Cellular neurophysiology: how neurons communicate
date_range Начало 3 октября 2017 г.
event_note Завершение 5 декабря 2017 г.
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How does information circulate in the nervous system? How is the universal language of neurons, the action potential, generated? How does it travel along axons? And how does it influence other neurons? Thanks to this MOOC, you will master these basic principles of neuronal physiology.

This MOOC is especially intended for students in biological sciences, high school science teachers, graduate students, research assistants and researchers who want to understand electrophysiology basics.

With an emphasis on the experimental approach, this course will address:

  • the ion concentration gradient and membrane potential that control the movement of ions across the neuronal membrane. These ion movements create ion currents;
  • the genesis of the action potential and its propagation to the axon terminals;
  • the function of the synapse: neurotransmitter release, postsynaptic glutamate and GABA receptors, postsynaptic currents and their integration.

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Специальные требования

We strongly recommend that you know essential concepts of cell biology (cell, membrane...) and a few basics of chemistry (ions, proteins...). We will review some principles, but this course is for people who have completed a year of college/university in a scientific field. It is even better if you know some physics (the notions of current, potential, resistance), but do note that we will use only two mathematical equations in this course.

Obviously, this training also requires you to be able to use a computer and the internet and that you have enough motivation and autonomy to complete it.



  • Week 1: Ion gradients
  • Week 2: Action potential
  • Week 3: Neurotransmitter release
  • Week 4: Glutamatergic synaptic transmission
  • Week 5: GABAergic synaptic transmission
  • Week 6: Postsynaptic integration


Constance Hammond, Ph.D.
INSERM emeritus research director at INMED, in Marseille, Constance Hammond led a team interested in the basal ganglia. She also created the Tous chercheurs experimental center, where high school students and patients come to work just like researchers, under the supervision of researchers, in a fully-equipped research laboratory.

Isabelle Virard, Ph.D.
Passionate about teaching science, Isabelle Virard manages this MOOC and coordinates its technical support.



Aix-Marseille Université

L'université d'Aix-Marseille ou Aix-Marseille Université5 est une université française pluridisciplinaire créée le 1er janvier 2012 par la fusion des trois universités d'Aix-Marseille existant précédemment, l'université de Provence, l'université de la Méditerranée et l'université Paul-Cézanne.

Les campus de l'université d'Aix-Marseille sont situés principalement dans les villes d'Aix-en-Provence et de Marseille. Son siège est à Marseille, au Pharo.




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