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Myelin Gets on My Nerves

Author Information

  • Name: Austin Passaro
  • Position and Institution: PhD Candidate, Neuroscience, University of Georgia
  • Contact: passaroa[at], austinpassaro[at]
  • Available for contact for questions and classroom visits: Yes
  • Year contributed: 2021


  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Georgia Standards of Excellence: SAP1, SAP3


The nervous system is vital to the body’s information processing capacity, including cognition as well as basic life-sustaining functions. The structure and function of the cells and tissues that comprise the nervous system are very tightly linked, and these structures and organization help ensure proper functioning. This organization and structure, both on a large-scale and cellular level, is disrupted in neurological and neurodegenerative conditions, such as ALS and multiple sclerosis. In this lesson, students will learn the structure-function relationships and key disease mechanisms by first constructing neuronal models, then playing a quick game to demonstrate the importance of myelination.


  • neuroscience
  • nervous system
  • brain
  • spinal cord
  • neuron
  • glia
  • anatomy and physiology
  • myelination
  • information processing
  • neurological disorders
  • ALS
  • multiple sclerosis


georgia/myelin_gets_on_my_nerves.txt · Last modified: 2021/03/17 00:28 by georgia