BIO/14 - 9 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff

Office: DSF, piano terra Ed. 2 (ingresso esterno) , Cittadella Universitaria-Viale Andrea Doria 6, 95125, Catania
Phone: 095-7384251
Office Hours: Martedi presso il DSF, piano terra Ed. 2 (ingresso esterno). Orario: 10-11. Lunedì dalle 16:00 alle 18:00 Palazzo Ingrassia stanza XIX per gli studenti di psicologia..

Detailed Course Content

The first part of the course will be dedicated to the general principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

During the second part of the course we will examine the pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic profile as well as the therapeutic indications of antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anxiolytics and hypnotics and antipsychotic drugs.

Specific topics will be then analyzed such as the neurobiological basis and pharmacological treatment of addiction, the possible role of psychotropic drugs for the treatment of psychiatric disorders in childhood and adolescence, eating disorders and personality disorders. A specific session will be dedicated to geriatric psychopharmacology focusing on the neurobiological basis and pharmacological treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and post-stroke depression.

A laboratory of Psychopharmacology will be planned with the aim to examine the role of psychometric tests in the pharmacological treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Mild Cognitive impairment with the discussion of specific clinical cases.

Textbook Information

1) Julien RM, Advokat CD, Comaty JE. A Primer of Drug Action. 2012, XII edition, pp. 1-248; pp. 519-621.


2) Stahl S. Essential Psychopharmacology. Fourth Edition, Cambridge University Press.

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