The course involves student-led presentation and discussion of recent research articles in the field of clinical and experimental neuroscience and neuropharmacology. Each class session will typically consist of the presentation of 2 recently published research papers, with a team of 2-3 students presenting the discussion of each paper. The three primary goals of the course are to: 1) increase the depth and breadth of knowledge about current "hot" topics of translational, clinical and basic research; 2) to further develop the students’ ability to critically evaluate research literature; and 3) to give an additional experience at presenting, analyzing, interpreting and explaining scientific data.
Class will take place in Rm. 4700 in the Department of Pharmacology (see the online lecture schedule for exact times). Each week, two teams of 2-3 students each will be given a topic (a specific brain disorder or phenomenon) and a paper on which to prepare a 30-min 20-page slideshow presentation (one team will cover the clinical aspect, and another team will discuss basic/experimental paper). At the end of both lectures, the class will decide which team was more effective in their presentation of their respective papers, with the winner choosing the topic of the next week’s lectures. Each student will present several times throughout the semester.
By the completion of this course each student will be able to:
The course grade will be determined from the percent of the total possible points you obtain from all presentations. An end of semester cumulative average of ≥ 90% is needed to earn an A, and a cumulative average of ≥ 80% is needed to ensure a B letter grade. Cumulative averages of <80% are likely to result in a grade of B- or lower.
Attendance at all classes is required. Excused Absence Policy: If a student has a legitimate reason for missing a lecture (e.g., illness, family emergency, or a medical school interview), they should request an excused absence from the Course Director as soon as possible. If an excused absence is granted, lack of participation will not negatively affect their grade. It is the student's responsibility to request and obtain the excused absence in a timely manner, and to consult with classmates and the course director for any questions on the missed activity.
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