"Neuroscience for Everyday Life” is a new course in collaboration with the Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative, Al-Quds University. This course will cover the principles of neuroscience in the form of structure and function of the nervous system, in health and disease. This course uses a new approach to present neuroscience in the context of daily life activities and common diseases we hear about. Upon the completion of the course, we expect that you will be able to have the basic skills to interpret the general phenomena you encounter using the principles of neuroscience. We hope this will reflect positively on your lifestyle and encourage you to take control of the different details in your life based on knowledge and enlightenment.
This course will include four main topics: (1) The brain and neurotransmission (2) Sensory function (3) Motor function (4) Cognitive function.
We designed this course to fit the needs of those who are interested to learn about neuroscience regardless of their educational backgrounds and interests. The Arab World is plagued by a very prevalence of neurological and psychiatric disorders that is accompanied by a great deal of unclarity, confusion, and social stigma. At the conclusion of this course, we hope that you will be able to recognize key symptoms of brain disorders and link them to their neural basis and day-to-day life activities.
The basic structure of the nervous system and neurons. - Chemical and electrical neurotransmission. - Diseases that happen due to structural abnormalities in the nervous system. - How the structure and function of the nervous system shapes our daily life activities.
The neural basis of touch, proprioception, pain, vision, hearing, equilibrium, smell, and taste. - Diseases that are associated with sensory dysfunction. - The effect of sensory function on our daily life activities.
Centers for the regulation of motor function in the nervous system. - Diseases related to motor dysfunction. - How motor function dictates many of our daily activities.
The basic cognitive functions of the brain, such as executive function, memory, and emotions. - Diseases that are associated with abnormal cognitive functions of the brain. - How cognitive function shapes our daily life.
Joman Y. Natsheh, a physician and a neuroscientist, is an associate research scientist at Kessler Foundation and a Research Assistant Professor at Rutgers University Medical School in the USA. She is a founding member and the associate director of the Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative at Al-Quds University in Palestine. Joman received her medical degree from Al-Quds University, and completed her Ph.D. training in behavioral and neural sciences at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on characterizing neural, molecular, and cognitive/behavioral correlates of neurodevelopmental disorders in children and in animal models. After completing her medical training, Joman was selected as one of three researchers worldwide to receive the Rita Levi-Montalcini Postdoctoral Fellowship from the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). She was also rewarded the Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Award for Young Arab Neuroscientist and the Al-Ashwal award for Outstanding Neuroscientists in the MENA region.
Mohammad M. Herzallah, a neuroscientist/physician, is the founder and director of the Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative at Al-Quds University in Palestine, and research scientist at Rutgers University in the USA. Mohammad obtained an M.D. degree from Al-Quds University, Palestine in 2009, and a Ph.D. in behavioral and neural sciences from Rutgers University, USA in 2015. His research focuses on the identification of neural and cognitive markers for the diagnosis of neuropsychiatric disorders. In 2011, Mohammad received the Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Young Arab Neuroscientist Award. In 2013, he received the TED Fellowship, and was selected among the 500 Most Powerful Arabs in the World by Arabian Business. In 2016, Mohammad was selected by the Lancet to be on their Commission for Global Mental Health. In 2019, Mohammad was selected as a Fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. His work was featured by international media outlets including Forbes, Science Magazine, Nature, and TED Conferences.
I have received my M.D. degree in 2019 from AlQuds University. During my study of the basic sciences of medicine, neuroscience and neuro-anatomy were the most exciting curriculums to discover. At that time I put my sentiment in action and joined the PNI in 2016 as a volunteer, where I started to learn the basics of research and being a researcher in the field of neuroscience. After graduation, I started working as research associate at the PNI for the psychopathology team, studying the cognitive changes in mood disorders that affect a lot of people, in particular my society in Palestine, in reaction with the highly stressful daily life events.