Animal Models of Neuro-Psychiatric Disorders

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ECTS and Course type

ECTS: 2.5

Course type: Seminar

Animal models of neuro-psychiatric disorders are vital for advancing the comprehension of disease-development as well as for testing novel treatment options. This course is designed to introduce students to various approaches of modelling neuro-psychiatric disorders, including genetic, behavioral and pharmacological manipulations. Pre-clinical and translational animal models that will be introduced and critically discussed include schizophrenia, addiction, depression, autism and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Target audience

MSc, MD, PhD; open to other programs.

Date and time




Learning outcome

  1. Familiarity with various modelling approaches.
  2. Awareness of the obstacles in generating adequate animal models for neuro-psychiatric diseases.
  3. The appreciation of the advantages and limitations of using animal models of neuro-psychiatric diseases.
  4. Exposure to a variety of neuro-psychiatric diseases modelled.
  5. Students should gain the ability to critically present and discuss the relevant literature.


The course will be held once a week and will include 2 parts with a short break. The first meeting will include a general introduction to the field of modelling neuro-psychiatric afflictions. After the break one psychopathology will be shortly presented and relevant animal models of this psychopathology will be described and discussed. At the end of the second part two manuscripts will be given to be presented (by the students) for the next meeting. This structure will be repeated every week.


No exam, however students are expected to present relevant publications (pre-selected and given a week in advance), each presentation will be held by 1-2 students.


Mandatory: Relevant publications (2 papers weekly, announced a week in advance); must be read by all students (not only presenter).

Further: None