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Unit information: Neuroendocrinology in 2020/21

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Unit name Neuroendocrinology
Unit code MEDIM7004
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. O'Carroll
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


The students are given a background in Neuroendocrinology with emphasis on: Interconnections of the endocrine and nervous systems; Hypothalamus; Anterior pituitary hormones; Stress.

The Aims and Objectives of this Unit are to provide an introduction to the neuroendocrine systems of the body. In addition, there will be a consideration of the neuroendocrine and immune systems and their relevance to disease. While basic research will be presented, this will be done within a framework of the clinical relevance of these systems.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this Unit students will have gained a good understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the major components of the neuroendocrine systems and will be able to integrate this knowledge in a coherent manner.

Teaching details

This unit is taught through a combination of lectures, class discussions, and a practical. The practical session will be hands-on or taught via alternative online sessions (composed of asynchronous and synchronous sessions). Tutorials may be given to further illustrate and discuss the unit subjects. Independent study: students are expected to study the recommended literature.

Assessment Details

This unit is assessed through summative coursework which will consist of two parts:

  • Infographic: preparation of an information poster for a Student Pin Board in the Bristol Medical School. 50% of final unit mark.
  • A 1,200-word overview of methodological approaches to study neuroendocrinology. 50% of final unit mark.

Reading and References

Selected relevant review papers from the literature.