Psychology and Brain Sciences | Molecular& Cellular Neurobiology
P466 | 11173 | Prieto, A.


This course is intended to provide a general background into the
cellular and molecular processes that give the nervous system its
unique character.  In this course we will cover the cell biology of
neurons and glia and the structural and molecular elements that
distinguish these cells from others in the body. It explores the
development of both the peripheral and central the nervous system
from early stages to the generation of neurons and glia. We also
study some developmental processes such as cell adhesion, migration
and axonal outgrowth, as well as the establishment of synaptic
connections, and the elimination of cells and synapses.  We will
explore the cellular processes and molecules involved in activity
dependent synaptic rearrangements and mechanisms of synaptic
plasticity. We will also explore the genetic and molecular
approaches that have been used in model organisms including the
mollusk Aplysia, the fly Drosophila and rodents, to uncover the
biological basis for learning and memory.
The format of the course is mainly lecture, with discussion,
questions etc. strongly encouraged.