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
1Introduction to the Brain I
2Introduction to the Brain II
3Drug Classification and Behavioral Assessment
4Dose-Response Relationships
5Drug Metabolism and Excretion
6Chemical Signaling in Nerve Cells
7Chemical Signaling; Midterm Review
8MIDTERM I
9Neurotransmitters of the Central and Peripheral Nervous System
10Tolerance and Sensitization Receptors
11Tolerance, Sensitization, Addiction, and Withdrawal
12Caffeine and Nicotine
13Amphetamine
14MIDTERM II
15Cocaine
16Antipsychotics, Antidepressants, and Mood Stabilizers
17Sedative-Hypnotics, Anxiolytics, and Anticonvulsants
18Naturally Occurring and Synthetic Opiates and their Antagonists
19Dissociative Anesthetics, Psychedelics, and Hallucinogens
20Review
FINAL