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Neurology and Neurological Sciences Course Listing

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NENS 066Q. The Diseased Brain: Multiple Sclerosis as a Model of Neurological Illness
Preference to sophomores. Introduction to medical neuroscience through multiple sclerosis. Examination of gross and microscopic specimens of normal and diseased human brains; diagnostic test procedures; diagnostic reasoning processes leading to identification of illnesses; and the medical, social, and psychological dimensions of living with chronic illness and disability. Patient interviews and demonstrations of neurodiagnostic procedures such as electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), cerebrospinal fluid analysis, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Recommended: background in biological sciences.
3 units, Win (L. Dorfman) Not offered 2009-10.

NENS 067N. Intracellular Trafficking and Neurodegeneration
Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to sophomores. Cell structures and functions, the intracellular trafficking system that maintains exchanges of materials and information inside cells, and clinical features and pathologies of neurodegenerative diseases. Techniques for examining cellular and subcellular structures, especially cytoskeletons; functional insights generated from structural explorations. Prerequisite: high school biology.
3 units, Spr (Y. Yang)

NENS 199. Undergraduate Research
Students undertake research sponsored by an individual faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
1 to 18 units, any quarter (Search for instructor in Axess)

NENS 202. Longevity
(Same as PSYCH 102, HUMBIO 149L) Interdisciplinary. Challenges to and solutions for the young from increased human life expectancy: health care, financial markets, families, work, and politics. Guest lectures from engineers, economists, geneticists, and physiologists. GER:DB SocSci.
3 units, Win (T. Rando, L. Carstensen)

NENS 204. Stroke Seminar
Student initiated course. Standing at the intersection of many fields of medicine, including neurology, internal medicine, cerebrovascualr surgery, diagnostic and interventional radiology, and emergency medicine, as the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability, stroke is a critical topic for all practitioners of medicine. This seminar draws upon Stanford's leaders in stroke research to present and discuss the causes, presentation, treatment, and imaging characteristics of the disease.
1 unit, Win (J. Kleinman, E. Sherman; sponsoring faculty M. Lansberg)

NENS 205. Neurobiology of Disease Seminar
Case demonstrations of selected disorders, discussion of the pathophysiological basis of the disorder, presentation of the basic principles underlying modern diagnostic and therapeutic management, and a discussion of recent research advances for each disease entity. Prerequisite: Neurobiology 206 or consent of instructor.
2 units, Win (Y. Yang, W. Mobley, R. Reimer,) Alternate years. Not offered 2009-10.

NENS 206. Introduction to Neurology Seminar
Student initiated course. Exploration of aspects of neurology, including subspecialties. Current issues, clinical cases, and opportunities in the field.
1 unit, Spr (J. Goldner, M. Wehner; sponsoring faculty R. Reimer)

NENS 220. Computational Neuroscience
Computational approaches to neuroscience applied at levels ranging from neurons to networks. Addresses two central questions of neural computation : 1) How do neurons compute? and 2) How do networks of neurons encode/decode and store information? Focus on biophysical (Hodgkin-Huxley) models of neurons and circuits, with emphasis on application of commonly available modeling tools (NEURON, MATLAB) to issues of neuronal and network excitability. Addresses issues relevant to neural encoding & decoding, information theory, plasticity and learning. Lectures introduce fundamental concepts of neuronal computation; discussion groups focus on relevant literature examples of proper application of these techniques. Final project. Recommended for Neuroscience Program graduate students; open to graduate, medical, and advanced undergraduate students (with consent of instructor). Prerequisite: Neurobiology 206 and facility with linear algebra and calculus recommended.
4 units, Win (J. Huguenard. T. Sanger) Alternate years. Not offered 2009-10.

NENS 221. Current Issues in Aging
(Same as GENE 221, DBIO 221) Current research literature on genetic mechanisms of aging in animals and human beings. Topics include: mitochondria mutations, insulin-like signaling, sirtuins, aging in flies and worms, stem cells, human progeria, and centenarian studies. Prerequisite: GENE 203.
1 to 2 units, Spr (S. Kim. A. Brunet, T. Rando)

NENS 267. Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Disease
(Same as BIO 267) The epidemic of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer and Parkinson disease spawned by an aging human population. Genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms. Clinical aspects through case presentations.
4 units, Win (R. Kopito, R. Reimer, A. Wyss-Coray) Alternate years. Not offered 2010-11.

NENS 280. Early Clinical Experience in Neurology and Neurological Sciences
(Enrollment limited to MD and MSM candidates.) Provides an observational experience as determined by the instructor and student. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
1 to 2 units, any quarter (Search for instructor in Axess)

NENS 299. Directed Reading in Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
1 to 18 units, any quarter (Search for instructor in Axess)

NENS 370. Medical Scholars Research
Provides an opportunity for student and faculty interaction, as well as academic credit and financial support, to medical students who undertake original research. Enrollment is limited to students with approved projects.
4 to 18 units, any quarter (Search for instructor in Axess)

NENS 399. Graduate Research
Students undertake research sponsored by individual faculty members. Includes laboratory work in neurophysiology and neurochemistry. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
1 to 18 units, any quarter (Search for instructor in Axess)


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