Website Learn Medical Neuroscience has migrated

Safe Server

Some of you might have noticed. The website  (LMN) is now hosted on a safe server.


LMN is a WordPress site. WordPress is an immensely popular CMS (Content Management System), 60% of the websites with a CMS use WordPress.  Immensely popular for webmasters but also for hackers.  LMN not free of attacks. That seems relatively harmless. LMN does not sell products and does not register any user data but it does have a lot of links. I have met hacked websites on which the links have been changed and  lead to content that I personally do not want to be associated with and I do not want the course ‘Medical Neuroscience’  be associated with either.  So I have chosen for migration to a safe server. Continue reading “Website Learn Medical Neuroscience has migrated”

@Duke University, DIBS


After our visit to Washington, for the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience 2017. Prof. White took my husband and me to Durham. There we visited Duke University and DIBS (Duke Institute for Brain Sciences).

Highlight of that visit was the personal Neuroanatomy Lab with prof. White. There was a special emphasis on the Hippocampus. A brain structure that is essential in the research proposal I wrote in the context of the specialization  ‘Neuroscience‘ .

Ellen Vos-Wisse (2015): Exercise and traumatic brain injury. Neurogenesis, wayfinding and memory.

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Looking back on SfN2017

Annual meeting Society for Neuroscience 2017

Visiting the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN2017) has been a great succes for me. Meeting the neuroscientists in flesh and blood is a great change from meeting them only online.

The meeting is a massive event 30.000 neuroscientists meeting on their favorite topic. There are poster sessions, symposia and minisymposia, workshops, clinical roundtable meetings, events and meetings. Continue reading “Looking back on SfN2017”

Medical Neuroscience on the annual meeting Society for Neuroscience 2017

Annual meeting Society for Neuroscience 2017

Washington D.C. is buzzing with Neuroscience. Hotels are full with Neuroscientists, restaurants are fully booked with them so if you do not make reservations in advance there is no way you can find a seat. And they all wear the same conference badge. From November 11 – 15 the 47th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience 2017 is held in Washington D.C, with around 30.000 attendants. Continue reading “Medical Neuroscience on the annual meeting Society for Neuroscience 2017”

Review Medical Neuroscience

Review the course

Learner Recommended courses on Coursera
Learner Recommended courses on Coursera

You have a chance to recommend the course to other learners. That is you can review the course Medical Neuroscience on a course review site. That way you can make clear to potential learners that this free course has great quality and depth. Because good reviews help students to find the course it is a good idea to add  your review as well.


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Affective Learning in Medical Neuroscience (a Massive Open Online Course)

by:  Ellen Vos-Wisse, Marina Buryak, Indira Biel and Kevin Park (course Mentors Medical Neuroscience)

brain caress
Brain Caress – Jonathan Andrew

Taking a well-designed MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) can have a life-changing effect, such as one can read about in the following article:
Eric Ferreri (October 11, 2016):
Len White on building an online community – one hashtag at a time

Prof. White met an unfamiliar young man outside his office one day. The man knew White through the MOOC Medical Neuroscience. The course inspired the man so much that he left his native China (where he was a medical student) to come to the US seeking neurosurgery opportunities. He was outside Dr. White’s door that day simply to express his gratitude.

“He realized he wanted to become a neurosurgeon, and he did not have that idea before he took the course,” prof. White says. “It was a powerful moment.” Continue reading “Affective Learning in Medical Neuroscience (a Massive Open Online Course)”

Welcome Duke University medical students to Medical Neuroscience

Welcome to our on-campus students in the Duke University School of Medicine

On 3 January 2017, the first medical students at the Duke University School of Medicine (Durham, North Carolina USA)will start a four-week course that covers cellular neurobiology, systems neurophysiology, clinical neuroanatomy, and cognitive neuroscience.

brain and behavior
“Brain and Behavior”, by Kevin Parks

The name of the course is “Brain and Behavior” and is part of the required preclinical science curriculum for medical students at Duke. Professor White is the instructor in this course. They will work through all of Medical Neuroscience, with some additional content on cognition and biological psychiatry, before their final exam on January 30th.

We (the Medical Neuroscience Learning Community) would like to welcome those students to the Course Medical Neuroscience and to the supportive website Learn Medical Neuroscience. Moreover, we hope to meet the on-campus students on the Medical Neuroscience discussion forums with questions and reactions to posts of other students. Especially we would like to see their images of their learning experience and the images they produce of neurobiological structures posted with #GetNeuro on Instagram appear on the image carousel on the page Learning Community.

Blended learning

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Social Brains: using social media to learn Medical Neuroscience

Prof. Leonard White Presents on “Social Brains” at Duke Teaching Showcase

By Courtney Lockemer, Communications Manager for Online Duke

On October 11, Dr. Leonard White presented on the Medical Neuroscience MOOC at the Duke University Center for Instructional Technology 2016 Showcase. The event, which is known on Duke’s campus as the CIT Showcase, is a free one-day conference run by the university’s teaching and learning center that celebrates creativity and innovation in teaching. Over 200 faculty and staff from Duke and nearby higher education institutions attended the conference.

Social Brains in Medical Neuroscience

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MOOCs for Medical Education

Medical Neuroscience, a MOOC for Medical Education

By Ellen Vos-Wisse and Courtney Lockemer, Communications Manager for Online Duke

Story of a MOOC

Previously on this website an article was published: The Story behind “The Story of a MOOC” . Courtney told us about the process of the creation of this free Medical Education online, the course Medical Neuroscience. She also presented an infographic about the creation of the course.

Since then the situation has evolved. The course Medical Neuroscience does not only run once a year anymore but multiple times a year, learners can start every month. And this MOOC has found a valuable place in Medical Education around the world.

New Infographic

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Community Mentors for MOOCs

by Claire Smith – Community Manager Community Team at Coursera

Mentors and the learning community

One of the most obvious differences between the in-person and online learning experiences is the communication between learners. Social interaction is an important aspect of learning. Therefore online courses have replaced the classroom with forums, as a way of providing that much needed social element.

Another challenge of MOOCs is that the instructor simply cannot provide support to thousands of learners all at once. This, again, is a place where forums can really help.


At Coursera we found that simply providing a space for learners to interact and help one another was not always enough. There often needs to be a spark that seeds the discussion.  Also, some reassurance that someone is there to respond is welcome. Forums need  moderation to make sure the forums remain a safe and welcoming space for all.

Therefore we reached out to our community, to our learners who were already the most engaged, and those who had done really well in their courses. We  invited them to volunteer as Mentors. We were, and continue to be, overwhelmed by the positive, enthusiastic response and the supportive community which formed as a result. We’re thrilled to be able to continue expanding the program to support more and more courses! Continue reading “Community Mentors for MOOCs”