using a variety and combination of technical approaches, including molecular biology, cell biology and physiology, neuro-anatomy, systems electrophysiology, and behavioral and clinical studies. At the systems level the research topics are organized in three main pillars including Motor Systems (Pillar I), Sensory Systems (Pillar II) and Neurodevelopment and Cognitive Systems (Pillar III). All three Pillars collaborate intensely with many departments in Erasmus MC, including e.g. the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, ENT, Ophthalmology, Geriatrics, Neonatology Sophia, Neurology Sophia, Pediatrics, Radiology, General Surgery, Epidemiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Plastic Surgery, Genetics and Cell Biology. In addition, as part of their research mission all three Pillars also want to inspire students within among others the medical curriculum and the Neuroscience Research Master program to learn (patho)physiology of neuroscience and brain disorders.
The major objective of the Master of Science in Neuroscience program is to teach and to provide training for talented students in the rapidly expanding field of Neuroscience. The program prepares students for future fundamental research in various medical fields in which neuroscience is increasingly important; these include neurology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, neuro-oncology, otolaryngology, psychiatry and gerontology. The program combines a broad range of tutorials and workshops in neuro-anatomy, neurophysiology, molecular biology, psychology and psychiatry with an extensive period of research training.