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Courses

The list below includes courses approved for students in the neuroscience graduate program to fulfill their course requirements. Students wishing to take a course not included below must receive approval prior to course registration by emailing the graduate co-ordinator (and copying the supervisor and the NMHI) with the course description and rational for wanting to take the course.

Every effort is made to keep this list accurate and up-to-date. As course and instructor information may change, ALWAYS consult current listings in Bear Tracks prior to course registration.


NEURO 500 – Research in Neuroscience

*6 (two term, 0-0-6). Individual study.  A practical course in the neurosciences where students spend two months in each of at least three research laboratories approved by the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute Graduate Committee. Students are expected to complete a small research project, supervised by a member of the Institute , in each of the research areas chosen. Students are evaluated on both their performance in the laboratory and reports written.

  • Prerequisite: Consent of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute . Credit may be obtained for only one of either NEURO 500 or NEURO 501.
  • Course Coordinator: William F. Colmers
  • Registration procedure: Have your primary supervisor and 2 rotation supervisors sign Add/Drop form and submit to Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute office.
  • List of potential NEURO 500 supervisors

** NEURO 500 or 501 MUST be completed in the student's first year of the program. Students can apply to defer this course to the second year only in exceptional circumstances.**


NEURO 501 – Graduate Research Project

*3 (either term, 0-0-6). Individual study. Restricted to students in the Neuroscience Graduate Program.  Students will spend one term in the laboratory of a faculty member (other than the Supervisor) and carry out a laboratory research project. Successful completion of a written report and an oral presentation is required at the conclusion of the project. 

** NEURO 500 or 501 MUST be completed in the student's first year of the program. Students can apply to defer this course to the second year only in exceptional circumstances.**


NEURO 510 – Neurobiology of Aging and Neurodegenerative Disorders

*3 (second term, 3-0-0). Designed to provide graduate Students in the Neuroscience program a comprehensive overview of the neurobiology of normal aging and neurodegenerative disorders. Both clinical and basic science aspects of major neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington disease, Prion disease and Motor neuron disease (ALS) will be covered. Video presentations of patients with neurodegenerative disorders will be presented to add clinical and psychological dimensions. Additionally, recent papers reporting new developments in each of the above disorders will be discussed. Invited lectures will be given by national/international experts on aspects of neurodegenerative disorders to amplify topics covered in the course.

  • Prerequisites: PMCOL 371 or consent of the Course Coordinator. Students can receive credit for either NEURO 410 or NEURO 510 but not both.
  • Course Coordinator: Satya Kar
  • Registration procedure: Bear Tracks
  • Offered:  Winter 2015

NEURO 572 – Current Topics in Autonomic Neuroscience

*3 (second term, 3-0-0). The neurophysiological, anatomical, clinical, pharmacological and cellular aspects of the autonomic nervous system will be studied. Students will also be expected to deliver a lecture-type presentation and an extensive written report on one aspect of autonomic function such as neural regulation of homeostasis, disorders of autonomic function, sympathetically maintained pain, autonomic consequences of spinal cord injury and current research issues. 

  • Prerequisite: Consent of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute .  Note that credit is given for either NEURO 472 or NEURO 572, but not for both. 
  • Course Coordinator: Peter Smith
  • Registration procedure: Email request to Peter Smith with transcripts. Forward approval to Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute .
  • Offered: Winter 2015

NEURO 603 – Graduate Colloquium in Neuroscience

*3 (second term, 0-2s-0). Graduate Students present review seminars or lead discussions based on required readings in the neurosciences. Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute members are invited to attend. Graded on a pass/fail basis.

  • Prerequisite: Consent of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute .  
  • Course Coordinator: n/a
  • Registration procedure: n/a
  • Offered: not currently offered. 

NEURO 621 – The Art of Grant Writing

*3 (second Term 3-0-0). The purpose of this course is to train graduate students in preparing grant applications in order to improve their chances of future success in obtaining research funds from a major Canadian federal funding agency such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The course is targeted primarily towards students who have completed at least one year of graduate work. Preference will be given to those planning to pursue a PhD. Throughout the course, students will be instructed on how to prepare a complete grant application package on a topic that is different from their graduate project. The proposal will be prepared in stages and completed two weeks prior to the end of the semester. Students will then prepare and give presentations for a mock site visit by the funding agency. Students will also participate in a mock peer review committee and make final funding decisions. Enrolment is limited, and registration is by permission of the Department.

  • Prerequisite:  Consent of the instructor
  • Course Coordinator: Vivian Mushahwar
  • Registration Procedure: Email the course coordinator (include transcripts)
  • Offered: Winter 2015

BME 510 – Neuroimaging in Neuroscience

*3 (first term, 3-0-0). Neuroimaging has developed rapidly in recent years, and has had a profound effect on how we understand the human brain. This advanced course is aimed to provide graduate students and senior undergraduate students a comprehensive overview of the neuroimaging techniques (structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), MRI spectroscopy (MRS) etc) currently used in neuroscience research. In addition, we will discuss how neuroimaging methods can advance our understanding of healthy brain function and neuropsychiatric disorders.

  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
  • Course Coordinator: Nikolai Malykhin
  • Registration Procedure: Bear Tracks
  • Offered: Fall 2014

BME 520 – Neuroplasticity

*3 (second term, 3-0-0). An advanced course for graduate students in Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering that covers the cellular and systems level changes in sensorimotor and pain pathways in response to motor training and/or trauma to the nervous system. A background on experimental techniques and mechanisms of neuronal plasticity from key studies in cortical, spinal and dorsal horn systems will be provided. Students are expected to write and present on current topics in the field of motor and pain neuroplasticity. students should have a basic background in neurophysiology. Prerequisites: PMCOL 371 and PHYSL 372 or equivalents or consent of instructor.

  • Prerequisite: PMCOL 371 and PHYSL 372 or equivalents or consent of instructor  
  • Course Coordinator: Monica Gorassini
  • Registration procedure: Email the course coordinator (include transcripts)
  • Offered: Winter 2015

BME 530 – Topics in Biomedical Engineering

*3 (either term, 3-0-0). Individual sections covering such topics as signal processing and rehabilitation engineering.

  • Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
  • Course Coordinator:  TBA
  • Registration procedure: Email the course coordinator (include transcripts)
  • Offered: Winter 2015

CELL 502 – The Birth and Death of a Cell

*3 (second term, 3-0-0). An advanced course dealing with cell differentiation, intracellular and extracellular signaling processes, the cell cycle, apoptosis and necrosis. Consists of lecture material and small group learning sessions. Topics include stem cell research, cancer therapy and human disorders involving cell death (e.g. Alzheimer's and cardiovascular disease). Will require reading and discussion of current research articles.  Lectures are the same as for CELL 402 but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies.

  • Prerequisites: Consent of the Department of Cell Biology. May not be taken if credit has already been obtained in CELL 402.
  • Course Coordinator: Andrew Simmonds
  • Registration Procedure: Email the course coordinator (include transcripts)
  • Offered: Winter 2015

CELL 515 – Developmental and Molecular Neurobiology

*3 (first term, 0-2s-0). This course will explore nine topics in developmental neurobiology, including cell lineage, nerve growth and guidance, myelination, synapse formation, axonal transport and response to injury. In particular, the course will emphasize theoretical and experimental aspects, the expanding roles of molecular biology in studies in this field and areas of present and future research.  Lectures are the same as for CELL 415 but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies.  This course may not be taken if credit has already been obtained in CELL 415.  

  • Prerequisite: Consent of the Department of Cell Biology. Note: Offered in odd-numbered years.
  • Course Coordinator: n/a
  • Registration Procedure: Contact the Department of Cell Biology
  • Currently not offered

EDPY 500 – Introduction to Data Analysis in Educational Research

*3 (either term 3-0-3).

  • Prerequisite: Consent of Department of Educational Psychology
  • Course Coordinator: Various
  • Registration Procedure: Bear Tracks

EDPY 505 – Advanced Univariate Statistics in Educational Research

*3 (either term 3-0-3).

  • Prerequisite: Consent of the Department of Educational Psychology
  • Course Coordinator: Ying, Ciu
  • Registration Procedure: Email the course coordinator (include transcripts)
  • Offered: Fall 2014

MEDGEN 601 – Selected Topics in Medical Genetics

*3 (second term, 3-0-0). A directed reading and seminar course based on papers taken from the recent literature of medical genetics. The course consists of lectures on a specific topic in medical genetics and oral presentations of the current literature by students. Selected topics vary so that students may take the same course but examining a different topic for additional credit.

  • Prerequisite: Consent of the Department of Medical Genetics
  • Course Coordinator: Stacey Hume
  • Registration Procedure: Email the course coordinator (include transcripts)
  • Offered: Winter 2015

PHYSL 527 – Experimental Approaches in Neuroscience 

*3  (fi 6)  (second term,3-0-0). Lecture course designed to provide an appreciation and understanding of the vast array of experimental approaches used in neuro-biological research. Topics will include electrophysiological, neuropharmacological, and anatomical approaches used to understand how the nervous system functions at the molecular, cellular, and system levels. For advanced undergraduate and graduate students.

Prerequisite: PHYSL 372 or PMCOL 371. Offered in alternate years. 


PTHER 567 – Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience for Rehabilitation

*3 (either term, 5-0-0 in 8 weeks). Structures and functions of the human nervous system and the mechanisms of neural activity and signaling.  Emphasis is on integration and function. 

  • Corequisite:  PTHER 546, 563
  • Prerequisites: PTHER 516, 544 and 538
  • Course Coordinator: Crystal MacLellan
  • Registration Procedure: Email the course coordinator (include transcripts)
  • Note: This is an 8 week course for 5 hours/week

PMCOL 512 – Pharmacology of the Synapse

*3 (either term, 3-0-0). Current concepts of neurotransmitters, neuromodulators and trophic factors are discussed in the context of the normal, diseased and developing nervous systems.  Students should have some biological background either in physiology, pharmacology, zoology or the neurosciences. 

  • Prerequisite: Consent of the Department of Pharmacology
  • Course Coordinator: Peter Smith
  • Registration Procedure: Email the course coordinator (include transcripts)

PMCOL 514 – Biophysical Aspects of Ion Channel Pharmacology

*3 (second term, 3-0-0). T, R 09:30. A comprehensive examination of ion channels and their pharmacology. Topics to be covered include: molecular pharmacology, fundamental principles of bioelectricity, ion channel recording, analysis, classification, molecular biology, structure, pathophysiology and hereditary disease.

  • Prerequisite: Consent of the Department of Pharmacology
  • Course Coordinator: Peter Light
  • Registration Procedure: Email the course coordinator (include transcripts)
  • Offered: Winter 2015

PMCOL 612 – Drugs and the Nervous System

*3 (first term, 3-0-0). M, W, F 14:00. No disease can be cured without knowledge of the underlying cause and molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis. The goal of PMCOL412 is to learn about the molecular basis of disorders of the nervous system, current therapies in use, as well as novel potential treatments that are in clinical trials or at the preclinical experimental stage. Research frontiers in pain and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer, Parkinson and Huntington's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis and HIV-related neurodegeneration, among others, will be explored. Novel therapeutic targets and the potential treatments of tomorrow will be discussed.

  • Prerequisite: Consent of the Department
  • Course Coordinator: Simonetta Sipione
  • Registration Procedure: Email the course coordinator (include transcripts)
  • Offered: Fall 2014

PSYCI 511 – Biological Aspects of Psychiatry 

*3 (second term, 3-0-0). Lectures and seminars on: classification, description and measurement of psychiatric disorders; sleep disorders; biochemical theories of psychiatric disorders and discussions of how the actions of the drugs used to treat these disorders relate to these theories; practical aspects of drug treatment; biological markers; brain imaging; women’s health issues; herbal products and psychiatry.

  • Prerequisite: Consent of the Department of Psychiatry
  • Course Coordinator: Ian Winship
  • Registration Procedure: Email the course coordinator (include transcripts)
  • Offered: Winter 2015

PSYCI 515 – Child & Adolescent Mental Health

*3  (fi 6)  (second term,3-0-0). Lectures and seminars on mental health from the perspective of the developing child and adolescent. As the foundations of mental health are determined by the complex interplay of genetics and the environment, issues related to maternal mental health and potential impact on the developing foetus are also examined.  

  • Prerequisite: Consent of the Department.
  • Course Coordinator: Dr. A. Greenshaw
  • Registration Procedure: Closed to web registration
  • Offered: Winter 2015

PSYCI 604 – Cogntive Neuropsychiatry

*3 (second term, 3-0-0). Seminar course with lectures and reading-based class discussion on recent  cognitive-affective neuroscience findings in psychiatry. All psychiatric disorders are characterised by alterations in emotions, thoughts and cognition, yet neuroscientific evidence to corroborate and refine this observation has only recently begun to be integrated into psychiatric theory and research. Readings (updated annually) and discussions will review neural manifestations of cognitive-affective disturbances across and within mental illnesses. Following introductory lecture sessions, students will review, analyze and discuss in class recent neurocognitive findings in psychiatry. The goal of this course is to promote a neurobiological understanding of cognitive-affective changes within and across mental illnesses.

  • Prerequisite: Neuro 210 or Psycho 375 or Psycho 377 or consent of department
  • Course Coordinator: Esther Fujiwara
  • Registration Procedure: Email the course coordinator (include transcripts)
  • Offered: Winter 2015

PSYCO 574 – Advanced Topics in Neuroscience

*3 (both terms, 0-1.5s-0). See Bear Tracks

  • Prerequisite: n/a
  • Course Coordinator: Clayton Dickson
  • Registration Procedure: Bear Tracks

PSYCO 576 – Cognitive Neuroscience

*3 (either term, 0-3s-0). A graduate seminar in cognitive neuroscience. Topics include the neural bases of memory, language, emotion, and spatial orientation. Emphasis is given to interdisciplinary work that connects cognitive science to neuroscience. Although cognitive neuroscience is primarily concerned with humans, work with infra-human subjects that is directly relevant will also be discussed.

  • Prerequisite: Consent of the Department of Psychology
  • Course Coordinator: n/a
  • Registration Procedure: n/a