9.914 Special Topics: Genetics, Neurobiology, and Pathophysiology of Psychiatric Disorders

As taught in: Fall 2008

Image of a woman suffering from bipolar disease. With bipolar disorder, life can be like an emotional roller coaster. One day your mood is low and you feel sad. Then your mood gets really high and you feel great. Then the sadness comes back.

Image of a woman suffering from bipolar disease. (Photo courtesy of pollywood on flickr.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Edward Scolnick

Prof. Li-Huei Tsai

Course Features

Course Description

An opportunity for graduate study of advanced subjects in Brain and Cognitive Sciences not included in other subject listings. The key topics covered in this course are Bipolar Disorder, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Genetics of Psychiatric Disorder, DISC1, Ca++ Signaling, Neurogenesis and Depression, Lithium and GSK3 Hypothesis, Behavioral Assays, CREB in Addiction and Depressive Behaviors, The GABA System-I, The GABA System-II, The Glutamate Hypothesis of Schizophrenia, The Dopamine Pathway and DARPP32.