The Neurobiology course is designed for 3rd or 4th year students interested in advanced studies of the structure and function of the vertebrate nervous system. Where possible, it will use mammalian and non-mammalian models to illustrate general principles of nervous system function. Some classic studies using invertebrate animals will also be examined. The focus is about how the nervous system of diverse animals is organized and adapted to perform special behaviours.
The Clinical Neurosciences course is designed for 3rd or 4th year students interested in advanced studies of the structural, biochemical, and functional changes that characterize clinically important diseases of the nervous system, including: brain and spinal cord trauma; developmental disorders, memory, and memory dysfunction; neurodegenerative diseases; mood and anxiety disorders; epilepsy; and maintenance of homeostasis.
Directed Studies in Biology. Allows investigation on a specific topic as agreed upon by the faculty member and the student.
BIOL393 and BIOC393
Topics include protein separation, enzyme kinetics, ELISA, DNA Ligation and Transformation, PCR, RFLP analysis, Agarose gel electrophoresis, STR and VNTR analysis, and gene regulation.
Students undertake a research project on a specific topic as agreed upon by the faculty member and the student. A written thesis is required, with a public presentation of the thesis in the form of a poster session or a seminar.
The course provides “An examination of memory systems and how they work. Topics will focus on how we input, store, and retrieve memories; the systems that process these memories; and the disruptions of memory in amnesia, false memory, and eyewitness testimony.”