This is a report on the work done by a half-time Lecturer.
Much time was spent on teaching and administrative duties related to teaching, and some research was carried out in collaboration with Max Bennett of the Neurobiology Research Laboratory. There was some liaison with Liam Burke of the Brain Research Unit regarding the results of a previous project now being completed by Kris Turlejski in the Department of Neurophysiology, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland.
|Dent 2||Med 2||Sc 2||Pharm 1||Med 3||Sc 3||Total|
|Practical classes (no.)||48||(16)||22||(7)||34||(11)||-||20||(10)||3||(1)||127|
Total formal contact teaching time = 174 h
Additional time was spent in preparation of lectures, setting and marking of examinations, and the marking of major semester essays.
Course Supervisor for Physiology 1 for Pharmacy
Liaised with all the lecturers in this course, also with staff in the School of Biological Sciences and with the distributors of textbooks, was responsible for the examination papers and their marking, for the distribution of sample examination questions and their answers, for two evaluation question-naires on the course attended. Participated in Examiners' Meetings, prepared the course guide, made decisions on exemptions sought by students.
Acted as an adviser to 1st and 2nd year students in the Faculty of Science, informing them of courses and requirements.
Attended two seminars on 'Lecture Presentation and Motivational Techniques' organized by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and teaching presentations given by the staff members judged to be excellent teachers in 1994.
The ultrastructural features of neuromuscular synapses in the autonomic nervous system, specifically in the rat vas deferens, were examined in order to extend our understanding of the mechanisms of transmitter release onto these smooth muscle cells. As there is much debate about the closeness of nerve contacts onto smooth muscle, serial sections were used to accumulate detailed information on the width of the synaptic cleft, the apposition of the basal laminae, the distribution of vesicles within the varicosities of the nerve endings and the relationship of glial processes to the synapse. To date, 200 serial sections have been cut and are being analyzed. This project has been carried out in collaboration with Max Bennett of the Neurobiology Laboratory, using the facilities of The University's Electron Microscope Unit for transmission electron micro-scopy and computer image analysis.
The project described above concerning neuro-muscular synapses onto smooth muscle cells in the vas deferens will continue during 1995. Much of the detailed analysis required in this project still remains to be done, as well as further work on computer reconstructions to help visualize the relationships at the synapse. The collaboration and use of facilities will remain as stated above.
Cottee LJ, Fitzgibbon T, Westland K, Burke W (1991) Long survival of retinal ganglion cells in the cat after selective crush of the optic nerve. European Journal of Neuroscience, 3, 1245-1254