Course Goal: The present course is aimed at providing Neurodiagnostics students with the essential knowledge and key concepts for understanding how the nervous system generates, encodes, and processes information. The current understanding of the complex aspects of such activity and the major challenges associated with brain disease biomarkers and monitoring tools development will be discussed as well.
Students will be introduced to functional neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, as well as elements of neurochemistry and molecular neuropharmacology allowing to understand how signaling pathways drive brain function in health, and in a lesser extent, in neurotropic infections, malignancy, and metabolic disease.
At the end of this course student should be able to:
- Describe the structure and cellular content of the human nervous system, and the major detrimental changes supporting common diseases
- Describe how the nervous system structures interact to coordinate the functions of visceral organs and skeletal muscles, to respond to both internal and external stimuli
- Describe the generation and transmission of action potential and brain circuitry generating the electroencephalogram (EEG), the sleep-wake cycle, and biological rhythms
- Discuss challenges associated with brain disease biomarkers and monitoring tools development.