The course provides in-depth exposure to the cellular mechanisms utilised by neurones in the central and peripheral nervous systems.
Emphasis will be put on the following areas: the role of different classes of ion channels in affecting neuronal excitability, the mechanisms involved in electrical and chemical transmission, how transmitted signals are integrated by the neurons and across networks, and how different forms of synaptic plasticity may underlie learning and memory. Where possible insights will be provided into disease states such as epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease.
Students will visit research laboratories at the John Curtin School of Medical Research to gain an exposure to research topics pursued by their lecturers. In addition, there will be a short library-based project critiquing an original research article.