Neural Stem Cells – physiology and regenerative potential

Faculty of Medicine

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Non Degree Course

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General Objectives of the Course
The present course will help the students to understand that: 1- The nervous system is not immutable and new neurons are produced across the life span; 2- The role of neural stem cells in the physiology of the brain; 3- Potential use of neural stem cells in regenerative medicine; 4- Understand the principles and methodologies most used to stain neural stem cells in culture or in rodent brain slices; 5- Understand principles of confocal microscopy and its use for the study of neural stem cells; 6- Learn basic methodologies to quantify data in fluorescence microscopy images; 7- Understand the use of microscopy techniques in the study of functional living cells.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
The students should acquire the following competences: 1- identification of anatomic structures endowed with neural stem cells; 2- discuss the control of the neurogenic niche – proliferation and differentiation of neural stem cells; 3- to interpret and discuss data from the bibliography about neural stem cells; 4- to understand basic processes sustaining protocols for immunofluorescence; 5- understand the function and application of confocal microscopy in the study of brain tissue; 6- to develop critical reading capacity of scientific literature and exposing contents.
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Admission Requirements

Graduation in biomedicine, pharmacy, biology, biochemistry or other related areas.

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Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Regulation n.º 339/2012, published in Official Gazette no. 152, 2. Grade, August 7th (Regulation of Creation and Operation of non-degree courses at the UC).
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Final grading will be expressed as: “Approved” or “Failed”
The grade “Approved” will be subdivided as: “Excellent”, Very Good”, “Good”, “Fair