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Code 13533
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Biomedical Sciences
Entry requirements None
Mode of delivery Face-to-face
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes At the end of the course the student should have:

Aquire knowledge on:
The function of the constituent cells of the nervous system and on the mechanisms of neuronal communication.
Experimental methods used in neuroscience.
Provide basic concepts on neuroanatomy and the plasticity of the nervous system.

To know the cellular constitution of the nervous tissue and the forms of communication between the cells that constitute the nervous system.
Integrate knowledge about the basic mechanisms of functioning of the nervous system.
Relate the changes associated with some pathologies of the nervous system with the basic neuronal mechanisms.

Understand the fundamentals of different laboratory techniques and be able to develop an experimental protocol.
Know how to analyze a scientific article.
Know how to synthesize information and transmit it clearly and accurately to colleagues.
Syllabus Neuronal cell biology
Synaptic transmission. Axonal transport
Neuronal metabolism

Glial cells
Microglia and neuroinflammation
Diversity of astrocyte functions

Neurotransmission mechanisms:
types of neurotransmitters; synthesis and storage; axonal transport, release characteristics, and termination of the action.
Glutamate, Aspartate, GABA, and Glycine
Purines and Endocannabinoids

Practical activities:
Discussion and development of experimental protocols
Main Bibliography Neuroscience. Dale Purves, George J. Augustine, David Fitzpatrick , William C. Hall, Anthony-Samuel Lamantia, James O. McNamara , S. Mark Williams. Sinauer Associates.

Neurobiology: Molecules, Cells and Systems. Gary G. Matthews. Blackwell Publishers.

Basic Neurochemistry : Molecular, Cellular and Medical Aspects. George J. Siegel, R. Wayne Albers, Scott Brady, Donald L. Price. Academic Press.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-03-22

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