Course Syllabi

Syllabi for the first-year courses Systems Neuroscience and Theoretical Neuroscience, Experimental Neuroscience, and Neural Data Modelling are below.

A photo of SWC PhD students, post-docs and faculty performing an experiment

Systems Neuroscience and Theoretical Neuroscience

Module 1 - Systems Basics

Module Introduction All module organisers

Introduction to Theoretical Neuroscience: from Channels to Circuits Peter Latham

Voltage-Gated Channels Tiago Branco

Dendritic Integration Tiago Branco

Plasticity Troy Margrie

Module 2 - Sensory Systems

Introduction to Sensory Systems Tom Mrsic-Flogel

Perception as Signal Processing Maneesh Sahani

Perception as Inference Maneesh Sahani

Organisation of Cortical Circuits Tom Mrsic-Flogel

Abstract Representation in Sensory Systems Neil Burgess

Influence of Behaviour and Context on Sensory Processing Sonja Hofer

Module 3 - Social and Affective Systems

Module Introduction John O’Keefe

Implementation of Innate Circuits Yoh Isogai, Christina Mazuski, Lennart Oettl

Parental/Pup-Directed Behaviour Yoh Isogai

The Amygdala John’O’Keefe

Defensive Behaviour Tiago Branco

Human Emotion Quentin Huys

Module 4 - Action Systems

Module Introduction Andrew Murray

Pattern Generation Peter Latham

Computational Control Maneesh Sahani

Cerebellum Tom Otis

Basal Ganglia Marcus Stephenson-Jones

Neocortex: Circuitry and Models Andrew Murray, Maneesh Sahani

Module 4 Q&A All module organisers

Module 5 - Cognitive Systems, Decision Making, and Learning

Decision-Making I: From Sensation to Action Sonja Hofer

Decision-Making II: Evidence Integration Peter Latham

Reinforcement Learning Theory Quentin Huys

Decision-making III: Learning How to Act Marcus Stephenson-Jones

Synaptic Plasticity and BCM Theory Claudia Clopath

Neuromodulation and State Changes Marcus Stephenson-Jones

Neural Correlates of Engrams and Learning Sonja Hofer

Working Memory and Cognitive Control Athena Akrami

Intelligence and Adaptive Behaviour Adam Kampff

Module 5 Q&A All module organisers

Lecturers

Athena Akrami, Group Leader, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University College London

Tiago Branco, Group Leader, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University College London

Neil Burgess, Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience, Space and Memory Group Leader, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London

Claudia Clopath, Reader in Computational Neuroscience, Department of Bioengineering, Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College

Sonja Hofer, Associate Professor in Neural Circuits and Behaviour, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University College London

Quentin Huys, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Max Planck Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, University College London

Yoh Isogai, Group Leader, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University College London

Adam Kampff, Group Leader, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University College London

Peter Latham, Professor of Theoretical Neuroscience, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit University College London

Troy Margrie, Professor of Systems Neuroscience, Associate Director, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University College London

Christina Mazuski, Research Fellow, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University College London

Tom Mrsic-Flogel, Professor in Neural Circuits and Behaviour, Director, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University College London

Andrew Murray, Group Leader, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University College London

Lennart Oettl, Research Fellow, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University College London

John O’Keefe, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University College London

Tom Otis, Professor of Neuroscience, Chief Scientific Officer, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University College London

Maneesh Sahani, Professor of Theoretical Neuroscience and Machine Learning, Director, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London

Marcus Stephenson-Jones, Group Leader, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University College London

Experimental Neuroscience

Photo of a SWC student optimising an experimental set-up in the Experimental Neuroscience course

Module 1 - Electrophysiology Fundamentals

Organisers: Tiago Branco, Troy Margrie

Teaching assistants: Oriol Pavon Arocas, Charly Rousseau, Vanessa Stempel, Chryssanthi Tsitoura, Mateo Velez-Fort

Module 2 - Optics and Imaging

Organisers: Sonja Hofer, Tom Mrsic-Flogel

Teaching assistants: Rob Campbell, Alex Fratzl, Francesca Greenstreet, Petr Znamenskii

Module 3 - Molecular Biology and Behaviour

Organisers: Yoh Isogai, John O’Keefe

Teaching assistants: Marius Bauza, Mathew Edwards, Christina Mazuski, Daniel Regester, Spencer Wilson

Module 4 - Optogenetics and Photometry

Organisers: Andrew Murray, Tom Otis

Teaching assistants: Emily Reader-Harris, Victoria Tung, Egzona Morina

Module 5 - From Computer Vision to Closed Loop Reinforcement

Organisers: Athena Akrami, Adam Kampff, Marcus Stephenson-Jones

Neural Data Analysis