JNR1444Y - Fundamentals of Neuroscience: Cellular and Molecular

Course Coordinators: 

J. Gillis, D. S. Kadis


The purpose of this course is to give graduate students an overview and grounding in the fundamentals of neuroscience.  The main emphasis is on cellular and molecular aspects of brain function and neurological disease.  The lecturers, all experts in their respective topics, are drawn from the different university departments and associated research institutes. Each year the course is updated to reflect the rapid evolution of ideas in neuroscience.  The course is administered through the Department of Physiology. To facilitate extensive student-instructor interaction, enrollment will be capped. In 2022-23, classes will be held in person on Tuesdays in MSB2170, from 4:30-7:30PM.  


There will be a total of four midterm tests (7.5% each) and two term test (10% each), for the full year JNR1444Y course.  Examinations are non-cumulative, covering material discussed only since the previous test.  Midterms will be conducted during class hours; term tests will be administered through Arts & Sciences during the official exam periods.  In addition, class time will be set aside for each student to present an oral critique of a relevant paper (35%).  Participation will account for 15% of the grade.

Text (Optional):

Kandel, E. R., Schwartz, J. H., Jessell, T. M., Siegelbaum, S. A., & Hudspeth, A. J. (Eds.). (2021). Principles of Neural Science (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill.

Last updated: 15-August-2022