Fall Term Principles of Neuroscience Courses: Neuroscience 611- Neuro Pharm, 612- Neural Development and 613- Circuits and Computational Neuroscience. Sequential moduals with each modual lasting 1/3 of the semester.
Represents the first half of a year-long, graduate-level survey of neuroscience. The goals for these courses are: to provide students with a broad range of basic Neuroscience background knowledge, to provide students with a sense of how knowledge was obtained, by reading and discussing “classic papers” and to provide students with a sense of where the current frontier is, by reading and discussing very recent papers. Each week this class meets for 3-5 hours, with a mix of lectures and discussion. The major topics covered are broken into 3 modules (Neuroscience 611- Neuropharmacology , 612- Neural Development and 613- Circuits & Computational Neuroscience) These courses constitute the first half of a comprehensive introduction of neuroscience. The 3 course modules make up an entire semester long introduction to Neuroscience topics, each lasting a third of the semester. 611- Neuropharmacology covers binding relationships; pharmodynamics; amino acid, chlorine& glutamate Transmission; adrenergic and serotenergic transmission; Opiod Systems, Neuropeptides and a number of other topics. 612- Neural Development covers Neurogenesis, Neuronal activity and critical periods; axon growth; degeneration and regeneration; Synaptogenesis; Neurotrophic factors and other topics as time allows. 613- Circuits and Computational Neuroscience covers network activity and computational modeling of neurons and neuronal networks; brain function and network interactions in multiple brain regions; EEG rhythms; motor control and consciousness.