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Basic introduction to Neurosciences
September 22 - 24
Responsible: Rodrigo Cunha and Cláudia Cavadas



22-24 September 2010

PDBEB Room - Center for Neurosciences and Cell Biology
Faculty of Medicine, Polo I, 1st floor, University of Coimbra

This 3 days course aims at laying the foundation for a basic understanding of how the brain is organised and works. The goal is to set a common baseline for students with different backgrounds and provide them with basic tools to explore in greater details molecular, cellular and circuit characteristic of brain functioning in health and disease. This will be achieved through a series of plenary lectures inter-twinned with informal discussions to allow students to view how neuroscience is approached at different levels (molecules, neurons, circuits and behaviour).



Course schedule:


1st day: 22 September 2010

9.00h-9:15: Presentation of the module

9.15-10.00: Exploiting neurosciences - Rodrigo Cunha

10.30-12.30: Anatomy, development and functions of the Brain - Rodrigo Cunha

14.00-16.30: Neuron: structure, function and physiology - Rodrigo Cunha


2nd day: 23 September 2010

9.00-10.00: Astrocytes, brain metabolism and functional imaging of the brain - Rodrigo Cunha

10.30-12.00: Microglia, neuroinflammation and the blood brain barrier – Cláudia Cavadas

14.00-16.00: Autonomic and enteric nervous system – Cláudia Cavadas


3rd day: 24 September 2010

9.15-10.00: Models to study neurosciences: “in vitro” and “in vivo” – Rodrigo Cunha

10.15-12.00: Basic organization and recording of activity and plasticity of neuronal circuits - Rodrigo Cunha

14.00-16.00: Behavioral neuroscience and evaluation of learning and plasticity – Manuella Kaster & Cláudia Cavadas


Written examination (27 September)



General Reading Materials:

-Purves, D., Augustine, G.J., Fitzpatrick, D., Katz, L.C., LaMantia, A.S., McNamara, J.O. (1997) Neuroscience. Sinauer Ass.

-Greenstein, B., Greenstein, A. (2000) Color Atlas of Neuroscience – Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology. Thieme, Oxford.

-MacKay, W.A. (1997) Neurophysiology without tears. Sefalotek, Canada (Portuguese translation: Neurofisiologia sem lágrimas, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 1999)

-Zimmermann H. (1993) Synaptic transmission. Cellular and Molecular Basis. Thieme, Oxford.

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