BIOL 580 (Fall)

Genetic Approaches to Neural Systems

(Not offered in 2017-2018)



Instructor(s):
 
M. Hendricks (Coordinator)
N5/11
(514) 398-6581
michael.hendricks@mcgill.ca
A. Watt
Bellini 265
(514) 398-2806
alanna.watt@mcgill.ca
       
Workload:
 
3 credits (3-0-6)
 
 
Prerequisite(s):
 
BIOL 306 or NSCI 200 or NSCI 201 or PHGY 311 or permission of instructor.
 
 
Content:
 

This course is an examination of recent research employing cutting-edge genetic tools to examine the functional and structural properties of the nervous system. The focus will be on genetic methods for studying neural circuits and behavior, in a range of model organisms. Topics will include recent technological advances, such as optogenetics for modifying and controlling neuronal activity, and animal models of neurological diseases. Students will critically analyze the application of these methods to current research through in-class discussion of primary literature, student presentations, and written assignments.

       
Readings:
 
Recent research articles and reviews.
 
 
Method:
 
Background lectures will be given on specific topics. The focus of the class will be on student presentations, discussion and critical evaluation of primary research articles.
 
Evaluation:
 
Participation in discussions, presentation, term paper, assignments  
McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see http://www.mcgill.ca/integrity/ for more information).
Last update: March 22, 2017