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Course Director: Neal Waxham, Ph.D.
This course is a graduate level treatment of the molecular, cellular, and biochemical events that underlie neuronal function. Emphasis is placed on the basic chemistry and biology of cells residing in the nervous system. The course also covers the structure and function of receptors, channels and pumps necessary for neuronal function and the neurochemistry of specific transmitter systems. The unique demand of neurons as specialized secretory cells is also covered. Finally, development and maturation of the central nervous system is taught at the cellular level along with a discussion of the diseases of the nervous system focusing on the molecular aspects of the disease process. The intent is to provide students with fundamental knowledge of the workings of cells generally and neurons specifically. This course fulfills the GSBS Molecular Area requirement.
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