exam will be a take-home exam counting for one third of the grade and the final
exam will be an in-class exam counting for two-thirds of the grade.
will be used to review original literature or to go over problem sets.They are an important part of the course and
attendance is required.
TEXT BOOKS (highly recommended)
Neuron to Brain JG
Nicholls et al., 4th edition (2001) Sinauer Press.This edition of a classic text is a very
readable account of both cellular and molecular neuroscience.Original experiments and references are
cited, but there is less emphasis on the molecular topics.(Available from University
of Neural Science ER Kandel, JH Schwartz & TM
Jessell.4th edition (2000)
McGraw Hill.A comprehensive
textbook of neuroscience with good chapters on the cell and molecular topics
but will also be useful for those taking Physiology 611, the systems neuroscience
and Molecular Neurophysiology (2008) 3rd
edition. C Hammond (editor). Both textbooks by
Nichol and by Kandel are now substantially out of date. This book has more up
to date material but is less comprehensive than the other two.
channels of excitable membranes B. Hille. (2001) 3rd edition Comprehensive and rigorous tome, a good source
book but some sections beyond the scope of the present course.
Biology of the Neuron R.W. Davis & B.J.
Morris (2004) 2nd edition,
OUP.New edition of a good book that gives detailed coverage of
molecular neurobiology, including material not in the course.
Apart from textbooks, I encourage you to
read review articles.Some of these will
be mentioned during the lectures and discussion sessions.However you can find reviews for yourself in
the following journals: Trends in Neurosciences (excellent, didactic and
highly recommended), Current Opinions in Neurobiology (very condensed
and research oriented, but sub-divided into categories such as ‘Signaling
mechanisms’, ‘Development’ and ’Sensory Systems’), Nature
Reviews of Neuroscience (research oriented).