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HKU Junior Neuroscience Academy for the Talented


HKU Junior Neuroscience Academy for the Talented 

Programme Date: July 19-23, 2021 (Online Programme; 10am to 4pm)

Target: S2-4 students

Fees: HK$3500*

Registration: Please apply HERE* by June 1, 2021 (HKT)

*To apply for scholarships or grants, please select the specific programme on the system accordingly. (Deadline for scholarship application is on March 15, 2021 while grant application is on April 20, 2021)

The Fundamentals of Neuroscience course is designed to introduce high-school students to the structure and function of the nervous system. During the course, we will explore the neural bases of behavior at the cellular and systems levels. We will examine how neuroscientists approach the study of the nervous system while covering basic topics in neurobiology, neuroanatomy and physiological psychology. Engaging lectures, laboratories and group discussions will be used to deliver the course content.  

Learning outcome:

1)  Explain the functions of the major components of the central and peripheral nervous system.

2)  Demonstrate how the laws of chemistry and physics apply to mechanisms of neural activity.

3)  Explain mechanisms of animal and human neural function at multiple scales, from molecules and molecular interactions to interactions of neural circuits and brain pathways.

4)  Explain how information is encoded by neurons and neural circuits (information encoding, storage and recall)

5)  Describe how the brain generates complex cognitive functions including communication, emotions, sleep and cognition.

6)  Explain modern views of how the nervous system changes with experience, and how it is disrupted by stress, injury and disease.

7)  Understand brain diseases and mental illnesses.

Disclaimer: Programme contents are subject to change without prior notice.