Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function

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34 часа курса
О курсе

Brain and behavior are inextricably linked in neuroscience. The function of the brain is to govern behavior, and the aim of this course is to causally link biophysical mechanisms with simple behaviors studied in mice. The brain processes information through the concerted activity of many neurons, which communicate with each other through synapses organised in highly dynamic networks. The first goal of the course is to gain a detailed understanding of the structure and function of the fundamental building blocks of the mammalian brain, its synapses and neurons. The second goal is to understand neuronal networks, with specific emphasis on the interactions of excitatory glutamatergic and inhibitory GABAergic neurons. The third goal is to place neuronal network function in the context of sensory processing ultimately leading to behavioral decisions and motor output.

Программа
Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function
This course aims for a mechanistic description of mammalian brain function at the level of individual nerve cells and their synaptic interactions.
Что Вы изучите?
  • Fundamental aspects of neuroscience related to mammalian brain function
  • Biophysical mechanisms of electrical signalling in neurons
  • Synaptic mechanisms underlying neuronal computations
  • Modern methods for studying mammalian brain function in vivo
  • Neuronal network function underlying sensory perception, sensorimotor integration and learning
Лекторы
Carl Petersen
Carl Petersen
Carl Petersen studied physics as a bachelor student in Oxford. During his PhD studies under the supervision of Prof. Sir Michael Berridge in Cambridge he investigated cellular and molecular mechanisms of calcium signalling. In his first postdoctoral period he joined the laboratory of Prof. Roger Nicoll at the University of California San Francisco to investigate synaptic transmission and plasticity in the hippocampus. During a second postdoctoral period, in the laboratory of Prof. Bert Sakmann at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, he began working on the primary somatosensory barrel cortex, investigating cortical circuits and sensory processing. Carl Petersen joined the EPFL in 2003, setting up the Laboratory of Sensory Processing to investigate the functional operation of neural circuits in awake mice during quantified behavior.
Georgios Foustoukos
Georgios Foustoukos
Georgios Foustoukos studied Electrical and Computer Engineering as a bachelor student at National Technical University of Athens. Afterwards, he joined École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) where he obtained a master’s in Life Science and Technologies with an orientation in Neuroscience and Neuroengineering. During his master studies, he completed two internships, one at Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (Germany) and one at Riken Brain Science Institute (Japan), both related to in-vivo electrophysiology. Currently, he is part of the team of Prof. Carl Petersen at the Laboratory of Sensory Processing in EPFL, as a PhD student. His project is particularly focusing on in-vivo single cell electrophysiology during whisker detection tasks, using state-of-the-art experimental techniques such as two-photon microscopy and rabies virus injections.
Платформа
EdX
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