Friday, October 7, 2011

U.S. Federal Innovation 12/365: New Neurons for You After All

BrdU-Labeled Cells
Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and created by Science Approach, New Neurons for You After All is an innovative e-laboratory for undergraduate neuroscience education. In this online laboratory, students explore how scientists came to understand that adult neurogenesis happens. First, students work through a brief tutorial on the history of neurogenesis research and the methods used by scientists. Next, they are introduced to the experimental design employed to conduct an important experiment in the history of neurogenesis research. After that, they learn how to identify cells undergoing neurogenesis, collect data from real research images, and analyze the data with an online statistical research tool. Finally, students come to conclusions about the research they have conducted, propose an additional research hypothesis about neurogenesis that could be tested by a scientist, and write a brief essay about the societal implications of this research. Along the way, students receive feedback to help them understand and apply neurogenesis research. More information about Science Approach's neuroscience e-labs.

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