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Neurophysiology

Biology Master, ENS
Coordination : Mariano Casado, Biology Department, ENS, Régis Lambert, UPMC
Hours : 24 h lecture, 90 h workshops
Credits : 12 ECTS
Semester : 1st semester
Number of students : 10

Aims : This course aims at providing a complete theoretical and practical grounding in the electronic and optical techniques underlying modern research in Neurophysiology.

Themes : Neurons are excitable cells that "express" themselves mainly through electrical signals. These signals (membrane potential changes, current flow through ion channels ...) take place on a very fast time scale, of the order of milliseconds. The nature and speed of these signals impose strong constraints on experimental approaches for studying the physiology of neurons. The two disciplines best adapted to the requirements of Neurophysiology are electrophysiology and cellular imaging techniques. Both aspects will be treated in this course.

Organization :} During the course, students will use existing experimental facilities at the ENS and UPMC, but they will also assemble experimental setups adapted to the different planned experiments for themselves. They will perform pilot experiments and analyze data.

Teaching team :
Mariano Casado (ENS-Biology)
Régis Lambert (UPMC)
Boris Barbour (ENS-Biology)
Thomas Bessaih (UPMC)
Jean-François Léger (ENS-Biology)
Guillaume Dugué (ENS-Biology)
Philippe Faure (CNRS-UPMC)
Clément Léna (ENS-Biology)

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