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