System Neuroscience

Course Code :2071FBDBMW
Study domain:Biomedical Sciences
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:30
Study load (hours):140
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Annemie Van Der Linden
Floris Wuyts
Jean-Pierre Timmermans
Peter Aerts
Reinoud Maex
Michele Giugliano
Guy Hans

3. Course contents *

I 'Sensory Functions' 

This section reviews the sensory (visual, auditory, olfactory, vestibular, somato-sensory, proprioceptive) organs and discusses in detail the processing of sensory signals at higher (subcortical and cortical) stages. Other topics include the synaptic organization of the thalamus, visual attention, cochlear implants, and lateral inhibition.


II  'Motor Functions'

This section deals with a) eye movements, b) principles of bio-mechanics, c) posture control, e) locomotion, f) voluntary movement, g) synaptic organization of the basal ganglia and cerebellum.


III  'Autonomic and Regulatory Functions'

This sections deals with a) the c omparative anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous system, b) the central control of the autonomic nervous system, c) the nervous control of the cardiovascular, respiratory, urogenital and digestive systems, d) autonomic neuro-effector mechanisms, e) interactions with the endocrine system, f) disorders of the autonomic nervous system, g ) the synaptic organization of the hypothalamus and brainstem.


IV  'Neuroplasticity’

This section reviews the basic events during critical period neuroplasticity