Do you want to understand how drugs act on the brain? The human brain has been called the last great frontier in science and medicine. In this unit of study, you will learn about how the brain normally functions and what goes wrong to generate neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases and disorders. As pharmacologists we study chemicals, modulators and their synaptic, cellular and neural pathway targets for potential drug therapies and to further understanding the disease processes. This unit includes a comprehensive lecture series that delves into the mechanism of action of drugs, cutting-edge pharmacology and neuroscience methods used in understanding of addiction, Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, schizophrenia, epilepsy, pain, anxiety and depression. You will develop skills through a series of tutorials and practicals to understand development of new therapies beginning at the molecular level stepping through to preclinical cellular and behavioural experiments and finally human testing of drug action. This unit of study is highly recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in medicine and allied health professions (e.g. nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, dentistry) and medical research pathways.
|(PCOL2011 or PCOL2021 or MEDS2002) or (BMED2401 and BMED2402 and BMED2405) or (ANAT2010 or ANAT2910) or (PSYC2010 or PSYC2910 or PSYC2015 or PSYC2915)|
At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:
Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.