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The neuroscience of drugs for therapy, for prevention, and for recreation.  Drug addiction and drug abuse. You’ll learn the prospects for new generations of medications in neurology, psychiatry, aging, and treatment of substance abuse.

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Week 1. Beginning 4 January 2014

Introduction and summary of the course. What is a drug? Types of drug molecules. Drug entry into nervous system. Drug receptors. Introduction to mammalian brains. Botulinum toxin. Origin of the resting potential. Electrophysiology.

Week 2. Beginning 11 January

Drugs activate ion channels. Drugs block ion channels. Drugs activate and block G protein pathways.

Week 3. Beginning 18 January

Drugs block neurotransmitter transporters. Pharmacokinetics. Recreational drugs

Week 4. Beginning 25 January

Drug addiction and Drug abuse.Nicotine Addiction.Opiate Addiction.

Week 5. Beginning 1 February

Drugs for neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease.

Week 6. Beginning 8 February

Drugs for epilepsy and migraine. Drugs for anxiety.

Week 7.Beginning 15 February

Drugs for psychiatric diseases: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia. Prospects for better drugs.


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Instructors

Henry A. Lester, PhD
Bren Professor
Division of Biology and Biological Engineering

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Coursera

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