MEDICAL NEUROSCIENCE (PHPH 603)

INTRODUCTION:

The primary objective of medical neuroscience is to provide a firm foundation in the structure and function of the nervous system. With this foundation, the student will be able to understand the neurological examination, the signs and symptoms of neurological disease, and will be able to accurately localize such diseases. Such an understanding of neuroscience is a prelude to the study of neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, neuropathology, and ultimately clinical neurology. This course is the first step in a lifelong study of the human nervous system.

COURSE TOPICS AND FORMAT:

Medical Neuroscience has four parts. Each part includes lectures, labs, and an examination including a written part and a laboratory practical.  Students study the human spinal cord, brain stem, and cerebral hemispheres in the laboratory.  They also study sensory (auditory, vestibular, visual, olfactory, gustatory, and somesthetic) and motor (pyramidal, extrapyramidal and cerebellar mechanisms, ocular movements, and visual reflexes) systems, as well as the cerebral circulation and ventricular system.  Consideration is given to the dorsal thalamus, hypothalamus, and limbic system, with special attention devoted to cerebral cortical functions. Primary methods of instruction include lecture, computer-assisted instruction, problem-solving exercises, clinical correlations and hands-on laboratories.  Modes of assessment include departmental multiple choice exams and laboratory practical exams.

TEXTBOOK(S) AND OTHER MATERIAL

Students will be provided with a detailed lab syllabus for the entire course and with Power Point presentations of lectures.  The recommended atlas is the 3rd edition of the Structure of the Human Brain: a Photographic Atlas by DeArmond, Fusco and Dewey.  The recommended textbooks are (1) Human Neuroanatomy by James R. Augustine, Academic Press, 2008. (2) Neuroscience. Fifth Edition edited by Dale Purves et al., Sinauer Associates, Inc., 2012. 

COURSE MEETING TIMES:

The class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 10 AM-12 noon

COURSE DIRECTOR:

James R. Augustine, PhD
Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience
SOM Campus, Building 1, Room E-7
Phone 803-216-3504
E-mail aug@sc.edu

BLACKBOARD WEBSITE: available to those enrolled in the course.