Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology

This module aims firstly to introduce third?year students to neurobiology and secondly to impart fundamental concepts and principles in neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, neurochemistry and cell biology of the nervous system. The fascination with how the brain works remains to this day and is still very much a mystery. The first step on this quest begins with understanding the fundamental principles underlying the molecular and cellular functions of neuronal and glial cells, the building blocks of the brain. This module seeks (1) to inform; (2) to challenge on the basis that scientific enquiry is uncertain while knowledge is tentative and (3) to relate neurobiology to our lives. The topics include: (1) Neuronal signalling; (2) Mechanisms of neurotransmission; (3) Neuronal growth, regeneration and degeneration and (4) Glial function and neurogrowth factors.

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