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Gender Brain across species

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M2_E30_Genderbrain_schedule 2021-2022

Master in Life Science, ENS
Year : M2
Semester : S1
Course code : ME E30
ECTS : 3
Coordinator : Marie GENDREL, MCF Biology Department, ENS
Hours : 1 week

Keywords :
sexual dismorphism, zebrafish, C. elegans, mouse, drosophila, humans, neural circuits

Prerequisites for the course :
A good background in cell biology and neurosciences would be recommended but it is not mandatory.

Course objectives and description :
We aim to have an overview of the neural circuit control of sexually dimorphic behaviors from several perspectives, including how neural circuits in general, and sexually dimorphic neurons in particular, can generate sexually dimorphic behaviors. Answers to those problematics have come to light thanks to research on invertebrate as well as vertebrate model organisms.

Organization :
Each day will be divided as followed : in the morning, there will be an introduction to one model organism followed in the afternoon by seminars based on the latest sexual dimorphism discovery related to that model organism.

Assessment/evaluation :
At the end of the week, you will be asked to do a paper presentation by group of two. Papers will be distributed at the beginning of the week.
25% of your final grade will based on punctuality, assiduity and participation during the class.
25% of your final grade will be based on the questions you will ask to one of the designated group during the presentation.
50% of your final grade will be based on the quality of your presentation and how you will answer the questions.

Course material (hand-outs, online presentation available, …) :

Suggested readings in relation with the module content (textbook chapters, reviews, articles) :