NEUR 2201 T - Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Core principles in cellular and molecular neuroscience, including signal transmission along and between neurons, ion channels and transporters, intracellular signaling pathways, synaptic plasticity and neuroendocrine systems.
Precludes additional credit for PSYC 3200 (no longer offered) and NEUR 3200 (no longer offered).
Prerequisite(s): Either NEUR 1201 and NEUR 1203, or NEUR 1202 and NEUR 1203, or both BIOL 1103 and BIOL 1104.

CRN for section T: 34302

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 35559

In-class lecture time & location:
Wednesdays and Fridays, 2:35pm to 3:55pm, C264 LA

Instructor: Matthew Holahan

About the instructor: I first became truly intrigued by drug action in the brain when I was an undergrad student in psychology/neuroscience. I was in the student union and I saw an ad for a volunteer position in a lab that was studying the biological bases of addiction. I called up the principal investigator using a pay phone (so yes, a while ago), got an interview and started working in a "drug lab." One of my first projects was to inject rats with cocaine and measure their brain and behavioural changes. When I noted a dramatic change in their behaviour and corresponding change to the brain, I was shocked, amazed, and most of all, hooked on the idea of studying how and why drugs can exert such powerful effects on our brains and behaviour. Since that initial introduction to brain chemistry and drug effects over 20 years ago, I have been researching and teaching on this topic with the hope of conveying my enthusiasm for the chemical basis of behaviour and drug action to students.

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