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Washington UNiversity Program in Neuroscience
Letter from Director
Program Overview
History of Program
CCSN Pathway


First Year:
Bio 5068

Molecular Cell Biology (Fall Semester). J. Cooper. See website.

Lectures Tu Th 8:30-10:00am

Discussions W 3:00-4:00pm

Bio 5571

Cellular Neurobiology. P. Taghert. See website

Lectures Tu Th 10:30am-12:00 pm - FLTC 201

Discussions Wed 3:00-4:00 pm - 455 McD Sci and 3706 West Bldg.

Demonstrations Mon Tu 1:30-3:30 (various locations

Bio 5646

1st Year Fundamentals (Spring Semester) Paul Shaw

Lectures Fri 11:00am-12:30pm

Bio 5651 Neural Systems (Spring Semester,). Larry Snyder.
Lectures M W F -9:00-10:30; Labs W - 1:00-4:00. See website.

Second Year:
Bio 5565 Oral Presentation of Scientific Data (Fall Semester)
Bio 5011 Ethics and Research Science (Spring Semester)
Bio 5915 Teaching Practice in Biology & Biomedical Sciences (one semester as assigned)

Advanced Neuroscience Program Courses:
Bio 5564
BME 573
Topics in Neural Engineering: Sensorimotor Systems and Computations.Basic physiological organization and function on quantitative/engineering approaches to their study
Bio 5663 Neurobiology of Disease. B. Schlagger. See website on the neuroscience of nervous system disorders.

Electives of interest offered by other programs:
Bio 5283 Developmental & Genetic Perspective of Notch Signaling. (Fall Semester) Review all that we know, starting with classical genetics, through biochemistry, to all the forgotten neurogenic genes. Survey the systems in which Notch acts and what it does.
Bio 5657 / BME 572 Biological Neural Computation. (Springl Semester) B. Raman. Examines the physiological bases of computations made by ion channels, synapses, dendrites, neurons, and neuronal networks.

CCSN Pathway
The Cognitive, Computational, and Systems Neuroscience Curriculum Pathway (CCSN) is a specialized curriculum that is available to students who are pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, or Neural Engineering (this includes students in the MSTP program who are seeking a Ph.D. in one of these areas). Traditional anatomical, physiological, and behavioral techniques are combined with cutting-edge engineering approaches to non-invasive neuroimaging as well as computational strategies essential for modeling brain function. The CCSN curriculum helps students develop the critical thinking skills necessary to tackle problems using interdisciplinary approaches.

Bio 5087/Psych 5087 Cognitive Psychology Proseminar, Jeff Zacks
Bio 5619/Psych 519 Advanced CCSN (Fall Semester) Todd Braver
Bio 472/BME 572 Biological Neural Computation, Barani Raman
Bio 5622/Psych 5191 CCSN Project Building (Spring Semester) Kurt Thoroughman

Imaging Sciences Pathway

The Imaging Sciences Pathway offers additional training in the principles of imaging and its use in studying the brain and body.

Summer Courses
Several institutions offer superb advanced laboratory and semester courses during the summer. We encourage students and fellows to take advantage of these courses. Support is available from the Merlie Fellowship.

Merlie Traveling Fellowship
John Merlie was an eminent molecular neurobiologist who joined the faculty at Washington University in 1982 and was an active member of the neuroscience graduate program until his death in 1995. Following his death, numerous friends and colleagues contributed to a fund established in his name. The aim was to provide support for program activities, with emphasis on graduate training. In deciding how to use the fund, his colleagues and widow took account of the facts that he was a superb mentor, generously provided training opportunities to students from other laboratories, and taught in the Neurobiology course at Woods Hole. Accordingly, it was decided to establish a Fellowship that would help make it possible for young neuroscientists to visit other laboratories or institutions, in order to obtain advanced training in topics and methods not readily available at Washington University.


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