Students of the Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine and the Master’s Programme in Neuroscience. Other Master’s and doctoral students
After completion of the course, the student can
-describe the components and function of the brain regulatory systems underlying emotional and motivational states
-explain how the regulatory systems are perturbed in various pathological states
-identify the key molecular players contributing to perturbed brain function
- knows the basic experimental models used for studying brain disorders resulting from dysfunctional regulatory systems
- has knowledge on the basis of possible pharmacological therapy for disorders discussed during the course
Period IV. The course is arranged annually.
Emotional and motivational states are controlled by interconnected neural systems, particularly the interplay between the limbic and cortical pathways. These circuitries are well conserved and are involved in many pathologies, including addiction, eating disorders, fear and anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, and the central processing of chronic pain. The course aims at delineating the neuroanatomical basis of the regulatory functions in the healthy brain and their diverse perturbations that give rise to pathologies, including the molecular and neurochemical adaptations underlying the disrupted brain functions. The course also provides a framework for understanding the basis of possible comorbidity, as well as current and emerging therapies.
The literature required for completion of the course consists of a selection of scientific articles related to the lecture topics, given at the outset of the course. The students will also search for relevant literature for their presentations during the course.
The student participates in group work, has the chance to give an oral presentation and receive feedback on presentation skills, conducts literature searches and reads scientific articles, and writes an essay.
The course assessment is based on the group work (30%), oral presentation and essay (20%), and on the final examination based on the lecture material and scientific articles (50%).
Grading scale 0–5
For completion, 80% attendance in contact teaching, completion of the oral and written assignments, and passing the exam are required.
Lectures 15 h
Oral student presentations (10 h)
Independent study and literary work 100 h
Exam 2 h