"Genetic Influences on the Developing Central Nervous System"


Monday, May 12, 2014, 9:00am to 12:30pm


Harvard Medical School, Goldenson 122, 220 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA


  • Dr. Connie Cepko, Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. Davie VanVactor, Professor of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. Elizabeth Engle, Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology, Boston Children's Hospital

Description: This nanocourse will explore the fundamental mechanisms underlying the development of the Central Nervous System (CNS) with a focus on the genes that drive this process. We will discuss what is known about the genetic and developmental mechanisms involved in neuronal cell fate decisions and building meaningful circuitry in a variety of model systems from Drosophila through vertebrates. Finally, the course will look at the ways in which the knowledge gained from model systems is applied to understanding and diagnosing neurological conditions in humans.

For additional course and registration information, see https://nanosandothercourses.hms.harvard.edu/node/288