NGP Core Courses

Cellular Neurophysiology
(NEUS 624, 4 Credits, Fall)

This course presents the fundamental principles of how nerve cells work. Starting with ion channels themselves, it integrates them into the functioning of individual neurons. The way in which voltage-dependent ion channels act in concert to generate action potentials and synaptic potentials is discussed in the framework of basic physical laws. The mechanisms of transmitter release and the postsynaptic actions of transmitter are studied. The overall aim is to provide students with a quantitative understanding of how individual nerve cells communicate with each other. This course is the first in a sequence of three courses presented sequentially in the first term.

Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
(NEUS 625, 4 Credits, Fall)

This is a survey course designed to introduce the cell and molecular mechanisms underlying the development, structure and function of the nervous system. The course is divided into three general topic areas: Development, Cell Biology and Signaling in the Nervous System.

Systems Neuroscience
(NEUS 627, 4 Credits, Fall)

This course is an introduction to the functional anatomy, electrophysiology, and pharmacology of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Emphasis is placed on the functional organization and processing of information in the major input and output systems of the brain, including the somatosensory, motor, visual, auditory and autonomic and hormonal regulatory systems, and on the higher integrative functions of the nervous system, including learning, emotion, motor control, and sleep. The course will consist of lectures and readings in primary literature.

Neurobiology of Disease
(NEUS 626, 3 Credits, Spring every other year)

The course has the following general goals: 

  • To provide a foundation in the underlying mechanisms of neurological and psychiatric disease. The course takes a theme-oriented approach to probe fundamental molecular, cellular and organismal mechanisms, rather than a disease-specific approach. The intent is to engage students who are interested in basic aspects of brain function.
  • To provide a toolbox of topical methods and issues relevant to the neurobiology of disease.
  • To provide a sampling of neurological and psychiatric disorders that serve as training examples for the themes addressed in goal one.
  • To provide hands-on exposure to clinical situations through live patient presentations, multimedia presentations, andvisits to clinics, hospital wards, and other clinical settings. Clinical Demonstrations stress hands-on interactive experience so that graduate students experience first-hand the impact of neurological and psychiatric disease on brain function, and on the social fabric of the patient's life, their families and their community.

Principles of Scientific Conduct and Practice
(CON 650, 1 Credit, Fall )

This course is an OHSU and NIH requirement to provide an introduction to basic principles of scientific conduct and practice for graduate students pursuing careers in biomedical research. Specific topics include: laboratory safety, professional standards, use of laboratory animals and human subjects, research funding and career development. Course materials will be presented primarily in the form of lectures and panel discussions, with opportunities for student discussion.

Neuroscience Seminar
(NEUS 607, 2 Credits, Fall, Winter, and Spring)

First year students are required to participate in the Vollum Seminar Course. The basis of the series is the Vollum Institute Seminar Series, which includes leading neuroscientists from around the world. Prior to the seminar, students meet to discuss publications by the speaker, attend the seminar and then have lunch with the speaker.


Elective Courses

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BEHN 615

Condition, Learning and Cognition

BEHN 616

Neurobiology of Learning & Memory

BEHN 631

Comparative Functional Neuroanatomy

BEHN 618

Behavioral Neuroscience

BEHN 619

Molecular Strategies in Behavioral Research

BEHN 625

Behavioral Genetics

BEHN 627/628/629

Neuroscience of Aging

BME 665

Intro to Computational Neurophysiology

CELL 615/NEUS 627

Advanced Topics in Developmental Neuroscience

CELL 613

Tissue Biology

CELL 618

Mechanisms of Development

CELL 620

Model Systems Biology

CONJ 620

Biostatistics for Basic Science

CONJ 661

Structure/Function of Biological Molecules

CONJ 662

Genetic Mechanisms

CONJ 663


CONJ 664

Cell Structure and Function

CONJ 665

Development, Differentiation and Disease

CONJ 667

Organ Systems

CONJ 668

Molecular Biophysics and Experimental Bioinformatics

CONJ 669

Principles of Chemical Biology

CONJ 670

Foundations of Measurement Science

CONJ 671

Analysis in Quantitative Bioscience

MSCI 621

Neuroscience and Behavior

NEUS 606

Neuroscience Journal Club  Topics:  Neurophysiology, Molecular Structure, Neuroendocrinology, Hearing, Systems Neuroscience, Glial, Computational Neuroscience, Cell Neuroscience

NEUS 630

Fluorescence Microscopy Toolbox (Kaech-Petrie)

NEUS 631

Special Topics in Neuroscience (Adelman)

NEUS 633

Topics in Neuroendocrinology (Ronnekliev)

NEUS 635

Topics in Neuroscience Research (Trussell, Winter Term)

NEUS 637

Advanced Topics in Developmental Neuroscience (Copenhaver)

NEUS 638

Advanced Optical Techniques in Neuroscience (Jahr)

NEUS 642

Python Programming in Experimental Neuroscience (Buran and David, Fall Term)

PHPH 614

Neurophysiology and Pharmacology of Pain

PHPH 617

Pharmacokinetics: Drug Absorption, Distribution and Elimination

PHPH 619

Autonomic Drug Action

PHPH 620

Principle of Drug Discovery/Design

PHPH 621

The Visual System

PHPH 622

Ion Channels and Genetic Disease

BEHN – Behavioral Neuroscience

BME – Biomedical Engineering

CELL – Cell and Developmental Biology

CONJ – Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

PHPH – Physiology and Pharmacology