MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

GS14 1213 Visual Neuroscience

Ribelayga, Christophe; O'Brien, John.  Three semester hours. Fall, odd-numbered years. Grading System: Letter Grade. Prerequisites: GS14 1214: Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience and consent of instructor.

This is an advanced elective course aimed at students in the neurosciences. The course will introduce the students to the core concepts of the anatomy, physiology and function of the visual system, with an emphasis on retinal circuitry. The retina is arguably the most valuable model to study the CNS. Its accessibility and organization makes it a convenient research tool with which to link anatomy and functionality, and study processes and diseases similar to those in the brain and spinal cord.  The course will guide students to understand how image-forming and non-image forming functions of the retina are accomplished. Normal and dysregulated molecular events underlying developmental and physiological control of retinal function will also be covered. The course will alternate lectures and student presentations of significant articles in the field. Active involvement of the students in class is expected.