Disciplines/fields: Neurobiology, Animal Physiology

Duration: 4 sessions

Course Content

Section 1: Neurons and Muscles: Form and Function (CW, JS)

  1. Anatomy of Neurons and the CNS
  2. Signals in Neurons
  3. The connected Neuron: Synapses
  4. Motor Neurons und Muscles

Section 2: Rhythmic Movements: Central Pattern Generators in Motor Control (CW).

Section 3: Sensory Organs and their Physiology (JS).

Section 4: Sensory Control of Motor Activity (CW, JS)

  1. Reflexes
  2. Sensory Control of Rhythmic Motor Activity
  3. Directed movements


Students who attended this lecture series will have acquired an understanding of some important concepts in neuroscience.


Neurosciences, 2nd edition, C.G. Galizia & P.-M. Lledo (eds), 2013, Springer Spektrum, Heidelberg
Principles of Neural Science, 5th edition, Kandel, E.C., Schwartz, J.H., Jessell, T.M., Siegelbaum, S.A., and Hudspeth, A.J. (eds.), 2013, New York: McGraw-Hill.


Hans Straka is Professor for Systemic Neurosciences at the Faculty of Biology at the LMU Munich. He studied Biology at the LMU Munich and received his PhD from the same university. Starting with his postdoc, he got interested in the functional organization of the vestibular system including its variable morphology as well as the ontogeny and phylogeny of this sensory system. Using a variety of animal models, he has studied over the past years in the US and France and currently in Munich the respective contributions of cellular and neural networks to the sensory transformation of head/body motion-related signals into appropriate extraocular motor commands. Interactions with computational neuroscientists have resulted in a number of conceptual novelties on gaze control and computational models that bridge the gap between empiric experiments and theoretical background.