Bio 36: Drugs and the Brain is taught in Fall Quarter by Dr. Andrea Nicholas.

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Dr. Andrea Nicholas

Course Objective:

Introduction to the actions of drugs on the brain. How studying drug action helps reveal the normal functions of neurons. How drugs can correct neural disorders or disrupt neural function. Biological issues related to drug abuse, drug addiction, and drug-seeking.

Sample Syllabus:

# Topic
1 Introduction to the Brain I
2 Introduction to the Brain II
3 Drug Classification and Behavioral Assessment
4 Dose-Response Relationships
5 Drug Metabolism and Excretion
6 Chemical Signaling in Nerve Cells
7 Chemical Signaling; Midterm Review
9 Neurotransmitters of the Central and Peripheral Nervous System
10 Tolerance and Sensitization Receptors
11 Tolerance, Sensitization, Addiction, and Withdrawal
12 Caffeine and Nicotine
13 Amphetamine
15 Cocaine
16 Antipsychotics, Antidepressants, and Mood Stabilizers
17 Sedative-Hypnotics, Anxiolytics, and Anticonvulsants
18 Naturally Occurring and Synthetic Opiates and their Antagonists
19 Dissociative Anesthetics, Psychedelics, and Hallucinogens
20 Review