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Neuroscience in Health and Disease

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Four Sections Available to Choose From:

Course DatesLengthMeeting TimesStatusFormatInstructor(s)CRN
June 28, 2021 - August 11, 20216/28 - 8/116 WeeksOnlineOpenOnlineJordan Renna
Maureen Stabio
11776
June 28, 2021 - August 11, 20216/28 - 8/116 WeeksOnlineOpenOnlineJordan Renna
Maureen Stabio
11775
July 12, 2021 - July 30, 20217/12 - 7/303 WeeksM-F 12:15P-3:05PWaitlistedOn-CampusJordan Renna
Maureen Stabio
11922
July 12, 2021 - July 30, 20217/12 - 7/303 WeeksM-F 8:30A-11:20AWaitlistedOn-CampusJordan Renna
Maureen Stabio
11890

Course Description

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and networks of nerve cells, or neurons, that travel throughout the body. Although the field of neuroscience is relatively new, being recognized only in recent decades as a formal discipline, it is growing and expanding at a very rapid rate. The rapid growth of neuroscience and the pace of biomedical research make understanding neuroscience valuable for any student interested in biomedical or health sciences. Moreover, because neuroscience integrates biology, chemistry, physics, physiology, and psychology, it provides various avenues of opportunities for students who come from different academic backgrounds or interests.

This course will teach basic science principles of how the nervous system functions normally and what goes wrong in neurological and psychiatric disorders. Completion of this course will provide students with a comprehensive and solid foundation for the field of neuroscience, which they can use to pursue more advanced sub-specialties within the field. Students will learn about how our brain functions in normal health as well as disease. Students will learn the anatomy and physiology of many neurological disorders (for example Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s) and mental health disorders (for example bipolar disorder and schizophrenia).

This interactive course will begin by examining the organization of the nervous system and the basic neuroanatomy of the brain and spinal cord. We will learn how neurons work and how different drugs can affect this process. Then we will explore the sensory system, such as vision, hearing, and touch. We will address questions such as “Where do emotions come from in the brain?” and “How does my brain learn and remember information?” We will explore what goes wrong with the nervous system in many neurological disorders or injuries, such as stroke, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, autism, and Alzheimer’s Disease. We will also learn the neurobiological basis of mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. Finally, we will discuss various avenues for studying neuroscience such as Cognitive Neurobiology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, or Clinical Neuroscience. Completion of this course will provide students with a comprehensive and solid foundation for the field of neuroscience, which they can use to pursue more advanced sub-specialties within the field.

On-Campus section details:
Students will have the opportunity to handle human brain tissue donated to the school of medicine for educational purposes. Additional hands-on activities include learning how to read an MRI of the brain and how to explore “major highways” in the brain through a digital computer modeling technique called “white matter tractography”. Students may have the opportunity to digitally analyze, trace, and 3D print a novel neuron recently discovered by the course instructors in a neuroscience research lab at Brown University. In addition, students practice clinical role-playing activities to test the health of cranial nerves.

Many of these activities are exclusively offered at the medical school or graduate school level, so this is a unique opportunity to engage these modern techniques as a high school student.

Online Section Details:
Each week is divided into 3 parts to accommodate students in different time zones. Students should expect to contribute throughout each week of the course. Learning activities include short micro video lectures & 3D animations (3-8 minutes), which students will watch on their own time followed by online exercises and discussions related to the material.

Prerequisites: Completion of a high school biology course is required and it is highly recommended that students have also taken chemistry.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEBN0908

Program Information

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