The module in Neural stem cells and nervous system repair will be principally taught by the Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience and the Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases (CARD). The module is one of several taught modules on the MSc Neuroscience and aims to further develop the students’ understanding of the role of stem cells in the nervous system gained from the compulsory modules in fundamental neuroscience.
The module aims to provide students with the latest knowledge on (i) fundamental stem cell research and (ii) translational research applied to a range of neurological disorders. The module will provide a specialised knowledge to the students for the use of neural stem cells as (i) research tools (such as induced pluripotent stem cells to model neurological disorders) but also as (ii) potential regenerative methods (such as stem cells transplantation).
The module aims also to broaden the knowledge of the students on the peripheral nervous system repair and central nervous system regeneration. In addition, the module aims to give an epigenetic and an imaging approach of the topic to the students.
Finally, the lectures in this module will be supported and complemented by tutorials on abstract writing, interpretation of scientific papers in the field and discussions on ethical use of stem cells for research and regenerative medicine in order to develop in the students a critical appraisal to published research and to their own future research project.
All together, the aim of the module is to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of the various strands of research methods related to neural stem cells and nervous system repair and an ability to interpret the literature. Students completing this module will be well prepared to take on a research project in this area and will have the option of combining this with a Module C8 Research Project in Neural stem cells and nervous system repair to allow them to further specialise in this area.Alternatively, students may wish to choose a research project in a different subject area leading to an understanding of research activities in two neuroscience fields.
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