The field of biomedical sciences
The field of biomedical sciences studies both the healthy and sick human and the relevant animal models.
Biomedical sciences can be distinguished from biology, bio-engineering and veterinary sciences by means of the clear emphasis on humans.
The programme does not focus on acquiring clinical skills, as this is covered in medicine and pharmacy, but prepares you to conduct technological or scientific research in a clinical context.
In Antwerp, the biomedical sciences programme is a multidisciplinary programme taught by lecturers from the faculties of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences, Medicine and Sciences.
Specialising in neurosciences
In the Neurosciences specialisation, you study the underlying neuronal structures and mechanisms of behaviour and memory as well as the diagnosis, appearance and pathogenesis of various neurological and psychiatric disorders.
You learn to develop experimental research, based on animal models, for example, with a view to investigating the neural substrate of behaviour and cognition.
More specifically, the research focuses on excitation, plasticity and the connectivity of neurons and how they function in brain circuits both in healthy individuals and sick individuals. Besides this, the research examines the autonomous nerve system and its central regulatory function.
You also learn to set up experimental research into the pathogenesis and pathological processes related to neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Depending on your research question, you will make use of behaviour observation, neurochemical, molecular biological, electro-physiological and microscopic techniques, and imaging techniques, which reveal the living brain and its functions in a non-invasive way.
You learn to apply neuroscientific insights in order to solve fundamental and medical questions using the techniques you have learnt, while also reporting your research results in scientific journals or during presentations.
Using the basic knowledge taught on the Bachelor’s programme as a point of departure, the Master’s programme focuses on the research specialisations in which the University of Antwerp has come to excel.
The unique partnership between the university labs and the Institute Born-Bunge for neurosciences serves as a guarantee of research excellence and a diverse range of study options.
In addition, the university has a special core facility for experimental biomedical imaging which is exploring new horizons in molecular imaging of the brain as part of its research into behaviour and neurological disorders.
The Interfaculty Institute for Molecular Neurosciences, which is structured around the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology and the labs at the Medical Genetics Centre, also supports our research in molecular and cellular biomedical sciences.