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Interdisciplinary PSP Bioinformatics and Neuroinformatics (BNP)

HOU > Interdisciplinary PSP Bioinformatics and Neuroinformatics (BNP)
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The Distance Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program “Bioinformatics and Neuroinformatics” aims to:

  1. a) Promote scientific knowledge and cultivate and develop primary scientific research in the fields of biomathematics (applied mathematics, modeling, and simulation of systems), bioinformatics (genomics, proteomics, biomarker discovery, drug design, systems biology, biological programming languages), computational biology, neuroinformatics, and neuroscience (analysis of biomedical signals and images, processing of biomedical data, knowledge extraction, algorithm development). Additionally, it aims to provide high-level education and specialization in research methodology, the conduct and analysis of clinical studies, the processing and interpretation of biological data, decision-making application design, meta-analysis of biomedical data, and the development of predictive and diagnostic models for diseases.
  2. b) Prepare specialized scientists for a successful professional career in both Academic and Research environments, as well as in biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical industries, or Information Technology and Studies companies, on a national and international level.

QUALITY POLICY
QUALITY TARGET 2023

Upon completion of their studies, graduates will be able to:

  • Develop algorithms, model, and simulate systems for disease prediction and diagnosis,
  • Use programming languages to program biological mechanisms, decision-making applications, and knowledge extraction,
  • Conduct research using appropriate methodologies,
  • Carry out and analyze clinical studies,
  • Process and interpret biomedical signals, images, and biological data,
  • Study biomarkers and monitor drug design,
  • Perform meta-analysis of biomedical data.

With the successful completion of the Postgraduate Program, graduates will have developed broader skills such as:

  • Ability to conduct primary scientific research in the fields of biomathematics, bioinformatics, computational biology, neuroinformatics, and neuroscience, promoting scientific knowledge in the areas of Bioinformatics and Neuroinformatics,
  • Conduct research based on specific methodologies and methods,
  • Carry out clinical studies,
  • Develop models for disease prediction and diagnosis.

ECTS Programme of Studies Credits

The total number of credits (ECTS) required for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma of Specialisation (M.Sc.) is 90 ECTS.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction of the MSc is Greek. The language of the postgraduate dissertation is Greek or English.

Duration of studies

The minimum duration for the completion of the programme is one and a half (1.5) year and the maximum duration is six (6) years.

Note: The programme is structured in semester-long Thematic Units.

Classification according to the Unesco ISCED-2013 code

  • by education sector: 0688
  • by level of study: 7

Characterization of Postgraduate Program

MSc-Master of Science Bioinformatics and Neuroinformatics

The joint distance learning inter-university M.Sc. “Bioinformatics and Neuroinformatics” is open to candidates, graduates of health sciences, science, biological, economics, humanities, polytechnic faculties of universities of higher education in Greece and recognized peer institutions abroad as well as graduates of departments of universities of applied sciences / universities of applied sciences with related subjects, as specified below.

More specifically, this MSc is addressed to graduates of the following departments or related departments:

  1. AEI Departments of Medicine
  2. AEI Departments of Veterinary Medicine
  3. AEI Departments of Physics and Natural Sciences
  4. AEI Departments of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  5. AEI Departments of Statistics
  6. AEI Departments of Chemistry
  7. AEI Departments of Biology
  8. AEI Departments of Pharmacy
  9. AEI Departments of Psychology
  10. AEI Department of Biological Applications and Technologies
  11. AEI Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
  12. AEI Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  13. AEI Departments of Biotechnology
  14. AEI Departments of Chemical Engineering
  15. AEI Departments of Mechanical Engineering
  16. AEI Departments of Electrical Engineering
  17. AEI of Computer Engineering
  18. AEI Departments of Computer Science
  19. AEI Department of Computer Science with Biomedical Applications
  20. AEI Departments of Dietetics and Nutrition Science
  21. AEI Departments of Forestry and Natural Environment
  22. AEI Schools/Departments of Mining and Metallurgy
  23. TEI Departments of Computer Science
  24. TEI Department of Civil Engineering
  25. TEI Department of Biosystems Engineering
  26. TEI Departments of Nutrition and Dietetics
  27. TEI Department of Biomedical Technology Engineering
  28. TEI Departments of Medical Laboratories
  29. TEI Departments of Business Planning and Information Systems.
  30. TEI Departments of Medical Instrumentation

A very good knowledge of English is required for the attendance of the course as part of the lectures, texts and educational material will be in English.

The programme also accepts graduates of other departments and faculties of health sciences, science, biology, economics, humanities, polytechnic faculties of Greek Higher Educational Institutions and Foreign Recognized Higher Education Institutions, relevant to the subject and objectives of the MSc, provided that the educational background is ensured for attending the programme.

Note:

Holders of a degree or diploma of higher education means graduates of Greek Universities or Polytechnics or Higher School of Fine Arts or Higher School of Pedagogical and Technological Education or Higher Technological Educational Institutions (ATEI) or those who hold academically equivalent first cycle degrees from recognized foreign educational institutions with the degrees awarded by the Greek Higher Educational Institutions, in accordance with the provisions of article 304 of Law No. 4957/2022 (Government Gazette 141/21.07.2022, vol.)

Marking:

For the evaluation of the application to the Postgraduate Studies Programme, it will be examined whether the candidate’s institution of study is or may be included in the National Register of Recognised Higher Education Institutions of Foreign Countries and whether the candidate’s degree is or may be included in the National Register of Types of Degrees of Recognised Institutions of Foreign Countries.

The Hellenic Open University, if the degree is included in the list of article 307 of Law No. 4957/2022, must request a “Certificate of Place of Study”, which is issued and sent by the foreign university. If the place of study or part of the studies is confirmed as the Greek territory, the degree is not recognized, unless the part of the studies that took place in the Greek territory is in a public higher education institution or in a recognized foreign educational institution within the meaning of paragraph b) of article 299 of Law No. 4957/2022.

It is clarified that holders of a first degree of Higher Education are accepted in the Postgraduate Program.

1st Semester

BNP50

Mathematical Modeling in biology

(C¹, 10 ECTS)

BNP51

Neurobiology and Modeling of Cellular Systems

(C, 10 ECTS)

BNP52

Neural Biosignal Recording and Processing

2, 10 ECTS)

BNP53

Neural Rehabilitation engineering

(Ε, 10 ECTS)

2nd Semester

BNP54

Algorithms in Molecular Biology and Structural Bioinformatics

(C, 10 ECTS)

BNP55

Biological Databases Design and Programming Languages

(C, 10 ECTS)

BNP56

Biomedical Technology and Medical Imaging Systems

(E, 10 ECTS)

BNP57

Proteomics, Genomics and Genetics

(E, 10 ECTS)

3rd Semester

BNPDE

Master Thesis

(C, 30 ECTS)

 

Notes:

C¹: Compulsory

Ε2: Elective

 

Instructions for the declaration of the Thematic Units 

You can choose from one (1) to three (3) units (with the limitation of 30 ECTS per semester).

During the procedure of declaring the units, you must first exhaust the previous semester’s units and then declare the next semester’s units or select the remaining ones (from the previous semester) at the same time.

For BNP52 in particular, familiarity with programming is helpful and familiarity with signals and transformations is essential. . It is recommended that BNP50 be taken before BNP52 unless the graduate student already has an appropriate background in signals and transformations.

The Master’s Disertation is written after successful completion of all the Units modules of the programme.

The laboratory training can be carried out in parallel with the attendance of the second semester’s modules or the preparation of the Master’s Dissertation. It takes place over a period of 10 days at the beginning of the spring semester, i.e. in March. Students who have successfully completed the first semester of the programme will be eligible to participate.

Support for the Master’s Dissertation requires that the laboratory training will have been completed. For the award of the Postgraduate Diploma of Specialization, successful completion of six (6) of the eight (8) offered Thematic Units, participation in the laboratory training and successful completion of the Postgraduate Dissertation is mandatory.

Laboratory Education (BNP EU)

The programme is reinforced with laboratory training. The laboratory training will take place between 4- 14 March each year. Students who have successfully completed the first semester of the programme will be eligible to participate.
The laboratory training is compulsory, is not weighted by grades and takes place with physical presence at the Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Human Electrophysiology at the Ionian University of Corfu.
For the laboratory training, students are offered hospitality (accommodation and meals) at the facilities of the Ionian University in Corfu.

Laboratory techniques:
Photonics microscopy

In this laboratory exercise the basic principles of photon microscopy will be described In particular, all parts of the photon microscope will be described in detail, its capabilities and its basic applications will be presented. Students will be trained in the proper use of the instrument, and will attempt their first microscopy themselves, using simple materials). They will also come into contact with the first permanent preparations of the laboratory.
Students will then be trained in the individual laboratory exercises:

  1. Wet preparation of human eukaryotic cells from internal cheek scraping

Generation of eukaryotic cells from the inner cheek, observation of basic morphofunctional characteristics of epithelial cells and demonstration of applications of human biological material acquisition.

  1. Collection and observation of microscopic organisms

Creation of fresh preparations of microscopic organisms, observation of basic morphofunctional characteristics of various microscopic organisms.

  1. Observation of peripheral blood

Introduction to the components of blood and the main cell groups under the microscope.

Scanning Electron Microscopy
In this laboratory exercise the basic principles of electron microscopy will be described. In particular, all parts of the electron microscope will be described in detail, its capabilities and its basic applications will be presented. Students will be trained in the proper use of the instrument, and will attempt their first microscopy themselves, using simple materials). They will also come into contact with the first permanent preparations of the laboratory.
Students will then be trained in individual laboratory exercises involving the analysis of samples with the Bruker Elemental X-ray Microanalysis (EDS) device.

Academic Supervision Committee

Maria Hatzinikolaou
Professor at the Hellenic Open University

Panagiotis Vlamos
Professor of Ionian University

Dimitrios Kalles
Professor of the Hellenic Open University

Phoivos Mylonas
Deputy Professor of Ionian University

Fotini Kariotou
Assistant Professor at the Hellenic Open University

Katia-Lida Kermanidou
Assistant Professor, Ionian University

Themis Exarchos
Assistant Professor, Ionian University

Tuition Fees: 6 Thematic Units: 3.300 euros ( 550 euros per each unit),
Postgraduate Dissertation: 600 euros
Total: 3.900 euros

 

For information about the programme contact:

Student Registration Department
Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 13:00
Contact telephone: 2610367331
Ε-mail: bnp@eap.gr

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