Please note: Provisional description
- Successful completion of How To Write A Research Proposal is helpful.
- The course will be given at first year Master level. An introductory seminar will review both level and course content at the start of the course.
Period: Sept 26 – Oct 21, 2011
This advanced course combines clinical aspects with fundamental issues in neurobiology, pathogenesis and treatment of stress-related brain diseases.
The course is a ‘joint venture’ of the departments of Psychiatry and Medical Pharmacology.
Specific topics are:
- Patient demonstration and clinical phenotyping, symptoms and diagnosis of depression and anxiety.
- Pharmacology of depression and anxiety: efficacy and new drug development.
- Epidemiology, genetics and etiology of depression and anxiety.
- Other stress-related syndromes (e.g. anorexia nervosa, post traumatic stress disorder, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome).
- Pathogenesis, molecular mechanisms and novel drug targets.
- Theoretical and practical experience in stress and depression research in the departments of psychiatry and medical pharmacology (expert meetings).
- Assignments to explore dedicated topics in the form of critical evaluations, research proposals and literature reviews.
The student will report the results in a research proposal and in an oral presentation.
This course will particularly work on:
Defining a research question, writing a research proposal, integrate different biomedical disciplines.
Commitment, digesting other people’s opinions.
The student has a good understanding into:
- main issues and methodology in the study of depression and other stress system disorders.
- proposed theories and current scientific questions and how to evaluate them critically.
- the student can convey this knowledge and its discrepancies in views to the other students.
- finally, students have to implement this knowledge into short reviews and in a research proposal which (s)he will also present orally.
Mode of instruction
Interactive lectures, patient demonstrations, work groups, active participation in symposium.
Marking of individual morning and afternoon-summaries of the day; research proposal; and oral presentation.