Neuroendocrinology (16:340:510)

3 credits

Course Instructors: Dr. Dipak K. Sarkar

Normally offered: Alternate Fall semesters (even years)

Prerequisites and Other Registration Restrictions: None, but it is expected that students in the class have a solid background in biology and in physiological processes.

Format: The course consists of lectures and student presentations.

Description: The course provides a comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of the interrelationships between the central nervous system and the endocrine system in the mammal. The course also provides the student with basic concepts and experimental approaches in mammalian neuroendocrinology including cellular and molecular actions of hypothalamic and pituitary hormones and the role of these hormones in controlling reproductive functions, body metabolism (e.g., obesity and diabetes), stress, growth, biological rhythms, drug addiction and immunity. It also provides the opportunity for the student to learn how to critically interpret information from the neuroendocrinology literature. The course materials (text and research presentations materials) will be provided in the class.

Evaluation: Students' evaluations will consist of one research presentation (40% of grade) and two take-home exams (60% of grade).

Additional Information: Contact Dr. Dipak Sarkar (Endocrine Research Building, room 104, phone: 732-932-1529, email: sarkar@aesop.rutgers.edu).