Neuroscience Course:
Resources and Description


On campus resources:

Resources located in the Learning Resource Center and the Marvin Lab

  • Brainstorm
  • The Anatomy Project: Neuroanatomy series
  • Interactive Brain Atlas
  • Electrophysiology of the Neuron


The medical neuroscience course at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is a broad-based, multidisciplinary, course which has a strong emphasis on the clinical application of “traditional” neuroanatomical knowledge. This team-taught course utilizes the talents of over 20 faculty members from the departments of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, Medicine, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Pediatrics, and Radiology of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), John L. McClellan Veteran’s Administration Hospital (VAH), and the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in neighboring Jefferson, Arkansas.

The content of the medical neuroscience course includes not only the basic science concepts introduced in more traditional neuroanatomy courses, it also incorporates neurohistology, neuroembryology, neurophysiology, neuropathology, and neuroradiology. The usefulness of these concepts are reinforced by numerous clinically-based lectures which emphasize the importance of integrating basic neuroanatomical knowledge with the clinical symptoms presented by a neurological deficit. Other clinically-based lectures present current medical concepts concerning neuroimmunology, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, sleep, epilepsy, substance abuse, and memory and learning.

The didactic lectures are supplemented with numerous case conferences where the students are given an opportunity to solve frequently encountered neurological cases. A laboratory provides “hands-on” learning experiences in brain and spinal cord anatomy, as well as meetings with clinicians for the demonstration of cranial nerve testing, oculomotor and reflex testing.

Students also have access to computers (located in the library and the Marvin Computer Learning Lab) and video tapes for self-teaching, self-assessment, and reinforcement of their understanding of neuroscience. The computer-assisted learning programs include Hyper-Brain and Brainstorm software. Other programs and CD-roms will be purchased as they become available.

The medical neuroscience course has the following objectives: 1) to provide basic science information needed for courses such as physiology, pathology, physical diagnosis, pharmacology, neurology, and neurosurgery, and 2) to provide information and experiences so that students can diagnose the functional status of the nervous system from the signs and symptoms of the patient. To accomplish these goals, the medical neuroscience class meets for 18 weeks. There are ca. 96 contact hours divided into 58 hours of lecture, 24 hours of laboratory, and 12 hours of clinical case conferences. There are four examinations covering the 96 contact hours, and a comprehensive, subject specific, final examination which is prepared by the National Board of Medical Examiners.

The required texts for the course are:
The Human Brain, 5th edition. J. Nolte. Mosby, 2001.
The Human Brain in Photographs and Diagrams, 2nd edition. J. Nolte and J.B. Angevine, Jr. Mosby, 2000.


Archer, Robert L., M.D., Neurology
Chang, Jason Y., Ph.D., Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences
Davies, David L., Ph.D., Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences
Garcia-Rill, Edgar, Ph.D., Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences/Psychiatry
Harik, Sami, M.D., Chairman of Neurology
Labib, B., M.D., Neurology
Lucy, Jr., Dennis, M.D., Neurology
Mennemeier, M., Ph.D, Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences
Mrak, R., M.D., Ph.D., Pathology/Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences
Nazarian, S., M.D., Neurology, VA Hospital
Paule, M., Ph.D., NCTR, Jefferson, AR
Pocsine, K., M.D., Neurology
Rudnicki, S., M.D., Neurology
Stanley, L., Ph.D., Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences
Schmidley, J., M.D., Neurology
Sharp, G., M.D., Pediatrics (Neurology), ACH
Shihabuddin, B., M.D., Neurology
Skinner, R.D., Ph.D., Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences
Straub, K.D., M.D., Internal Medicine/Biochemistry
VanHemert, Jr., R., M.D., Radiology
Zraick, R., Ph.D., Audiology & Speech Pathology


Core Neuroscience Faculty and Their Research Interests

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 Robert D. Skinner, Ph.D. Robert D. Skinner, Ph.D., Course Director
Research interest: Locomotion pattern generators in the spinal cord; midlatency auditory evoked potential and restoring the inhibition of this potential preventing the development of post-traumatic stress disorder following a traumatic event.
 Dr. Chang Jason Y. Chang, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Neuronal programmed cell death, neurotoxicity of cholesterol oxides.
 Dr. Garcia-Rill Edgar Garcia-Rill, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Disorders of the reticular activating system; restitution of locomotor function after spinal cord injury.
 Mark S. Mennemeier, Ph.D. Mark Mennemeier, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Neuropsychology of neglect following stroke.
 Dr. Stanley Laura C. Stanley, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Cell biology of the pathogenesis of dementia with emphasis on glia-derived cytokines.