Course Descriptions

Neuroscience Boot Camp

The Neuroscience Boot Camp aims to engage students in college-level introductory neuroscience topics, such as neurons and neurotransmission; brain anatomy; learning, memory, and plasticity; sensory systems; motor systems; and neurological diseases. The format includes lecture and discussion, hands-on bench science in core research facilities, and some homework. Courses will be taught by Georgia State University faculty members, post-doctoral research associates, and graduate or undergraduate student teaching assistants. This is a great opportunity to learn neuroscience from experts in the field and to network with like-minded peers. Participants receive a binder, textbook, certificate, and neuroscience-related mementos. ($550 per week)

Virtual Neuroscience Boot Camp during COVID-19 Pandemic:

We will use Georgia State University’s approved online classroom tools to offer the same high-quality course. What a great opportunity for those who do not live in the Atlanta area nor meet the in-persons Laboratory Age Requirements!

Participants receive online access to GSU’s iCollege classroom, textbook, certificate, and neuroscience-related mementos. ($450 per week)

The virtual class will run Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Some of each day will be synchronous with the instructors and other participants, and other parts of the day will be at participants’ own pace.

Advanced Topics in Neuroscience: Neurological Disorders

This advanced topics course examines neurological disorders, which are diseases of the brain, spinal cord, and/or peripheral nerves. Given that the nervous system controls other bodily organs, the effects of neurological disorders are often severe and sometimes devastating. We will explore mental and mood disorders (e.g. addiction, depression), movement disorders (e.g. dystonia, tremor, chorea), sensory system dysfunction (e.g. deafness, sensory processing disorder, chronic pain, phantom limb syndrome), neurodegenerative conditions (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s diseases), developmental disruptions (neural tube defects, microcephaly, autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome), and more. In each case, symptoms, prevalence, etiology, treatment, and research models will be introduced using textbooks, case studies, and research reports. This is a great opportunity to refine your interests in neuroscience and meet some local experts in clinical neuroscience. Participants receive a binder, textbook, certificate, and neuroscience-related mementos. ($550 per week)

More classroom time than lab time. While helpful to have already taken the Neuroscience Boot Camp, it is not required.

Virtual Advanced Topics in Neuroscience: Neurological Disorders During COVID-19 Pandemic:

We will use Georgia State University’s approved online classroom tools to offer the same high-quality course. What a great opportunity for those who do not live in the Atlanta area nor meet the in-persons Laboratory Age Requirements!

Participants receive online access to GSU’s iCollege classroom, textbook, certificate, and neuroscience-related mementos. ($450 per week)

The virtual class will run Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Some of each day will be synchronous with the instructors and other participants, and other parts of the day will be at participants’ own pace.

Advanced Topics in Neuroscience: Optogenetics Lab (hopefully returning Summer 2022)

This advanced topics course will train students in the use of optogenetics, a powerful technique that allows scientists to manipulate neurons using light. We will briefly explore the basis of this fascinating technique, then participants will use optogenetically modified fruit flies to conduct experiments on the molecular basis of cold nociception (the perception of painful cold). Participants will learn how to design an optogenetic experiment, how to perform genetics research using fruit flies, and how to compile, analyze, and report their experimental data. This course is a great opportunity for participants to conduct college-level research in a laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment. Participants receive a binder, book, certificate, and neuroscience-related mementos. ($550 per week)

More lab time than classroom time. While helpful to have already taken the Neuroscience Boot Camp, it is not required.

Scientific Communication Camp (hopefully able to introduce this course in Summer 2022)

This three-day class is designed to be an optional extension to the Optogenetics Lab, yet is open to any students whether or not they attend any of the other Neuroscience School classes. We will use the data generated during the week of the Optogenetics Lab to teach skills in scientific writing and data visualization. Any student interested in improving these important college-level competencies in a fun and supportive setting should join us these three days. Participants receive a binder, textbook, certificate, and neuroscience-related mementos. ($330 total for the three days)

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