Fundamental Neuroscience (BMRI5002)

UNIT OF STUDY

This core unit of study will introduce the main concepts of neurobiology starting with neural cell structure and physiology, neurodevelopment and synaptic plasticity. The modularity of the brain and connective pathways will then be examined, with a focus of the functional anatomy of the basal ganglia, the visual cortex and the limbic system. Immunology and neuropathology will also be studied with insights into how genetics and interaction with glial cells underlie these processes. Examples will be given of how brain disorders can emerge from disruption to these fundamental processes.

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Classes

1x 2-hr lecture/week

Assessment

test (30%), extended response questions (30%), short answer questions (40%)

Textbooks

Recommend either Kandel ER, Schwartz JH & Jessel TM (2000) Principles of Neural Science 4th Ed. McGraw Hill; Or Bear MF, Connors BW, Paradiso MA (2007) Neuroscience: exploring the brain 3rd Ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkin, Online alternatives provided w

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No

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