Department of Physiology

JNR1444Y - Fundamentals of Neuroscience: Cellular and Molecular

Course Coordinators:  J. Eubanks, A. Velumian, P. Monnier, L. Mills

The purpose of this course is to give graduate students an overview and grounding in the fundamentals of neuroscience.  The main emphasis is on the cellular and molecular aspects of brain function.  The lecturers, all experts in their respective topics, are drawn from the different university departments and associated research institutes. Each year the course is updated to reflect the rapid evolution of ideas in neuroscience.  The course is administered through the Department of Physiology and the Toronto Western Research Institute. This course is open to both graduate and senior undergraduate students, however, it is a rigorous course that has been primarily designed for graduate students.  Undergraduates must therefore have a strong background in life-sciences, and are required to meet with course coordinators for permission to enroll.  To facilitate extensive student-instructor interaction, enrollment will be capped.

Examinations, as well as possible review sessions or special topic discussion sessions will be held on Thursdays commencing at 4:00 or 4:30. Prior to each session, some required reading material may be distributed, but most lecture notes are distributed on the day of the lecture.  There will be a total of four midterm examinations.  The first and third midterms will be held on the Thursday following the last lecture in that specific section of the course. The second and fourth exams will be set according to the University of Toronto Final Exam schedule.

The final mark in the course will be based on the following: 75% from exam performance, 12.5% from the written manuscript critique written in the first half of the course, and 12.5% from the grant proposal that will be written in the second half of the course.

Optional Texts:
Principles of Neuroscience, 4th edition, E.R. Kandel, V.H. Schwartz, T.M. Jessell, 2000.
Elements of Molecular Neurobiology, 2nd Edition, by C.U.M. Smith. John Wily and Sons, 1996. 

For more information contact: 
Dr. James Eubanks at 603-5800 ext 2933 or 
Dr. Alexander Velumian at 603-5800 ext 2517 or 
Dr. Philippe Monnier at 604-5800 ext 5295 or
Dr. Linda Mills at

Last updated: 4-Nov-2015