Neurobiology of Biological Clocks and Sleep (324-0-20)
Fred W Turek
Cook Hall, Room 2-141
Technological Institute F281: Tues, Thurs 11:00AM - 12:20PM
Overview of class
This course is designed to offer the student a comprehensive treatment of the properties and the role of biological clocks in living systems with emphasis on daily (i.e. circadian) sleep and seasonal rhythms. The course will examine the general properties of biological clocks and will analyze how biological clocks are used to time a number of diverse activities at the level of the cell, the organ, as well as the organism. Special emphasis will be placed on the neural basis for the generation of circadian rhythms and on the regulation of the sleep-wake cycle. The importance of biological rhythms for human health and disease will be covered in this course. Much of this course will involve the analysis and discussion of classic and recent experiments that have been carried out in the study of biological clocks and the control of the sleep-wake cycle. This class will be taught remotely and synchronously.
Prerequisite: NEUROSCI 202-0 or NEUROSCI 311-0 or BIOL_SCI 302-0.
Lectures and discussion of classic and current research being carried out in the field of sleep and circadian rhythm as well as student presentations of recent scientific articles related to the importance of sleep and rhythm for human health, safety, performance and productivity.
Midterm - 25%
Combination of Class Presentations and Term Paper - 35%
Final Exam - 40%
Class Materials (Required)
Readings will be provided via Canvas.
Class Materials (Suggested)
Prerequisite: Students must have completed NEUROSCI 202-0 or NEUROSCI 311-0 or BIOL_SCI 302-0.
Prerequisites apply, see description
Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: Student must have completed NEUROSCI 202-0, or NEUROSCI 311-0, or BIOL_SCI 302-0.