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Neurobiology

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:

Acquired the following concepts

To know the cellular constituents of nervous tissue and forms of communication between the cells that constitute this system. To have an integrated view on the basic mechanisms of nervous system.
To establish a relationship between the changes associated with some diseases of the nervous system and the basic neural mechanisms.

Acquired the following skills:
Understand the fundamentals of different laboratory techniques and be able to develop an experimental protocol.
Know how to analyze a scientific paper.
Know how to synthesize information and communicate it clearly and accurately to colleagues.
Know how to correctly organize information in the form of a scientific paper
Syllabus 1. Neurogenesis
2. Biology of neuronal cells
3. Synaptic transmission. Axonal transport
4. Neuronal metabolism
5. Microglia and neuroinflammation
6. Mechanisms of neurotransmission: types of neurotransmitters; synthesis and storage; axonal transport, characteristics of the release and termination of the action.
7. Dopamine
8. Serotonin
9. Acetylcholine
10. Neuropeptides
11. Glutamate, Aspartate, GABA and Glycine
12. Purines and Endocannabinoids
Practical activities: Development of experimental protocols with models used in neurosciences.
Main Bibliography Neuroscience. Dale Purves, George J. Augustine, David Fitzpatrick , William C. Hall, Anthony-Samuel Lamantia, James O. McNamara , S. Mark Williams. Sinauer Associates; 5rd edition (2012).

Basic Neurochemistry, 8th Edition : Molecular, Cellular and Medical Aspects. George J. Siegel, R. Wayne Albers, Scott Brady, Donald L. Price. Academic Press; edition (2011).
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Teaching Methodologies
- Conventional online lectures

- Laboratory work in which students contact experimental models used in neurosciences.
- Based on one of the laboratory works, the students elaborate a report and present the work to the colleagues.


Assessment criteria

By frequency
A- First assessment - 25%
B - Second assessment - 45%
C- Weekly assessments - 20%
D- Participation in the forum about the practical project - 10%

By exam:
Final grade = exam grade (70%) + Components C+D (30%)
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-05-11

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