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Current Topics in the Neurobiology of Disease Course

UTHealth Neuroscience Research Center and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Current Topics in the Neurobiology of Disease – GS14 1021

Neuromodulation and Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI)

Directors: John Seymour, PhD, Heather Webber, PhD, and John Byrne, PhD

Course Description

This course is an integrated approach to neurological diseases, which includes background information as well the diagnosis, the treatment, and the biological mechanisms of the diseases under study. The topic for Fall 2023 will explore the rapidly growing field of “Neuromodulation and Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI).” This course will provide students with a broad understanding and appreciation for invasive (e.g., electrocorticography (ECoG), stere-electroencephalography (sEEG), local field potential (LFP), deep brain stimulation (DBS)) and non-invasive (surface EEG, transcranial magnetic stimulation, transcranial current stimulation) recording and stimulation modalities as they relate to brain mapping, neurological/psychiatric diseases and disorders (e.g., stroke, epilepsy, depression, PTSD) as well as the augmentation and/or restoration of certain functions. Importantly, discussion of ethical implications as well as the future of these emerging technologies will be threaded throughout and specifically addressed. Lectures will be given by leading experts in the field from UTHealth Houston, Rice University, and Baylor College of Medicine.

Current Topics in the Neurobiology of Disease – Fall 2023_Lecture Schedule

This course is open to graduate students, medical students, residents and postdoctoral fellows.

Course Requirements: Attendance and completion of final essay (based on a course lecture, Postdoctoral fellows are exempt)

Lecture Time and Location:
August 29 through December 12, 2023
Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
McGovern Medical School MSB 7.037