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3.10.2017 at 12:00 - 15.12.2017 at 23:59
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Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Mon 27.11.2017
09:15 - 11:45
Tue 28.11.2017
09:15 - 11:45
Thu 30.11.2017
09:15 - 11:45
Fri 1.12.2017
09:15 - 11:45
Tue 5.12.2017
09:15 - 11:45
Thu 7.12.2017
09:15 - 11:45
Fri 8.12.2017
09:15 - 11:45
Tue 12.12.2017
09:15 - 11:45
Thu 14.12.2017
09:15 - 11:45
Fri 15.12.2017
09:15 - 11:45

Other teaching

20.12.2017 Wed 10.00-12.00
Katri Wegelius
Teaching language: English
12.01.2018 Fri 10.00-12.00
Katri Wegelius
Teaching language: English

Conduct of the course

Exam on January 12, 2018


Students from different disciplines, including biology, molecular biosciences, neuroscience, psychology, medicine, physics and biomedical engineering.

Courses on Cellular neuroscience and Cellular physiology are recommended before this course.

After completion of the course, the student has comprehensive insight into fundamental brain functions ranging from signaling mechanisms at the cellular level to brain functions governing i.a. behavioral, cognitive, neuroendocrine and metabolic processes and their interrelations within an organism. Special emphasis is put on critical evaluation of diverse techniques and interpretation of data and concepts, as well as on their historical aspects.

Exam: January 12, 2018

The aim of the course is to give a thorough overview of neurobiology and its relations to other sciences.

Neurobiology and its relationships to other fields of science, research methods, history of ideas and ideologies, biophysics of neuronal membranes, neuronal signaling, synaptic function and plasticity, genes and brains, learning and memory, motor system, neuroendocrinology, neuroethology, sensations and perception, brain disorders and neurobiology of consciousness.

The course consists of lectures (appr. 30 h) and independent studying (appr. 100h). To complete the course, the students need to actively participate in lectures (minimum of 70% attendance) and to pass the final exam.

Lecture handouts and notes. Selected chapters of relevant neuroscience text books can be used as background reading material.

Final examination based on lectures. The exam tests the students’ comprehension of major concepts as well as important data-based knowledge in neuroscience. Grading scale of the exam 0-5.

Academy professor Kai Kaila, kai.kaila@helsinki.fi

Coordinator Katri Wegelius, katri.wegelius@helsinki.fi

Replaces the course 52265 Introduction to neurobiology 5 cr.