PSL1445H - Mechanistic Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience

Course Coordinator:  

P. Monnier 


The purpose of this Graduate course is to give graduate students an overview and grounding in the fundamentals of neuroscience.  This course designation is for the first half of a year-long lecture series whose main emphasis is on the cellular and molecular aspects of brain function.  Graduate students may also take the second half of the course under the PSL446H designation if they would like to continue.  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 and the Toronto Western Research Institute. This course is open to both graduate and senior undergraduate students, however, it is a rigorous course that has been primarily designed for graduate students. To facilitate extensive student-instructor interaction, enrollment will be capped.


Examinations, as well as occasional review sessions or special topic discussion sessions will be held on Thursdays commencing at 4:00 or 4:30. Prior to each session, some required reading material may be distributed, but most lecture notes are distributed on the day of the lecture.  There will be a total of two midterm examinations. The first midterm will be held on the Thursday the week following the last lecture in that specific section of the course. The second exam will be set according to the University of Toronto Final Exam schedule. The final mark in the course will be based on the following: 75% from exam performance, 25% from the written manuscript critique.

Optional Texts:

Principles of Neuroscience, 4th edition, E.R. Kandel, V.H. Schwartz, T.M. Jessell, 2000.
Elements of Molecular Nuerobiology, 2nd edition, C.U.M. Smith.  John Wily and Sons, 1996.



Last updated: 02-JUNE-2021