What causes specific illnesses? Of what influence are certain risk factors in cardiovascualar disease? What does the body do to fight viral infections? What molecular or physiological mechanisms are involved in the development or retreat of cancer? What are the methods for diagnosing and analysing genetic defects, and how can these methods be improved? Is stem cell therapy our future? How is biomedical knowledge best translated to actual treatment of patients?
These are just some questions pertinent to Biomedical Sciences. In order to answer them, the Biomedical Sciences programme will help you gain a thorough understanding of human health and disease.
Besides the common programme, which teaches you the basic knowledge you need about research in Biomedical Sciences, your programme is further defined by one of the specialisations:
“To me the nervous system is the most fascinating part of the body.”
“Since I started studying I already knew that I wanted to do research on that subject. After I studied medicine I switched immediately to Biomedical Sciences; a study that in my time simply didn’t exist!
Nowadays I educate Biomedical Science students in Neuroscience with great pleasure. BS in Leiden is small-scale so contact with students is direct and stimulating. In addition, I coordinate the Neuro track in the master phase of BS. This track focuses on personal coaching of students who are specifically interested in Neuroscience.
An important aim of the Neuro track is encouraging students to continue doing research at LUMC when they’ve finished their studies. This track is for students and researchers (the coaches) very worthwhile because research in Neuroscience at the LUMC is strongly represented.”