Neuroplasticity and Disease: Molecules, Cells, and Circuits
Explore the cellular and molecular mechanisms that alter brain function in diverse neurological disorders, with an emphasis on understanding how disruptions of neural circuits drive behavioral and cognitive dysfunction. Students read and critically evaluate primary literature on topics including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries. Classes utilize a combination of lectures, invited guest speakers, and team-based learning exercises to create a highly interactive learning environment. Prerequisite: Neuroscience 201 or concurrent enrollment.