Department website: http://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/neuroscience
Randy Nelson, Ph.D., Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Doctor of Philosophy
- Joint Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy
The doctoral program in Neuroscience is committed to training the next generation of researchers and educators. Successful completion of degree requirements is based on research and scholarly achievement. Students will have opportunities to experience and acquire the skills needed for successful careers as independent scientists, including critical thinking, problem solving, writing, public speaking, and leadership. After completion of core coursework, students conduct an original research project culminating in a doctoral dissertation. Research experiences include evaluating scientific literature, identifying critical scientific issues, experimental design, grant and manuscript writing, publication of scientific papers, and presentations at national meetings. Students with career interests in teaching will have the opportunity to gain experience in innovative teaching methods and techniques, including problem-based learning, computer-assisted learning, and integrated teaching approaches. Faculty members have appointments in basic and clinical departments with expertise that spans all neuroscience sub-disciplines, including structural, cellular, molecular, behavioral, and developmental.
The neuroscience graduate program emphasizes research on the function and dysfunction of the brain and nervous system, providing students with innovative approaches to understanding neural mechanisms responsible for diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, brain injury and repair, as well as fundamental understanding of cellular and molecular neurobiology, motor and sensory systems, neural processing, cognition, behavior, and neural development.
Completion of the Ph.D. degree is realized when the student successfully presents the research results to faculty of the graduate dissertation committee and program/department. Typically, four to five years are required to realize this goal.
Current research areas include the following:
Sensory Neuroscience: mechanisms of auditory and visual system development, inhibitory neural circuits in the brain stem and cortex, synaptic development of thalamocortical circuits, molecular genetic control of retinal development and neural patterning, cell biology of G-protein-mediated signal transduction in vertebrate photoreceptors, olfactory signal processing in the brain, post-translational modification of proteins and protein assembly.
Cognitive Neuroscience: sound recognition, spatial hearing and sensory integration using fMRI, use-dependent plasticity in motor cortex after stroke, neurogenic communication disorders, or chemotherapy.
Neural Injury: functional and structural integrity of the blood brain barrier in health and disease, role of neuroinflammation in CNS pathologies, stroke pathophysiology and neuroprotection.
Behavioral Neuroscience: airway innervation and asthma, structural and functional changes in the hypothalamus of seasonal breeders, neurobiological pathways controlling food intake and obesity, plasticity in the amygdala, development of new compounds to treat neurological and psychiatric disorders, developmental aspects of sleep and sleep and circadian rhythm disorders, molecular psychopharmacology; learning, memory, and synaptic plasticity; signal transduction pathways involved in neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders.
Interdisciplinary research projects include: structure and transcriptional mechanisms controlling neural gene expression, molecular biology, and molecular genetics of neural degeneration and regeneration in the central nervous system; developmental neurochemistry and environmental influences on brain development, especially nutrition; neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of somatosensory and auditory systems, structural plasticity of astrocytes and modulation of synaptic contacts in the central nervous system, developmental neurobiology of anxiety disorders, development of synaptic connections in the neocortex, developmental genetics of rodent behavioral mutants; neural basis of pulmonary diseases, especially asthma and occupational/environmental diseases; mechanisms regulating microcirculation under pathophysiological conditions.
Graduate Program Director
- Randy Nelson - Ph.D., Ph. D. (University of California, Berkeley)
Associate Graduate Program Director
- Bernard G. Schreurs - Ph.D. (University of Iowa)
Doctor of Philosophy
|BMS 702||Biomedical Lab Experience||2|
|BMS 706||Cellular Methods||1|
|BMS 707||Experiential Learning for Biomedical Trainees||2|
|BMS 720||Scientific Writing||2|
|BMS 747||Foundations for Contemporary Biomedical Research I||4|
|BMS 777||Foundations for Contemporary Biomedical Research 2||4|
|Neuroscience Research Forum|
|NBAN 770||Fundamentals of Neuroscience 1||6|
|NBAN 772||Fundamentals of Neuroscience 2||4|
|Neuroscience Journal Club|
Seminars and Research Forum
Students are required to register for seminar in each semester of residence.
Students are required to enroll in Journal Club each semester. The course involves the presentation and discussion of current research papers and will help acquaint students with the variety of methods used in scientific research.
Students will conduct research with a dissertation mentor during time in the program. Students register for research credits each semester, and their performance is graded by their dissertation mentor.
Qualifying and Dissertation Proposal/Ph.D. Candidacy
The oral qualifying exam is given at the end of the second year of study. The dissertation proposal is completed in the third year of study. Admission to Ph.D. candidacy occurs following the successful defense of the dissertation proposal.
Dissertation Defense and First-Author Paper Requirement
Students are allowed to defend their dissertation when a minimum of one manuscript with the student as first author, based on dissertation research, is accepted in a peer-reviewed journal. The final examination for the Ph.D. degree consists of orally defending a written dissertation in a public seminar and then in private to the graduate dissertation committee. Satisfactory performance in the oral defense will result in recommendation for granting of the Ph.D. degree.
Suggested Plan of Study*
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|BMS 706||1||NBAN 760||1|
|BMS 747||4||NBAN 761||1|
|BMS 777||4||NBAN 797||1|
|NBAN 772||4||NBAN 760||1||BMS 720||2|
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|NBAN 797||4||Qualifying Examination|
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|NBAN 761||1||NBAN 761||1||BMS 707||2|
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|NBAN 761||1||NBAN 761||1||NBAN 797||3|
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|Total credit hours: 87|
NOTE: The graduate curriculum is finalized with a plan of study once the mentor and laboratory have been selected in the first year. The plan of study is developed by the graduate committee in consultation with the student. The courses listed above include the required and elective coursework necessary for the student to finalize his/her plan of study. When the student enters the laboratory of his/her doctoral dissertation mentor repetitive enrollments in research, seminars, and colloquia are typical and will determine total hours necessary for degree completion.
*This is a suggested plan of study. Course sequences and length of time in program may vary depending on student and altered total credit hours.
Major Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate skill in designing experimental protocols and in conducting productive self-directed research in Neuroscience
- Be able to pursue independent research in specialized fields of Neuroscience and to work with and contribute to interdisciplinary teams.
- Develop research skills including scientific communication and critical thinking/problem solving ability by participating in seminars and designated research skill courses
- Gain hands-on experience in conducting original research, including acquisition of background information (e.g., literature research), experimental design, data collection and interpretation and communicating the imiportance and relevance of research discoveries.
- Develop research communication skills by writing abstracts for research presentations, manuscripts for publication, research grant proposals, and a thesis or dissertation.
- Be competent scientists able to contribute to basic and health-related research in Neuroscience.
- Develop experimental rigor and strategies for replicability.
NBAN 701. Advanced Gross Anatomy. 2-6 Hours.
NBAN 703. Human Structure. 1-17 Hours.
PR: Admission to medical.
NBAN 705. Microanatomy. 5 Hours.
PR: Admission to medical basic tissues, and organs. science graduate program or consent. Study of cells,.
NBAN 706. Advanced Neuroanatomy. 2-4 Hours.
PR:CCMD 775 and.
NBAN 712. Special Topics in Anatomy. 2-4 Hours.
PR: Consent. included in the regular graduate courses. Different topics of current interest in anatomy that are not.
NBAN 714. Applied Anatomy. 2-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. Detailed student. study of anatomy, adapted to the needs of the individual.
NBAN 716. Craniofacial Growth and Maturation. 1 Hour.
NBAN 718. Dental Histology. 6 Hours.
PR: Dental student oral tissues. standing or consent of instructor or chairperson. Cells, tissues, organs. Structure, function, and development of.
NBAN 719. Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy. 1 Hour.
PR: Admission to medical, dental or basic science graduate programs, or consent. Head and neck craniofacial anatomy as it applies to specialties in dental or medical practice.
NBAN 724. Human Gross Anatomy. 7 Hours.
PR: Admission to dental Human anatomy including cadaver dissection for dental students. (4 hr. lec., 3 hr. lab.).
NBAN 751. Advanced Microanatomy and Organology. 2-4 Hours.
major topics included in NBAN 705 or 709. Special emphasis.
NBAN 760. Neuroscience Journal Club. 1 Hour.
PR: Enrollment with current research topics in Neuroscience.
NBAN 790. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.
PR: Consent. mechanism for students not on assistantships to gain.
NBAN 791. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. scheduled courses. Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly.
NBAN 792. Directed Study. 1-6 Hours.
Directed study, readings, and/or research.
NBAN 793. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
A study of contemporary.
NBAN 794. Seminar. 1-6 Hours.
Special seminars arranged for.
NBAN 795. Independent Study. 1-9 Hours.
NBAN 796. Graduate Seminar. 1 Hour.
NBAN 797. Research. 1-15 Hours.
PR: Consent. Research (Grading may be S/U.).
NBAN 798. Thesis or Dissertation. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. This is an optional course for programs that wish to provide (698), or dissertations (798). Grading is normal. formal supervision during the writing of student reports.
NBAN 799. Graduate Colloquium. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. For wish to meet residency requirements, use the of duly enrolled students. Grading is P/F; colloquium credit may not be counted against credit requirements for masters registration in the semester in which graduation occurs. University's facilities, and participate in its academic and actively involved in coursework or research are entitled, programs. Registration for one credit of 699/799 graduate.
NBAN 801. Human Structure. 19 Hours.