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Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Classics in Neuroscience

Indian Institute of Technology Madras and NPTEL via Swayam

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ABOUT THE COURSE: This course will focus on the following objectives: 1. To explore the origins of modern neuroscience. 2. To gain a deep understanding and appreciation of the creative process in neuroscience. 3. To understand how the early studies in neuroscience formed the basis of modern neuroscience. 4. To explore the current research issues in the field and how much advancement we have made since the initial discoveries. 5. To learn how the initial discoveries were made and how we can learn from them to guide our current research.INTENDED AUDIENCE: PG/Ph.D. students working in Neuroscience, Movement Science, Biomedical Engineering, Physical therapy, Physical therapy and Allied Health sciences, MedicinePREREQUISITES: Basic course in neuroscience can helpINDUSTRY SUPPORT: This is a course on research aspects and the history that shaped modern neuroscience, not directly relevant to industry. But it might inspire Ph.D. students in their own research and may be come withtruly novel industry relevant ideas.


Week 1:
Topic 1: Introduction: Why Study History? Why the 1940s and 1950s?
Topic 2: Genes: Starting with DNAWeek 2:
Topic 1: Signaling Molecules: The First Growth Factor
Topic 2: Signaling Molecules: The First Neurotransmitters in the BrainWeek 3:
Topic 1: Cell Biology and the Synapse
Topic 2: Physiology: The Action PotentialWeek 4:
Topic 1: Physiology: Synaptic Potentials and Receptor Potentials
Topic 2: Functional Organization of Neurons and DendritesWeek 5:
Topic 1: Neural Circuits: Spinal Cord, Retina, Invertebrate Systems
Topic 2: Neural Circuits: Cortical Columns and Cortical ProcessingWeek 6:
Topic 1: Neural Systems: The Neural Basis of Behavior
Topic 2: Learning and Memory: Donald Hebb, Brenda Milner, and H. M.Week 7:
Topic 1: Neurology: Foundations of Brain Imaging
Topic 2: Neurosurgery: From Cushing to PenfieldWeek 8:
Topic 1: Neuropsychiatry: The Breakthrough in Psychopharmacology
Topic 2: Theoretical Neuroscience: The Brain as a Computer and the Computer as a Brain

Taught by

Prof. Varadhan



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