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Unit information: Pharmacology of the Nervous System in 2016/17

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Unit name Pharmacology of the Nervous System
Unit code PHPH30004
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Usowicz
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

PHPH20011 Principles of Pharmacology 2A

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description

Students study advanced topics covering the pharmacology of the main neurotransmitters and neuromodulators in the central nervous system. Lectures cover the roles that the different transmitters and their receptors play in pain, drug addiction, and psychiatric disorders, as well as the fundamental mechanisms of drugs used clinically to alleviate these conditions.

Intended learning outcomes

  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the advanced topics covered in the unit and an ability to keep abreast with recent developments in the relevant field.
  • The ability to gather information from the primary scientific literature and to critically evaluate the material and appraise competing theories.
  • The ability to integrate information from multiple sources and disseminate it in written accounts
  • An understanding of the importance of specialist ion channel and metabotropic receptor pharmacology in the development and treatment of pain, in behavioural and psychiatric disorders, and in addiction.

Teaching details

Lectures

Assessment Details

The unit will be assessed through an in-course essay (1000 words) (10%) and one 3 hour examination in May/June (90%).

Reading and References

Reviews and primary articles from the current scientific literature.

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