NEUROBIOLOGY Molecules, Cells and Systems
Gary G. Matthews
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Searching the web, search engines and lessons.
Using About.com you can narrow down your search to find neuroscience related links which include: a review of the cranial nerves, neuroscience-related dictionaries and education resources related to neurotransmitters, olfaction, vision, taste, vestibular system, somatosensory systems, and more.
Neuroguide.com is a searchable and browsable index of neuroscience resources including neurobiology, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, psychology, cognitive science sites and information on human neurological diseases.
Search PubMed for articles published in scientific journals using keywords.
A few on-line atlases:
The Digital Anatomist is a neuroanatomy interactive syllabus containing 3-D computer graphic reconstructions of brain material; MRI scans; tissue sections, some enhanced with pathways; gross brain specimens and dissections; and summary drawings.
An interactive brain atlas from Washington University may be useful for the student.
The Whole Brain Atlas from Harvard University compliles information from several different neuroimaging techniques.
The Medical Education Information Center (MediC) has a searchable website where you can find information and illustrations on the spinal cord and meninges, or on the histology of the skin including sensory receptors.
The organization of the Vertebrate Retinal by Helga Kolb, Eduardo Fernandez and Ralph Nelson. Everything you could want to know about the retina can be found on this site, including anatomy and physiology, retinal circuits, neuroactive substances, glutamate receptors and color vision. The site has links to illustrations and movies. Especially interesting is the page of facts and figures concerning the human retina
Here, the 6 readily identifiable layers of the cerebral cortex are explored.
From the University of Toronto, Canada, illustrations of the structure of the basilar membrane along with detailed text explain how the membrane responds to sound waves.
Some specific links which may help with internet assignments:
Find additional information and illustrations visit The 11th hour series on Neuroscience
The Nobel Prize is the first international award given yearly since 1901 for achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace.
This link provides additonal biographical information on Hodgkin and Huxley.
In two reports in the journal Science, a research team led by investigator Roderick MacKinnon at The Rockefeller University unveils the crystal structure that shows the potassium channel's surprising architecture. This link provides more information on MacKinnon.
a 584 mpeg movie showing the motor system with cortex
At this link you will be prompted to download a 2.85 mb Quicktime movie illustrating parts of the brain in 3D. The download takes about 12 minutes on a 33.6 kbs connection and requires a quicktime player to view.
These movies show the retinal ganglion cell growth cones as they navigate throught the living retinal neuroepithelium.
Additonal movies made by Judy Drazba at NIH show cultured growth cones from chick retinal ganglion cells growing on various purified substrates.
Interactive Flash animations from the University of Utah Medical School such as this one on the oculocephalic reflex and another animation showing voluntary control of facial muscles and effects of a tumor in the cortex, an infection of the mastoid process, or a vascular occlusion in the pons are instructive. Their gallery of scientific illustrations and animations might be of additional interest.
This large cross-referenced Glossary of scientific terms includes many links to photomicrograph examples.
Research the Scientific Library from the National Cancer Institue, Frederic Cancer Research and Development Center
Finally, try out some of the Exploratorium's interactive exhibits. The "Seeing" exhibit demonstrates how your brain interprets what your eye sees.