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BIOL 455
Neural Regeneration Spring 2021
Division III
Cross-listed NSCI 455 / BIOL 455

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Injury to the human nervous system can cause lasting impairment, but non-mammalian animals have prodigious capacity to regenerate neurons, regrow axons, and repair scars. What accounts for these differences? Regeneration can occur in multiple modes: replacement of injured neurons, repairs such as axonal regrowth to reconnect to a target structure, or repurposing existing neurons for new tasks through neural plasticity. We will explore the molecular foundations that underlie neuronal proliferation, neural plasticity, and inflammatory responses. We will consider the potential for translating these findings to inform treatments for humans who suffer from neural injury or neurodegenerative disease. Class discussions will focus on readings from the primary literature.
The Class: Format: seminar; Discussion, 3 hours per week
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 4818
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Evaluation will be based on class participation, brief weekly responses, and four short research proposals.
Prerequisites: BIOL 212/NSCI 201 or permission of instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: Biology seniors who have not yet taken a 400 level course and Neuroscience senior concentrators who need a Group A elective.
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
NSCI 455 Division III BIOL 455 Division III
Attributes: NSCI Group A Electives

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