BIOL 532 (Winter)

Developmental Neurobiology Seminar

D. Van Meyel (Coordinator)
(514) 937-6011x 42995
A. Kania IRCM (514) 987-5526
J.-F. Cloutier MNI (514) 398-6351
E. Ruthazer MNI (514) 398-4022
A. Fournier MNI (514) 398-3154
3 credits (1-2-6)
BIOL 303 or BIOL 306, or permission of instructor
The development of the nervous system is examined with particular emphasis on the processes which underlie the appearance of complex but highly ordered neural circuits during embryonic development. Among the specific topics to be discussed are: neural induction and patterning, birthdays and migrations, the specification and diversification of neurons; axon guidance, target selection and topographic mapping; the influence of neuronal activity on CNS development, neurotrophic factors and neuronal cell death, synapse formation, stem cells, and CNS repair and regeneration. The course emphasizes the application of modern cellular and molecular approaches used to investigate these problems.
Assigned from the recent literature
The course is organized into modules that cover specific topics in developmental neurobiology. Each module starts with an introductory lecture by the professor followed by student presentations of related research papers that have been selected from the recent literature.

Based on two seminar presentations, short written assignments, a written term paper, and participation in class discussions.

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Last update: March 22, 2017