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Sean Georgi
NBIO 450
Seattle Campus

Current Research Literature in Neurobiology

Weekly journal club in neurobiology. Students read and discuss original research articles in neurobiology, centered around a specific topic each quarter. Prerequisite: BIOL 220. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

The course will use primary literature to cover various aspects of Developmental and Regenerative Neurobiology, including but not limited to: Stem Cells, Fate Specification, Axon Pathfinding, Migration, Regeneration, and Synaptogenesis. Special emphasis will be placed on techniques used to generate data in Developmental Neurobiology. In pairs, students will present a paper and technique, and will individually write a short paper (2-3 pages). Students will get feedback on their writing and their presentations.

Student learning goals

How to effectively read, analyse, and critique primary scientific literature.

A global view of Nervous System Development.

Better written and oral scientific communication skills.

General method of instruction

The first class will be a lecture given by the instructor. Subsequent classes will be student presentations.

Recommended preparation

Basic neurobiology.

Class assignments and grading

1- Oral presentation and reading questions 2- Class participation 3- Short paper

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Sean Georgi
Date: 03/09/2010