Provide the student with basic knowledge and skills in the psycho-and neuropharmacological aspects of a normal and a psychiatric diseased brain.
1: understand the basic and molecular functioning of the brain in emotional, cognitive and regulatory processes.
2: understand the psychoneuropharmacology of mood disorders (depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, addiction and sexual dysfunction).
3: enable the assimilation and communication of CNS research in these domains
4: provide an independent and educational environment based on the academic/research background and professional experience of the staff.
5: develop technical, analytical, verbal and written communication skills.
Every week expert lectures will illustrate relevant topics in each domain studied. Several psychiatric disorders will be explained from a clinical perspective by a psychiatrist and from a neurobiological perspective by a researcher in that particular area. The students will be taken trough the process of conducting an experiment to presenting the scientific data. Students will work individually or in small groups on each (CNS disease) topic and produce weekly products (presentations). Moreover, students will learn how to write a publication and get a walkthrough of the scientific review process. All this is performed in the framework of the development of new innovative therapeutics for CNS disorders. At the end of the course each student will be able to analyze and interpret psychopharmacological data and present these for a broad audience and as a scientific publication.
The course focuses on the molecular and pharmacological foundations of psychiatric diseases. Based on understanding of the normal brain processes involved in the functioning of the brain (and focusing on regulatory, behavioral and cognitive aspects of neuroscience), pathological processes in anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, will be covered. Current treatments and new treatment options will be part of an endeavor to initiate students in the exciting story of the (dys)functioning brain and its behavioral consequences.