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Updated: 08.20.10

Graduate Neuroscience (PHLY 7733) – 4 SH


Course Director:  Alexander Murashov, M.D., Ph.D.
(For the current semester's schedule, please contact Dr. Murashov)


Course Description
The human brain is the most complex organ; it determines how we sense and perceive the world, how we learn and remember, as well as how we act on and change the world. Its complexity is reflected in its anatomical organizations, as well as its biochemical and physiological processes at the intracellular, intercellular and neural network levels.

Neuroscience, as a discipline for the studies of the brain, mind and behavior, is arguably at the frontier of life sciences now and for many years to come. The 1990's, which was designated as the decade of the brain, has already signified the rapid explosion of neuroscience research and the immense opportunities ahead of us.

This graduate neuroscience course will include the fundamental principles of neuroscience as well as the latest development in neuroscience research in selected topics at the system, cellular, molecular, and genetic levels.


Prerequisites 
     Biochemistry (BIOC 7301) 
     Mol. Cell Biology (ANAT 7202/MCBI 7410)
     or consent of chairperson


Format
The Graduate Neuroscience is a 4 credit hour course. The course meets for 2 hours twice a week that includes lectures and literature reviews.

Reading
Two textbooks are recommended: 

1. Principles of Neural Science (Fourth Edition). Edited by Kandel, Schwartz, and Jessell.
2. Fundamental Neuroscience (Second Edition). Edited by Squire, Roberts, Spitzer, Zigmond,  McConnell, and Bloom.

Grading
Students will be graded on three exams (25% each) and one research report (25%).