Neuroscience

Science behind the nervous system that is responsible for learning, memory, perception & behavior

Curriculum

The course provides a comprehensive overview of cellular and molecular Neuroscience. We introduce core concepts and advances in the field of cognitive, behavioral, computational, and quantitative neuroscience. Recent developments in the field have provided new dimensions to study various aspects of neuroscience. Computational skills are increasingly required to understand the complex biology that can explain vast amounts of data generated via neural signals. We further focus on various neurological and neurodegenerative disorders that affect the brain, nerves, and spinal cord.

Highlights

  • Cellular & Molecular Memory
  • Learning, Encoding, Retrieval and Discrimination of memories
  • Perception, decision-making and cognitive development
  • The Mysteries of Sleep
  • Toward the Molecular Substrate for "Sleepiness"
  • Introduction to systems and computational neuroscience
  • Neuronal Mechanisms of Value-Based Decision-Making
  • A Brain-Machine Interface Approach
  • Neurological/psychiatric disease mechanisms.

Introduce topics & technologies like

  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Behavioral studies.
  • Pain
  • Neuromodulators
  • Neuroscience of psychedelics
  • Aging
Career counseling about an increasingly wide range of available careers, including research (academic & Pharmaceutical company based), teaching, Medical practitioners, to name a few.
We will further discuss new career profiles in the field of neurology and neurosciences with industry professionals.

Activities & Credits

Poster Making
Students learn to make high quality science posters & hone their presentation skills.
Report/Paper
Learn to draft scientific write-ups with clear and convincing narratives.
Certificates
Outstanding students also get opportunities for long-term projects with mentors.

Recent Student Projects in Neuroscience

Parkinson’s Disease: Challenges & Progress

https://elioacademy.org/student/23/annika-thakur

Annika Thakur
(Oak Park High School)

Parkinson's Disease is the second most common neurological disorder after Alzheimers. It is estimated to affect one million people in just the United States, and $14 billion is spent annually treating it. Also , ten million people are estimated to suffer from Parkinson's Worldwide. Parkinson's is a chronic and progressive disease that persists and worsens over time.

Impact of APOE-e4 on Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

https://elioacademy.org/student/23/nunnaphat-gemmi-haripottawekul

Nunnaphat Haripottawekul
(International School Bangkok)

The APOE-e4 gene variant is one of three forms of the APOE gene, with the others being APOE-e2 and APOE-e3. It constitutes a significant genetic risk factor for the development of Alzheimer's disease. Research on APOE-e4 has shown that individuals inheriting one copy of this variant from a parent face a notably higher risk of Alzheimer's compared to those without it.

Genetics of Epilepsy

https://elioacademy.org/student/23/adina-almakhambetova

Adina Almakhambetova
(NIS PhM Almaty)

Epilepsy is a chronic noncommunicable brain condition that affects approximately 50 million people worldwide. Its main symptom is recurrent seizures, which can be brief bursts of involuntary movement impacting a specific part of the body (partial) or the entire body (generalized). Seizure episodes occur due to excessive electrical discharges in clusters of brain cells. These discharges can originate from various brain areas.

Parkinson’s Disease

https://elioacademy.org/student/23/isabella-zarzar

Isabella Zarzar
(Carlmont High School)

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects various regions of the brain, notably the substantia nigra, a region responsible for controlling balance and movement. The development of this disease is a result of a complex interplay of environmental and genetic factors, possibly involving multiple components that contribute to its onset.