Winter Term 2020-21 / Neural Behav Sci



Course title

Functional Organization of Vertebrate CNS

Course content / topics

This 5 day course consists of lectures in the morning and in the afternoon. Sheep brains and plastinated human brain sections can be inspected later in the afternoon. After introducing both historic and modern concepts and techniques in neural sciences, the lectures explain the cellular basis of neural and glial function and communication. Next, an overview of the fundamentals of neural development sets the scene for a systematic analysis of the functional organisation of the various components of the central nervous system from the spinal cord to the neocortex. Aspects of systems biology and dysfunctions of the brain will receive some attention.

Course Schedule & Topics

Learning targets  The aim of the course is to provide students with divers backgrounds with a common platform of theoretical and practical knowledge about the microscopic and macroscopic organisation of the mammalian brain (emphasis on human brain). In this sense, the course familiarises the students with the principal structural and functional features of the central nervous system and enables them to follow the upcoming, more detailed courses in the winter and summer semester.

Prerequisites  Basic notions of cell biology and brain organisation are helpful.

Suggested reading
(1) Kandel et al.: Principles of Neural Sciences, 4th ed. 2000, McGraw-Hill.
(2) Purves et al.: Neuroscience, 2nd ed. 2004, Sinauer.
(3) Crossman, Neary: Neuroanatomy - An Illustrated Colour Text, 2nd ed. Churchill Livingstone 2000.

These books and others are available in the Graduate School’s library.

This course is not open for doctoral students or external/exchange students !

Exam date: tba (GTC Lecture Hall)

Day, time & location

Oct 26-30, 2020, all day, GTC Lecture Hall