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About the Course

Medical Neuroscience explores the functional organization and neurophysiology of the human central nervous system, while providing a neurobiological framework for understanding human behavior. In this course, you will discover the organization of the neural systems in the brain and spinal cord that mediate sensation, motivate bodily action, and integrate sensorimotor signals with memory, emotion and related faculties of cognition. The overall goal of this course is to provide the foundation for understanding the impairments of sensation, action and cognition that accompany injury, disease or dysfunction in the central nervous system. The course will build upon knowledge acquired through prior studies of cell and molecular biology, general physiology and human anatomy, as we focus primarily on the central nervous system. This online course is designed to include all of the core concepts in neurophysiology and clinical neuroanatomy that would be presented in most first-year neuroscience courses in schools of medicine. However, there are some topics (e.g., biological psychiatry) and several learning experiences (e.g., hands-on brain dissection) that we provide in the corresponding course offered in the Duke University School of Medicine on campus that we are not attempting to reproduce in Medical Neuroscience online. Nevertheless, our aim is to faithfully present in scope and rigor a medical school caliber course experience. This course comprises six units of content organized into 12 weeks, with an additional week for a comprehensive final exam: - Unit 1 Neuroanatomy (weeks 1-2). This unit covers the surface anatomy of the human brain, its internal structure, and the overall organization of sensory and motor systems in the brainstem and spinal cord. - Unit 2 Neural signaling (weeks 3-4). This unit addresses the fundamental mechanisms of neuronal excitability, signal generation and propagation, synaptic transmission, post synaptic mechanisms of signal integration, and neural plasticity. - Unit 3 Sensory systems (weeks 5-7). Here, you will learn the overall organization and function of the sensory systems that contribute to our sense of self relative to the world around us: somatic sensory systems, proprioception, vision, audition, and balance senses. - Unit 4 Motor systems (weeks 8-9). In this unit, we will examine the organization and function of the brain and spinal mechanisms that govern bodily movement. - Unit 5 Brain Development (week 10). Next, we turn our attention to the neurobiological mechanisms for building the nervous system in embryonic development and in early postnatal life; we will also consider how the brain changes across the lifespan. - Unit 6 Cognition (weeks 11-12). The course concludes with a survey of the association systems of the cerebral hemispheres, with an emphasis on cortical networks that integrate perception, memory and emotion in organizing behavior and planning for the future; we will also consider brain systems for maintaining homeostasis and regulating brain state....

Top reviews

Jan 14, 2021

This course was a great opportunity for me to understand the world of neurology and helped me to clear all the ambiguities regarding the complex mechanisms that are happening in our beautiful brains.

Nov 21, 2018

I leant so much without even realising it until I got to the final exams and all this knowledge was making sense. Amazing lecturer with so much wisdom in the area. The course is very well delivered.

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By Masayuki T

Jan 16, 2018

Wonderful experience. It's the one like re-installing a brain to yourself step by step.

By jorge m

Jan 5, 2021

estupendo la materia impartido. muy especifica y completa. felicitaciones por el curso

By Dida I

Oct 11, 2020

Just Great, thank you for making my quarantine such a blessing with all this knowledge

By Héctor A L F

Aug 14, 2020

A great introduction to the basics of Neuroscience! It´s a lot of work, but I like it.

By Yingchen L

Jul 5, 2020

It's quite difficult for beginner in this field, but definitely good content to learn.

By Marco M

May 20, 2020

Really inspiring! Many thanks to Prof. White and his team for sharing their knowledge.

By James G

Oct 2, 2016

Superb. Dr. White's presentation style is the best I have ever seen. He is engaging...

By Jean D D

Jun 11, 2017

Great instructor, and I love how he changes the environment he is in when he teaches.

By Krishnavenamma K

Apr 13, 2018

wonderful teaching and loads of content and material which can be easily understand

By Tereza R

Jun 9, 2016

A fantastic course with spectacular resources. Thank you so much for creating this!

By Lina L

Mar 12, 2019

Such an interesting course and with an exceptional professor - highly recommended!

By Nicole H

Feb 1, 2017

Really helpful and the lectures were extremely useful for me as a graduate student

By José S A S

Oct 19, 2020

Very good course. The lectures are very informative and the pase is very good too

By Fatemeh K

Dec 16, 2020

It was awesome and I really enjoyed this course. I highly recommend this course.

By Chonlapin V

Mar 2, 2020

I highly recommend this course for those who want to get into the area of Brain.

By Alem C C

Nov 6, 2018

Una base impotante de muy buen nivel...recomendable para estudiantes de medicina

By Elgin B G P

Nov 27, 2016

The very best course I have ever come across! Congratulations to its idealizers.

By RicardoArraga

Sep 5, 2016

I love science and this kind of courses make me love it so much more, Thank you!

By Yi Y

Sep 18, 2020

The material is very challenging but interesting. Thank you so much Prof White!


Sep 12, 2017

I did not expect such a complete course. Thank you a lot. I benefited a lot ...

By Liat H

Jul 3, 2020

great course! challenging material that is presented in a very digestible way!

By John L

Oct 11, 2019

Interesting and insightful course that builds tangible and practical knowledge

By Adrielle S

Jun 30, 2017

Muito bom. Completo. Ilustrações muito bacanas, inglês claro e ótima didática.

By Cody R

Sep 12, 2016

World class teaching. Making medical students' lives better since...2015-ish?

By Erik G

Oct 11, 2020

Great course, grat teacher, I enjoyed this part of my life with this resource