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NEUROPHARMACOLOGY

Co-Coordinators

Christina Dalla, Assistant Professor of Psychopharmacology, Dep. of Pharmacology, Medical School, NKUA

Katerina Antoniou, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Medical School, University of Ioannina

Teaching hours and weekly schedule

This 2nd semester 3,5 weeks elective course that corresponds to 6 ECTs and 72 total hours of teaching; 50 hours lectures and 22 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 6 ECTs

6 ECTs=42 hours of teaching+30 hours student presentations

Total: 3,5 weeks Χ teaching hours/day

Monday

4

14

Tuesday

4

14

Wednesday

4

14

Thursday

4

14

Friday

4

14

 

 

70

Description

This is an intensive three-week course focused on neuropsychopharmacology that includes lectures from pharmacologists, clinicians, neuroscientists and other specialties. The course will also accommodate student’s presentations on specific neuropsychopharmacological issues, as well as written-exercises on pharmacological experimental design.

The lectures will focus on basic principles of pharmacology (such as pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics), information on drug design and discovery, treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders, as well as drug-induced changes in functioning of the nervous system. Additionally, the lecturers will give an overview of the techniques and models used for the study of neuropharmacology, as well as the basics of CNS clinical research, including regulations and statistical principles.

The goal is that students will become accustomed with neuropsychiatric treatment, modelling and research. Ultimately, they will be able to pose relevant neuropsychopharmacological questions and contribute to the design of preclinical and clinical studies. 

Course Overview

The course will include lectures on drug design/discovery, as well as principles of neuropsychopharmacology preclinical and clinical studies. Students will have the opportunity to present specific neuropsychopharmacological issues, as well as to perform written-exercises on pharmacological experimental design and analysis.

Most importantly, an interactive approach, with the use of poll-machines, will be used for the teaching of the neuropsychopharmacological basis, study and mechanism of action of:

•             Antipsychotics

•             Antidepressant drugs and mood stabilizers

•             Antiepileptics

•             Cognitive enhancers

•             Drugs of abuse

•             Antiparkinsonian drugs and drugs for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases

•             Neuroimaging ligands

 

Skills & Learning Outcomes

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

1.            Understand basic pharmacological principles

2.            Know about most classes of neuropsychopharmacology drugs

3.            Know about adverse effects, drug interactions and genomics of CNS-acting drugs

4.            Identify new targets for CNS treatments and pose relevant questions

5.            Understand the methods used in preclinical and clinical neuropsychopharmacology

6.            Contribute to the design of preclinical and clinical neuropsychopharmacology studies

 

Titles of the lectures and the names of the lecturers

 

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Lecture Hours

Neuropharmacology

Lecturer

1

2

Basic principles: introduction/history pharmacodynamics/pharmacokinetics

Christina Dalla, Katerina Antoniou

2

1

Targets of drug action (neurotransmitters/receptors, monoamines, aminoacids, neuropeptides, acetylocholine, neurotrophins e.t.c.)

Achilleas Gravanis

3

3

Drug design/discovery

Dimitrios Vassilatis, Ioannis Charalampopoulos

4

1

Neurobiology, Treatment and modelling of CNS disorders: Introduction

Katerina Antoniou, Christina Dalla

6

4

Antipsychotics

Nikos Kokras, Nikos Pitsikas

7

3

Mood disorders (antidepressants and mood stabilizers)

Christina Dalla, Nikos Kokras

8

3

Anxiolytics and sleep inducers

Christina Dalla, Nikos Kokras

9

2

Antiepileptic drugs and cognitive enhancers

Costas Papatheodoropoulos, Nikos Kokras

10

5

Treatment of Neurodegenerative disorders and new targets

Spiros. Efthimiopoulos, Leonidas. Stefanis, Kostas Killidireas, Ioannis Sotiropoulos

11

2

Neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD, autism etc) and treatment

George Chrousos, Neny Pervanidou

12

6

Drugs of abuse/ addiction: neurobiology, treatment, modelling

CNS Stimulants, CNS Depressants, Nicotine, Psychedelics, Alcohol, Cannabinoids

Katerina Antoniou, George Panagis, Foteini Delli, Thomas Paparrigopoulos, Alexia Pollisidis, Styliani Vlachou

13

2

Opioid receptors and new targets

Iro Georgoussi

13

1

Neuroimaging ligands

Minas Papadopoulos/

Ioannis Pirmettis

14

1

Neuropsycho-pharmacogenomics

Dimitrios Dikaios

15

6

Basics in CNS clinical research (design, analysis and regulation/legislation), Pharmacoepidemiology

Giota Touloumi, Tina Antachopoulou

 

 

 

 

 

Total hours of Lectures

42

 

 

Total hours for student presentations

30

 

 

Total Hours of teaching

72