VisionScienceList: graduate program

JOHANNES ZANKER (JOHANNES@rsbs.anu.edu.au)
Thu, 23 Jul 1998 14:41:18 +1000 GMT

NEUROSCIENCES GRADUATE PROGRAM
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, CANBERRA

The Australian National University offers a multi-disciplinary
program in Neuroscience with unique coverage from the fundamental
aspects of molecular and cell biology of the nervous system, through
neurophysiology to the analysis of animal behaviour, human
psychophysics and computational neuroscience. The courses provide
advanced training in Neuroscience research in an environment of some
100 full-time research staff working in a large variety of
disciplines, offering access to world-class facilities, such as
excellent laboratory equipment, state-of-the-art computing resources,
and modern and comprehensive libraries.

Entry to the Neurosciences program can be at any level:
- Undergraduate Courses
- Graduate Diploma in Science (Grad.Dip.Sc.) / Honours Year
- Master of Science (M.Sc.)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Graduate courses are managed by the Graduate School. They are offered
jointly by the Faculty of Science in Chemistry, Psychology and the
School of Life Sciences, and by the Institute of Advanced Studies in
the John Curtin School of Medical Research, the Research School of
Biological Sciences, and the Research School of Physics and
Engineering Sciences. As indicated by the keywords listed below, the
scientific activities of the Neuroscience researchers at the ANU are
very broad and often multi-disciplinary. Students with background in
Biochemistry, Biology, Biophysics, Genetics, Computer Science,
Engineering, Ethology, Psychology, Mathematics, Molecular Biology,
Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychophysics
or Zoology are encouraged to enquire.

A number of competitive scholarships are available at the M.Sc. &
Ph.D. levels. Students may also enquire about Neurosciences workshops
and laboratory work experience schemes held during holidays. The
Graduate School and Students' Association (PARSA) offer a wide range
of Student Services, and the University provides assistance with
accommodation, in particular for overseas students.

For further information contact :
Johannes M. Zanker
RSBS, The Australian National University, Canberra A.C.T. 0200
Australia Tel. ++61-2-6249 5441 Fax. ++61-2-6249 3808
neuroscience.convenor@anu.edu.edu

or visit our webpage : http://www.anu.edu.au/academia/programs/n1

RESEARCH TOPICS

AUDITORY PHYSIOLOGY: auditory electroencephalogram, cochlear
micromechanics, cochlea efferents, rapid adaptation, two tone
interaction, role of inhibition

COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE: artificial seeing systems, cable theory
and excitable membranes, computational modelling of perception,
information theory and sensory physiology, neural networks for motor
control & vision, statistics of synaptic transmission

DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROBIOLOGY: central pattern generator for locomotion,
autonomic synapses, eye movements, eye growth and myopia, marsupuial
neurobiology, muscle spindle, neural activity and development,
neurotransmission and synaptic plasticity, neurotrophic factors and
second messengers, somatosensory and visual cortex, thalamo-cortical
and retino-collicular connectivity

MEMBRANE PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOPHYSICS: cardiac sodium and calcium
channels, channel kinetics of sarcoplasmic membrane, genetic
manipulation of ion channels, ion channels in viruses, ion channel
subconductance models, neurotransmitter action on ion channels, novel
ion channels

MOLECULAR NEUROBIOLOGY: drug action and disease processes, homeobox
genes in Locusta and Drosophila, neurogenetics of flies and locusts,
molecular basis of learning in bees and flies, molecular basis of
retinotopic map formation, receptor transduction systems, regulatory
protein molecular biology, synaptic vesicle cycle, transcription
factors in the neuromuscular system of insects

MUSCLE PHYSIOLOGY: sarcolemmal calcium channels, calcium channels in
malignant hypothermia, calcium, electron microscopy of sarcoplasmic
reticulum, ryanodine receptor

NEUROPHARMACOLOGY: receptors in autonomic synapses, dopamin & GABA
receptors in brain slices, neuropeptides, pharmacological patch-clamp
studies of visual cortex, transmitter release in CNS synapses,
neurotransmitters in the retina

NEUROPHYSIOLOGY: attention and memory in visual cortex, cable
properties and circuits in hippocampus, dendritic integration, hypoxia
and voltage-dependent ion channels, inhibitory plasticity in sensory
systems, LTP in cultured hippocampal neurons, LTP in bee central
nervous system, mechanisms of synaptic transmission, retinal and
thalamic electrophysiology

VISUAL SCIENCES: adaptation in insect, wallaby, and man, cortical
connectivity and function, electron microscopy, glaucoma, optic
neuritis & macular degeneration, human psychophysics of orientation,
shape, texture, motion, and stereopsis, information theory and eye
design, insect-plant interactions, learning and memory in insects,
machine vision and biorobotics, mental represenation in autism, optic
nerve function and dysfunction, retinal lesions and plasticity in
adult cortex, nonlinear systems identification, shape and depth from
image motion, pattern electroretinogram, perceptual learning, retinal
circuits and early visual processing, visual navigation, visual
ecology

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johannes m. zanker
convenor neuroscience graduate program
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centre for visual sciences
research school of biological sciences
australian national university
p.o. box 475, canberra, A.C.T. 2601
australia
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e-mail neuroscience.convenor@anu.edu.au
phone ++61-6-249-5441
fax ++61-6-249-3808
http://cvs.anu.edu.au/neurosci/neuro_pro.html
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