University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Neuroscience, Pharmacy, Pre-Pharmacy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PHAL 211

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Mechanisms of action, uses and abuse of drugs affecting the nervous system.

    Lecture Topics:

    • Introduction to paper and introduction to CNS neurotransmission
    • AMPA and KA receptors in the CNS
    • NMDA receptors in memory and learning
    • Metabotropic glutamate receptors in the CNS
    • Growth Factors in the CNS
    • Noradrenaline receptors in the CNS
    • GABA receptors in the CNS
    • Drug treatment of epilepsy
    • Histamine receptors in the CNS
    • Serotonin receptors in the CNS
    • Dopamine receptors in the CNS (Parkinson's disease)
    • Dopamine receptors in the CNS (Schizophrenia)
    • ACh receptors in the CNS
    • Neurohormones and volume transmission
    • Drug treatment of anxiety and insomnia
    • Drug treatment of depression
    • Drug therapy of Alzheimer's disease
    • Drug therapy of stroke
    • Drug therapy of multiple sclerosis
    • Growth factors in the CNS
    • Cannabinoid receptors in the CNS
    • Neurotoxicity - MDMA and P
    • Advanced neurotoxins

    Laboratories Topics:

    • Introduction to lab course and electrophysiological techniques
    • Brain Slice I: Excitation and inhibition
    • Elevated Plus-MazeImage
    • J Analysis
    • Seizures and Stroke
    • Phrenic nerve

    Learning Outcomes
    -To understand the physiological and pathological role of neurotransmitter receptors
    -To understand drug treatment of neurological disease
    -To develop critical thinking
    -To develop skills in science communications

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