Course Descriptions

GMS AN 700 (MED MS 123) Medical Histology
Study of cell, tissue, organ, and system histology.  Emphasis is on functional morphology at the light and electron microscope levels.  Computer-based virtual microscopy in laboratory exercises and discussions supplements companion lectures.  This is the BUSM I Medical Histology course and it is designed to coincide with the Medical Physiology, Medical Endocrinology, and the Medical Immunology courses with which it runs concurrently.  Two fall semester medical school lectures are included in this course.  A laptop computer that meets BUSM standards is required.
GMS AN 700S Medical Histology
Study of cell, tissue, organ, and system histology.  Emphasis is on functional morphology at the light and electron microscope levels.  Computer-based virtual microscopy in laboratory exercises and discussions supplement companion lectures. This course is similar in content and staff to GMS AN 700.  A laptop computer that
meets BUSM standards is required. Begins in June (offered only if minimum enrollment levels are met).
GMS AN 701 Gross Anatomy
Human anatomy in three units: locomotion, which includes arms, legs, and back; head and neck; thorax, abdomen, and pelvis.
GMS AN 702 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
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.
GMS MS 703 Medical Neurosciences
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 approximately 54 lectures, 7 laboratory sessions and 5 electrophysiology discussion sections.   This is a full-time course that runs from the first week in December to the third week in January.
GMS AN 704 Experimental Design and Statistical Methods
This course provides a working understanding of experimental design and statistical analyses.  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
GMS AN 707 Neurobiology of Aging
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.
GMS AN 708 Clinical Anatomy
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.
GMS AN 709 Neural Development and Plasticity
Lectures, discussion, and readings on current issues relating to prenatal development, postnatal plasticity, and senescence of the brain.  Emphasis is placed on comparative neuroscience, and correlations between development and evolution.  Cellular and systems physiology underlying human learning and teaching (i.e. in children and adults) is also emphasized.  Students conduct literature reviews and present primary journal articles with guidance from faculty and guest lecturers.
GMS AN 711 Introduction to Neurobiology
This course surveys the biological basis of behavior starting at the level of the neuron and synapse and building to the cortical integration of the human mind.  It provides an introduction to the issues, problems and current research findings that related the form and function of the nervous system.
GMS AN 712 Biostatistics
This course will provide you with a working understanding of experimental design and statistical analyses that are appropriate for various types of relatively small sample based experiments such as those used in the biological, medical, pharmacological, psychological, and social sciences in general.
GMS AN 713 Autism: Clinical and Neuroscience Perspectives
This course will provide an overview of the clinical feature of autism; review current research on genetic and other causes of the disorder, and the neurobiological basis of the main behavioral and cognitive symptoms, and will briefly explore different treatments currently available.
GMS AN 714 Human Reproduction and Sexuality
Various aspects of reproduction are addressed include male and female anatomy, reproductive hormonal control, sex and the brain, contraception, abortion, reproductive cancers, sexually transmitted diseases, and infertility.
GMS AN 715 Professional Skills for Students in the Biomedical Sciences
This courses 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.
GMS AN 716 Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
This course will provide an overview of the current literature on the neurobiological underpinnings of cognitive development.  Several domains will be explored (e.g., visual perception, knowledge of objects and faces, language acquisitions and theory of mind) using evidence from a variety of populations.
GMS AN 718 Neuroanatomical Techniques
This course will provide a general overview of major techniques and methods used in contemporary neuroscience research.  It is designed to provide students with knowledge to understand methods to probe the brain from molecules to behavior.
GMS AN 720 Introduction to the Neurobiology of Education
This introductory course surveys the basic neurology of learning.  Brain structure and function will be discussed and neural system principles will be applied to the problems of learning in the classroom and in the developing mind of K-college students and education.
GMS AN 721 The Neurobiology of Trauma
This course provides the neurobiological basis in stress and trauma and is a prerequisite for the purpose of designing treatment and prevention programs, at both the individual and national levels in the event of catastrophic disasters.
GMS AN 722 Cellular Organization of Tissues
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.
GMS AN 801, 802 Seminar: Research Colloquium
Oral presentation and discussion by students and staff members of topics of interest in anatomy and allied fields.
GMS AN 803, 804 Special Topics in Anatomy
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.
GMS AN 805 Vesalius Module Teaching Practicum
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, or proposing a new course.  Students may enroll in this course multiple times for different mentored experiences.
GMS AN 807 Neurobiology of the Visual System
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.
GMS AN 808 Neuroanatomical Basis of Neurologic Disorders
Localization of specific anatomical changes in the brain in developmental and neurological disorders.  Taught in modules with a specific focus.
GMS AN 810 Systems Neurobiology
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.
GMS AN 811 Cognitive Neuroscience
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.
GMS AN 820S Introduction to Interdisciplinary Systems Science:  Dynamic Modeling
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
GMS AN 901, 902 Anatomy Research
GMS AN 904 Research Practicum Varied topics.