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Module code:PHARM011 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Synaptic Pharmacology: The Synapse - A Major Site for Disease and Drug Action (Masters Level)
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Professor Talvinder Sihra & Professor Stuart Cull-Candy
Organiser's location:Dept. Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology
Organiser's email:020 7679 3296 and Skype: Sihra.ucl
Available for students in Year(s):4
Module prerequisites:PHAR2002 (General and Systematic Pharmacology) Or PHAR2005 and PHOL2005 (or equivalent) Or PHAR3001/2 (Neuropharmacology) Or PHAR3003 (Molecular Pharmacology) Or PHAR3004 (Receptor Mechanisms)  
Module outline:The way in which synapses, and the receptors and ion channels present therein, function is central to our understanding of a major component of modern Pharmacology and is an extremely active area of basic and applied research.  
Module aims:(1) To provide an understanding of the signaling within and communication between nerve cells at the synapse (synaptic transmission). (2) To provide an appreciation of the identified and potential pharmacological targets at the synapse that may be exploited for fundamental research and clinical goals.  
Module objectives:To gain: (1) Knowledge of the components of the neuron pertinent to synaptic transmission. (2) An understanding of single synapses and ion channels with an appreciation of the methodologies employed at the molecular and functional level to address how neurons communicate with one another in the brain. (3) Knowledge of drugs targeting the synapse and an appreciation of potential molecular targets for future drug development. (4) Training on how to critically appraise the literature in the field with respect to experimental design and subsequent analysis and interpretation of the data.  
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Module timetable:https://timetable.ucl.ac.uk/tt/moduleTimet.do?firstReq=Y&moduleId=PHARM011 
Module assessment:Two essays 10.00%
Unseen three-hour written examination 90.00% 
Notes:IMPORTANT: M-Level students will be required to undertake an additional M-Level data analysis assessment (after the main examination), which will contribute 20% to the overall module mark. 
Taking this module as an option?:Yes 
Link to virtual learning environment (registered students only)https://moodle.ucl.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=1027
Last updated:2017-08-17 13:00:42 by uckltss