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Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function

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This course, arranged by EPFL, aims for a mechanistic description of mammalian brain function at the level of individual nerve cells and their synaptic interactions.

This course, arranged by EPFL and also available as a MOOC on edX, aims for a mechanistic description of mammalian brain function at the level of individual nerve cells and their synaptic interactions.

Fundamental aspects of neuroscience related to mammalian brain function
Biophysical mechanisms of electrical signalling in neurons
Synaptic mechanisms underlying neuronal computations
Modern methods for studying mammalian brain function in vivo
Neuronal network function underlying sensory perception, sensorimotor integration and learning
Lessons of this Course
1
Duration:
12:20

Introduction to the course Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function.

2
Duration:
14:46

The composition of the cell membrane.

3
Duration:
25:51

Ion channels and the movement of ions across the cell membrane.

4
Duration:
28:08

Ion channels and the movement of ions across the cell membrane.

5
Duration:
19:14

Spatiotemporal dynamics of the membrane potential.

6
Duration:
27:47

Action potentials, and biophysics of voltage-gated ion channels.

7
Duration:
19:20

Voltage-gating kinetics of sodium and potassium channels.

8
Duration:
28:29

The ionic basis of the action potential, including the Hodgkin Huxley model.

9
Duration:
23:16

Action potential initiation and propagation.

10
Duration:
09:13

Action potential initiation and propagation.

11
Duration:
28:22

Synaptic transmission and neurotransmitters

12
Duration:
21:36

Neurotransmitter release in the presynaptic specialization.

13
Duration:
20:26

Presynaptic short-term dynamics and plasticity.

14
Duration:
23:00

Synaptic modulation through diffusing neurotransmitters.

15
Duration:
28:23

Investigating the structure of synapses with electron microscopy.

16
Duration:
28:53

Glutamatergic transmission.

17
Duration:
29:35

Glutamate release after an action potential. Resulting post-synaptic potentials in a biophysically realistic situation.

18
Duration:
28:36

Glutamatergic excitatory neuronal circuits.

19
Duration:
27:07

The mechanisms behind changes in synaptic function created by learning.

20
Duration:
21:31

Dendritic spines and their function.

21
Duration:
25:18

GABAergic inhibition and its receptors.

22
Duration:
18:51

A closer look at GABA_A receptor mediated fast inhibition.

23
Duration:
14:05

How benzodiazepines act on GABA_A receptors.

24
Duration:
19:05

Long-range inhibitory connections in the brain, with examples from three different systems.

25
Duration:
16:27

GABAergic interneurons and local inhibition on the circuit level.