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Introduction to Neurobiology
Purpose of the study track
This study track is intended for those with a background in informatics looking to gain basic understanding of neurobiology.

Neurobiology is the scientific study of the nervous system that combines physiology, anatomy, molecular biology, developmental biology, cytology, mathematical modeling, and psychology to understand the fundamental and emergent properties of neurons and neural circuits.

Lectures in this study track

Introduction to neurons, synaptic transmission, and ion channels.


2nd part of the lecture. Introduction to cell receptors and signalling cascades


Investigating the structure of synapses with electron microscopy.


Introduction to the types of glial cells, homeostasis (influence of cerebral blood flow and influence on neurons), insulation and protection of…


Introduction to the origin and differentiation of myelinating cell types, molecular mechanisms defining onset and progression of myelination,…


This lecture covers: integrating information within a network, modulating and controlling networks, functions and dysfunctions of hippocampal…


Introduction to the principal of anatomical organization of neural systems in the human brain and spinal cord that mediate sensation, integrate…


In an overview of the structure of the mammalian neocortex, this lecture explains how the mammalian cortex is organized in a hierarchy, describing…


This lecture focuses on the comprehension of nociception and pain sensation. It highlights how the somatosensory system and different molecular…


An overview of some of the essential concepts in neuropharmacology (e.g. receptor binding, agonism, antagonism), an introduction to…


How does the brain learn? This lecture discusses the roles of development and adult plasticity in shaping functional connectivity.


From the retina to the superior colliculus, the lateral geniculate nucleus into primary visual cortex and beyond, this lecture gives a tour of the…


What is the difference between attention and consciousness? This lecture describes the scientific meaning of consciousness, journeys on the search…


The "connectome" is a term, coined in the past decade, that has been used to describe more than one phenomenon in neuroscience. This lecture…

Courses in this study track

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


12-lecture course on the visual system and neural coding produced by the Allen Institute for Brain Science.


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

The field of neuroscience is one of the…