Coursebooks

Neuroscience

BIO-311

Lecturer(s) :

Ramdya Pavan P
Schneggenburger Ralf

Language:

English

Summary

The brain analyzes a high density of sensory information and produces well-adapted motor output, called behavior. In this course, students will start learning about the cellular- and circuit bases of sensory and motor functions of the brain, a fascinating organ which is not yet understood completely

Content

- Ion channels and Electrical excitability of neurons

- Excitatory- and inhibitory synaptic transmission between neurons

- Introduction to brain anatomy of mice and men

- The somatosensory system and nociceptive system

- The visual system

- Hearing

- Movement control by Spinal cord and brainstem

- Movement control by Cortex and basal ganglia

- Introduction to behavioral neuroscience: motivation, emotion, learning & memory

Keywords

neuron, axon, dendrite, ion channels, neurotransmitters, glutamate, GABA, action potential, synaptic transmission, brain anatomy, mouse, human, neuronal circuits, sensory perception, primary sensory transduction, somatosensation, mechanosensitive ion channel, pain, vision, photoreceptor, retina, visual thalamus, primary visual cortex, hearing, cochlea, inner hair cell, spiral ganglion, cochlear nucleus, cochlear implant, nerve-muscle synapse, acetylcholine, motor neuron, spinal cord, proprioception, central pattern generator, sensory-motor loop, reflex pathways, brainstem, upper motor neurons, primary motor cortex, basal ganglia, striatum, medial spiny neuron, instrumental learning, associative learning, long-term potentiation, optogenetics.

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Biologie Cellulaire et moléculaire I, II; Physique générale : électromagnétisme

Recommended courses

BIOENG-110 Biologie générale; Biological chemistry I, II (BIO-212, BIO-213)

Important concepts to start the course

Basic notions of cell biology (cell membrane, phospholipid bilayers, transmembrane proteins) and of physics (electricity) would be good, but are not absolutely necessary. Curiosity and the willingness to learn about new concepts are important.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

2h lectures per week

2h exercises per week

Expected student activities

Students are expected to attend lectures, actively engage in exercises, read the corresponding chapters in the accompanying textbook and the papers handed-out for discussion

Assessment methods

Written exam during the exam session

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes
Others Moodle Forum

Resources

Bibliography

Dale Purves, George Augustine et al.: Neuroscience 6th ed. 2019 (or french translation).

"Principles of Neurobiology", Liqun Luo, 2016, Garland Science, New York/Oxford.

Specific papers giving examples of current Neuroscience research (available on Moodle).

 

Notes/Handbook

Lecture materials will be available on Moodle

Prerequisite for

BIO-480 Neuroscience: From molecular mechanisms to disease; BIO-482 Neuroscience: Cellular and circuit mechanisms

In the programs

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11ELD020  AAC137 
11-12   
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German