Translational Neuroscience


The medical research profile 'Translational Neuroscience' has a strong commitment to dedicated and timely education programmes for Medical and Biomedical students.

Half Minors

Our departments have developed a half minor Translational Neuroscience for medical students. This programme covers the most important clinical (TRF) and research themes and gives the students a good insight in the added value of translational neuroscience research.
  Translational Neuroscience Half Minors

Moreover, we contribute instrumentally to the LIBC minor Brain and Cognition, contributing to the integration between Leiden Center for Translation Neuroscience (LCTN) and Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC) – partners in the university research profile “Brain Function and Dysfunction”.

Master Students (Biomedical Sciences)

NeuroTrack offers an opportunity to specialize in Neuroscience within the LUMC Biomedical Research Master. NeuroTrack is embedded and supported by the LUMC Medical Research Profile Translational Neuroscience - LCTN. 

Researchers in laboratory

During the program you will get a good insight in our mission:
From Patient to Disease Mechanism and Treatment

NeuroTrack Program and Internships

NeuroTrack is a 2-year (120 ECTS) Master program. In the first year, you will follow some courses common to the Biomedical Research Master. Subsequently, a Neuroscience-specific program will be followed, consisting of at least two elective courses and a 40 ECTS internship, all neuroscience related. The internships are integrated in ongoing research programs, providing optimal supervision and coaching. On graduation, the student receives a 'Neuroscience Certificate'.

Read more about NeuroTrack: NeuroTrack Program (PDF).

Coordinator and Mentors

To facilitate the compilation of an optimal NeuroTrack program, a student-mentor system has been introduced. Mentors are LCTN senior staff members with a broad expertise in science and education. Together an educational plan is compiled and submitted to the LUMC Board of Examinations.

Contacts for more information

Prof dr Arn van den Maagdenberg
Human Genetics
Tel: 071 526 9460

Dr Madeleine Nivard
Human Genetics
Tel: 071 526 9605

PhD students

PhD student positions are most often offered on the basis of external funding after a thorough review and hard competition, granting a good work plan. The work progress is monitored carefully by weekly work discussions within the project group. LCTN is part of national and international networks and can provide opportunities to follow project-specific courses. 

The PhD students are enrolled in the LUMC Graduate School that organizes mandatory and optional courses on general science skills and generic and specific courses. 

Read more: Graduate School

Multidisciplinary work discussions

To stimulate and facilitate coherence and complementarity within and between the two major research themes of our medical research profile, Neurological Movement Disorders and Paroxysmal Cerebral Disorders, monthly work discussions are organized, with presentations of senior and junior scientists. LCTN stimulates PhD students to participate in and present at external scientific (international) congresses.

Annual Symposium

Translational Neuroscience organizes an annual symposium for all participants. The symposium contains state-of-the-art lectures from different disciplines within the medical research profile, key note lectures from invited speakers and poster sessions covering all aspects of Translational Neuroscience.


The PhD students are enrolled in the LUMC Graduate School that organizes mandatory and optional courses on general science skills and generic and specific courses. The wide variety of research topics and interests in our research profile calls for a course program tailored to the individual PhD student. The PhD supervisor and student will select a program of courses that fits the chosen PhD research topic, including mandatory courses. Detailed information about the mandatory and optional courses (PDF).

LUMC Generic Biomedical PhD Courses
Joint UL-LUMC Transferable Skills PhD Courses
Other PhD Courses of potential relevance in our research profile (examples)