DC course designation: NEWD 115

Course description:
The goal of the Neuroscience Course is to provide the student with the basic science background necessary to understand the clinical signs and symptoms of disorders of the human nervous system. The organization and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems will be presented from a correlated anatomical, physiological, and pharmacological perspective by means of lectures and conferences, and by laboratory exercises that incorporate dissection of the brain. Among the topics covered will be: the embryonic/fetal development of the nervous system; the gross and microscopic organization of the brain and spinal cord; the physiology of the neuron and neural transmission; control of motor and sensory functions; neuroendocrine control; control of involuntary functions; the special senses; the higher mental functions such as memory and language; the maintenance of consciousness and sleep; and the motivation and regulation of emotional states. In addition, the course will include an introduction to modern imaging modalities as they apply to neurological diagnosis and also will consider the interface between the brain and behavior.

Course director: Rand S. Swenson, M.D., Ph.D.

Course faculty:
Brian Catlin, M.D.
Joyce A. DeLeo, Ph.D.
Arnold Fabricant, M.D.
Ronald L. Green, M.D.
Leslie P. Henderson, Ph.D.
Stephen L. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Virginia T. Lyons, PhD
Nancy J. McNulty, M.D.
Alexander C. Mamourian. M.D.
Robert A. Maue, Ph.D.
Eugene E. Nattie, Jr., M.D.
Thomas W. McAllister, M.D.
Michael J. Sateia, M.D.
Mark E. Splaine, M.D.

Course Resources

The M.D. Program, Year 1