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CMB 8361

Neuro-Immune Interactions

Credits:  3 credits

Grading: A-F or S/N

Prerequisites:  MICa8001 or equivalent or consent of instructor

Course Coordinator:  Dr. Tom Molitor, Dept. of Veterinary Population Medicine;; Dr. Sabita Roy is the faculty contact in Pharmacology.

Course Description: Lectures and discussions of the regulatory systems linking brain and immune systems in brain-immune axis, and functional effects of bidirectional brain-immune regulation.

Statement of Objectives:  To provide detailed understanding of neuro-immune interactions that impact immunological and psychological well-being.  Current research models and techniques are discussed.

Course Assignments: Read the assigned articles and be ready to discuss them in class.  Students will also present one to two assigned articles to the class during the semester.  A major component of the class is cooperative learning through group problems and cases.  A problem/case will be provided each week.   Each individual in the class will participate in the group addressing weekly problems and cases.  The group will submit a written response to each problem/case.

Evaluation Procedures: Grading will be based on:

a. A take-home midterm exam- 30%

b. A take-home final exam- 30%

c. A review and presentation of two journal articles, and discussions of these articles- 15%

d. Written responses to group problems/cases, due the following class- 25%

Text and Reference Materials:  No specified text.

Supplementary Information:  None.

Scholastic Dishonesty and Plagiarism:
Students are responsible for knowing the University of Minnesota, Board of Regents' policy on student conduct and scholastic dishonesty:
Scholastic dishonesty as defined in the policy and will be reported to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs: and will result in a grade of "F" or "N" for the entire course.  Plagiarism is an important element of this policy.  It is defined as the presentation of another's writing or ideas as your own.  Serious, intentional plagiarism will result in a grade of "F" or "N" for the entire course.  For more information on this policy and for a helpful discussion of preventing plagiarism, please consult University policies and procedures regarding academic integrity: Students are urged to be careful that they properly attribute and cite others' work in their own writing.  For guidelines for correctly citing sources, go to and click on “Citing Sources”.  In addition, original work is expected in this course.  It is unacceptable to hand in assignments for this course for which you receive credit in another course unless by prior agreement with the instructor.  Building on a line of work begun in another course or leading to a thesis, dissertation, or final project is acceptable.  If you have any questions, consult the instructor.

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