Topics in Neuroscience: Diseases, Research, and Treatment

NSCI 425

Instructors: K. Breana Downey, Nahdia Jones, Kevin Cook
Course Time: 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm; T & R Fall Semester

This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to study brain function through dysfunction. It covers basic concepts in neuroscience, ranging from cellular and molecular underpinnings to structural and functional differences observed in various brain-based diseases and disorders. These concepts build an understanding of pathology as well as points of intervention.

Special emphasis is placed on:

  • bridging basic neural mechanisms (neurotransmitters, circuits, systems) and higher brain processes (emotion, cognition, memory)
  • understanding the methods of research and assessment crucial to studying brain dysfunction and disorder

The course will involve lectures, student presentations, and discussion of primary literature. Specific disorders and topics vary semester to semester, but course modules focus on core neuroscience principles and concepts, behavioral and psychiatric disorders (drug abuse, schizophrenia, obesity), and neural injury and neurodegenerative disorders (traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s). Prerequisites: introductory biology, a neuroscience course, or permission of the instructor.

The course is directed by graduate students. If you are interested in teaching, please contact the faculty director for the course. If you are interested in becoming a course director, you must first complete the Teaching Practicum.