MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

GS14 1021 Current Topics in Neurobiology of Disease

Byrne, John. One semester hour. Fall, annually. Grading System: Pass or Fail.

This course is an integrated approach to neurological diseases, which includes background information as well as the diagnosis, the treatment, and the biological mechanisms of the disease under study. The topic for Fall 2017 is “Opioids: Neurobiological and Clinical Perspectives.” This course focuses on understanding the neurobiology of the endogenous opioid system and its role in the experience of pain as well as the development of addiction to opioids, including prescription painkillers and heroin. Presentations will review research on opioid systems, including preclinical research, neural imaging, and human subjects clinical research. Clinical aspects regarding opioid prescribing for acute and chronic pain will be explored, including various factors that influenced the development of the current opioid epidemic in the U.S. A person in recovery from opioid addiction will provide personal testimony about their experience. There will also be a discussion of the range of treatments available for opioid addiction, including methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.

This course is open to graduate students, medical students, residents and postdoctoral fellows.

Course Outline Current Topics in Neurobiology of Disease