1 credit each
In this course, a clinical understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders will inform, enrich, and contextualize basic neuroscience education. Interactive disease-oriented problem-solving will be an organizing and assessment principle in the classroom, introducing both clinical case presentations and clinical research literature in the context of a series of basic science topics (concurrently taught in the basic neuroscience core course). Selected disease-oriented themes (e.g., Autism, Stroke, Epilepsy, Alzheimer's Disease and Dementias, Schizophrenia, Spinal Cord Injury, Addiction, Parkinson's Disease) will cut across and integrate the various levels of analysis: from genes to systems, channels to cognition, and circuits to emotions. Discussion will focus on current clinical etiological, diagnostic and therapeutic features, as well as historical perspectives and research approaches for improving diagnosis and therapy. Faculty teaching the course are from the Georgetown Hospital, the VA Medical Center (Center For Schizophrenia and Neuroscience Research), National Rehabilitation Hospital, and Children's National Medical Center. Students will gain an appreciation for the clinical context for their own research, ideas for novel research questions, and a facility for establishing clinical collaborations.