At the end of the class the student should have acquired knowledge and skills related to the biochemistry of nervous system cells and of neurotransmitters, to gene regulation processes essential for neuron functions, to protein homeostasis systems in the same cells. Through the study of examples of pathological alterations corresponding to the different functions and processes treated, the student should have refined his / her ability to understand the complexity of the molecular interactions networks on which the nervous functions depend.
In particular, the student should be able to:
1) Know, inserting them in a general framework of molecular biology of the cell, the biochemical characteristics of the main cells of the nervous system at the basis of their functions; know the general principles of eukaryotic gene regulation and their specific variations in the functioning of nerve cells; be able to use the specific language of biomolecular disciplines in describing neuronal processes (knowledge and understanding)
2) Recognize the most appropriate methodological approaches for understanding the different neuronal processes at the molecular level; be able, on the basis of the examples discussed during the course, to understand the applicative relevance of the biochemical knowledge of neuronal processes, especially in understanding their pathological alterations and the corresponding therapeutic possibilities (applying knowledge and understanding)
3) Expose the results of the studies with competence and precision, even to a non-expert public (communication skills)
4) Evaluate and distinguish from each other the different levels of understanding of the nervous processes that can be accessed through the different disciplinary approaches, in order to critically appreciate the advantages and limitations of the biomolecular approach and knowledge (making judgments)
5) Link the different topics with each other and with the basic and related disciplines; update by consulting the scientific publications of the sector (learning skills).