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Graduate Collaborative Specialization in Neuroscience Course Descriptions


NEUR*6000 Principles of Neuroscience

Our understanding of the nervous system has increased dramatically in recent years. It is now possible to describe in detail the complex events that underlie communication within and between neurons. However, even with these advances, we are only at the beginning of being able to understand how the coordinated activity within millions of nerve cells ultimately results in the behaviours we exhibit. The purpose of this course is to introduce graduates students in the Neuroscience Collaborative Specialization to the fundamentals of neuroscience, including the molecular biology of neurons, neurotransmission and receptors, neurodevelopment and basic neuroanatomy, motor and sensory control, learning and memory and neuronal damage and degeneration. 

This course is designed to ensure that graduate students with diverse neuroscience backgrounds registered in the Graduate Collaborative Specialization are exposed to the fundamentals in all areas of neuroscience. 

NEUR*6100 Seminar in Neuroscience

This course provides a monthly point of contact for all students in the Neuroscience Collaborative Specialization. Through exposure to a broad scope of research in the field of neuroscience, students develop the skills to critically evaluate others’ research, as well as their own. Faculty and graduate students in the Neuroscience Collaborative Specialization meet and discuss research interests and progress. The seminar features a mix of invited speakers from other Institutions and from within the University of Guelph community.

2023/2024 Seminar Schedule 3:30PM-5:00PM

Oct 4, 2023. Dr. Paul Sheppard, Robarts Research Institute, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, London, ON. “Astrocytes and spatial pattern recognition”.

Nov 1, 2023. Dr. Angela Scott, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph.

Jan 10, 2024. Dr. Georgia Mason, Professor of the Department of Integrative Biology, Col. K. L. Campbell Chair in Animal Welfare, Director of the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, University of Guelph.

Feb 7, 2024. Dr. Cassidy Wideman-Richardson, Medical Writer at SBW Medical Writing. “From academic writing to medical writing”.

Mar 6, 2024. Dr. Paula Duarte-Guterman, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Brock University. “Investigating how experience modulates neuroplasticity across the lifespan”. 

April 3, 2024. Dr. Paul Forsythe, AstraZeneca Canada Inc., Chair in Asthma and Obstructive Lung Disease Associate Professor, Alberta Respiratory Centre, University of Alberta.