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Medical Neuroscience

Medical Neuroscience explores the functional organization and neurophysiology of the human central nervous system, while providing a neurobiological framework for understanding human behavior. In this course, you will discover the organization of the neural systems in the brain and spinal cord that mediate sensation, motivate bodily action, and integrate sensorimotor signals with memory, emotion and related faculties of cognition. The overall goal of this course is to provide the foundation for understanding the impairments of sensation, action and cognition that accompany injury, disease or dysfunction in the central nervous system. The course will build upon knowledge acquired through prior studies of cell and molecular biology, general physiology and human anatomy, as we focus primarily on the central nervous system. This online course is designed to include all of the core concepts in neurophysiology and clinical neuroanatomy that would be presented in most first-year neuroscience courses in schools of medicine. However, there are some topics (e.g., biological psychiatry) and several learning experiences (e.g., hands-on brain dissection) that we provide in the corresponding course offered in the Duke University School of Medicine on campus that we are not attempting to reproduce in Medical Neuroscience online. Nevertheless, our aim is to faithfully present in scope and rigor a medical school caliber course experience. This course comprises six units of content organized into 12 weeks, with an additional week for a comprehensive final exam: - Unit 1 Neuroanatomy (weeks 1-2). This unit covers the surface anatomy of the human brain, its internal structure, and the overall organization of sensory and motor systems in the brainstem and spinal cord. - Unit 2 Neural signaling (weeks 3-4). This unit addresses the fundamental mechanisms of neuronal excitability, signal generation and propagation, synaptic transmission, post synaptic mechanisms of signal integration, and neural plasticity. - Unit 3 Sensory systems (weeks 5-7). Here, you will learn the overall organization and function of the sensory systems that contribute to our sense of self relative to the world around us: somatic sensory systems, proprioception, vision, audition, and balance senses. - Unit 4 Motor systems (weeks 8-9). In this unit, we will examine the organization and function of the brain and spinal mechanisms that govern bodily movement. - Unit 5 Brain Development (week 10). Next, we turn our attention to the neurobiological mechanisms for building the nervous system in embryonic development and in early postnatal life; we will also consider how the brain changes across the lifespan. - Unit 6 Cognition (weeks 11-12). The course concludes with a survey of the association systems of the cerebral hemispheres, with an emphasis on cortical networks that integrate perception, memory and emotion in organizing behavior and planning for the future; we will also consider brain systems for maintaining homeostasis and regulating brain state.

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Rating 4.9 based on 355 ratings
Length 14 weeks
Starts Jun 29 (6 weeks ago)
Cost $49
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Instructor Leonard E. White, Ph.D.
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Language English
Subjects Science
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medical neuroscience in 19 reviews

There is a nice supplemental website for the class that you might want to check out to get a feel for the material, called "Learn Medical Neuroscience" http://www.learnmedicalneuroscience.nl I am a nurse, and a busy Mom,and at times felt quite humbled by the caliber of many of my classmates.

There is a good website 'Learn Medical Neuroscience' (http://www.learnmedicalneuroscience.nl/) that supports learning.

You will cover almost every aspect of medical neuroscience.

An amazing journey through the world of medical neuroscience.

Amazing course, I am deeply grateful for having the opportunity to enroll in Medical Neuroscience and learn so much.

True to his word, this is a very extensive course on medical neuroscience.

For the purpose of continuing my study to molecular neuroscience from psychology, this Medical Neuroscience course has helped me understanding the basic principles as well as how to apply the knowledge practically.

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recommend this course in 10 reviews

I highly recommend this course for a more in depth understanding of the functioning of the brain.

I cannot recommend this course enough, a very big thanks to Dr. White and all the contributors to this course!

i really recommend this course to every medical student, in addition, i recommend dr najeeb and armando lectures on youtube Excellent tutorials!!!

I do not recommend this course to anyone who is as such not qualified.

I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to know the inner workings of the human brain.

I strongly recommend this course to anyone interested in gaining a basic overview of human neuroscience.

I HIGHLY recommend this course to anyone interested in the brain and especially those students enrolled in a neuro course in their current studies.

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highly recommend in 10 reviews

I would highly recommend it to everyone interested in the field of neuroscience.

Highly recommend.

If you have the time, I highly recommend taking it.

I want to thank the entire team especially Prof.Dr.L White from my core of heart Such an interesting course and with an exceptional professor - highly recommended!

It is accomplishing to complete and I would highly recommend.

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nervous system in 9 reviews

If you are seriously interested in building a solid foundational understanding of how the brain and nervous system work, look no further.

I am Physician(Professor of Internal Medicine/Nephrology)and I don´t belong to specialties like Neurology, but working for many years in Intensive Care Units;I had to handle many and differents cases of difficults Neurological Problems, with support of neurologists Teams, but I was aware that I needed and Update and more than that, an Integrative view of Nervous system Function.As Collateral effect, this course wake up on me an deep interest in Neurosciences, as very good serious medical hobby.Thank you and congratulations for this course and I hope to see another course given by DUKE UNIVERSITY, headed by Dr Leonard White and his TeamIvan vuc ina MD-FACPProfessor of Internal Medicine /NephrologyUniversity of Chile/Clínica las CondesSantiago de Chile If you're beginner in Neuroscience studies, then this is the place.

The journey throughout the Nervous System is even more intense and eye-opening than what you can imagine at the beginning.

I particulary learnt a lot about anatomy, which is a big deal when understanding the Nervous System.

I wanted to have a more systematic view on the nervous system.

An interesting and wonderful course, which gives a deep knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, and also reveals the mechanisms of different pathologies.

10/10 Excelente Curso It is a wonderful course for serious learners wanting to learn about the human nervous system and how it works.

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medical student in 9 reviews

That sounds like a terrible grade at first glance but, considering the sheer volume of content and the difficulty level of the material and also taking into account the fact that I am not a medical student and have very little background in organic chemistry and cellular biology, it is actually a somewhat decent grade.

I'm not even a medical student, but I always wanted to learn about the brain.

Making medical students' lives better since...2015-ish?

Thank you it is a little hard to student who not major in medicine بسیار خوب It is great for 1st year medical students!

A glimpse of his brilliance as an instructor is when a learner walks away successfully with the knowledge of a medical student and can apply that to research or a clinical situation.

I've just finished it but can't wait to take it again :) I recommend this course for everyone specially medical student to support their learning of the nervous system and its disorders, really it was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life The best professor to teach you one of the best subjects.

the best course that i has beenthanks Dr Write It is a must course for medical students , I wish all have access to it.

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duke university in 7 reviews

Thanks to Duke University and Coursera for the wonderful opportunity of Learning.

I'm very satisfied with the course as a whole, and very grateful to Dr. White, Duke University and Coursera's platform for allowing healthcare professionals, like myself, to get in touch with the various aspects of Neuroscience (which are not commonly available in my country) and develop a future in this scientific world.

Duke University has continuously proved to be a great school to take class via Coursera.

Thank you to Dr White and all the staff at Duke University.

An out class course from Duke University Medical School.

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Rating 4.9 based on 355 ratings
Length 14 weeks
Starts Jun 29 (6 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Duke University via Coursera
Instructor Leonard E. White, Ph.D.
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science
Tags Life Sciences Medicine And Healthcare Biology Research

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