Course Descriptions

GMS AN 702: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructors, Drs. Mark Moss and Doug Rosene

This course covers the neurobiological bases of learning and memory from the cellular to the systems level. Initial sessions cover the behavioral aspects of learning and memory–how it is operationally defined and what are the different theoretical concepts from cognitive psychology that are current. Subsequent sessions investigate the neurophysiological, neuroanatomical, and neurochemical mechanisms of memory at the cellular level and then move on to the study of systems that function at the level of the whole organism. Concentration is on studies in mammals, particularly primates. 2 cr, Spring sem.

 

GMS AN 703: Medical Neuroscience

Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, Dr. Jarrett Rushmore

This course will cover, in an integrated fashion, basic information from all of the disciplines needed to gain a comprehensive understanding of the structure and function of the human central nervous system. This course encompasses a wide variety of Neuroscience disciplines, including Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Neurochemistry, Neuropsychology and Clinical Neurology. This reflects the fact that the study of the brain is an extraordinarily broad field, encompassing many issues and disciplines. The course is comprised of lectures, neuroanatomy laboratory sessions and electrophysiology discussion sections. 4 cr, Fall sem.

 

GMS AN 704: Experimental Design and Statistical Methods

Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, Dr. Farzad Mortazavi

This course provides a working understanding of experimental design and statistical analysis. Each class consists of lectures, examples of problems and discussion of theoretical issues underlying a particular experimental design. Both parametric and non-parametric approaches to data analysis will be explored. 2 cr, Fall and Spring sem.

 

GMS AN 707: Neurobiology of Aging

Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, Dr. Tara Moore

With growing awareness of an accelerating increase in the size of the elderly population, there has been increasing interest in the neuropsychology of normal aging. Similarly, since aging is a major risk factor for many dementia states, interest has also focused on the neuropsychology of age-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and the Dementias of the frontal lobe type. This course summarizes what is known about cognitive and related changes associated with normal aging and age-related disease. Topics are divided into two major sections. The first considers the cognitive and neurobiological changes associated with normal aging; the second deals with several of the most common age related diseases. 2 cr, Spring sem.

 

GMS AN 708: Clinical Anatomy

Graduate Prerequisites: Gross Anatomy, consent of instructor, Dr. Rick Hoyt

An advanced anatomy course consisting of both guided laboratory dissection and related lectures on clinical anatomy by physicians in a variety of clinical specialties. Laboratory dissections are based on actual surgical approaches; whenever possible, and the relationship between gross anatomy radiographic anatomy is continually emphasized. 2 cr, Spring sem.

 

GMS AN 715: Professional Skills for Students in the Biomedical Sciences

Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, Dr. Mark Moss

This course discusses many of the professional skills and ethical issues that are part of an academic biomedical career. Some of the topics include funding mechanisms, determination of authorship, intellectual property, conflict of interest, human and animal subject protection, reviewing responsibilities and mentoring. 2 cr, Spring sem.

 

GMS AN 716: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, Dr. Mark Moss

This course discusses the development of the nervous system and higher cognitive function through lectures by faculty engaged in research on these topics and through discussion of current primary literature. Emphasis is on primate and human brain systems involved in cognition. This course is designed to complement the Cognitive Neuroscience course offered in the Spring semester. 4 cr, Fall sem.

 

GMS AN 718: Methods in Neuroscience

Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, Dr. Jean-Jacques Soghomonian

This course will provide a general overview of major techniques and methods used in contemporary neuroscience research. Lectures (accompanied by practical demonstrations in many cases) by faculty who are experts in these approaches will provide students with the knowledge to understand methods to probe the brain from molecules to behavior. 4 cr, Spring sem.

 

GMS AN 722: Cellular Organization of Tissues

Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, Dr. Louis Toth

Study of the basic types of tissues, followed by application to understanding the cellular organization of organs, and the anatomical basis for their function. Emphasis is on functional morphology at the light and electron microscope levels. Basic concepts in embryology and pathology are introduced where relevant. Computer-based virtual microscopy in laboratory exercises and discussions supplements companion lectures. This course is an introductory version of MS 123 Medical Histology, specially designed to complement GMS curricula. All students are required to have a laptop computer that meets BUSM standards. 4 cr, Fall sem.

 

GMS AN 724: Advanced Neuroanatomy

Graduate Prerequisites: Medical Neuroscience or Systems Neurobiology and consent of instructor, Dr. Jarrett Rushmore

This course builds on the foundation in neuroanatomy obtained in departmental neuroscience courses by examining the structure of the human central nervous system in greater detail. Discussions center around readings in advanced neuroanatomy textbooks such as The Human Central Nervous System: A Synopsis and Atlas by Rudolf Nieuwenhuys. A laboratory component provides students the opportunity to perform dissections of specific brain areas and white matter pathways in human brain specimens. 4 cr, Spring sem.

 

GMS AN 777: Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, Dr. Tarik Haydar

The course is designed to impart graduate-level knowledge of molecular biology as it pertains to CNS development, maturation, connectivity, and maintenance. The course does not have a species-specific emphasis, but rather, draws on knowledge obtained from multiple species ranging from invertebrates to vertebrates. Students will be exposed to a broad spectrum of molecular neuroscience topics extending from nucleic acid regulation and protein expression to extracellular and intracellular signaling pathways. How these processes serve as the underlying principles of cell division, differentiation, cell migration, patterning, and cell survival will be presented both in lectures and in readings and presentations of primary research articles. 4 cr, Spring sem.

 

GMS AN 801: Seminar: Research Colloquium

Oral presentation and discussion by students and staff members of topics of interest in anatomy and allied fields. 2 cr, Fall sem.

 

GMS AN 802: Seminar: Research Colloquium

Oral presentation and discussion by students and staff members of topics of interest in anatomy and allied fields. 2 cr, Spring sem.

 

GMS AN 803: Special Topics in Anatomy

This course is principally geared towards teaching the skill set for effective, clear and coherent scientific writing. Writing assignments -such as Specific Aims for a grant or the Abstract for a paper- are assigned and evaluated in class. Presentation of problems of current interest in anatomical science offered to small groups of students at the instigation of either interested faculty or students. Examples of topics that might be discussed are: differentiation; aging in specific areas of the brain; electron microscopy; fine structure of neurons; biology of the lung; and retinal biology. 2 cr, Fall sem.

GMS AN 804: Special Topics in Anatomy (Vesalius 2)

The principal component of this special topic is teaching, and it includes the Vesalius Teaching Apprenticeship in which students teach in Medical and Graduate School courses as Teaching Fellows. In addition there is the opportunity for presentation of problems of current interest in teaching anatomical science offered to small groups of students at the instigation of either interested faculty or students. Examples of topics that might be discussed are: gross anatomical or neuroanatomical disciplines, differentiation; aging in specific areas of the brain; electron microscopy; fine structure of neurons; biology of the lung; and retinal biology. Variable cr, Spring sem.

 

GMS AN 805: Vesalius Module Teaching Project (Practicum, Vesalius 3)

Graduate Prerequisites: GMS AN 804, consent of instructor, Dr. Deborah Vaughan

Students, putting theory into practice, work in collaboration with a selected faculty mentor in one of the following formats: large lecture, small lecture or seminar, workshop, or even proposing and developing a new course. Students may enroll in this course multiple times for different mentored experiences. Var cr, Fall & Spring sem.

 

GMS AN 806: Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences (Vesalius 1)

Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, Dr. Ann Zumwalt

This course offers instruction in the theory of teaching, presentation skills, and teaching methods. Effective teaching practices are taught and refined, and the methods of teaching in different formats (one-on-one, small group, large lecture, etc.) are evaluated. Lesson plan and support plan construction and the understanding of assessment and evaluation tools are particularly emphasized. 2 cr. Spring sem.

 

GMS AN 807: Neurobiology of the Visual System

Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, Dr. Louis Toth

This seminar is open to graduate students in all departments who have had a basic neuroscience course. Current research in visual anatomy and neurophysiology is discussed with an emphasis on how that research informs other areas of neuroscience, especially those fitting the interests of the students. Past topics have included: use of visual stimuli in fMRI, visual experiments to probe the physiology of cognition & consciousness, biological basis of computer vision. Students conduct literature reviews and present primary journal articles with guidance from faculty and guest speakers. 2 cr, Spring sem.

 

GMS AN 810: Systems Neurobiology

Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, Dr. Doug Rosene; undergraduate course in biological aspects of neuroscience (neurophysiology and neuroanatomy) or GMS MS 703

This course will cover the major sensory, motor, regulatory, and associative/integrative neural systems in depth from the basic cellular, neurophysiological, and neurochemical properties of the each to their overall function. 4 cr, Fall sem.

 

GMS AN 811: Cognitive Neuroscience

Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, Dr. Mark Moss

This course will cover topics in the various domains of higher cortical function, including attention, language, visuospatial abilities, memory and executive function. It will also cover topics in learning, sleep, addiction, and behaviors under the influence of circadian rhythms. 4 cr, Spring sem.

 

GMS AN 820: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Systems Science: Dynamic Modeling

Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, Dr. Kip Thomas

This course in interdisciplinary science will provide students with a hands-on experience in the development and use of systems dynamic and computer based models to study biological systems in research areas such as neurobiology. 2 cr, Spring sem

 

GMS AN 901: Anatomy Research
Var cr, Fall & Spring sem.

 

GMS AN 902: Anatomy Research
Var cr, Fall & Spring sem.

 

GMS AN 904: Research Practicum
Varied topics. 2 cr, Spring sem.