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NeuroSci 101: High School Neuroscience Course

An Annual Lecture Series for High School Students taught by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience 2020-2021. There is no fee for high school students participating in the program. 

Registration for NeuroSci101 2020-21 is OPEN until November 1, 2020!

The course will run Monday nights, 5-6:30pm, from October 26th, 2020 to March 22nd, 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, NeuroSci101 will occur virtually this year using Microsoft Teams.

Please register with your full first and last name, ensure your email has no typos, and that messages from this address will not be sent to junk mail, as email will be our main form of communication during the course. Since NeuroSci101 will occur virtually this year through Microsoft Teams, please ensure that you use the same name upon registration and log in to Microsoft Teams. 

Please download and fill out the two forms at https://neurosci101cpin.wordpress.com/permission-forms/ and return scan copies to neurosci101cpinuoft@gmail.com prior to the first lecture. 

At the final review session on March 22nd, 2021, students who have attended at least 9 lectures (not counting review sessions) will be presented with a certificate of participation in NeuroSci101.

Interested students can register onthe course website at 

Course Website: https://neurosci101cpin.wordpress.com/ 


If you are a graduate student or a postdoctoral fellow in the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience and are interested in a volunteer lecture position, please click below to fill out the form at: http://www.neuroscience.utoronto.ca/events/course/neurosci_101_teaching_opportunity.htm

Lecture Times: Mondays, 5:00 to 6:30 pm

NeuroSci101 2019-2020 Schedule 




Oct 26, 2020

Lecture 1: The Nervous System

Virtual (Hosted on Microsoft Teams)

Nov 2, 2020

Lecture 2: Neuroanatomy

Nov 9, 2020

Lecture 3: Neurons, Action Potential, and Chemical Messengers

Nov 16, 2020

Lecture 4: Plasticity, Learning and Memory

Nov 23, 2020

Lecture 5: Vision

Nov 30, 2020

Lecture 6: Sleep

Dec 7, 2020

Midterm Review

  Holiday Break

Jan 11, 2021

Lecture 7: Touch and Pain; Movement

Virtual (Hosted on Microsoft Teams)
 Exam Break

Feb 1, 2021

Lecture 8: Stress; The Immune System

Virtual (Hosted on Microsoft Teams)

Feb 8, 2021

Lecture 9: When Things Go Wrong

 Family Day (February 15, 2021)

Feb 22, 2021

Lecture 10: Drugs and the Brain

Virtual (Hosted on Microsoft Teams)

Mar 1, 2021

Lecture 11: Brain Imaging

Mar 8, 2021

Lecture 12: Neural Networks and Artificial Brains

 March Break (March 15-19, 2021)

Mar 22, 2021

Final Review

Virtual (Hosted on Microsoft Teams)

For general inquiries, contact: neurosci101cpinuoft@gmail.com


  • Another useful resource is Brain Facts:
  • Lecture slides and additional materials will be posted prior to each lecture. It is recommended that you review the relevant sections in the aforementioned textbooks before attending the lecture.