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Neurochemistry with Molecular Neurobiology

  • 15 credits

The human brain contains about 100 billion neurons and it has been estimated that these neurons form close to 10 000 billion contact points (synapses) with each other...

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The complexity of the nervous system

Note! Information on how teaching will be carried out in the fall will be published on before July 15th.

Understanding the brain and the nervous system is one of the most complex challenges for modern science. During this course you dive into the biochemistry of the nervous system and try to understand the nervous system and neurons on a biochemical/molecular level


  • Course structure

    The course will cover the following:

    • Neurotransmitter synthesis
    • Metabolic mechanisms at the synapse
    • Release and re-uptake/degradation of classical neurotransmitters
    • Receptors for neurotransmitters and their ligands, from a chemical-pharmacological point of view
    • The relevance of above molecules and their interactions for development of tolerance, supersensitivity and long term potentiation are discussed.
    • Aspects of neurochemistry as a basis for neuropharmacology will also be covered.


    Theory 7.5 ECTS

    Laboratory exercises 6 ECTS

    Literature seminar 1.5 ECTS



    Teaching format

    Lectures (not mandatory but highly recommended)
    21 lectures whereof some are mixed with group exercises

    Give you a factual basis, will teach new terminology, facts and details

    Two small short tests (dugga)

    Will give you a chance to get feedback on what you have learned so far

    • Short test 1, home assignment
    • Short test 2, written exam, may give bonus points on final exam

    Laboratory exercises (mandatory)

    • Three dry labs
    • Two wet labs

    Journal club exercises (mandatory)
    Will cover how to read and evaluate quality of a research article within neurochemistry with molecular neurobiology field.



    • Written exam at the end of the course
    • Individual lab reports, to be handed in latest one week after each lab exercise
    • Litterature seminar presentation


    Course responsible:

    Associate Professor Anna-Lena Ström


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
    • Lecture hand-outs
    • Scientific articles
    • Basic Neurochemistry: Principles of molecular, cellular and medical neurobiology Editors ST Brady, GJ Siegel, RW Albers & DL Price. Eighth edition, 2012, Academic Press, ISBN: 978-0-12-374947-5, recommended but not necessary


  • Contact

    Course responsible:

    Associate Professor Anna-Lena Ström

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