Gerhard Schratt: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2023

Name Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schratt
FieldSystems Neuroscience
Professur für Systemneurowiss.
ETH Zürich, Y17 L 48
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 81 32
DepartmentHealth Sciences and Technology
RelationshipFull Professor

376-1305-01LNeural Systems for Sensory, Motor and Higher Brain Functions
Information for UZH students:
Enrolment to this course unit only possible at ETH. No enrolment to module BIO343 at UZH.
Please mind the ETH enrolment deadlines for UZH students: Link
3 credits2VG. Schratt, J. Bohacek, R. Fiore, R. Polania, W. von der Behrens, J. Winterer, further lecturers
AbstractThe course covers the structure of the adult nervous system (NS) with focus on: sensory systems, cognitive functions, learning and memory, molecular and cellular mechanisms, animal models, and diseases of the NS.
ObjectiveThe aim is to give a deepened insight into the structure of the nervous system based on molecular, cellular and biochemical approaches.
ContentThe main focus is on the structure of the NS: biology of the adult nervous system; structural plasticity of the adult nervous system, repair of the NS: networks and nerve fibers, pathological loss of cells.
LiteratureThe lecture requires reading of book chapters, handouts and original scientific papers. Further information will be given in the individual lectures and are mentioned on Moodle.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
377-0107-00LNervous System Restricted registration - show details 5 credits5VD. P. Wolfer, I. Amrein, C. Baumann, J. Bohacek, D. Burdakov, R. Fiore, B. Ineichen, Z.‑M. Manjaly, G. Schratt, L. Slomianka, O. Ullrich, further lecturers
AbstractStructure and function of the central and peripheral nervous system including its major disorders.
ObjectiveUpon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. distinguish important cell types of the nervous system (neurons, glial cells) on the basis of their structure and function;
2. correctly describe neurophysiological basics of stimulus conduction and processing in the peripheral and central nervous system;
3. correctly name the organ structures and circuits involved in the development of the peripheral and central nervous system;
4. associate the different brain areas with corresponding functions in homeostasis, sensory, motor and cognitive functions;
5. identify clinical pictures associated with the loss of function of certain structures of the central and peripheral nervous system and to understand the mode of action of current therapeutic approaches.
ContentIn this module, students get an overview of the structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) of the peripheral and central nervous system as well as selected neurological diseases (pathophysiology).
The module is subdivided into a total of six subject areas:
1. basics of neurophysiology, stimulus conduction and processing using the example of the motor end plate, peripheral nervous system, associated clinical pictures (myasthenia gravis)
2. structure, circuits and pathways in the spinal cord, spinal nerves, motor stimulus conduction in the spinal cord, spinal cord lesions and pain
3. anatomy and function of the brain stem and cranial nerves and their significance for motor and sensory functions, lesions (brain stem syndromes)
4. anatomy and function of basal ganglia, thalamus and hypothalamus, control of the autonomic nervous system (homeostasis, food and water intake), basal ganglia defects using Parkinson's disease as an example
5. anatomy and function of the cerebellum and vestibular system, fine control of motor functions, associative learning, cerebellar symptoms (ataxias), organ of equilibrium
6. anatomy and function of the cerebrum, sensory and motor processing, cognition, learning and memory, neurodegenerative (Alzheimer) and neuropsychiatric (schizophrenia) disorders