MODULE: 725 Cellular and Molecular neuroscience

University code: 023725

ORGANISER: C. J. H. Elliott VERSION: Oct 2000

SUMMARY: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience deals with the molecular, biochemical and cellular connections within and between cells in the central nervous system. It provides a fascinating insight into the basic processes by which nerve and glial cells interact to sustain the CNS and produce responses to the various physiological situations. The properties of neuronal channels and membrane receptors are explored from physiological, anatomical and molecular points of view, together with aspects of glial cell biochemistry and the mechanisms of myelination. This leads on to a consideration of the cellular basis of diseases of the CNS, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis.

AIMS: The main aim is to understand the signalling - electrical and chemical - between and within cells in the brain. Students will come to understand:

PREREQUISITES: 630 Nerve and brain recommended but not essential; 716 Cell signalling and growth would be a useful combination with this module.

WEB page provides a full account of the lectures

SYNOPSIS: see web page


ASSESSMENT: A closed test of 1 hour 15 minutes at the beginning of term 8 comprising 6 short answer questions in 30 minutes and 1 short essay from 2 questions in 45 minutes.

LECTURERS AND ORGANISATION: 9 Lecture sessions as standard for a third year module
Lectures 1,2,4,9 CJHE, 3,5-8 MGR some overlap in sessions.



STAFF TEACHING COMMITMENTS: Please enter the total number of sessions attended by each staff member:
Staff initials CJHE MGR    
Lecture sess. 4 5   Both will attend some sessions
Practical sess. 0 0    


SAFETY AND TIMETABLING INFORMATION: Please fill in an entry in the table below for each teaching session in the module. Where possible group sessions that have identical entries in all columns. A key below explains the column headings.
Sess. Type Occ. Haz. Max. Equipment Lecturers Description
1-9 L 9x 1hr 1 A 70 CJHE & MGR Lectures

KEY: Sess: session number or group of sessions (e.g. 6, 8-13). Type: Type & Duration; L 1 hr-lecture, P 3 hr-practical class, S 1 hr-seminar, T 1 hr tutorial. Specify non-standard type or duration. Occ.: number of occurrences of the session (e.g. 3 occurrences, each taking one third of the class). Haz.: hazard rating: A, low hazard, lectures, 'paper & pencil' problem sessions, etc; B, medium hazard, observational practicals where students move about but are not involved in C category activities; C, high hazard, practicals involving potential hazard in overcrowded laboratories, e.g. naked flames, hot liquids, glassware, pipetting. Max.: maximum number of students permitted in session, which may be less than the maximum number taking the module in, for example, a circus practical (see maximum room capacities above). Equipment: essential equipment in limited supply: M microscopes, D dissecting microscopes, C computers, S spectrophotometers, Ch chart recorders, H haemocytometers, Cm microcentrifuges, Cc cooled centrifuges, Cb bench centrifuges, G Gilson pipettes, specify other items. Lecturers: the initials of the lecturers participating in the session. Description: a brief description of the session(s).