Vesalius Course Descriptions

GMS AN 700 Medical Histology Prereq: consent of instructor. Study of cell, tissue, organ, and system histology. Emphasis is on functional morphology at the light and electron microscope levels. Computer-based virtual microscopy in laboratory exercises and discussions supplements companion lectures. This is the BUSM I Medical Histology course and it is designed to coincide with the Medical Physiology, Medical Endocrinology, and the Medical Immunology courses with which it runs concurrently. Two fall semester medical school lectures are included in this course. A laptop computer that meets BUSM standards is required. Vaughan, staff. 6 cr, 2nd sem.

GMS AN 701 Gross Medical Anatomy Prereq: consent of instructor. Human anatomy in three units: back and limbs; thorax, abdomen and pelvis; and head and neck. Zumwalt, staff. variable cr, 1st sem.

GMS MS 703 Medical Neuroscience Prereq: consent of instructor. This course will cover, in an integrated fashion, basic information from all of the disciplines needed to gain a comprehensive understanding of the structure and function of the human central nervous system. This course encompasses a wide variety of Neuroscience disciplines, including Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Neurochemistry, Neuropsychology and Clinical Neurology. This reflects the fact that the study of the brain in is an extraordinarily broad field, encompassing many issues and disciplines. The course is comprised of approximately 54 lectures, 7 laboratory sessions and 5 electrophysiology discussion sections. Luebke, staff 4 cr, 1st sem. begins in December

GMS AN 704 Experimental Design and Statistical Methods Prereq: consent of instructor. This course provides a working understanding of experimental design and statistical analyses. Each class consists of lectures, examples of problems and discussion of theoretical issues underlying a particular experimental design. Both parametric and non-parametric approaches to data analysis will be explored. Staff. 2 cr, 2nd sem.

GMS AN 707 Neurobiology of Aging Prereq: consent of instructor. With growing awareness of an accelerating increase in the size of the elderly population, there has been increasing interest in the neuropsychology of normal aging. Similarly, since aging is a major risk factor for many dementia states, interest has also focused on the neuropsychology of age-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and the Dementias of the frontal lobe type. This course attempts to summarize what is known about cognitive and related changes associated with normal aging and age-related disease. The course is divided into four major sections. The first considers the cognitive changes associated with normal aging; the second deals with the most common causes of cognitive decline seen in the elderly; the third reviews the current data concerning neuro-imaging in aging and dementia, and the fourth part covers future directions in the study of normal aging. Moore. 2 cr, 2nd sem.

GMS AN 708 Clinical Anatomy Prereq:  Gross Anatomy.  An advanced anatomy course consisting of both guided laboratory dissection and related lectures on clinical anatomy by physicians in a variety of clinical specialties.  Laboratory dissections are based on actual surgical approaches; whenever possible, and the relationship between gross anatomy radiographic anatomy is continually emphasized.  Van Houten, and Hoyt.  2 cr, 2nd sem.

GMS AN 709 Neural Development and Plasticity Prereq: GMS MS 703 or consent of instructor. Lectures, discussion, and readings on current issues relating to prenatal development, postnatal plasticity, and senescense of the brain.  Emphasis is placed on comparative neuroscience, and correlations between development and evolution.  Cellular and systems physiology underlying human learning and teaching (i.e. in children and adults) is also emphasized.  Students conduct literature reviews and present primary journal articles with guidance from faculty and guest lecturers. Toth. 2 cr, 1st sem.

GMS AN 713 Autism: Clinical and Neuroscience Perspectives Prereq:  consent of instructor and neuroscience background. This course will provide an overview of the clinical feature of autism; review current research on genetic and other causes of the disorder, and the neurobiological basis of the main behavioral and cognitive symptoms, and will briefly explore different treatments currently available. Joseph. 4 cr, 1st sem

GMS AN 715 Professional Skills for Students in the Biomedical Sciences Prereq:  consent of instructor.  This courses discusses many of the professional skills and ethical issues that are part of an academic biomedical career.  Some of the topics include funding mechanisms, determination of authorship, intellectual property, conflict of interest, human and animal subject protection, reviewing responsibilities and mentoring.  Moss. 2 cr, 2nd sem.

GMS AN 716 Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Prereq: background in neuroscience background. This course will provide an overview of the current literature on the neurobiological underpinnings of cognitive development.  Several domains will be explored (e.g., visual perception, knowledge of objects and faces, language acquisitions and theory of mind) using evidence from a variety of populations. Joseph. 4 cr, 2nd sem.

GMS AN 720 Introduction to the Neurobiology of Education Prereq:  consent of instructor.  This introductory course surveys the basic neurology of learning.  Brain structure and function will be discussed and neural system principles will be applied to the problems of learning in the classroom and in the developing mind of K through college students.  Bergethon/Moss.  2 cr, SS I.

GMS AN 801/802 Research Colloquium aka Journal Club Oral presentation and discussion by students and staff members of topics of interest in anatomy and allied fields. TBA. 2 cr each, 1st & 2nd sem.

GMS AN 805 Vesalius Module Teaching Practicum Prereq: GMS AN804, and consent of mentor and Teaching Oversight Committee, and prior enrollment in the course being taught.  Students, putting theory into practice, work in collaboration with a selected faculty mentor in one of the following formats: large lecture, small lecture or seminar, or proposing a new course.  Students may enroll in this course multiple times for different mentored experiences.  Vaughan. var cr, 1st & 2nd sem.

GMS AN 806 Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences
The goal of this course is to transform students’ perspectives on teaching from those of a student to those of a teacher.  Through discussions, presentations, and reading and written assignments we will explore learning theory, presentation skills, and teaching methods.  Students will identify effective teaching practices, develop a repertoire of teaching skills that are appropriate for a variety of education settings, and learn how to use evaluation and assessment tools to improve teaching efficacy.  The talents, skills, experiences, and questions that students bring to a course, particularly at the graduate level, can benefit the entire learning community.  Therefore, class participation in discussions and practice teaching opportunities will be a central component of the course.

GMS AN 807 Neurobiology of the Visual System Prereq: GMS MS 703 or consent of instructor. This seminar is open to graduate students in all departments who have had a basic neuroscience course.  Current research in visual anatomy and neurophysiology is discussed with an emphasis on how that research informs other areas of neuroscience, especially those fitting the interests of the students.  Past topics have included: use of visual stimuli in fMRI, visual experiments to probe the physiology of cognition & consciousness, biological basis of computer vision.  Students conduct literature reviews and present primary journal articles with guidance from faculty and guest speakers. Toth. 2 cr, 1st sem.

GMS AN 808 Neuroanatomical Basis of Neurologic Disorders Prereq: Medical Neuroscience course or equivalent, and consent of instructor. Localization of specific anatomical changes in the brain in such disorders as autism, dyslexia, schizophrenia, olivopontocerebellar atrophy and selected neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and ALS. Developmental mechanisms leading to neuroanatomical alterations are discussed when appropriate. Lectures, discussion of classical and current literature, and guest speakers. Blatt, Kemper. 2 cr, 2nd sem.

GMS AN 811 Cognitive Neuroscience Prereq. consent of instructor.  This course will cover topics in the various domains of higher cortical function, including attention, language, visuospatial abilities, memory and executive function.  It will also cover topics in learning, sleep, addiction, and behaviors under the influence of circadian rhythms.  Moss.  4 cr, 2nd sem.

GMS AN 820S Introduction to Interdisciplinary Systems Science:  Dynamic Modeling Preq:  consent of instructor.  This course in interdisciplinary science will provide students with a hands-on experience in the development and use of systems dynamic and computer based models to study biological systems in research areas such as neurobiology  Bergethon and Hallock.  2 cr, SS.

GMS AN 901, 902 Anatomy Research Variable cr.

GMS AN 904 Research Practicum Varied topics. Staff. 2 cr, 2nd  sem.