Look for the catalog of 2020-21IntroSems to roll out here on August 1st.
Neurobiology of Depression: Why Depression Is a Disorder of the Brain and How Brain Stimulation May Treat It
The course is a basic review of how we define depression, and a description of a new 'systems model' to understand the neurobiology of depression. We will consider the model in the context of the illness and why brain stimulation treatments work.
The class will be organized as a working group. Initially, I will lead by discussing depression as a clinical entity, as well as common treatment approaches. I will then discuss a framework to understand the systems model, how we can do research in the scientific literature, and from that create a more detailed map of the neurobiological basis of depression.
As the quarter progresses, the emphasis will be on the students: to ask questions relevant to the illness and neurobiology; to do in class searches of the Pubmed database; to integrate what we have found into the general systems model; and to discuss how the literature confirms, informs, or contradicts our basic model.
Students will work in small groups to develop slides that summarize their findings from the literature. As we develop a context to understand the neurobiology of depression, we will consider how brain stimulation can be an effective treatment.