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MSC Molecular Biosciences: Neuroscience MajorNeuroscience Major

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Delve into the expansive realm of neuroscience, a field brimming with diverse opportunities for exploration. Are you drawn to the intricacies of basic neuroscience research, seeking to unravel the mysteries of nervous system function? Explore the control of gene expression in neurons, the generation of intracellular signals, and the fascinating processes guiding molecular transportation along axons and dendrites or delve into the intricate workings of synaptic machinery, deciphering the mechanisms governing transmitter release. Or perhaps your interest lies in understanding how neurons function within networks or employing computational methods to decode the complexities of network function. It may be clinical research that captivates you, in which you aim to uncover the mechanisms underlying nervous system dysfunction in chronic pain, following spinal cord injury, during neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease, or even in brain cancer. Alternatively, you may wish to explore the nuanced realms of addiction and psychiatric disorders, where the crux lies in comprehending a central aspect of brain function: the generation and control of behavior. At Heidelberg/Mannheim, the canvas is broad, allowing you to investigate these diverse topics at every level, from the intricacies of single molecules to the challenges presented by human patients. Your journey into the neurosciences awaits, offering a spectrum of possibilities for in-depth exploration and contribution.

It is clear that the times where one could focus on only a single discipline are over. Those with a desire to make it in neuroscience need a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge encompassing multiple disciplines and techniques, as well as social skills, networking, and an eagerness to learn new things even outside of your original discipline. The Heidelberg Neuroscience Major provides all of this to highly motivated and independently thinking students.