Course catalogue doctoral education - VT22

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Title Neuropsychopharmacology
Course number 2526
Programme Neuroscience
Language English
Credits 2.0
Date 2021-11-29 -- 2021-12-03
Responsible KI department Department of Clinical Neuroscience
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course We are organizing a course in neuropsychopharmacology for graduate students who are interested in clinical and preclinical research in affective disorders, schizophrenia, drug dependence, and anxiety-related disorders. The purpose of this course is to highlight these psychiatric disorders, summarize current treatment strategies (e.g. pharmacological and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)), and to discuss new ideas and future research ambitions within this field.
Intended learning outcomes By the end of this course the PhD students should:
1) have achieved an understanding of the etiology of psychiatric disorders and are able to account for different hypotheses in this field and how the major psychiatric diseases are treated.
2) possess skills and abilities to describe, discuss, understand as well as choosing appropriate methods and animal models for studying the effects of drugs on different symptoms of psychiatric diseases.
3) be able to evaluate data and preclinical research within the research fields of psychiatric diseases.

Contents of the course This course will focus on pharmacological strategies in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, e.g. schizophrenia, major depression etc. The course will also discuss methods and models which are used in preclinical research concerning the mechanisms of action of different drugs in the treatment of these disorders.
Teaching and learning activities The pedagogic framing of the course include lectures given by invited clinicians and researchers within the field of psychiatric disorders. We will also have demonstrations of key models/methods which are used in specific research projects.
Compulsory elements The demonstrations are mandatory. The student has to compensate absense from this part with a written description of the model/method.
Examination Written exam.
Literature and other teaching material Recommended literature:
- Biological Psychology (Rosenzweig, Breedlove, Watson, Ed.) 4th Edition.
- The Biochemical Basis of Neuropharmacology (Cooper, Bloom, Roth, Ed.) 7th Edition.
- Essential Psychopharmacology, SM Stahl, (Cambridge University Press).
- The Biochemical Basis of Neuropharmacology, JR Cooper, FE Bloom, RH Roth (Oxford University Press).
- Psychopharmacology: the Fourth Generation of Progress, FE Bloom, DJ Kupfer (Raven Press).
- In addition, important research papers will be distributed at the time of the course occasion.
Number of students 10 - 30
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) start date of doctoral studies (priority given to earlier start date)
More information It will be decided later whether the course will be given via zoom or live at Campus-Solna, Karolinska Institutet.
Additional course leader
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Kent Jardemark
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Contact person Per Svenningsson
Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap

Vasco Sousa
Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap