Drugs and the Brain

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所在平台: Coursera

课程类别: 医学

大学或机构: California Institute of Technology(加州理工学院)

授课老师: Henry A. Lester


课程主页: https://www.coursera.org/course/drugsandbrain

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What happens in the body when a person smokes a cigarette? After several weeks of smoking? When a person takes antidepressant or antipsychotic medication? A drug for pain or epilepsy? A recreational drug? Neuroscientists are beginning to understand these processes. You’ll learn how drugs enter the brain, how they act on receptors and ion channels, and how “molecular relay races” lead to changes in nerve cells and neural circuits that far outlast the drugs themselves. “Drugs and the Brain” also describes how scientists are gathering the knowledge required for the next steps in preventing or alleviating Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, and drug abuse.


Week 1. Introductory concepts. Drugs, drug receptors, neuroscience. Resting potentials. Equivalent circuits.

Week 2. Drugs open and block ion channels. Dose-response relations. Desensitization. Epilepsy drugs. Drugs activate and block G protein pathways.

Week 3. Drugs block neurotransmitter transporters. Recreational drugs. Nicotine Addiction.

Week 4. Drugs for neurodegenerative diseases.

Week 5. Drugs for psychiatric diseases. Developing new drugs.

Year-end holidays
Formally, we'll take a two-week break after Week 3, Sun Dec. 23 - Fri., Jan. 5. Then we'll continue.





The neuroscience of drugs for therapy, for prevention, and for recreation.  You’ll learn the prospects for new generations of medications in psychiatry, aging, and treatment of substance abuse.


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