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BioNB 3920 - Drugs and the Brain
Taught every two years in the Fall. Introductions to neuropharmacology, with an emphasis on the neural mechanisms of psychoactive drugs. Topics include a brief introduction to neuropharmacology and a discussion of the major neurotransmitter families. The rest of the course covers the major psychoactive drugs, including cocaine, heroin, psychedelics, marijuana, and alcohol, as well as pharmaceuticals for the treatment of anxiety, schizophrenia, and depression. Includes a term paper in the form of a grant proposal to study a current problem in neuropharmacology.

BioNB 2220 - Introduction to Neurobiology
Taught every year in the Spring by multiple staff members. General introduction to the field of cellular and integrative neurobiology. Topics include neural systems, neuroanatomy, developmental neurobiology, electrical properties of nerve cells, synaptic mechanisms, neurochemistry, motor systems, sensory systems, learning, and memory. Some discussion sections include dissections of preserved brains.

BioNB 4200 - Neurobiology of Schizophrenia
This seminar will study the neural basis of schizophrenia, one of the most devastating psychiatric diseases. We will read papers from the scientific literature on the genetic, epigenetic, developmental and biochemical causes, proximate changes in brain networks and cellular mechanisms, and possible new approaches for treatment. Taught every year in the Spring by multiple staff members. General introduction to the field of cellular and integrative neurobiology. Topics include neural systems, neuroanatomy, developmental neurobiology, electrical properties of nerve cells, synaptic mechanisms, neurochemistry, motor systems, sensory systems, learning, and memory. Some discussion sections include dissections of preserved brains.