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Medical Neuroscience

Spring Semesters Annually
Course Director: Nachum Dafny, Ph.D.

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Course Description

Introduction to the structural and functional features of the human nervous system, including the gross anatomy of the brain and spinal cord, cellular and molecular neurobiology, the major transmitter systems and the major anatomical pathways and their functions. The emphasis is on an integrative approach to the study of the structure and function of the nervous system with lectures focusing on molecular, cellular, and systems features of brain function.

2015 Lecture Schedule

NOTE: The schedule displayed on this page may not be current. DATES AND TIMES WILL BE UPDATED It is posted here only to give prospective students an idea of what is typically covered in the course schedule. Current students should NOT rely on the schedule displayed here. For the latest dates, times and meeting locations, current students of the course should view the schedule that is posted on the Official 2015 Course Website.

 

DATE

TIME

TOPIC

INSTRUCTOR

Week 1

   

Introduction to Neuroscience

John Byrne

   

Synaptic Formation/Development and Regeneration

Andrew Bean

   

Lab #1 Pre-Lab Instruction + Review

Nachum Dafny, Pramod Dash

   

Lab #1 External Anatomy of the Brain & Principles of Neurological Examination

Nachum Dafny, Pramod Dash

   

Lab #1 Clinical Post Lab Case

Pedro Mancias

   

Organization of Cell Types

Jack Waymire

   

Resting Potentials and Action Potentials

John Byrne

   

Ionic Mechanisms of Action Potentials

John Byrne

   

Propagation of Action Potentials

John Byrne

Week 2

   

Synaptic Transmission at the Skeletal Neuromuscular Junction

John Byrne

   

Synaptic Transmission in the Central Nervous System

John Byrne

   

Lab #2 Pre-lab Instruction +Review

Nachum Dafny

   

Lab #2 Internal Organization of the Brain

Nachum Dafny

   

Lab #2 Clinical Post Lab Case

Pedro Mancias

   

Synaptic Plasticity

John Byrne

   

Transport and Molecular Mechanisms of Secretion

Jack Waymire

Week 3

   

Lab #3 Pre Lab Instruction + Review

Claire Hulsebosch

   

Lab #3 Ventricles. Blood Vessels and External Surfaces of the Brain Stem

Claire Hulsebosch

   

Lab #3 Clinical Post Lab Case

Pedro Mancias

   

Acetylcholine Neurotransmission

Jack Waymire

   

Biogenic Amine Neurotransmitters

Jack Waymire

   

Amino Acid Neurotransmitters

M Waxham

   

Neuropeptides and Nitric Oxide

M Waxham

   

Principles of Structural Neuroimaging

Michael Beauchamp

Week 4

   

Exam I

 

   

Study Room

Nachum Dafny

 

DATE

TIME

TOPIC

INSTRUCTOR

Week 5

   

Somatosensory Systems

Patrick Dougherty

   

Spinal Cord and ascending and descending pathways

Nachum Dafny

   

Lab #4 Pre-Lab Instruction

Nachum Dafny

   

Lab #4 Spinal Cord: External and Internal Anatomy and Intro to Somatosensory Pathways

Nachum Dafny

   

Lab #4 Clinical Post Lab Case

Pedro Mancias

   

Pain Principle

Nachum Dafny

   

Pain Pathways and different types

Nachum Dafny

   

Clinical Correlate: Headaches

Raymond Martin

   

Pain Modulation

Nachum Dafny

Week 6

   

Somatosensory Pathways

Patrick Dougherty

   

Somatosensory Processes

Patrick Dougherty

   

Lab #5 Pre-Lab Instruction + Review

Patrick Dougherty

   

Lab #5 Somatosensory, Viscerosensory and Spinocerebellar Pathways

Patrick Dougherty

   

Lab #5 Clinical Post-Lab Cases

Pedro Mancias

   

Clinical Correlate: Spinal Cord Disorders

Pedro Mancias

   

Clinical Correlate: Somatosensory Disorders

Pedro Mancias

   

Vestibular System: Structure and Function

Claire Hulsebosch

   

Vestibular Pathways and Reflexes

Claire Hulsebosch

Week 7

   

Auditory System: Structure and Function

Claire Hulsebosch

   

Auditory Pathways

Claire Hulsebosch

   

Clinical Correlate: Clinical Neuroimaging

Clark Stilton

   

Clinical Correlate: Principles of Neuroanesthesia

Katherine Normand

   

Olfaction & Gustation

Claire Hulsebosch

Week 8

   

Clinical Correlate: Otology Methods

Ron Moses

   

Small Groups: Otology Clinical Cases

Nachum Dafny

   

Lab #6 Pre-Laboratory Instruction + Review

Claire Hulsebosch

   

Lab #6 Auditory, Vestibular, Gustatory & Olfactory Systems

Claire Hulsebosch

   

Lab #6 Clinical Post Lab Case

Ron Moses

   

The Eye

Valentin Dragoi

   

Visual Pathway

Valentin Dragoi

Week 9

   

EXAM II

   

Study Room

Nachum Dafny

   

Spring Break – no classes

DATE

TIME

TOPIC

INSTRUCTOR

Week 10

   

Visual Motor System

Valentin Dragoi

   

Ocular Motor Control

Valentin Dragoi

   

Visual Pathways, Eye Movement and Sensory Motor Integration

Valentin Dragoi

   

Lab #7 Pre-Laboratory Introduction + Review

Valentin Dragoi

   

Lab #7 Visual System and Control System for Eye Movements

Valentin Dragoi

   

Lab #7 Clinical Post Lab Case

Pedro Mancias

   

Clinical Correlate: Neuroophthalmology Methods

Andrew Lee

   

Small Groups: Neuroophthalmology Methods

Nachum Dafny

Week 11

   

Motor Units and Muscle Receptors

Michael Beauchamp

   

Spinal Reflexes

Michael Beauchamp

   

Lab #8 Pre-Lab Instruction + Review

Michael Beauchamp

   

Lab #8 Higher Motor Function

Michael Beauchamp

   

Lab #8 Clinical Post Lab Case

Pedro Mancias

   

Clinical Correlate: Lower Motor Neuron Disorders

Pedro Mancias

   

Cerebellum

Michael Beauchamp

   

Clinical Correlate: Cerebellar Disorders

Pedro Mancias

   

Basal Ganglia

Michael Beauchamp

   

Clinical Correlate: Extra Pyramidal Disorders

Erin Furr-Stimming

   

Motor Cortex

Michael Beauchamp

Week 12

   

Integrated Motor System

Michael Beauchamp

   

Clinical Correlate: Upper Motor Neuron Disorder

Pedro Mancias

   

Lab #9 Pre-Lab Instruction + Review

Michael Beauchamp

   

Lab #9 Descending Pathways to the Spinal Cord

Nachum Dafny

   

Lab #9 Clinical Post-Lab Case

Pedro Mancias

   

Clinical Correlate: Principle of Neurosurgical Intervention

David Baskin

   

Clinical Correlate: Genetic & Neurological Diseases

Andrew Bean

   

Brain Circulation

Andrew Barreto

   

Clinical Correlate: Stroke

Andrew Barreto

Week 13

   

EXAM III

   

Study Room

Nachum Dafny

 

DATE

TIME

TOPIC

INSTRUCTOR

Week 14

   

Small Groups: Cranial Nerves Syndrome

Nachum Dafny

   

Clinical Correlate: Brain Stem Syndrome

Mark Dannenbaum

   

Hypothalamus: Structural Organization

Patrick Dougherty

   

Hypothalamic  Control of Pituitary Hormone

Patrick Dougherty

   

Lab #10 Pre-Lab Instruction

Claire Hulsebosch

   

Lab #10 Cranial Nerve Nuclei and Brain Stem Circulation

Claire Hulsebosch

   

Lab #10 Clinical Post Lab Case

Pedro Mancias

   

Central Control of Autonomic Nervous System and Thermoregulation

Patrick Dougherty

   

Central Control of Feeding Behavior

Patrick Dougherty

Week 15

   

Limbic System: Anatomy Pathways & Functions of the Hippocampus

Anthony Wright

   

Limbic system: Anatomy, Pathways & Function of the Amygdala

Anthony Wright

   

Clinical Correlate: Hypothalamic Disorders

Arthur Day

   

Learning & Memory

John Byrne

   

Sleep & Arousal

Jeremy Slater

   

Clinical Correlate: Sleep Disorders

Jeremy Slater

   

Clinical Correlate: Seizure Disorder (Epilepsy)

Jeremy Slater

Week 16

   

Higher Cortical Function: Language & Cognition

Anthony Wright

   

Higher Cortical Function: Executive Processing

Anthony Wright

   

Lab #11 Pre-Lab Instruction + Review

Claire Hulsebosch, Patrick Dougherty

   

Lab #11 Limbic System and Hypothalamus

Claire Hulsebosch, Patrick Dougherty

   

Lab #11 Clinical Post-Lab Review Cases

Pedro Mancias

   

CNS Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

Jack Waymire

   

Clinical Correlate: Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease & Cognitive Disorders

Paul Schulz

   

Blood Brain Barrier and Cerebral Metabolism

Pramod Dash

   

Traumatic Brain Injury and Cell Death

Pramod Dash

Week 17

   

EXAM IV

 

Week 18

   

FINAL EXAM

 

 


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