Special Course Descriptions

PSY 410 NRM: Traumatic Brain Injury
Prof. Gibson

This course will provide an overview of experimental animal models of traumatic brain injury (TBI), focusing heavily on repeated concussions (a relatively new model of sports concussions) and moderate closed head injuries (a classic model of car accident-type injuries). Students will become familiar with the neuronal pathology typical of TBI, acute and chronic neurological recovery from experimental TBI, and endpoint, measurements and deficits in rodent models. Students will also develop basic (bench) research skills, gain familiarity with rodent anesthesia, surgery, and post-surgical care, and learn the leading rodent model oexperimental brain injury. We will explore research in the field through readings and examples, culminating in a major student research project.