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NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY

Co-Coordinators

Fotini Stylianopoulou, Professor Emeritus of Biology

Efthymia Kitraki, Professor of Biology

 

Teaching hours and weekly schedule

This a 2nd semester 2 weeks elective course that corresponds to 3 ECTs and 36 total hours of teaching; 21 hours lectures and 15 hours of student presentation. Your proposal includes 20 hours lectures and 16 hours of student presentation.

The weekly schedule could be according to the table below. The teaching hours/day may be increased if necessary

Weekly Program for 3 ECTs

3 ECTs=21 hours of teaching+15 hours student presentations

Total: 2 weeks Χ teaching hours/day

Monday

4

8

Tuesday

4

8

Wednesday

4

8

Thursday

4

8

Friday

4

4

 

 

36

 

Description

This is an intensive 2-week course focused on Neuroendocrinology that includes lectures and students' presentations.  All material will focus primarily on the neuroendocrine axes that control reproduction, metabolism, stress and pain responses , water & electrolyte balance and sleep-awakening  rhythms.  The impact of genetic and epigenetic factors on axes' function and their interactions will be also addressed. The course aims to provide a comprehensive canvas on the mechanisms of hormonal control of the nervous system function in health and disease. Students' presentations on selected topics  will enhance understanding through active learning


Course Overview

The course covers the general principles of hormone actions in the central nervous system by providing the underlying mechanisms and the different levels of regulation. More specifically, lectures and students' presentations  will enable to :

•             Understand the central and peripheral centres participating in the neuroendocrine control

•             Understand the positive and negative feedback loops participating in the neuroendocrine axes' regulation

•             Understand the molecular mechanisms of neuroendocrine control

•             Understand the interactions among different neuroendocrine axes

•             Understand the role of genetic and epigenetic factors in the modification of neuroendocrine function

•             Understand how deregulation of neuroendocrine function is linked to disease

 

Skills & Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1.            Describe the function of the major neuroendocrine axes in mammals

2.            Describe the possible interactions among the different neuroendocrine axes

3.            Describe the genetic and epigenetic impact on axes' function

4.            Relate the neuroendocrine axes' dysfunction with health outcomes
 

Titles of the lectures and the names of the lecturers

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Lecture Hours

Neuroendocrinology

Lecturer

1

2

Basic principles and overview

Fotini Stylianopoulou

2

2

The hypothalamic- pituitary- adrenal axis

Efthymia Kitraki

3

2

The hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis and reproduction regulation

George Mastorakos

4

2

The hypothalamic- pituitary- thyroid axis and growth hormone

Melpomeni Peppa

5

1

Neuroendocrine control of food intake

Constantinos Tsigos

6

1

 Interactions of neuroendocrine axes

Fotini Stylianopoulou

7

1

Neuroendocrine control of pain

Antonis Stamatakis

8

1

Neuroendocrine control of water and ion balance

Maria Panagiotakopoulou

9

1

Neuroendocrine control of sleep and circadian rhythmes

Anastasios Bonakis

10

2

Sexual differentiation of the brain

Fotini Stylianopoulou

11

1

Polymorphisms in neuroendocrine responses

Efthymia Kitraki

12

2

Epigenetics in neuroendocrine functions

Fotini Stylianopoulou

13

2

Neuroendocrine disorders

George Chrousos

 

 

 

 

 

Total hours of Lectures

20

 

 

Total hours for student presentations

16

 

 

Total Hours of teaching

36