Cellular Neuroscience

This morning has been basically an overview of the cellular neuroscience and neuroschemistry particularly in how neurons exchange energy/information using electro chemical interactions. I am not going to attempt a full overview but it is amazing how nuanced the exchanges occur at the molecular level (for instance what a potassium i ion channel looks like) http://www.osti.gov/accomplishments/mackinnon.html

In addition we discussed pharmachology and how different neurotransmitters create different neurological responses

A neurotransmitter defines A chemical that is released from a nerve cell which thereby transmits an impulse from a nerve cell to another nerve, muscle, organ, or other tissue. A neurotransmitter is a messenger of neurologic information from one cell to another.

This afternoon we will discuss the implications of different drugs upon the brain both therapeutically and pathologically.

About Dean G. Blevins

Dr. Dean G. Blevins currently serves as Professor of Practical Theology and Christian Discipleship at Nazarene Theological Seminary. An ordained elder, Dean has ministered in diverse settings and currently also serves at the USA Regional Education Coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene. A prolific author, Dr. Blevins recently co-wrote the textbook Discovering Discipleship and edits Didache: Faithful Teaching, a journal for Wesleyan Education.
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