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1st BioSim Conference


Course: Computer Simulations in Life-Science Education

Author: Hans A. Braun, Institute of Physiology, University of Marburg.

Names and affiliation of other authors:
Hans A. Braun
Horst Schneider
Bastian Wollweber
Karlheinz Voigt
Institute of Physiology, Philipps University of Marburg.
Martin C. Hirsch
interActiveSystems, Marburg/Berlin

Oral or poster: Oral presentation

This course will give an introduction, followed by hands-on exercises, into virtual computer laboratories (cLabs) which have been developed for education in medical, biological, pharmacological, biophysical and related faculties (see also
This includes examples of the `Virtual Physiology´ series (distributed by Thieme Publ.) which offer realistic representation of the laboratory equipment for experimentation almost like in the real world, e.g. for compound action potential recordings (SimNerv), for patch-clamp experiments (SimPatch) or basic pharmacological experiments with the isolated `Langendorff´ heart (SimHeart). Main focus will be laid on the mechanism based simulations of `cLabs-Neuron´ which allow to do both current- and voltage clamp studies with virtual neurons of adjustable membrane parameters for a better understanding of the interrelations between ion channel characteristics and action potential generation. The didactic and programming concepts of the different approaches will be explained.
Additionally, beyond the use of computer simulations for teaching, also new concepts of teaching computer simulations in life science education shall be discussed as a prerequisite for broader use of these techniques also in life science research.

1st BioSim Conference. October 6th to October 8th, 2005. Palma de Mallorca, Spain.