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AVAILABILITY
Not all of the courses listed in the Calendar are offered every year. For the most up-to-date information on the availability of courses offered in the current year, check QCARD or consult with the Life Sciences Office.
EPID-301*/0.5 Principles of Epidemiology   3L

Basic methods involved in researching the distribution and determinants of health/disease in populations. Core principles of epidemiology are examined, as are the various epidemiological approaches to study design. The latter include descriptive (cross-sectional and ecological), observational (case-control and cohort), and experimental (randomized controlled trials) approaches.

PREREQUISITE    STAT 263* or equivalent, or permission of the instructors.

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LISC-322*/0.5 Fundamentals of Neuroscience   3L;1T

Fundamental properties of the nervous system. Emphasis placed on biophysical properties of neurons, neurochemistry and neuropharmacology of synaptic transmission, somatosensory and motor systems, brain imaging. Tutorials introduce a variety of techniques and neurological problems that illustrate principles of neural function.
NOTE    PSYC 271* may not be taken subsequently to LISC 322*.

PREREQUISITE    A minimum of 65 per cent in one of PHGY 210 or 212 or 214 or BIOL 338* or PSYC 271*, or permission of the instructor.

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LISC-414*/0.5 Progress in Neuroanatomy and Neuropharmacology   3L

A contemporary and comprehensive assessment of the neurochemical anatomy and neuropharmacology of the mammalian and human nervous systems as they relate to development, function and disease. Topics will include dynamics of neurotransmitter interactions, neuronal drug receptor interactions and second messengers, neurotoxicity associated transmitters and neural growth factors.

PREREQUISITES    70 per cent in PHAR 340* and admission to fourth year honours BSCH SSP LISC. BMCO students contact the Department. 

EXCLUSIONS    ANAT 418* and PHAR 410*.

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LISC-422*/0.5 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience   1L;2S

An in-depth study of the biophysical properties of neurons and diseases that affect the function of neurons and glia. Topics will include cable properties of dendrites, voltage- and ligand-dependent channels, and molecular mechanisms responsible for neuronal death and regeneration. The course will be based on lectures and student seminars of selected readings. Contact persons: K.Rose (Physiology); C.Barajas-Lopez (Anatomy and Cell Biology). Enrolment is limited. Not offered in 2004-05.

PREREQUISITE    LISC 322* with a minimum of 75 per cent or an equivalent course or permission of the instructor. BMCO students contact the Department. 

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LISC-454*/0.5 Cardiovascular Sciences   2L;1S/P

A study of the cardiovascular system based on lectures, seminars, laboratories and selected readings. Topics will include structure-function of the heart and blood vessels, mechanisms of signal transduction, drug effects on second messenger systems, the cardiac pump, integrated cardiovascular control, arterial oxygen transport, control of blood pressure and hypertension. Contact person: M.A.Adams (Pharmacology and Toxicology).

PREREQUISITES    ANAT 309*/409* (or 311) or ANAT 215*/216*; PHAR 340* (with a minimum of 75 per cent). Admission to honours; permission of the course supervisor. Enrolment is limited.

COREQUISITE    PHAR 450* or its equivalent.

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LISC-488/0.0 Introduction to Animal Care

This non-credit seminar is given early in the academic year and is obligatory for all students undertaking teaching and/or research involving the use of vertebrate animals. The seminar covers ethical and legal obligations related to the use of animals, standards of care, source and quality of animals, anaesthesia and analgesia, and choice of biomedical models. Students take this seminar only once.

PREREQUISITE    Admission to honours.

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MBIO-318*/0.5 Gene Structure and Function (Molecular Biology)            3L;1T alt.wks.

For a complete description, see Biochemistry.

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