Nsc8211: Developmental Neurobiology

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Directors:     Steven McLoon

                     Yasushi Nakagawa

 

Course #:      Nsc 8211

 

Credits:        3

 

Time:            Winter Semester

                     Tuesday and Thursday  9:00 - 11:00

 

Place:           PWB 6-224 (but this could change)

 

Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of the principles and vocabulary of neuroscience and cell biology is required.

 

Website:        http://mcloonlab.neuroscience.umn.edu/8211/index.htm

 

Reading:      Principles of Neural Acience, 5th edition by Kandel et al.

                     Review and research articles as assigned.

 

Synopsis:    During development of the nervous system, a diverse array of neuronal and glial cell types is generated. These neuronal types are defined by unique morphological, physiological and biochemical characteristics. Different neuronal types develop complex and precise patterns of interconnections. Normal function of the mature nervous system depends on normal development of these features. This course will examine our current knowledge of how these features develop. General cellular and molecular mechanisms along with the experimental data demonstrating the mechanisms will be emphasized rather than a detailed account of specific developmental events. This is a ‘hands on’ course that requires students to seek out information as well as to learn the assigned material. The course format allows flexibility in the topics students choose to study in detail.

 

Students are expected to complete the following during this class:

 

1. Attend all classes. Read the papers assigned for each class meeting before coming to class. Participate in all discussions during class.

 

2. Write a term paper, and review the term paper from 2-3 other students.

 

3. Take a written midterm examination (short essay) and a written final examination (long essay).

 

Grades:        Based on performance in each of the three categories listed above with each category worth ~1/3 of the grade.