Neuroscience of Vision

Course Number: 
NSC 5203
Semesters Offered: 

This neuroscience course is a comprehensive introduction to the visual system, focusing on the structure and function of the visual system both in health and disease. Anatomical, cellular, physiological and behavioral aspects of visual neuroscience will be discussed. Topics that will be covered include: anatomy of the eye and orbit, development of the visual system, cornea and lens, glaucoma and aqueous humor, phototransduction, neural circuitry of the retina, glial function in the retina, central mechanisms of vision, psychophysics of vision, retinopathies and neurodegeneration in the retina and the brain. The course is intended for graduate students in neuroscience, psychology and other biomedical disciplines, but is also appropriate for advanced undergraduate students in the biomedical sciences, particularly those bound for medical and graduate school.