This course is designed for students acquiring an emphasis in neuroscience. In the course, we will explore different topics in the neurosciences surrounding a central theme by reading and presenting papers from the primary research literature. Potential topics include neural development, neurobiology of disease, pharmacology and drug effects, computational modeling of neural networks, and neurobiology of sexual behavior. All classes will have a discussion format. Students will be required to give at least two oral presentations of the research presented in a paper. In addition, the major project in this course will be the preparation of a grant proposal by each student based on a review of the primary research literature in the field.

Offered spring term