Graduate and advanced undergraduate students of Neuroscience, Molecular Biosciences and related Life Sciences.
Basic knowledge of cell biology and cellular physiology is necessary to obtain good learning outcomes.
On completion of the course, the student has gained understanding of the mechanisms underlying fast electrochemical signaling in neurons and is able to integrate this information into a broader physiological context. He/she is able to explain how electrical signals are created, how they propagate in neuronal membranes and how they are transmitted from one neuron to another via chemical synapses. In addition, the student recognizes how cellular and synaptic mechanisms control the function of neuronal networks and link to behavior.
Period 1. Degree students of the Master's Programme in Neuroscience are recommended to take this course during the first year of studies.
The course addresses the mechanisms of cellular excitability, electrical signaling and synaptic transmission in neurons. In addition, the students familiarize with the mechanisms by which synaptic transmission can be regulated during physiological activity and how it is affected in various brain diseases.
Relevant parts from neuroscience textbooks complemented with material given in the lectures. The exact study materials will be given in the beginning of the course.
Lectures, homework, group work including student presentations and an exam. The course consists of approximately 35 h of contact teaching and 100 h of independent and group work.
Grade (scale 1-5) is based on assignments and the exam.
University lecturer Sari Lauri
The course is obligatory for the Master’s students in Neuroscience and provides useful background for studies of cell and molecular biology and related biosciences.
Replaces the former course 920001 Molecular and cellular neuroscience 6 cr.