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Neuro and endocrine pharmacology (6 points)


Leader: Dr Richard Loiacano

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: Neurotransmitters in the central nervous system (CNS) and principles of drug actions on CNS neurotransmission. The effects of drugs on endocrine function, including the hypothalamo-pituitary axis, reproduction and the thyroid gland. Mechanisms of action, uses, adverse effects and interactions and where appropriate, potential for tolerance, addiction and abuse of drugs used for the following: general anaesthesia, sedation, treatment of anxiety, insomnia, depression, epilepsy, psychoses, Parkinson's disease, dementia, pain, abnormalities of satiety, and endocrine disorders. Drugs of abuse including opiates, stimulants, hallucinogens, sedatives and inhalants.

Assessment: Examination (2 hours): 60% + Written assignment: 20% + Laboratory work and written practical reports : 20%

Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures and three hours of laboratory or self-directed learning/ tutorial per week

Prerequisites: PHA3011, PHA3021

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