Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Course Descriptions


The following is a list of Neuroscience course descriptions. Please see the First Year Program in Biomedical Sciences for other required courses as well as the other graduate program pages for elective options.


NEU 700 – Seminars in Neuroscience

Required each Fall and Spring for all NEU students, emphasizes student research presentations (30 min each for 2nd year students; 60 min each for student 3rd year on). Attendance at neuroscience related seminars is also required.

NEU 731 – Advanced Topics in Neuroscience

Special work, lecture, laboratory, reading, seminar, or a combination of these as determined by advisor in accordance with student’s interest.

NEU 721 – Membrane Physiology I

Chemical and physical structure of membranes; model systems; permeability and transport; membrane potential; ionic channels; excitability in nerve and muscle; ionophores; active transport; membrane receptors.

NEU 722 – Membrane Physiology II

Osmosis and cell volume; tracer analysis of permeability and compartmentation; theory of channels and carriers; cable properties; Hodgkin-Huxley formalism; Na, K and Ca ion channels; regulation of cellular Na, Ca activities; single-channel analysis; chemical synapses; membrane receptors; cell junctions; excitation and E-C coupling in muscle.

NEU 750 – Modeling CNS Injury and Repair (elective)

This course provides an overview of a number of complex modeling systems using in CNS Injury and Repair biomedical research. The course examines models, such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, ischemic/stroke injury, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model of multiple sclerosis, axon regeneration in retinal nerve and spinal cord, and drosophila models of degeneration. The course will consist of both lectures and hands-on laboratory components.

NEU 761 – Neuroscience I: Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

An advanced introduction to modern neurobiology, focusing on the cellular and molecular biology of neurons, glia, synapses, and sensory receptors.

NEU 762 – Systems Neuroscience

The course aims to provide a general, but intensive, background to the neurosciences beyond Cellular Neuroscience (NEU 661) and Developmental Neuroscience (NEU 663) and to prepare students for more specialized neuroscience courses, for lab rotations, and for subsequent dissertation work. NEU 662 will present sensory, motor and integrative neuroscience at the level of functional systems, but will do so in the context of cellular and molecular neuroscience. The course concentrates on the experimental basis for our understanding of nervous system function and uses both didactic lectures and student discussions of current research literature. The course expects that students have a working knowledge of synaptic transmission, excitable cell membranes, and ion channels from previous coursework in PHS 641/2 and NEU 661, as well as a general knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology from their PIBS course. It will also be useful to have taken NEU 663. [Pre-requisites: PHS641/2 and NEU661, or in exceptional cases, permission of instructors].

NEU 763 – Developmental Neuroscience

This course will explore nervous system development from early neural induction and neurogenesis to the construction of neural circuits. Cellular and molecular mechanisms of neural migration, neurite growth and guidance, and synaptogenesis will be covered.

NEU 797 – Neuroanatomy

This course is designed to teach functional neuroanatomy to individuals engaged in basic neuroscience research. Therefore, most of the emphasis will be placed upon gross anatomy, identification of pathways and circuits, and a description of the physiological functions of neuroanatomical systems. To the extent that it may help to explain functional aspects of the nervous system, each lecture will contain some clinical examples and/or case histories. An important feature of each class period will be a laboratory segment in which the student will study human and sheep brains, examine models of the brain, and use internet neuroanatomy websites containing pictures, text, clinical examples, and 3-dimensional rotations of the nervous system.

NEU 830 – Dissertation Research: Pre-Candidacy

Required for all PhD candidates. The student will enroll for credits as determined by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies but not less than a total of 24. No more than 12 hours of research may be taken in a regular semester, and no more than six in a summer session.

NEU 840 – Doctoral Dissertation: Post Candidacy

Required for all PhD candidates. The student will enroll for credits as determined by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

NEU 850 – Research in Residence

Student must be registered in the semester they plan to defend. Used to establish research in residence for the PhD after the student has been enrolled for the permissible cumulative total in appropriate doctoral research. Credit is not granted. Student may be regarded as full-time residence as determined by the Dean of the Graduate School.