Introduction to neurobiology for non-specialists

7 parts

Human Brain Project Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Brain Science. Neurobiology for non-specialists.

The field of neuroscience is one of the most interdisciplinary scientific fields. It is
constantly expanded and developed further and unites researchers from a vast variety of backgrounds such as chemistry, biology, physics, medicine, or psychology. By examining the principles that influence the development and function of the human nervous system, it advances the understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of human behaviour, emotions, and thoughts, and what happens if they fail.
This course addresses the basic principles relevant for the performance and evolution of the nervous system and provides an overview for researchers from a different area of specialization.
It further includes advanced lectures on more specific questions and challenges of the field.

Introduction to intercellular signal transduction I for non-specialists

Introduction to neurons, synaptic transmission, and ion channels. Speaker: Christoph Schwarzer.

Introduction to intracellular signal transduction II for non-specialists

Introduction to cell receptors and signalling cascades. Speaker: Christoph Schwarzer.

Introduction to glial cells for non-specialists

Introduction to the types of glial cells, homeostasis (influence of cerebral blood flow and influence on neurons), insulation and protection of axons (myelin sheath; nodes of Ranvier), microglia and reactions of the CNS to injury. Speaker: Christine Bandtlow.

Introduction to myelination in the CNS and PNS for non-specialists

Introduction to the origin and differentiation of myelinating cell types, molecular mechanisms defining onset and progression of myelination, demyelination and remyelination after injury. Speaker: Christine Bandtlow.

Introduction to neuronal networks

This lecture covers: integrating information within a network, modulating and controlling networks, functions and dysfunctions of hippocampal networks, and the integrative network controlling sleep and arousal. Speaker: Christoph Schwarzer.

Introduction to neuroanatomy

Introduction to the principal of anatomical organization of neural systems in the human brain and spinal cord that mediate sensation, integrate signals, and motivate behavior. Speaker: Lars Klimaschewski.

Introduction to nociceptors and perception of pain

This lecture focuses on the comprehension of nociception and pain sensation. It highlights how the somatosensory system and different molecular partners are involved in nociception and how nociception and pain sensation are studied in rodents and humans and the development of pain therapy. Speaker: Serena Quarta.