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Using Pharmacology To Help Us Study The Nervous System

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
June 30, 2014 - July 11, 20142M-F 9A-11:50AWaitlistedRobert Patrick10419

Course Description

Have you ever thought about how nerve cells in your brain talk to each other, and how psychoactive drugs can affect this process? In this class you will learn the latest ideas concerning how nerves use chemicals and electricity to communicate with each other, and how drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, LSD, caffeine and nicotine can alter brain communication.

Pharmacology is the study of drugs, and neuropharmacology is the study of drug effects on the nervous system. You will learn how scientists studying the brain use drugs to help us understand how the chemicals in our brain carry out their functions. These types of studies have significant implications with regard to possible drug therapies for diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as psychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia. They also have implications with regard to normal brain functions such as learning and memory. These are all topics that you will learn about in this class.

This course will be of value to any student interested in pursuing further knowledge and/or a career in medicine and/or research in the health sciences.

There are no prerequisites for this course, but a strong interest in science is a must!