Graduate Course 9550/9650
Advanced Topics in Integrative Neuroscience
Dr. Arthur Brown
The objectives of this advanced graduate level neuroscience course are:
To provide discussion of the types of experimental models and data analyses used in neuroscience research.
To teach students research skills on how to review, criticize, write, discuss and present experimental results.
Instructors will select recent papers and review articles to be read for each of the topic areas.
Time & Location:
3 hours per week for two terms: Tuesdays 1:30 - 4:30
RRI 3rd floor conference room
25% of the final grade will be based on oral presentations of recently published papers in one of the areas covered by the course. (Students will select the papers and submit it to the course manager for approval.)
25% of the final grade will be based on a written critique of one recently published paper in a selected topic of neuroscience. The paper will be provided by the course manager.
25% of the final grade will be based on a written grant proposal (NSERC discovery grant-style).
25% of the final grade will be based on participation and critical discussion of the selected material in class. At the beginning of each lecture, students will submit a written comment on the provided research paper.
Minimum 4, Maximum 20
General introduction to neuroscience.
Course Lecture Schedule:
Overview of General Topics:
Nervous system injury
Learning and memory
Classes held Tuesdays 1:30 - 4:30 RRI 3rd floor conference room
September 17: Meet and Greet; Introduction
September 24: Techniques and the Nervous System
Neurodevelopment/Neuroplasticity and Regeneration
October 1: Neurodevelopment
October 8: Neural Stem Cells
October 15: Plasticity and Epillepsy
Disorders of neuroplasticity
October 22: Neuroplasticity
October 29: Spinal cord injury
November 5: Reward and Addiction I
November 12: SFN
November 19: Schizophrenia and Depression
November 26: Cellular Mechanisms 1
December 3: Cellular Mechanisms 2
December 10: No class – prepare critique
December 20: Written critique due
January 7: Critique discussion (Brown)
January 14: Imaging neuropathology in-vivo
January 21: Learning and Memory 1
January 31: Learning and Memory 2
February 4: Learning and Memory LTP
February 11: Cognitive Neurosci 1
February 18: Cognitive Neurosci 2
February 25: Brian Corneil
March 4: Behavioural Neuroscience
March 11: Abstract & Poster Writing
March 18: Clinical studies
March 25: Diseases of synaptic transmission
April 1: Grant writing 1
April 22: Deadline grant proposal