Please note that remaining meetings for Nanocourses have been CANCELLED.

The Neuroscience graduate program is excited to announce ‘nanocourse’ pilots this semester!

Designed for any member of the WashU Neuroscience Community, nanocourses are interactive 3-week courses (3 hours/week) that offer a deep exploration of an advanced topic through primary literature and guided discussions. You are invited to attend one (or more) nanocourses offered this spring!

Registration is open to WashU graduate students (GR2 or above), post docs, staff, and faculty members. Participants are expected to attend and complete assignments for at least 4 of 6 sessions. This will help us collect feedback and evaluate these courses as potential building blocks for future graduate courses. 

Interested to organize a nanocourse in the future?  Scroll down for more information.

Questions?  Contact the organizers Steven Mennerick (Professor, WashU Psychiatry) and Celia McKee (Grad student rep, Neuroscience Program)

Spring 2020 Nanocourses

Autoimmune disorders of the synapse

Steve Mennerick
Gerry Kress

Fridays and Wednesdays
March 6-25
10-11:30 am

From tales of exorcism to modern medical diagnosis: an autoimmune disorder, recently identified, and its relevance to schizophrenia

  1. Autoimmune psychosis
  2. Discovery of autoimmune NMDAR encephalitis
  3. Cellular mechanisms of NMDAR encephalitis
  4. Molecular insights
  5. Pathogenicity
  6. Animal models

Neuroscience without neurons (Glia)

Celia McKee
Erik Musiek

Mondays and Wednesdays
March 30-April 15
10-11:30 am

The neglected cell type that outnumbers neurons.  Join several local experts in critiquing the state of affairs

  1. Glia in Synaptic Health-Celia McKee
  2. Glial Genetics in Health and Disease-
    Jason Ulrich
  3. Glia in Calcium Signaling & Ion Regulation- Thomas Papouin
  4. Gliotransmission and Neuromodulation- Thomas Papouin
  5. Glia in Neuroinfectious Disease- Robyn Klein
  6. Glia in Neurodegeneration-
    Erik Musiek

Rodent behavior

Carla Yuede

Mondays and Wednesdays
April 20-May 6
10-11:30 am

Neuroscientists fancy themselves experts in the organ that controls behavior, but few are experts in behavior.  Come learn how to phenotype your mouse.

  1. Exploration and emotion
  2. Motor function and coordination
  3. Developmental disorders and social behaviors
  4. Cognition and neurodegenerative disorders
  5. Sensory perception and pain
  6. Operant conditioning and addiction

Interested to organize a nanocourse in the future?

We envision expanding and improving upon nanocourses in the Fall using lessons from this semester’s pilot courses. If you are a faculty member or advanced trainee interested in organizing and facilitating a nanocourse in the future (fall 2020 or beyond), please register by clicking the button below.  Nanocourses on any topics or techniques within neuroscience are encouraged!