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.

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 text books, case studies, and research reports. This is a great opportunity to refine your interests in neuroscience and meet some local experts in clinical neuroscience. While helpful to have already taken the Neuroscience Boot Camp, it is not required.

New for 2018 Lights, Camera, Behavior: Optogenetic and Molecular Dissection of Pain Processing in Drosophila

This course is designed to engage students in the excitement of original scientific discovery through a project-based laboratory focusing on the neural bases of pain perception. The course will introduce students to planning and executing novel research studies as well as the analyses associated with documenting scientific discoveries and deriving supported conclusions based upon these data. Laboratory activities will address central hypothesis-driven questions using complementary state-of-the art scientific methods/approaches in order to uncover molecules implicated in pain detection as well as neural circuits controlling pain-induced behavioral responses. Students who successfully complete this course will have a deeper understanding of the nature of original scientific research, including project planning, formulating hypotheses, designing effective experiments, maintaining a detailed laboratory notebook, data interpretation, and conventions of scientific communication of conclusions resulting from these studies. Students will likewise acquire new technical research skills and develop the ability to work in collaborative research environments. These training opportunities represent an exciting college-prep environment that can serve as a springboard to get involved in research as an undergraduate.

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