COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the nervous system from first principles with a focus on the molecular and cellular basis of brain function and disease. The class format consists of a combination of formal and informal lectures and student presentations with a major emphasis on interactive class discussion. The course requires active student participation during the class and offers review sessions if needed. There is a course website and an active online discussion forum. In addition to normal course scheduled lectures, the course includes lab visits. Students are also required to prepare and present at a symposium on a specific topic (e.g. sensory transduction, molecular & cellular basis of brain disorders, other), and to attend the weekly Neuroscience Seminar Series.
- Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain. Mark F. Bear and Barry W. Connors, Wolters Kluwer 2016, 4th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-0781778176
- From Molecules to Networks. John H. Byrne, Ruth Heidelberger, M Neal Waxham. 2014 Academic Press/Elsevier, 3rd Edition. ISBN-13: 978-0123971791
- Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology. Constance Hammond. 2015 Academic Press/Elsevier, 4th Edition. ISBN-13: 978-0123970329
- From Neuron to Brain. John G. Nicholls et al. 2012 Sinauer Associates, 5th Edition. ISBN-13: 978-0878936090
- The Synapse. Morgan Sheng, Bernardo L. Sabatini and Thomas C Südhof. 2012 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. ISBN-13: 978-1936113026
- Fundamental Neuroscience. Larry Squire et al. 2013 Academic Press/Elsevier, 4th Edition. ISBN-13: 978-0123858702
STUDENT PREPARATION: N/A
SUITABLE FOR 1ST YEAR STUDENTS: Yes
UNIQUE TRAINING OFFERED IN THIS COURSE: The students learn to approach topics from first principles. They also learn how to be very interactive, identify knowledge-gaps, and defend their points of view.
STUDENT ASSESSMENTS: Class participation (discussion, presentation and in-class quizzes) 50%; final oral exam 50%.
CREDIT HOURS: 6.0