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PHCL 5109 - Problems in Pharmacology

(1.0 - 18.0 cr [max 18.0 cr]; Prereq-Upper div or grad student or #; fall, spring, summer, every year, requires approval from Director of Graduate Studies)

Research projects and special problems by arrangement.

PHCL 5110 - Introduction to Pharmacology

(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or #; A-F or Aud, fall, every year) 

Basic principles of Pharmacology. Focuses on molecular mechanisms of drug action.

PHCL 5111 - Pharmacogenomics

(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or #; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)

Human genetic variation, its implications. Functional genomics, pharmacogenomics, toxicogenomics, proteomics. Interactive, discussion-based course.

PHCL 5112 - A Graduate Toolkit I: An Introduction to the Scientific Research Lab

(1.0 cr; prereq instructor consent; A-F; fall, every year)

This survey course will introduce graduate students to the basic operating principles and techniques of a scientific research laboratory. Discussion topics regarding laboratory operations will include: laboratory personnel structure, professionalism in a research laboratory, and scientific authorship and publication. Basic discussion of scientific techniques will include: recombinant protein production and purification, DNA and RNA purification and methods, molecular biology methods, microscopy, and an introduction to basic model systems and bioinformatics.

PHCL 5113 - A Graduate Toolkit II: Scientific Speaking and Writing for Graduate Students

(2.0 cr; prereq instructor consent; A-F; fall, every year) 

Scientific Writing and Speaking. Students receive guidance on powerpoint design, public speaking and dealing with questions/answer sessions at scientific talks and poster sessions. Practice sessions in lecture theatres are videotaped and analyzed to highlight strategies for improvement. For non-native English speakers, further consultations and coaching with CTL faculty are available. In the second part of the class students will receive guidance in writing a scientific manuscript and a grant proposal on their thesis research topic. Both sections are co-taught by Pharmacology Faculty and Faculty from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

PHCL 5462 - Neuroscience Principles of Drug Abuse

(2.0 cr; =[NSC 5462]; Prereq-#; spring)

Current research on drugs of abuse, their mechanisms of action, characteristics shared by various agents, and neural systems affected by them. Offered biennially, spring semester of even-numbered years.

PHCL 8100 - Laboratory Research in Pharmacology

(4.0 cr; [max 8 credits]; Prereq-Grad student or #, S/N, fall, spring, every year)

Supervised independent research experience in pharmacology. Focus on gaining expertise in modern biomedical/pharmacology research methodology, data generation and analysis, and formulation and testing of basic science hypotheses.

PHCL 8110 - Advanced Pharmacology

(4.0 cr; Prereq-5110 or #; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)

Contemporary research concepts, experimental approaches in investigative pharmacology. Mechanisms of action of drugs on systems (whole animal), organ, and cellular levels.

PHCL 8200 - Seminar: Selected Topics in Pharmacology

(1.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-5212 or #; A-F; fall, spring, every year)

Student-presented seminars.

PHCL 8207 - Seminar: Psychopharmacology

(1.0 cr; =[NSC 8207, PSY 8070]; Prereq-#; fall, spring, every year)

For graduate students and postdoctorals interested in studies and research associated with psychotropic drugs and chemicals. Neurochemistry, pharmacology, and behavior as antecedent or consequential variables. Some seminars devoted to biomedical ethics.

PHCL 8208 - Neuropsychopharmacology

(3.0 cr; Prereq-[5212, Psy 5021, Psy 5061] or #; A-F or Aud)

Methodologies to study relationships between drugs and biochemical, behavioral, and neurophysiological consequences. Functional biogenic amine, peptidergic, other pathways. How manipulations alter neuronal function or behavior. Feedback mechanisms, induction, inhibition. Reinforcement of, tolerance to, or dependence on drugs of abuse: stimulants, hallucinogens, depressants, opiates. Student presentations. Offered alternate years.

PHCL 8217 - Problems in Investigative Pharmacology

(1.0 cr; S-N or Aud, fall, every year)

Presentation and discussion of contemporary research problems, investigative approaches, and methodologies in experimental pharmacology. Related to cardiovascular, renal, endocrine, and autonomic pharmacology; neuropharmacology; psychopharmacology; chemotherapy; toxicology; and molecular pharmacology.

PHCL 8211 - Advanced Medical Pharmacology I

(5.0 cr; Prereq-5110, A-F, spring, every year)

This course is of hybrid design, with an online independent learning component coupled to an in-class interactive discussion/student participation component. The former segment will require students to view online archived lectures delivered by pharmacology faculty to UMN medical students. The focus of these lectures is on the pharmacology of currently utilized therapeutic agents. Student performance will be evaluated through secure multiple-choice question examinations. The latter section of the course is comprised of an interactive series of in class discussion periods focused around assigned readings from the current literature. Evaluation of student performance of this portion of the course will be based on multiple assessment tools including: class participation, written homework assignments, oral examinations, formal class presentations, and others.  Final course grade is based on combined performance on both objective and subjective assessments. Students must receive a passing grade in both components, irrespective of overall performance, in order to pass the course.

PHCL 8212 - Advanced Medical Pharmacology II

(3.0 cr; Prereq-8211, A-F, summer, every year)

This course is of hybrid design, with an online independent learning component coupled to an in-class interactive discussion/student participation component. The former segment will require students to view online archived lectures delivered by pharmacology faculty to UMN medical students. The focus of these lectures is on the pharmacology of currently utilized therapeutic agents. Student performance will be evaluated through secure multiple-choice question examinations. The latter section of the course is comprised of an interactive series of in class discussion periods focused around assigned readings from the current literature. Evaluation of student performance of this portion of the course will be based on multiple assessment tools including: class participation, written homework assignments, oral examinations, formal class presentations, and others.  Final course grade is based on combined performance on both objective and subjective assessments. Students must receive a passing grade in both components, irrespective of overall performance, in order to pass the course.

PHCL 8221 - Neurobiology of Pain and Analgesia

(3.0 cr; Prereq instructor consent; fall)

Course offered triennially.

PHCL 8222 - Transdisciplinary Tobacco Research

(1.0 cr [max 2.0 cr]; Prereq-#; S-N or Aud, fall, odd years)

Transdisciplinary science, its application to nicotine/tobacco research. Transdisciplinary theories/methods, examples of their application/integration. Draws on TTURC/local investigators, public health advocates. Offered every other year.

PHCL 8333 - FTE: Master's

(1.0 cr; Prereq-Master's student, adviser and DGS consent; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year)

PHCL 8444 - FTE: Doctoral

(1.0 cr; Prereq-Doctoral student, adviser and DGS consent; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year)

PHCL 8666 - Doctoral Pre-Thesis Credits

(1.0 - 18.0 cr [max 60.0 cr]; Prereq-Max 18 cr per semester or summer; doctoral student who has not passed prelim oral; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year)

PHCL 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's

(1.0 - 18.0 cr [max 50.0 cr]; Prereq-Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year)

PHCL 8888 - Thesis Credits: Doctoral

1.0 - 24.0 cr [max 100.0 cr]; Prereq-Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year