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Physiology and Pharmacology of Pain - 15 M Level Credits

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The course is aimed primarily at those with a practical and/or theoretical interest in physiology and pharmacology relating to pain science and the management of pain.
Keele University, Mackay Building, Keele, ST5 5BG, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Module Content

Anatomy and physiology of acute and chronic pain. Review of neurophysiological processes involved in the processing of pain and its modulation by the central nervous system. Biology of major neurotransmitters and receptors involved in nociception. Development of chronic pain. Physiology of various pain modulation systems. Explorations of clinical pain syndromes and their particular characteristics understanding of the processes involved in nociception and chronic pain

Module Learning Outcomes/Objectives:

The student should be able to:

Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the physiological processes involved in acute and chronic pain.

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the neural pathways of nociception as well as the processes of central and peripheral sensitisation.
  • Understanding the impact of the physiological changes induced by injury and pain to the patient’s symptoms and their presentation.
  • Understand the basic principles of endogenous pain modulation and the physiology of these systems.

Understand the role of major neurotransmitters in nociception and pain

Module Dates

Module Dates: 11/12/13 January 2016

Module fee

UK/EU students £490.00

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