Neurobiology of Disease

 

BMS Faculty in Neurobiology of Disease

 

Faculty Contacts: Binhai Zheng & Tom Hnasko

The Neurobiology of Disease Training Area benefits from an extremely vibrant and interactive local neuroscience community. During development, billions of neurons are generated, migrate, differentiate, and interconnect to form trillions of synaptic connections that characterize the mammalian brain. Understanding how the brain develops, functions, and responds to disease and injury is considered by many to be the last frontier in modern biomedical sciences.

Faculty in the Neurobiology of Disease Training Area study a broad spectrum of neuroscience topics ranging from molecular & cellular neurobiology, synaptic physiology to systems and behavioral neuroscience; from neurodevelopmental disorders to psychiatric and neurocognitive disorders; from neurodegenerative disorders to neural regeneration; from neuroimmunology, blood brain barrier, sleep, to neuroendocrinology; from retinal diseases to peripheral neuropathies and pain; from fundamental understanding to developing cutting-edge tools. All have an ultimate goal in common: to better understand and to identify therapeutic strategies for the diseased nervous system.

The Neurobiology of Disease Training Area is part of the larger neuroscience research community at UCSD and beyond in La Jolla. Faculty and students in this training area interact frequently with those from the Neuroscience Graduate Program and the Neurobiology Training Track of the Biology Graduate Program. In addition to the Neurosciences Seminar Series, a number of seminar series on campus cover neuroscience topics throughout the year.

 

First Year Required Core Courses

 

Elective Courses (to fulfill 15 unit BMS elective requirement) 

Quarter Course Number Course Title Units
NEU 200A Basic Neuroscience: Cellular, Molecular and Developmental 4
NEU 221 Advanced topics in Neuroscience (Topics vary) 4
NEU 257 Neurobiology of Disease 4
NEU 268 Mammalian Neuroanatomy 4
NEU 270 Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology 4

Note: Students are strongly encouraged to consult with training area organizers on class choices.

Resources

School of Medicine/ Neuroscience Microscopy Imaging Core serves the microscopy imaging needs of faculty and students with confocal, 2-photon, spinning disk, deconvolution, macroview, super resolution (SIM), slide scanner, Gatan 3View serial block face scanning electron microscopy along with various imaging software.