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Neurobiology and Biophysics I

Lecture: Introduction to Neurobiology and Biophysics I:
Membranes, Neurons, Networks and Brains
Lecturers: A. Aertsen, F. Metzger, K.-F. Fischbach
Time: Wednesday 9:15-11:00 h
Location: HS Biology I
Start: Oct 31, 2007
Credits: P (Wahlpflichtfach Biologie (Physik), SFB 505, FDM
This lecture covers 2 hours per week, following suggestions by various students
Introduction to the structure and functional principles underlying brain function. This includes the basic electrical properties of biological membranes, the structure and function of single neurons (dendrites, axons, synapses), the generation and exchange of action potentials, the interactions of neurons within and between neuronal networks, synaptic plasticity and learning. Emphasis will be on functional aspects of neural information processing, neural coding and neural computation.

This lecture forms part of the lecture series "Introduction to Neurobiology and Biophysics", consisting of four different lectures: I: Membranes, Neurons and Brains; II: Systems Neurophysiology; III: Measurements and Models; IV: Systems and Signals. This entire series is offered on a yearly basis: lectures I and III during the Winter Semester, lectures II and IV during the Sommer Semester. Lectures I and II focus on biological and computational aspects of modern brain science, lectures III and IV on methodological aspects of experimentation, data analysis and model building. Lecture I is a prerequisiste for lecture II, which covers brain function at a system's level. Lectures III and IV are accompanied by exercises, elaborating the concepts and methods introduced in the lectures.

Topics Overview:
see here

Nicholls JG, Martin AR, Wallace BG, Fuchs, PA (2001) From Neuron to Brain. Sinauer Assoc., Sunderland MA. (4th ed)
Kandel ER, Schwartz JH, Jessell TM (2000) Principles of Neural Science. McGraw-Hill (4th ed)

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