International Master In Neurodegenerative Diseases - iMIND
There has never been a more critical time to push the boundaries of our knowledge about the brain and brain diseases. The situation is particularly critical for neurodegenerative pathologies that affect so many members of our elderly.
The International Master in Neurodegenerative Diseases (iMIND) is a multidisciplinary program built on a partnership between Sorbonne Université (Paris) and the Paris Brain Institute with the collaboration of Heidelberg University, Vienna University, KU Leuven and Munich Technical University .
The iMIND master 2 combines coursework concerning neurodegenerative diseases (M2 year, 3rd semester) and a master’s thesis related to a research internship preferentially done in a laboratory affliated to one of the partner universities (M2 year, 4th semester).
It aims to train students who wish to understand the brain function brain in normal and pathological conditions, by providing access to the latest knowledge on neurodegenerative diseases, in close proximity with the research community (scientific teams, senior and junior researchers, technical platforms, living labs…).
At the end of the program, students will have:
- An understanding of the recent approaches for studying cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases.
- An overview of how to develop new treatments or solutions based on fundamental research to live with brain disorders.
- Transferable skills including critical reading and thinking of the scientific literature, experiment design and results, presentation skills and scientific writing.
Please note that this program is in English.
This year (2022-2023), the Paris Brain Institute will offer upon selection up to 4 scholarships for international students (600€/month during the 1st semester).
M2S3 (30 ECTS)
- MU5BIN01 - Conception of a research project (6 ECTS)
- MU5BIN07 - Glial pathologies and neurodegenerative diseases (6 ECTS)
- MU5BIN18 - Novel technologies applied to human neuropathologies (6 ECTS)
- MU5BIN22 - Hot topics: transdisciplinary approaches to neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases (6 ECTS)
- Specialization coursework (6 ECTS)
- MU5BIN15 - Brain to market summer school (6 ECTS)
- 1 specialization module from each series (2 x 3 ECTS)
MU5BIN16 - New Methods for Behavioral & Cognitive Explorations (3 ECTS)
MU5BIN16 - Hippocampus (3 ECTS)
MU5BIN17 - Neuro-Glia Interactions (3 ECTS)
MU5BIN17 - Neuropsychiatric Genetics (3ECTS)
- MU5BIN15 - Brain to market summer school (6 ECTS)
This core program can be modified depending on the student's specific educational goals and may include other courses from the Neuroscience M2.
M2S4: Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)
The master’s thesis is a 5 to 6 months internship that can be done in France or abroad, preferentially in partner universities.
If you want to apply, select iMIND on the application site and contact the head of the program, Dr. Hélène Cheval.
Candidates will be interviewed.
Please note that all applications to iMIND will also be considered for the NCI track of the M2 Neuroscience.
Clément Perrot (iMIND 2020-2021)
I followed the iMIND course primarily because of my interest in neurodegenerative diseases and its international dimension. I remember above all the teachers who were very committed to their respective courses, as well as the quality of the teaching. The iMIND program really gave me a great theoretical knowledge of the different brain diseases since in each subject, several diseases are tackled with always a different practical approach showing the richness of the possible studies. Moreover, some courses are very enriching to continue with a thesis, such as the course: "HOT TOPICS" where you create a research project with the help of a tutor, which is then evaluated by professors and researchers, always in a very benevolent way. I would add that the teaching does not focus solely on theoretical aspects of neurodegenerative diseases. Indeed, the practical aspect of the various neuroscience techniques is widely emphasised, with a "NOVEL TECHNOLOGIES" course that explains in detail each branch of neuroscience techniques, starting with imaging and ending with electrophysiology.
To finish, I would like to mention the human aspect of this master, a very important point. Because of the small number of students, the educational team is very available for each of us, they answer each of our questions and try to find the best possible arrangement, even in the most difficult conditions, such as during the lockdown period that took place during my year of the master. Finally, the team spirit is very present in this master: group work is proposed, exchanges of courses are organised between the students, making the atmosphere very pleasant.
Aurélien Caron (iMIND 2020-2021)
To me, the iMIND program was a rich experience. I was able to obtain a great amount of knowledge on topics that were rather new to me, taught by specialized researchers. The Pasteur course was a great opportunity to get high-level theoretical and practical courses in small groups. The Hot Topics seminars allowed me to learn more on fields unknown to me, and coming up with a research project layout was a nice initiation before starting my Ph.D., as well as another opportunity to gain maturity and show creativity and initiative. The courses being taught in English is a pro, considering the English-speaking context of Research. I advise taking the iMIND program, a great opportunity to finish one's Master's degree with ambitious courses that differ from what is offered in more traditional programs.
Amin Benadjal (iMIND 2019-2020)
The iMIND course has been truly amazing! I have deepened my knowledge of neurodegenerative diseases while learning about the theoretical aspect of new cutting-edge techniques. The small size of the class allows for more interaction with the teacher-researchers and more active learning. The supervision is great and the course has totally prepared me for my M2 internship and for my PhD! It was the year I learned the most at university and the year that served me the most! I recommend it 100%!
Lea Salette (iMIND 2019-2020)
"I took part in the iMIND course in 2019/2020, I loved the fact that we were a small class, the way the master was organized, as well as the teachings offered. I especially appreciated the Brain to Market Summer School, which proposes a transversal approach to neuroscience by combining it with an entrepreneurial side. It is a collaborative work with students having a completely different background and it was very enriching! In general, the program offers very interesting UEs for the preparation of a career in research, with the course “Hot Topics: transdisciplinary approaches to neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases”, which consists in designing a research project on a subject of our choice with the help of a supervisor, or “Novel technologies applied to Human Neuropathologies”, which offers a presentation of the most recent technologies used in labs. Really super interesting!!!