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IAP 2011 Subjects

Brain and Cognitive Sciences

9.911
Spec Top: Brain & Cog Sci
Responsible Conduct in Science
Matt Wilson
Mon Jan 24 thru Fri Jan 28, 02-04:30pm, 46-1015

Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Enter lottery by: 05-Jan-2011
No listeners
Prereq: Permission of instructor Limited to BCS Community
Level: H 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

To provide instruction and dialogue on practical ethical issues relating to the responsible conduct of human and animal research in the brain and cognitive sciences. Specific emphasis will be placed on topics relevant to young researchers including data handling, animal and human subjects, misconduct, mentoring, intellectual property, and publication. Preliminary assigned readings, initial faculty lecture followed by discussion groups of four to five students each. A short written summary of the discussions will be submitted at the end of each class.
Contact: Matt Wilson, 46-5233, x3-2046, mwilson@mit.edu

9.94
Independent Activities
Induced pluoripotent stem cell (iPSC) model of psychiatric disorders
Mriganka Sur, Show Ming Kwok, PhD
Mon Jan 10, Wed Jan 12, Fri Jan 14, 04-05:30pm, 46-4062

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 30 participants.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq:
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

For undergraduates taking Course 9 IAP subjects for credit. See IAP Guide for details. May be repeated for credit.
Since the breakthrough in reprogramming adult somatic cells back to their embryonic stem cell state, scientists have used induced pluoripotent stem cell (iPSC) as a valuable tool for studying psychiatric disorders. Skin cells from a patient can be reprogrammed by forced expression of 4 factors to form iPSCs. From these iPSCs, neurons and other cell types can be derived for investigating disease mechanisms and drug screening. In addition, neural stem cells can be transplanted into the brain of patients from which the skin cells were originally obtained and thus, bypassing immune rejection. In this series, we will use the development of iPSC model of Rett syndrome to illustrate the important role of iPSC in studying psychiatric disorders and discuss its limitations and potentials.
Contact: Susan Lanza, 46-2005R, x3-0482, sdl@mit.edu

9.95
Independent Activities
Research Topics in Neuroscience
Peter Schiller
Mon-Fri, Jan 20-21, 24-28, 10am-12:00pm, 46-3310

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq:
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

For undergraduates taking Course 9 IAP subjects for credit. See IAP Guide for details. May be repeated for credit.
A series of seven, 2-hour lectures will be offered. The lectures will be given by faculty members of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences who carry out research in various fields of neuroscience. In each lecture a specific area of brain research will be examined, delineating the issues, methods and findings pertinent to the topic. Students who are taking the class for credit must take a final exam on the last day of class.
Contact: Peter Schiller, 46-6041, x3-5754, phschill@mit.edu

9.97
Independent Activities
Introduction to Neuroanatomy
Rutledge Ellis-Behnke
Mon Jan 3 thru Fri Jan 7, 10am-12:00pm, 46-3002

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 100 participants.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq:
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

This subject will be an intensive introduction to neuroanatomy, involving lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on laboratories, including a brain dissection. This course will not assume any prior knowledge of neuroanatomy, though some general knowledge of brain structures will be helpful.
Contact: Rutledge Ellis-Behnke, 46-6021, x3-4556, rutledg@mit.edu


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