Department of Physiology

PSL1446H - Molecular & Cellular Aspects of Neural Disorders

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

The purpose of this Graduate course is to give graduate students an overview and grounding in the fundamentals of neuroscience.  This course designation is for the second half of a year-long lecture series whose 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; lectures will be held at the Medical Sciences Building Room on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 4171. To facilitate extensive student-instructor interaction, enrollment will be capped.

Examinations, as well as occasional 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 two midterm examinations. The first midterm will be held on the Thursday the week following the last lecture in that specific section of the course. The second exam 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, 25% from an assigned written grant proposal. 

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


For more information contact:
Dr. James Eubanks at (416) 603-5800 ext 2933 or
Dr. Alexander Velumian at (416) 603-5800 ext 2517 or
Dr. Linda Mills at

Last updated: 16-Jan-2019