School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Neuroscience

 All courses are half courses with the exception of NSCI-825, NSCI-899, NSCI-999.

NSCI-800*     Current Concepts in Neuroscience     
An advanced course that will focus on current research topics in selected areas of Neuroscience. Topics will include research in all fields of specialization within the Neuroscience graduate program (Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience, Systems Neuroscience, Cognitive/Behavioural Neuroscience, Neurological & Psychiatric Disorders) to introduce students to the breadth of research in Neuroscience.  This course is required for all M.Sc. students in the Neuroscience graduate program.
Three hour seminar/week: fall. TBA PREREQUISITE: An introductory course in neuroscience (LISC 322 or equivalent), or permission of the course supervisor. In the absence of a background in either biological or natural sciences, students will be required to enroll in NSCI-821* Fundamentals of Neuroscience as a prerequisite. Enrolment is limited with priority given to Neuroscience graduate students.

NSCI-801*     Developmental Disabilities - From Neurobiology to Neurobehaviour     
This course is designed for graduate students in neuroscience and for residents, fellows, and clinical interns in the mental health professions.  Topics range from epidemiology and etiology to the molecular genetics and biology of specific disorders, to legal and ethical issues regarding care and treatment and promoting equity for this vulnerable population.
Three hour seminar/week: winter. J. Holden. (Offered in years ending in an uneven number) PREREQUISITE: Introductory courses in neuroscience/neurobiology and genetics. Enrolment is limited with priority given to Neuroscience graduate students.

NSCI-802*     Psychiatric Disorders - From Neurobiology to Neurobehaviour     
This course is designed to provide students with an in depth understanding of psychiatric conditions including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, anxiety disorder, personality disorders, dementia, and childhood psychopathology. Discussions range from the genetics underlying these conditions to the neurophysiological, neurobehavioural and neurocognitive correlates.  Topics include epidemiology, etiology, assessment methods, treatments, neurobiology, genetics, neuropathology and recent research on each condition.
Three hour seminars/week:winter. TBA (Offered in years ending in an even number). PREREQUISITE: Introductory courses in neuroscience/neurobiology and genetics. Enrolment is limited with priority given to Neuroscience graduate students.

NSCI-803*     Magnetic Resonance Imaging     
This course is designed for graduate students who want to learn the theory and practice of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for anatomical imaging, imaging of dynamic physiological processes, and MRI to detect neuronal function (functional MRI, fMRI). The course will allow the student to gain an understanding of the principles that underlie the applications of MRI and fMRI as a research tool.Three hour lecture/week; fall. P. Stroman PREREQUISITES: Introductory courses in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Permission of the Instructor.

NSCI-813*     Advances in Neuropharmacology     
Recent advances in understanding neurotransmission and pharmacology in the central nervous system will be discussed. The current literature describing progress in understanding molecular, cellular and behavioural aspects of brain function, and the impact of drugs and disease, will be examined. Winter; seminars. Given in years ending with an uneven number. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Graduate Program
EXCLUSION: PHAR-810*, BMED-813*

NSCI-815*     Special Directed Topics     
Designed for students with special interests that are not covered by existing courses offered in the Centre for Neuroscience Studies. Normally, this will take the form of a closely supervised reading course in the area of a graduate instructor’s expertise, but may also include supervised laboratory work and/or specialized clinical experience. Course Coordinator: Dr. Stephen Scott.

NSCI-822*     Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience     
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. Given concurrently with LISC-422*, with additional assignments for graduate students.  (Same as ANAT-822)
One hour lecture/week, 2 hour seminar/week: winter. K. Rose. (Offered in years ending in an even number)
PREREQUISITE: LISC-322* with a minimum of 70%, or an equivalent course, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment is limited.
EXCLUSIONS: LISC 422*

NSCI-825     Medical Neuroscience
    
A multidisciplinary graduate level course exposing students to the clinical aspects of neuroscience (same as ANAT-825, PHAR-825 and PHGY-825). Didactic lectures cover detailed organization of the nervous system with clinical implications. Laboratories review basic neuroanatomy and pathology. Clinical demonstrations expose students to several neurological disorders. Lectures, laboratories, and clinical cases.  Up to 20 hr/week; 9 weeks total: Fall. M. Kawaja

NSCI-826*     Cognitive Neuroscience     
A course for graduate students to explore advanced concepts of cognitive processes in the central nervous system. This is a multi-disciplinary lecture/seminar course with active student participation expected. The course will consist of weekly sessions focusing on specific concepts such as perception, motor processing, reward systems, working memory, executive functions and decision making.Offered jointly with NSCI-426. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor
EXCLUSION: ANAT-826*, PHGY-826*, NSCI-426

NSCI-829*     Disorders of the Nervous System     
A multi-disciplinary course exploring advanced concepts of clinical neuroscience . Topics can include stroke, traumatic brain and cord injuries, neurodegenerative disorders, epilepsy, schizophrenia, depression, deep brain stimulation, pain and placebo effects, normal and abnormal aging, stem cells. Students will learn to critically evaluate scientific literature and present these concepts to classmates during student-led seminars. Enrolment is limited. PREREQUISITE: NSCI 322* or NSCI 323* or ANAT 312* or PSYC 271* or permission of instructors
EXCLUSION: NSCI 429*

NSCI-830*     Biological, Clinical, and Social Aspects of Dementia     
Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will have an increasing importance in the field of neuroscience given the aging of the Canadian population. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the major topic areas in dementia research and provide a foundation for understanding the complexity of dementia research across disciplines and research methodologies.

NSCI-844*     Controversies in Neuroscience     
As insight regarding the human brain expands, so do related issues such as what constitutes personhood, what drives the criminal mind, intelligence-enhancing drugs and end-of-life issues. Lead by experts who deal daily with such concerns, we will focus weekly on a particular topic in neuroscience which impacts on society. PREREQUISITE: At minimum, an introductory course in the Neurosciences or permission of the Instructor.

NSCI-850*     Computational Approaches to Neuroscience     
This course will provide an overview and hands on experience of the most important computational approaches in Neuroscience. The main topics covered include single cell and neural network modelling, Bayesian approaches, State Space modelling and Optimal Control Theory. More specific modelling approaches will also be discussed as well as some widely used computational data analysis methods. PREREQUISITE    permission of course director

NSCI-855*     Modelling in Neuroscience     
This course is based on the annual Summer School in Computational Sensory-Motor-Neuroscience (CoSMo), which is a 2-week (12 days) intensive course. Through lectures, tutorials and a problem-based project, students will gain advanced knowledge and experience in the application of computational methodologies to modelling in neuroscience. Summer term.

NSCI-868     Clinical neuroscience methods     
The objective of this course is to familiarize graduate students with the principles and practice of cutting edge technologies used in clinical neuroscience methods involved in biomedical research. (1.0 credit unit)
EXCLUSION: BMED-868

NSCI-899     Master's Thesis Research     

NSCI-999     Ph.D. Thesis Research    

The following is a list of courses that also may be appropriate for students in the Neuroscience graduate program. For full descriptions refer to the appropriate departmental course listing.

ANAT 812*     Advanced Neuroanatomy

ANAT 818*     Chemical Neuroanatomy

BIOL 815*     Neuronal Basis of Behaviour

PHAR 810*     Advances in Neuropharmacology

PHGY/ANAT 826*     Current Concepts in Sensorimotor Integration

PSYC 921*     Visual and Auditory Processes

PSYC 930*     Somatosensory, Intersensory and Motor Processes

PSYC 931*     Neuroplasticity and Behaviour

PSYC 932*     Neuroethology

PSYC 934*     Animal Behaviour (Ethology)

PSYC 935*     Neurotransmitters and Behaviour

PSYC 965*     Memory, Decision and Choice

PSYC 966*     Comprehension and Performance

RHBS 801*       Motor Performance in Rehabilitation