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Title Brain circuits
Course number 2624
Programme Neurovetenskap
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2020-09-14 -- 2020-09-18
Responsible KI department Institutionen för neurovetenskap
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The purpose of the course is to provide doctoral students in the field of neuroscience with an overview of current state-of-the art approaches, technologies and concepts used for understanding of the brain's circuits and functions in animal models. All invited speakers have made seminal contributions to how we currently study and understand the brain, and there will be ample opportunities for the students to interact with the speakers, and discuss aspects relevant to their own work.
Intended learning outcomes By the end of the course the student shall be able to:
- explain the structure and function of the main brain circuits,
- describe the principles for excitatory and inhibitory networks, including receptors and neurotransmitters, as well as the action of different chemical neuromodulators,
- describe principles, use and readout of optogenetics and recording technologies,
- describe principles and methods to define the structure (neuroanatomy) of brain circuits,
- explain how dysfunctions of networks can manifest as neuropsychiatric disorders,
- describe animal behavior tests probing specific networks and network functions.
Contents of the course The course will cover the organization and function of main circuits in the brain, including the interaction and participation of different cell types, the interplay between excitation and inhibition, and how circuit output results in behavior. Different techniques for recording, labeling and manipulation of neuronal circuits in animal models will be discussed, including electrophysiology, molecular targeting, optogenetics and viral tracing. The connection between deficient circuit functions and neuropsychiatric disorders will be included, as well as animal behavior tests probing specific circuits and circuit (dys)functions. Specific emphasis will be put into describing the technologies currently used in the neuroscience field.
Teaching and learning activities Lectures by invited experts and group exercises.
Compulsory elements The seminar presentations are obligatory, and so are all lectures. Any absence has to be compensated for in accordance with the instructions of the course director.
Examination The student should in discussions and a seminar presentation demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate original research papers on the topics covered and be able to show that the intended learning outcomes for the course are reached.
Literature and other teaching material Original research and review papers provided by the course organizers.
Number of students 12 - 24
Selection of students We welcome highly motivated applicants from all areas of neuroscience. Knowledge of how neurons function and of brain anatomy are prerequisites. Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project according to the written motivation in the application, 2) experience of neuroscience research as stated in the written motivation, 3) date for registration as a PhD student (priority given to earlier reg. date).
More information The course will be given at Karolinska Institutet, campus Solna. Time: 9.00-17.00 (Monday to Friday). Lectures will be given by international and national scientists who have made significant contributions to their respective field, including development and/or application of novel technologies. We have a strong emphasis on young scientists, and rodent basic neuroscience studies. Updates regarding the course, including confirmed speakers, lecture halls etc will be continuously posted at
Additional course leader The course is co-organised by Marie Carlén and Dinos Meletis.
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Marie Carlen
Institutionen för neurovetenskap
Contact person Dinos Meletis
Institutionen för neurovetenskap