This unit of study builds on pharmacological knowledge acquired in the intermediate PCOL and BMED units of study with a major emphasis on gaining an understanding of neuropharmacology. The neuropharmacology of the major neurotransmitters and their role in neuropsychiatric diseases is explored together with the treatment of conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, movement disorders, stroke, depression, anxiety, epilepsy, pain and schizophrenia. Elective projects relate to current research areas in Pharmacology.
Two 1 hour lectures per week, five 1 hour tutorials, three 3 hour practicals, elective project (equivalent to three 4 hour practicals).
One 2 hour theory exam, tutorial presentation, practical report, lecture quizzes and elective project (100%)
Nestler, EJ, Hyman, SE and Malenka, RC. Molecular Neuropharmacology: A Foundations for Clinical Neuroscience, 2nd ed. McGraw Hill, 2009.
PCOL2011 or (BMED2401 and an additional 12 credit points from BMED240X)
An annual average mark of 70 or above in the previous yearProhibitions