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DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROBIOLOGY

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DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROBIOLOGY

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Academic year 2015/2016

Course ID
SVB0064
Teacher
Prof. Silvia De Marchis
Degree course
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Year
1st year
Teaching period
Second semester
Type
Distinctive
Credits/Recognition
6
Course disciplinary sector (SSD)
BIO/06 - anatomia comparata e citologia
Delivery
Formal authority
Language
English
Attendance
Lessons optional and laboratories mandatory
Type of examination
Written and oral (optional)
Prerequisites
Basic knowledges of developmental biology and citology/histology of the nervous system.
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Sommario del corso

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Course objectives

The main goal is to guide students to understand the genesis of the complexity of the nervous system, by developing research skills and critical readings of scientific papers.

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Results of learning outcomes

Understanding of the main questions in Developmental Neurobiology and critical reading of scientific articles in the field 

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Course delivery

During the course  there will be mainly lecture-based classes to introduce the main questions and established knowledge in the field, but the students will be encouraged to be actively engaged through the organization of small groups to discuss material (mainly current research papers) for each topic.  Specific readings and online activities  on moodle platform will be assigned to the students. 

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Learning assessment methods

Examinations will be based on material covered in lectures, assigned readings, and online activities.

Final exam will be on the moodle platform: it will consist in 3 open questions (one based on the reading/understanding of an article)

IMPORTANT: Early registration to the e-learning platform (moodle) is mandatory !

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Program

Neural induction; Polarity and segmentation; Cell proliferation and migration in the developing nervous tissue; Specification, determination and differentiation; Axon growth and guidance; Synapse formation and refinement; Adult neurogenesis.

Suggested readings and bibliography

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There is no specific textbook for this course. For basic and general reference, see Development of the Nervous System (D.H. Sanes, T.A. Reh, W. A. Harris) Academic Press – Elsevier, 3rd Ed.

Specific scientific Articles and Reviews are posted on the Moodle course website.

Websites containing support videos, texts, images and other materials are also indicated.



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Class schedule

DaysTimeClassroom
Lessons: from 29/02/2016 to 10/06/2016

Notes: See the timetable at the Class Schedule Page

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