Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Anatomy Seminar

  • 1 credit hour
  • Course number ASNB 606
  • Prerequisite:  graduate student status
  • Presentations and discussions
  • Presentations and discussions of individual research or topics of current anatomical interest throughout the year.

Course Director:
Dr. Nobuyuki Kuwabara

Current Topics in Neuroanatomy

  • 1.5 credit hours
  • Course number ASNB 678
  • Prerequisite:  Medical Neuroanatomy
  • Lectures and Seminar
  • The first part of this course will consist of a series of lectures dealing with the various experimental methods used in the study of the nervous system.  The major portion of the course will be devoted to student seminars and discussions of current topics in neuroanatomy.

Course Director:
Dr. Martha Bickford

Current Topics in Sensory Systems

  • 1 credit hour
  • Course number ASNB 677
  • Prerequisite:  graduate student status plus consent of course director at least two weeks before the course begins
  • Lecture and independent study
  • Recent journal articles directed toward understanding the organization and function of the auditory, gustatory, olfactory, somatosensory, and visual systems will be presented and critiqued
  • Pass/fail only

Course Directors:
Drs. Martha Bickford and
Robin Krimm

General and Oral Histology

  • 5 credit hours
  • Course number ASNB 671
  • Prerequisite:  Oral Biology major or related field.
  • Lecture and laboratory
  • Provides knowledge of histological structure including ultrastructure of tissues and organs.  Oral structures presented in detail.

Course Director:
Dr. Robin Krimm

Head and Neck Anatomy

  • 4 credit hours
  • Course number ASNB 673
  • Prerequisite:  Oral biology major or related field and ASNB 672, or consent of course director.
  • A detailed study of head and neck anatomy including dissection of the head and neck region with special emphasis on cranial nerve neuroanatomy and the oral – facial region related to clinical correlations for dentistry.

Course Director: 
Dr. Raymond Ho

Human Embryology

  • 2.0 credit hours
  • Course number ASNB 605/ASNB 805 (Medical Class)
  • Prerequisite:  Permission from course director at least two weeks before beginning of course.
  • Lectures and self instructional demonstrations
  • This lecture and self-instructional demonstration course teaches the entire span of human development from fertilization to birth.  The sequence of development of all tissues and organ systems, placentation, congenital malformations and their causes, critical periods of development, and human embryology provides a basis for understanding gross anatomy, microscopic anatomy and neurosciences.  As one progresses through medical studies embryology is increasingly appreciated as a correlator of disciplines such as anatomy, pathology, physical diagnosis, surgery, pediatrics, genetics, and obstetrics and gynecology.

 

Course Director:
Dr. Brueckner-Collins

Medical Gross Anatomy

  • 6.5 credit hours
  • Fall semester
  • Course number ASNB 601
  • Prerequisite: permission from course director at least two weeks before the beginning of the course
  • Primarily a laboratory-dissection course.
  • Major emphasis is upon cadaver dissection, but lectures, group discussions, informal laboratory conferences, demonstrations, and X-ray presentations are frequent. Correlation of function with structure is stressed in all areas.

Course Director:
Dr. Brueckner-Collins

Medical Neuroscience

  • 8 credit hours
  • Prerequisite:  Permission from course director at least two weeks before beginning of course.
  • Lectures, laboratory, self-study, and clinical problem solving.
  • Unified presentation of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the human nervous system, including clinical applications.

Course Director: 
Dr. George Mower

Methods of Neurobiology

  • 3 credit hours
  • Course number ASNB 611
  • Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor.  Limited enrollment.
  • Laboratory
  • An introduction to the methods used to study the nervous system through a combination of didactic sessions, demonstrations and hands-on experiences.  Topics may include cell and tract labeling, electrophysiology, protein blotting and immunohistochemistry cell culture, microscopy and basic molecular biology.

Course Director: 
Faculty

Microscopic Anatomy

  • 5.0 credit hours
  • Course number ASNB 603/ASNB 803 (Medical)
  • Prerequisite:  Permission from course director at least two weeks before beginning of course.
  • Mixture of lectures, labs and self-instruction programs.
  • Presented as an integrated study of cells, basic tissues, and organ systems.  The classical light microscopic approaches are supplemented by information derived from electron microscopy.

Course Director: 
Dr. Rita Colella

Molecular Neurobiology

  • 4 credit hours
  • Course number ASNB 614
  • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
  • Structure and function of the nervous system from a molecular perspective.  Includes description of membrane proteins, channels and receptors in neurons and glia.  Discussion of the role of such molecular structures in the nervous system.

Course Director: 
Dr. Nigel Cooper

Neural Systems

  • 4 credit hours
  • Course number ASNB 608
  • Prerequisite: ASNB 607 or concent of course director at least two weeks before course begins.
  • Lecture and independent study.
  • Topics covered include:  electrical potentials in the nervous system, synaptic transmission, somatosensory pathways, special senses (vision, hearing, balance, taste, smell), eye movements, motor systems, higher functions (language, sleep and wakefulness, learning and memory).  Emphasis is placed on clinical relevance.

Course Director: 
Dr. George Mower

Neuroanatomy

  • 3 credit hours
  • Course number ASNB 607
  • Prerequisite: Consent of course director at least two weeks before course begins.
  • Lecture, laboratory and independent study.
  • Anatomy of the nervous system (brain and spinal cord) is taught through a combination of self study, lectures and laboratories.

Course Director: 
Dr. George D. Mower

Original Investigation

  • 1-15 credit hours
  • Course number ASNB 619
  • Prerequisite:  Graduate student status, most coursework completed.  Consent of mentor.
  • Laboratory.
  • Individual research.

Course Director: 
Dr. William Guido

Seminar on Developmental Neurobiology

  • 3 credit hours
  • Course number ASNB 617
  • Prerequisite:  Medical Neurosciences or consent of instructor.
  • Seminar.
  • Covers neural development from neurulation through development of integrated systems.  Emphasis will be on the cellular level.

Course Director: 
Dr. Nigel Cooper

Special Projects in Anatomy

  • 1 to 15 credit hours
  • Course number ASNB 616
  • Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor at least two weeks before beginning of course.  Limited enrollment.  Consent of mentor.
  • Laboratory, self-instructional.
  • This course, to be arranged to fit individual needs, is intended primarily to accommodate students whose special background exempts them from all or part of the ASNB 601, 603, 605, 615.  It may also be offered for others who have special needs for advanced training.

Course Director: 
Dr. William Guido

Survey of Dental Gross and Neuroanatomy

  • 3 credit hours
  • Course number ASNB 672
  • Prerequisite:  Oral biology major or related field or consent of course director.
  • A survey of major anatomical structures of thorax and abdomen with limited study of upper limbs and introduction to neuroanatomy.  Majority of the course is centered on dissection of the human body.

Course Director: 
Dr. Raymond Ho

Techniques of Biological Electron Microscopy

  • 3 credit hours
  • Course number ASNB 665
  • Prerequisite:  Consent of department required.  Limited to 4 students.
  • Laboratory.
  • This course aims to develop in the student reasonable proficiency in specimen preparation techniques and operation of the electron microscope, as a foundation for the pursuit of electron microscopic biomedical investigations.

Course Director: 
Dr. Ferrell Campbell

Thesis Research

  • 1-6 credit hours
  • Course number ASNB 620
  • Prerequisite:  Candidate status.  Consent of mentor.
  • Laboratory.
  • Thesis research and writing.

Course Director: 
Dr. Fred J. Roisen

Ultrastructure of CNS

  • 1.0 Credit Hours
  • Course Number ASNB 666
  • The purpose of this course is to familiarize graduate students with electron microscopic study of the central nervous system (CNS) and provide an overview of the synaptic organization of the brain.

Course Director: 
Dr. Martha Bickford