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gsw040 - Molecular and Cellular Biology of Hearing and Deafness (Complete module description)
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Module label Molecular and Cellular Biology of Hearing and Deafness
Module code gsw040
Credit points 12.0 KP
Workload 360 h
Institute directory Department of Human Medicine
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Molecular Biomedicine (Master) > Background Modules
Responsible persons
Claußen, Maike (Authorized examiners)
Ebbers, Lena (Authorized examiners)
Ebbers, Lena (Module responsibility)
Claußen, Maike (Module responsibility)
Enrolment in Master´s programme Molecular Biomedicine
Skills to be acquired in this module

++ deepened biological expertise
++ deepened knowledge of biological working methods
++ data analysis skills
  + interdisciplinary thinking
++ critical and analytical thinking
++ independent searching and knowledge of scientific literature
  + data presentation and discussion (written and spoken)

Module contents
The module focuses on auditory neuroscience, molecular and cellular neurobiology.

Development, anatomy and function of the auditory system (cochlea to cortex), classification, molecular causes and inheritance of auditory disorders, investigation of these disorders in animal models, insights into possibilities of treatment/therapy

Discussion of current topics in molecular and cellular biology of hearing and deafness

Laboratory experiments to study mouse models of deafness/auditory processing disorders

Reader's advisory

Springer Handbook of Auditory Research Series Vol. 63:
 -   Manley, G.A., Gummer, A.W., Popper, A.N., Fay, R.R. (Eds.), "Understanding the Cochlea", 2017, Springer
 -   Oliver, D.L., Cant, N., Fay, R.R., Popper, A.N. (Eds.), "The Mammalian Auditory Pathways - Synaptic 
      Organization and Microcircuits", 2018, Springer
 -   Cramer, K.S., Coffin, A., Fay, R.R., Popper, A.N. (Eds.), "Auditory Development and Plasticity", 2017,

Jeremy M. Wolfe, Keith R. Kluender, Dennis M. Levi, Linda M. Bartoshuk, Rachel S. Herz, Roberta L. Klatzky, and Daniel M. Merfeld,  "Sensation & Perception", 2017, Sinauer

Vona, B., Haaf, T. (Eds.), "Genetics of Deafness", 2016, Karger Publishers

Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency Second half of the summer semester
Module capacity 8
Reference text
The number of participants for this module is limited to 8. If there are more students registered than places available, lots will be drawn. Students which are enrolled in Master´s programme Molecular Biomedicine will be preferred.
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Lecture, Seminar and Exercise
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge basic knowledge in neurogenetics
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
1 SuSe 14
2 SuSe 28
Practical training
5 SuSe 70
Total time of attendance for the module 112 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
presentation (50%), written report (50%)