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Pharmacology and Neuroscience

Department of Pharmacology Courses

A brief description of each course is provided below. Please consult the graduate school course catalog for a more complete description of the courses. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Topics in Pharmacology (GPHM 5101, 5201, 5301)

Specific areas of pharmacology not normally included in other courses are reviewed in detail. May be repeated for credit with change in content.

Principles of Pharmacology (GPHM 5303)
(Spring Semester)

A study of the principles and pharmacodynamics of chemicals in relationship to dose and time. The course consists of lectures, discussions, and oral presentations of original papers by the class and is oriented for both pharmacology and non-pharmacology majors.

Techniques in Pharmacological Research (GPHM 5225)

Rotation through the laboratory of one of the department's faculty for 10 weeks. This course is designed to give the student 'hands-on' research experience under the direct guidance of a faculty member. The student is involved in the design, performing, and analysis of actual experiments. The techniques learned and observations made form the basis of the student's seminar presentation for the semester.

Medical Pharmacology (GPHM 5312)
(Fall Semester)

A study of pharmacology with emphasis on mechanisms of drug action, drug interactions, and therapeutics.

Integrated Neurosciences (GIDN 5910)
(Fall Semester)

In-depth study of basic and clinical neurosciences, with emphasis on the preclinical underpinnings of various neurological and psychiatric disorders. The course encompasses a detailed instruction in neuroanatomy, which includes laboratory study.

Pharmacology of the Autonomic Nervous System (GPHM 5326)

A Conceptual study of drugs which alter the function of the autonomic nervous system.  Emphasis will be on mechanisms by which drugs affect transmitter syntheses, release, uptake, and metabolism as well as receptor function.

Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology (GPHM 5336)

Topic areas include receptor purification, expression cloning, gene microarrays, and electrophysiological recording. The course consists of lectures and student discussions of the topics listed above.

Neuropsychopharmacology (GPHM 5337)

A structured in-depth study of specific topics concerning neurochemical pharmacology, behavioral pharmacology, and neuropsychopharmacology. Topics to be studied vary each semester. The course consists of lectures, discussions, and oral presentations of original papers by the class.

Master Thesis (GPHM 6000)
Master's research credits.

Research (GPHM 7000)

Independent research under a departmental faculty member.

Pharmacology Seminar (GPHM 7101)

Weekly seminars presented by students, faculty and outside speakers. Topics for student seminars are data presentation or presentation of a scientific manuscript. The overall goal of the course is to enhance student skills in scientific public speaking through a series of seminars that are critiqued by the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience faculty. The course is designed such that students must interact by participating in the question and answer component of all seminars as well as during lunch with invited speakers.

Doctoral Dissertation (GPHM 8000)

Doctoral research credits.

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