Neuropsychopharmacology (BMRI5013)

UNIT OF STUDY

This elective unit will focus on neuropsychopharmacology as a tool for research and as a treatment for brain disorders. The unit will link aspects of basic preclinical science to clinical therapeutics with an emphasis on the addiction and psychotic disorders. Links between brain circuitry and phenomenology will be briefly examined, as well as models of understanding the benefits and costs (undesirable) actions of psychotropics, although the focus here will be on antipsychotics. Students will examine the side effects of psychotropics that either shorten life or reduce quality of life, with the focus on a tripartite model of understanding metabolic risk. This will incorporate concepts relating peripheral signalling, neurobiological modulation and homeostasis, and neurobehavioural/ neuropharmocological mechanisms that interface with these. This unit will examine the application of pharmacological tools for the characterisation of neural systems and psychological functions and provide a link between the hard neuroscience of psychotropics and the clinical reality experienced by patients.

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Classes

9am-5pm Friday weeks 3, 6 and 11

Assessment

extended response questions (40%), poster presentation (30%), research proposal (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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